Agenda

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Registration

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM

Welcome Note

09:10 AM - 09:30 AM

Zinnov Keynote : The X Factor : India’s Secret Ingredients

India has historically had a place of significance in the business world. But basking in gone glories doesn’t solve current issues. What is India’s uniqueness in the world, or is there any left at all? Can some of these factors - many of them possibly dormant - be used by companies to capitalize and create opportunity? How does this multi-faceted country compare to US, China, Europe, Israel and the like? As the world globalizes more and more, and countries mirror each other, what is India’s "X Factor"? This keynote talk will explore in a holistic manner what our country has to offer to the world and what aspects of our nation can companies use when entering or operating centers out of here.

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Pari Natarajan
CEO & Co-founder

Zinnov

09:30 AM - 09:50 AM

Keynote Talk : Building the neXt India... now!

Organizations are facing significant challenges due to a technology avalanche, which has led to a niche talent scarcity and/or mismatch. This has made an organization-wide transformation an imperative. How does India figure into this ‘transformation’ solutions? With its unmatched talent pool, a robust ecosystem consisting of GICs, Service Providers, start-ups, university, etc., a long and successful track record in Engineering and R&D – all factors that are at the heart of many strategic discussions and engagements that Altran has with its clients. However, this comes with its own set of challenges such as growing competition across talent pools in the global market, having to play catch up while coping with client challenges, unclear strategy and operating model to leverage the India advantage, etc. How can a global Engineering R&D giant like Altran outline its strategy to help its clients transform their R&D roadmap? Why has India been and will continue to be at the core of Altran strategy? These and other pertinent questions are answered in this exciting keynote talk.

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Daniel Chaffraix
VP, Transformation & EVP, North America and India

Altran

09:50 AM - 10:10 AM

Keynote Talk : How Connections Will Make Reality

The best technology is the kind you don’t see, but only experience. It fits seamlessly into everything you do, and it’s what living a connected life is all about. It’s a world that everyone now expects. From connected driving, connected mobile, enterprise, lifestyle, to connected homes, connections will be the new reality in the near future. And if organizations don’t adapt to this, they will be left behind. The organizations that win in the future are not the ones that have the best products, but the ones that connect with their users. This ’connection’ is the differentiating moat that will help organizations to endure. In this hyper-connected world that we live in, having connections in everyday life is but natural. This, however, goes a step ahead, and is extended beyond people, to things like Siri, Alexa, Google Home, etc., that have integrated into people’s lives quite seamlessly. Given this, how are organizations geared towards enabling these connections? What challenges and pitfalls do organizations need to be aware of? How will digital transformation impact organizations in this context? This keynote talk addresses how organizations can move towards making connections – of all kinds – a reality.

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Sandeep Kalra
SVP & GM

HARMAN Connected Services

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote Talk : Safeguarding The Digital Frontier

Companies, markets, and countries are increasingly under attack from cyber-criminals, hacktivists and spies. Data breaches are becoming ever bigger and more common. Smarter, better-organized hackers are making life tougher for the cyber-defenders; however, there are a number of steps that can be taken to keep systems, and thereby organizations, safer. Besides getting the basics of digital security right, organizations also need to provide incentives to improve it. Additionally, with billions of new devices, from cars to household appliances and medical equipment getting online through IoT, it becomes all the more important to safeguard data and information across organizations – big or small. This talk touches upon the need for digital security in organizations, steps to be taken at an organization level to safeguard digital assets, and what the future holds for digital security.

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Dr. Zulfikar Ramzan
Chief Technology Officer

RSA

10:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Keynote Talk : Thank God It’s Monday - Motivation in an Organizational Context

Writer Daniel H Pink, author of the book, ’Drive: The Surprising Truth about what Motivates us,’ sums up what he conveys in the book: "Carrots and sticks are so last century. Drive says for 21st century work, we need to upgrade to autonomy, mastery, and purpose." This book makes it clear that there is a huge mismatch between what science knows and what business does. The organizations that understand how to motivate the workers of tomorrow will be the ones that will leave a mark in the ecosystem. But how many organizations are agile enough to learn, adapt, and implement cultural changes to foster innovation? Even if an organization does get on this journey to transform their culture, what are the challenges and pitfalls that they are likely to face? How long will this cultural transformation take to show results? Are leaders patient enough to embark on this journey and reach its natural conclusion? This exciting talk will address how organizations and leaders can navigate these aspects related to an organization’s culture.

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V. Laxmikanth
Managing Director

Broadridge Financial Solutions (India) Private Limited

10:50 AM - 11:20 AM

Tea Break & Networking

11:20 AM - 11:40 AM

Fireside Chat : From PoC To Scale

The point of a PoC is to prove the feasibility of a solution, or the feasibility of a critical aspect of a solution. For a PoC to be successful, it needs to define the test cases, engineer the proposed solution, evaluate the solution against pre-defined success criteria, and decide to move forward. However, a decision to move forward doesn’t mean move to production immediately. The product/solution lifecycle needs to go through the pilot phase before moving to production, and eventual deployment. How can organizations shorten this timeline? How important is the PoC for an organization to deploy necessary resources to eventually scale it? And just because there is a strong PoC, doesn’t mean that it should be moved to production. How can organizations navigate through this minefield? This pertinent keynote talk explores such questions and also addresses how to move from one to the other, as seamlessly as possible, without significant business impact.

