4th Edition of Digital Rajasthan