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Ananth Chandramouli
Head of Local Business Services

Capgemini
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Rajarshi Banerjee
Head, Customer Experience, Innovation and Collaborative Operations

ABB Global Industries and Service Private Limited

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

Keynote Panel : From Here To There – Journey To The Peak Of DIGITALIZATION

Digital Transformation is here to stay and is the decided way forward. Organizations either transform digitally or stagnate and perish; there simply is no middle ground. While many organizations have embarked on this transformational journey, many others haven’t. Digital Transformation is as much about the people as it is about the technology. Organizations shouldn’t just jump on the digital bandwagon blindly, but evaluate and assess the X factors that they can potentially leverage on this journey to accelerate outcomes and wins for the long term. So what are the necessary factors for companies to successfully embark on and complete this journey? What metrics do they use to measure their success? What factors are necessary to scale and replicate the same across the organization? The companies that have transformed themselves digitally, how ready are they to take on disruptors in the field? Are they moving away completely from legacy products/solutions to embrace all things new-age? Or are they doing a fine balancing act between legacy and new age solutions? What are the challenges and pitfalls that companies are facing in this journey? This enthralling panel addresses these questions, while also exploring what could be done differently to amplify the impact of digital transformation.

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Sarv Saravanan
SVP & GM India CoE

Dell-EMC
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Hari Vasudev
Vice President Technology

Walmart Labs India
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Jaspreet Bindra
Digital Transformation Expert
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Amit Shah
Senior President & Country Head

YES BANK
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Ramesh Subramanian
CTO

Infogain

12:20 PM - 01:00 PM

Fireside Chat : Is Consent The Key? The Data Empowerment Paradigm

Data is now becoming central to the global economy and geopolitics. Political misinformation has impacted millions in the last few years, bringing data protection and privacy issues to the fore. Meanwhile, there is phenomenal growth of Internet usage and online economy in India and China, and the two distinct geographies have dissimilar policy approaches to Internet and the utilization of digital infrastructure models. While China has created ‘The Great Firewall of China,’ enabled domestic champions, and focused on newer forms of data gathering, India has gone the way of adopting digital infrastructure as public goods, as a mindset, which can lead to innovation unique to India. But in a broader sense, building this digital infrastructure is inexpensive, making it a great investment of public money. However, for all the ‘good’ things that governments seem to be doing with data gathering, how secure is it at the end of the day? How does consent play into this data gathering exercise? Who ‘owns’ the data that is gathered every second of every minute of every day? This panel explores these pertinent questions within the context set in the beginning.

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Sharad Sharma
Co-founder

iSPIRT Foundation
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Vivek Raghavan
Chief Product Manager

UIDAI

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

Track 1

Leadership

02:00 PM - 02:40 PM

Panel : Fixed Vs Growth Mindset : The New Psychology Of Success

Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck synthesized in her remarkably insightful ’Mindset: The New Psychology of Success,’ an inquiry into the power of people’s beliefs, both conscious and unconscious, and how changing even the simplest of them can have profound impact on nearly every aspect of their lives. One of the most basic beliefs that people carry about themselves has to do with how they view and inhabit what they consider to be their personality. A ’fixed mindset’ assumes that a person’s qualities are fixed traits, and therefore, cannot change. These people believe that talent alone leads to success, and effort is not required. In a ’growth mindset,’ people have an underlying belief that their learning and intelligence can grow with time and experience. These people believe that they can get smarter, that their effort has an effect on their success, leading to higher achievement. This enthralling panel explores the difference between fixed and growth mindsets, the pluses and minuses of both, and how success is even defined.

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Suchithra Prabhu
Shell India
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Prof. Dr. R Srinivasan
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
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Ravish Malhotra
Indian Air Force
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Tridib Roy Chowdhury
Adobe Systems
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Utkarsh Rai

02:40 PM - 03:20 PM

 Debate : Organizational Identity: From ’Why We Are’ To ’Who We Are’

Very few organizations actually know the answer to these questions - ’Who are we as an organization?’ ’What are we doing?’ ’What do we want to be in the future?’ The concept of ’Organizational Identity’ was first defined by Albert and Whetten in 1985. An organization’s identity affects its actions, interpretation, and decision-making by its members and the management. This identity also has a huge impact on organizational change processes. Given this, how are organizations defining themselves in the ecosystem? MNCs consider India a huge market; however, very rarely do Indian products make a mark on the global landscape. Sure, there are a few products/solutions that have carved niches for themselves in the global market, but these are exceptions, not the norm. In our bid to ape global technology and market trends, have Indian companies lost touch with their Indianness? Could this fading Indianness be the X factor that will see organizations driving and creating value for the global market? This panel discusses these aspects and also explores how organizations could potentially tap into this as yet untapped X factor.

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Tanuj Vohra
CA Technologies, India
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Samir Gulve
EFI Inc
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Vaitheeswaran K
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Shantanu Ghosh
Rocket Software
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Ramaswamy Narayanan
Medtronic

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM

Panel : Minimizing Your Organizational Debt

Many decisions that should be made, often don’t get made, and definitely not at the time they should be made. Steve Blank first coined the term ’Organizational Debt,’ and wrote "all the compromises made to ’just get it done’ in the early stages of a start-up... can turn a growing company into a chaotic nightmare." In fact, many large organizations live with mountains of this kind of debt collected over years or decades that their leadership and employees just don’t know any better, and rather cannot imagine a life without it. Change can often be discomforting; but in the name of being ’comfortable,’ are some companies actually absorbing slow poison for themselves? Is indecision (whether in removing old code - also called ’technical debt’ or firing an employee) compromising the very ethos and values on which a great organization was built on? This panel discusses these questions in wide detail.

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Balamuralidhar Maddali
Verizon Data Services Pvt. Ltd
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Gitika Jain
Pitney Bowes
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Prasad Mandava
Akamai Technologies
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Girish Kamath
Scientific Games
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Naresh Shah
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Track 2

Markets

02:00 PM - 02:40 PM

Panel : Execution As Strategy : India Means Business

Strategy and execution are two very different things. As a wise person once said, "One happens in the boardrooms, while the other actually happens." The comparison of China and India never stops. On this particular issue, China seems to fare much better than India. It has a more centralized strategy, and the powers-that-be make sure to have it strongly implemented from the lower levels to the upper echelons. The innate democratic mindset in India seems to somehow bring in inefficiencies, thereby slowing down implementation. This phenomenon is not just seen in companies, but has been seen across the board - from governments to academia, to even start-ups. Can we write down the exact reasons for this? How do we bridge this gap between drawing up a strategy to actually executing it? What could be the potential savings? And who should be held responsible for a lack of execution? In this discussion, not just the panelists, but every audience member just has to have a view!

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Somshubhro (Som) Pal Choudhury
CIIE Bharat Innovation Fund, Startups, IESA, IoTNext, IoTForum
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Sudin Baraokar
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Ritesh Kapahi
Cisco Systems
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Suman Bose
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Sidhant Rastogi
Zinnov

02:40 PM - 03:20 PM

Panel : Tapping The Potential Of India’s Nano Markets

It has been reiterated many times that India really is nothing like a single country; it is akin to a mini-continent! Many cultures, many languages, many food habits, many skin colors, and many gods and goddesses. As micro-targeting and customizing for individuals and smaller groups becomes a reality, how can companies take this diversity into account? What aspects reveal more than others about customers and what exactly do they tell? Where do companies build their knowledge base about such things from? Is it even a good strategy? How do organizations measure some of these aspects and what features are more important than others? This panel delves deeper into India’s unique diversity and how companies can serve the needs of these different segments, both by being more useful for customers and efficient in their product building.

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Vidit Aatrey
Meesho
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Sahil Kini
Aspada Investment Advisors
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Arpan Samuel Ramtek
NowFloats Technologies
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Sumanta Ranjan Das
Intuit India
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Naganand Doraswamy
Ideaspring Capital

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM

Panel : The Role Of AI In Customer Experience

Today’s consumers live in an omnichannel world. Customers are more aware, more demanding than ever before. Meeting their expectations requires an enterprise-wide understanding and commitment, not merely an upgrade in one of the business units. Whether it’s B2B or B2C products/solutions, the next-gen customers want more, need more, and demand more, in terms of transparency, experience, and performance. How they consume, what they consume, where they consume - are all pertinent aspects of customer service that organizations need to be aware of. With digital in the mix, new age technologies such as Artificial Intelligence are increasingly being employed to provide intelligent, convenient, and informed customer experience. Simply put, the future of customer experience is Artificial Intelligence. AI is significantly impacting how customers interact with brands. In fact, an estimated 95% of customer interactions will be supported by AI technology. Given these customer expectations, how ready are organizations to implement AI in customer experience? What changes do organizations need to make to keep pace with the changes happening in the ecosystem? This panel touches upon these questions and also discusses how can organizations prepare themselves so that they are not left behind.

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Jay Dutta
MakeMyTrip & GoIbibo
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Vikram Kolar
Sabre Corporation
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Geetha Manjunath
NIRAMAI
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Amit Dangwal
Microsoft India
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Nayan Shetty
ABB Ability Customer Experience Center
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Karthikeyan Natarajan
Tech Mahindra

Track 3

CoNXT - Speed Dating

02:00 PM - 02:10 PM

Opening Note
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Ajeya Motaganahalli
NetApp India Pvt. Ltd

02:10 PM - 04:00 PM

SPEED DATING
BETWEEN
CORPORATES
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START-UPS
( PRE-REGISTERED CORPORATES ONLY )

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM

Registration

09:00 AM - 09:10 AM

Welcome note

09:10 AM - 09:30 AM

Keynote Talk : Quantum Leap - The Future Of Technology

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Cloud Computing, Big Data, Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality - are all a reality in today’s rapidly evolving technology landscape, when a few years ago, they were mere buzzwords. From the time of Ada Lovelace to Elon Musk, technology has evolved leaps and bounds beyond anyone’s imagination. From self-driving cars to paper diagnostics to designer antibiotics to ingestible microbots to nanobots to smart clothing, the future of technology sure seems exciting and terrifying in equal parts. While Quantum Computing and Edge Computing are technological buzzwords of the future that are being bandied about, will the technologies of today be relevant in, say 2020? Will AI/ML even be relevant by 2025, or would they be obsolete? What does the future hold in terms of technological advancements? These and other pertinent questions will be explored in this keynote talk.

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Debi Mishra
Partner Director of Engineering

Microsoft Teams

09:30 AM - 10:10 AM

Keynote Panel : India Ascending : Lighting The Way To A Digital City
The Smart City project has been envisioned to be able to make a city run more efficiently than ever, cater to a much larger population, and be self-correctable in the long term. But how far have we come in the dream and noise of creating one? What are the specific problem areas that companies are solving for? Where are the opportunities? What are the challenges? Infrastructure, healthcare, hygiene, and education have always been the most important aspects of any large city’s overall well-being. Do we have ready examples where we can see serious progress and emulate those for other cities? Is it possible to put realistic timelines when these cities will be up and standing? Many of these questions around the Smart City dream will be addressed in this enthralling panel.
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Dr Aloknath De
Corporate VP & CTO

Samsung R&D India
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Sanjeev Tyagi
VP & Head of R&D

Ericsson India Global Services Pvt. Ltd
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Santhosh Kumar
Managing Director

Texas Instruments (India)
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Sanjay Rajasekhar
General Manager, HTS Home and Building Technologies, India

Honeywell Technology Solutions India
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Syna Dehnugara
Features Editor, CNBC-TV18

Co-author, Young Turks

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

Keynote Talk : The Art of Storytelling

Everyone likes a good story. However, is storytelling still a competitive advantage to the corporate leaders in the world that is being disrupted by Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Big Data and Analytics? This talk makes a strong case for why leaders and managers need to focus on the art of storytelling more than ever. It would walk you through why storytelling alone would work in the age of automation and numbers, and bring out more of people’s creativity and play a critical role in innovation and rekindle their passion for excellence. How to tell a story in a most effective and efficient way? What should we watch out for as a storyteller, listener, and decision maker? What is the science behind the art of storytelling? This very exciting talk reflects on these questions and possible solutions which affect us all.

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Guru Bhat
GM Technology & Head of Engineering

PayPal

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Tea Break & Networking

11:00 AM - 11:40 AM

Keynote Panel : IBeacon : The Next-Gen Leader

"If you can’t listen, your actions may be quite useless." Leaders need to be more of listeners than doers. And this is something that doesn’t come naturally to a majority of people, and leaders are no exception. People get so lost in their own ideas and narrow focus, they forget that others may have very different perspectives and far easier solutions. They can miss out on important signals that customer behavior and trends are giving about their products and go marching on with their product development yearly plans. Agile and DevOps have improved the situation to a great level on the process side, but changing characteristics of individual leaders is by far, much harder. Is the art of listening key for leadership? What aspects of this should a leader know and how should they implement it in their life? Who teaches the leader? This panel talks about these and other questions about building the next-generation country leader.

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Jennifer Nelson
Senior Director, Software Engineering

Rocket Software
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Deepak Visweswaraiah
Senior Vice President & Managing Director

NetApp India Pvt. Ltd
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Sanket Atal
VP & MD - India Development Center

Intuit
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Ramkumar Narayanan
VP & Managing Site Director India R&D

VMware Software India Pvt. Ltd
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Vamsee Tirukkala
Co-founder & Chief Commercial Officer - Platforms

Zinnov

11:40 AM - 12:20 PM

Keynote Panel : Millennial Dollar Baby : Investing In The Workforce Of The Future

Some studies estimate that 75% of businesses will be digital by 2020. On the flipside, there will be a global shortage of 38-40 million college-educated employees by 2020. The future holds a wide gap between supply and demand of skilled talent across the globe. To add to this, this is the most multi-generational workforce in history, requiring a greater diversity of development needs, experience, expectations, and skills. Crisis yields opportunity, and the challenge to educate and develop tomorrow’s workforce is one that all businesses need to actively be involved in as well as invest in. Just as the way organizations cultivate and acquire talent must evolve to keep pace with the fluidity of a new wave of technology market demands, the workforce must evolve from point-in-time learning to continual learning, acquiring new and relevant skills and expertise. How will the organizational dynamics need to be transformed, with Gen Y and Gen Z employees entering the workforce? Are organizations ready to cater to the needs of a multi-generational workforce? What processes and changes do organizations need to make for Gen X and Babyboomers to work in tandem with Gen Y and Gen Z? This panel will delve deep into these questions and provide insights into how organizations can transform their workforce.

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Vasanthi Srinivasan
Professor

Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
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Jayanthi Vaidyanathan
Director, HR

Paypal India
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Kaushik Kunal Singh
Student

Inventure Academy
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Pankaj Narulla
Senior Vice President, Managed Services Operations

Broadridge Financial Solutions (India) Private Limited
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Sahithi Rohini Pingali
Student

Inventure Academy
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Praveen Bhadada
Partner & Practice Head

Zinnov

12:20 PM - 12:40 PM

Keynote Talk : India Opportunity in a data-driven world

Nearly 61 per cent of C-suite executives of Indian firms believe that their organizational decisions are highly data-driven compared to the global benchmark of around 40 per cent, cites a report. Using data analytics in business is a great way to move up the ladder of success, with data-driven insights helping business owners take important strategic decisions. The minute you reflect on data insights, new ideas start pouring in and immediately you know your next move. Not only can you improve productivity by shifting from manual to automated processes, you’ll find a significant change in profitability too. That’s the power of big data and analytics, which can be leveraged by organizations across the board. And India as a country is one gigantic pool of data with clusters of it available for the picking, if only you know how to leverage it. But how can organizations leverage the huge data that 1.4 billion people generate? What kind of talent needs to be attracted to make sense of this vast data? How will it affect organizations’ top line? These and other pertinent questions are answered in this exciting and timely keynote talk.

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Prakash Mallya
Managing Director, Sales & Marketing Group – India

Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd

12:40 PM - 01:00 PM

Zinnov Keynote : Modernization Of Digital Enterprises - AI / ML At The Core

In the last 3 years, Zinnov has conducted detailed research on ML/AI use cases that are evolving and are beginning to have real impact across different industry segments. However, there are some real challenges that are causing AI initiatives to remain as pilots for a longer time. This presentation will focus on sharing outcomes of Zinnov research and learnings from building DRAUP, to decipher how enterprises can scale ML initiatives from Models to Outcomes, and steering businesses on the road to a data- and science-driven approach to enterprise decision-making.

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Hardik Tiwari
Principal Manager for Products

Zinnov

01:00 PM - 02:00 PM

Lunch & Networking

Track 1

Future of Work

02:00 PM - 02:10 PM

Opening Note

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Anuj Magazine
Citrix R&D India

02:10 PM - 02:50 PM

Panel : Enterprise Transitioning To Hybrid/Multi Cloud

The rapid rise of the cloud has no doubt changed the way organizations do business. They’re reaping the benefits of cloud services, but still depend on a number of on-premise resources for certain critical needs like privacy and security requirements. Rather than taking an all-or-nothing approach to cloud, businesses are designing hybrid computing environments to get the best of both worlds. Simply put, a hybrid cloud environment integrates private computing resources like data centers and private clouds, and public cloud services. While separate entities, the private and public resources share apps, data, and services, and are managed as one unified environment. This panel explores the compelling world of Hybrid Cloud for enterprises, assesses the best approaches to transition, outlines key risks, the costs of not embracing Hybrid Cloud, to name a few.

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Abhilash Verma
Citrix Networking
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Ajeya Motaganahalli
NetApp India Pvt. Ltd
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Sunil Mahale
Nutanix India
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Satya Jha
DellEMC
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Ananda Ladi
Zinnov

02:50 PM - 03:30 PM

Panel : The Rise Of Conversational AI: Humanizing Technology

From Siri to Alexa to Cortana to Amazon Echo to Google Home, devices with integrated conversational Artificial Intelligence seem to have assimilated into our lives quite seamlessly. The technology behind these assistants and applications keeps getting better, but there’s still a tendency for people to be disappointed by their ’limited’ capabilities. There is a decided limit to their ’intelligence.’ For now. Despite great strides in Natural Language Processing (NLP) by data-driven approaches, natural language understanding, unfortunately, remains elusive. Conversational technology will be empathetic by nature and able to use real-time data analysis to create the sort of context-aware, memory-based conversations we have with each other. Whether it’s providing simple facts or answering questions, conversational AIs will be able to do everything a human service agent can, but faster and more efficiently. While start-ups will hit the ground running, for traditional organizations, change will be slower. How can organizations remove the shackles of legacy technology to embrace commoditized technology and cloud-based AI services? How crucial is it for enterprises to adapt to this inevitable change? This exciting panel explores these and other pertinent questions regarding conversational AI.

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Heena Raval
CA Technologies
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Prakash Mall
Target India
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Prashant Choudhari
Microsoft
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Nikhil Rasiwasia
Amazon
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Rajendra Sisodia
Philips Research
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Sandeep Doulat
Pegasystems Worldwide India Pvt. Ltd

03:30 PM - 04:10 PM

Panel : How India’s Deep-Tech Start-Ups Are Taking On The World

India has always played a key role in the global engineering and technology industry’s growth. India ranks third among global start-up ecosystems, with more than 5000 start-ups and 1000+ new additions in 2017 alone. There is a strong possibility that India will continue to take on the world with the potential of its emerging Deep-Tech start-ups as well. Healthcare, Semiconductors, Mobile and SaaS sectors are witnessing the application of advanced technologies like AI/ML, Big Data, IoT, and AR/VR. Investor interest in these start-ups is on the rise, and even the big corporates are offering acceleration, collaboration, and investment programs to catalyze and support the Deep-Tech industry. Being flooded with innovative ideas and support from the ecosystem, India does hold the promise of leading the global deep-tech start-up story. While the world recognizes that the opportunity exists in India, the real question is whether Indian tech start-ups will be able to compete with the money and the brain-power of established corporates of Silicon Valley, Europe, and China, or will they fall by the wayside. This panel explores how India’s deep-tech start-ups can hold their own and the necessary ingredients required to make it happen.

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Gireesh Rajendran
Steradian Semiconductors Pvt. Ltd
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Rohit Kumar Pandey
SigTuple
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Kumar Rangarajan
Slang Labs
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Pankaj Mitra
Cisco Investments & Acquisitions
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Abhishek Srivastava
Endiya Partners

Track 2

Community

02:00 PM - 02:40 PM

Panel : Build, Buy, Partner - Start-Up Collaboration Paradigms

Innovation is key to growth and creating a competitive differentiation. An organization’s business growth is tied to its innovation engine. And that requires them to explore options on how to innovate - build in-house, buy, or partner externally. Each avenue comes with its own set of benefits and risks, and this strategic decision needs to be made after careful examination of factors like a thorough understanding of the market, competition, current customers, and internal strengths and weaknesses. Build - building innovation internally by incubating start-ups within the organization; buy - acquiring strategic start-ups, which would usually be integrated into the larger organization; and partner - the in-between option, where organizations establish limited partnerships for a specified period of time. This panel explores all three corporate-start-up collaboration paradigms, the ways in which both entities can monetize on, the learnings and insights gained through such collaborations, and hybrid models that are emerging in the ecosystem.

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Jitendra Chaddah (JC)
Intel India
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Sudheendranath Bhatt
Wells Fargo
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Dan Kranzler
Capria Ventures
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Kishore Konakanchi
PayPal India
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Prakash Bodla
United Technologies Corporation

02:40 PM - 03:20 PM

Panel : Power Of The Collective : Building Customers Through Communities

One thing the Internet enabled flawlessly was for people to come together quickly. The very first online forums date more than 2 decades ago, when ’being online’ was still not a term. Over time, the power of the collective has only evolved. While social networks and online groups may have a natural fit in these, far off companies like device makers are seeing their importance. For instance, companies like OnePlus, Xiaomi, have dedicated community channels where they hold events and contests to idea sharing and customer validation. Crowdsourcing, explored more by start-ups and individuals creating unique products, is another way where the power of the collective is being harnessed in this age of networks. And then there are platform companies like Uber, Airbnb and the like, whose products are dependent on the masses. This panel discusses questions such as - Is there an aspirational value associated with being in such communities? How much further can companies use communities than it just being about branding and brand loyalty? What are the core features of the models for these mediums that are working? And how do you measure their efficacy? and many more.

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Nithin Kamath
Zerodha
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Karan Virwani
WeWork India
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Siddharth Mangharam
Floh
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Vaibhav Gupta
Zinnov

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM

Panel : The Role Of The Developer Community In A Platform Economy

There is clearly a rising platform economy shaping our global business landscape and affecting the lives of citizens worldwide. This new form of organization seems to be a robust - some would even say dominant - form of business enterprise in the digital economy. While significant challenges lie ahead, the opportunities that platforms offer are enormous, tapping into an unprecedented level of global Internet connectivity and a large supply of talent and software skills to develop the platforms of tomorrow. However, not all platforms are the same, for they come in different types. This is where the influential and in-demand developer community comes into play. How can the developer community contribute to the platform economy? While developers are evolving by reskilling and upskilling themselves so as to remain relevant to the platform economy, is there a way for organizations to partner with the developer community to make it a mutually beneficial partnership? These and other pertinent questions are explored in this highly relevant and timely panel.

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Karthik Padmanabhan
Google India Pvt. Ltd
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Vivek Prakash
HackerEarth
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Ajay Chebbi
IBM Cloud, Mobile developer experience
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Nikhil Kumar
iSPIRT Foundation
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Akshat Vaid
Zinnov

Track 3

Talent

02:00 PM - 02:40 PM

Panel : Digital Workplaces – The Reckoning, The Rumble, The Revolution

To thrive in a world where digital transformation is in the driver’s seat, organizations must create a digitally connected and collaborative work environment, or risk being left behind. Today’s workplace is an always-connected environment that provides instant access to everything that the employees need. The lines between the physical workspace and the place where the work actually happens are becoming increasingly blurred, as is the distinction between personal and professional lives. Given this, how can organizations transform their workplaces to reflect the technological advancements in the ecosystem? How can organizations gear up for a digital workplace transformation? What are the challenges and pitfalls that organizations are likely to face when they embark on such a journey? This exciting panel explores these pertinent questions and provides insights on what would potentially work and what changes organizations need to make.

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Snigdha Ghosh Ray
ADP
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Shashank Bhushan
BMC Software India
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Dr. Pandurang Kamat
Persistent Systems
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Sidhant Rastogi
Zinnov

02:40 PM - 03:20 PM

Panel : No More Catch Up : Learning In A Flash

A few years ago, MOOCs were touted as the future of learning. While the mood has now changed a little, the avenues of learning have only multiplied. Not only is understanding of every aspect of every subject available at the click of a button, what needs to be known to address real-life problems (especially in technology), seems to be evolving at a much faster pace than anyone can keep up. Are the days of reading long theoretical and technical books relegated to the pages of history? Do companies know that what their employees know today could very well be redundant in 5 years? How can they ensure that their workforce is future-ready? Is there so much clutter that people who want to learn are unable to find the right path to do so? With start-ups to large companies entering this space, education has suddenly changed from being a traditional backseat industry to being at the forefront of getting disrupted itself. Watch this panel, with a lot of thought and takeaways on how each of us should plan our learning life, because those choices could very well define us as individuals.

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Madhav Vamsi
Swiggy
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Dr.Srimathy Kesan
Space Kidz India
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Amit Aggarwal
NASSCOM
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Dr. Manish Gupta
VideoKen
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Priya K
Ingersoll Rand
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Arun Rajamani Sivaramakrishnan
Pluralsight India

03:20 PM - 04:00 PM

Panel : Inclusion Starts With I : Achieving Inclusion At Scale

Many studies have concluded that a diverse and inclusive workforce is more productive and competitive. However, unconscious bias, rampant stereotypes, and ingrained attitudes affect the best of us, unintentionally working against creating an inclusive workforce. How can organizations create more diverse and inclusive workplaces? Why are there so few initiatives and programs to change the status quo? How does Section 377 come into play? What are the myths surrounding Section 377? Are organizations equipped to address these? What role can organizations play in creating LGBTQ- and PwD-friendly workplaces? This exciting panel explores these and other pertinent questions to help guide organizations to achieve inclusion at scale.

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Madhumitha Venkataraman
Hindustan Coca Cola
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Poonam Narang
Shell Business Operations - Bangalore
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Srini Ramaswami
Cisco
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Suresh Ramdas
HP Inc

04:00 PM - 04:30 PM

Tea & Networking

04:30 PM - 05:00 PM

Z Talks: Agents of Change: Breaking Boundaries

Breaking boundaries could either be literally or figuratively, and we are most definitely talking about the latter in this series of compelling talks. This set of high impact talks features individuals who have chosen to live life on their own terms, breaking barriers and boundaries set by either the society, the corporate world, their family, or even their appearance. These resourceful and enterprising individuals set out to draw their own boundaries, and have succeeded in leaving a significant mark on this world, for the better. All three featured speakers are distinguished in their own right, and are here to share their experiences, insights, learnings, and the X factor in their life that brought them to this point in their lives. Gear up for an exciting set of talks that will leave you enthralled at the least, and inspired at the most!

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Vishwas KS
India Para Swimmer

Astha
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Shivangi Pathak
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Akash Manoj
Research fellow, AIIMS-D/TUS-Tokyo; Student

The Ashok Leyland School

05:00 PM

Event Closure

DAY 1 - 20th June WEDNESDAY

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Making Your GIC Next-Gen Skills-ready     Venue : Strategy – 2

Abstract of the session - Technology is changing faster than our ability to learn it. Global Innovation Centers are evolving rapidly from being centers of cost arbitrage to becoming drivers of business value and centres of excellence for future technology skills for their parent companies. A key driver of this evolution is the ability to reskill their workforce at scale on a set of future technologies that matter to industries that their parent organizations operate in. This Masterclass will help GIC technology and skill development leaders to establish a technology learning framework that will always keep them future-skills ready.

Key takeaways for the attendees
  • Gain insights from the Zinnov-Pluralsight Next-Gen Skills report for the Indian IT industry
  • Get access to usable frameworks on translating a Future-Tech Strategy into a Skills Strategy
  • Get a ‘How-to’ perspective from GIC leaders who have implemented this in their organization
  • Learn from your peers on their experiences in becoming Next-Gen Skills-ready

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Venkatesh Swaminathan
Country Head of Enterprise Business

Pluralsight India
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Girish Badrinarayanan
Technology Head

Pluralsight India
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Dinesh Thukaram
Director, Learning and Talent Transformation

Honeywell
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Ananda Ladi
Partner

Zinnov

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Anti-patterns of digital transformation     Venue : Agenda

Abstract of the session - Lots of funds are being made available for digital transformation and there is no lack of effort to transform. However, there is a lot of misguided effort. This session will describe common anti-patterns of digital transformation and suggest ways to remedy them.

Key takeaways for the attendees
  • Understand the drivers, size, and scope of digital transformation efforts in the industry as a whole.
  • Glean insights on non-intuitive anti-patterns of digital transformation and their remedies from the first-hand experience of an expert.
  • Avoid expensive mistakes by learning from the mistakes of others.

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Sriram Narayan
VP Advisory

ThoughtWorks

3:15 PM - 4:30 PM

Women In Tech ( Her WITS about her )     Venue : Agenda

Abstract of the session -Women have historically faced many a struggle across industries and sectors to make their mark. However, the tide has turned in the recent past, with women making great strides toward changing the future. And tech is one area of specific interest, as it’s a place where women have traditionally been under-represented.

Statistics show that women prioritize the skills that employers seek and gain proficiency in the languages most in-demand. However, despite this fact, the sad truth is that women of all ages are more likely to hold junior positions than their male counterparts. There is a distinct dearth of women in senior positions even in 2018.

This session is a masterclass to help women technologists garner a more well-rounded perspective on what it takes to build a successful tech career. How to think about technology, how to integrate design thinking in technology across the board, learn to articulate their contributions as well as ask for what they believe they deserve.

Key takeaways for the attendees
  • 1. Understanding the importance of integrating design thinking in technology
  • 2. Thriving, not just surviving, in the tech industry – thinking business, creating code
  • 3. How to build right relationships, in the right manner

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Veena Rao
Head Product Management – Corporate Banking

Finastra
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Shefali Bansal
Program Director & Global Practice Leader

IBM

DAY 2 - 21st June THURSDAY

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Decentralized Identity  – How Blockchain is shaping the future of identity and credentialing     Venue : Strategy – 2

Abstract of the session -A secure identity is central to our digital, connected life today. The cost of acquiring, managing, proving, and securing identities runs into billions of dollars globally. As high-profile data breaches have shown, centralized identity providers also become attractive targets for hackers. In this session, we will understand how the identity ecosystem can be made more secure, more efficient, and less expensive using Blockchain. Even more importantly, how individuals can have more control on their identity attributes using decentralized design. We will learn about the emerging decentralized identity standard, and how this work can be used in broader credentialing use cases such as educational certificates, accredited memberships, and other generalized credentials.

Key takeaways for the attendees
  • Learn about the challenges of current identity systems
  • Learn about how decentralized identity is evolving and what the future looks like
  • Understand the stakeholders, workflows and key elements in a decentralized identity and credentialing future
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Dr. Pandurang Kamat
Chief Technologist & Associate CTO

Persistent Systems

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Confessions of a Big Data Analytics Practitioner     Venue : Agenda

Abstract of the session -Traditional software development projects have always been executed by IT professionals, as it should be. However, this has, over time, created a certain ‘mindset’ in execution. The business user’s expectations from the developer community to deliver these projects have also been that of the conventional cookie cutter methods. However, as most data practitioners would know, data projects do not fall under this category or follow the traditional software development lifecycle in the way it is executed. It needs to be more agile, more nimble in the way it adapts to the newer technologies, newer business user expectations.

When a community of professionals with traditional SDLC mindset take up data projects, there is a tendency to force-fit the data projects into the traditional mold, leading to conflicts, chaos, and misinformed expectations. It’s akin to forcing a square peg in a round hole.
In this session, we will highlight the key differences in the lifecycle and share the best practices learned to address these conflicts. It will also help in looking at fundamentally changing the mindset of developers as well as business users to better map out the roles on both sides.

Key takeaways for the attendees
  • Understanding what it takes to build a data science ecosystem from scratch
  • Addressing challenges faced by data practitioners who deal with an ecosystem of professionals with a traditional SDLC mindset

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Inigo Fernando
Executive Vice President

Broadridge Financial Solutions (India) Private Limited

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

How to Get Corporate Innovation Right     Venue : Agenda

Abstract of the session -Rapid digitalization is transforming the global business landscape at an unprecedented speed. To survive in this dynamic environment, innovation is key. Innovation is a paradigm that assumes that corporates can and should use external as well as internal ideas, and internal and external paths to market, as they look to advance their technology or innovating with partners by sharing risk and reward equitably.

Over the years, the boundaries between a corporate and its ecosystem have become more permeable; innovations can easily transfer inward and outward. The central idea behind corporate innovation is that in a world of widely distributed knowledge, companies cannot afford to rely entirely on their own research but should instead buy or license processes or inventions (i.e. patents) from other companies.

One way to boost corporate innovation is to collaborate with technology start-ups. It can benefit both sides, helping corporates to enter and create new markets, and start-ups to develop their products, and to scale: chief executive officers of both corporates and start-ups share the common strategic goals of growing their company, improving its competitive positioning, and generating revenue. Even partnerships with potential disruptors can be beneficial because of the difficulty for an established business to disrupt from within.

  • How do you drive effective start-up collaborations for creating tangible business impact by
    • Sharing the risks
    • Opportunities for growth
    • Leveraging each partner’s core strengths
    • Accessing resources in form of talent, technology and markets
    • Access new markets
  • What are the potential landmines that could hinder these collaboration opportunities?
  • What are some of the myths surrounding start-up – corporate collaborations?
  • Why is the term ‘corporate innovation’ raise the hackles of skeptics?
  • How important is it to corporate innovation to stay relevant in the current times?

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Ravi Narayan
Mentor. Advisor. Investor.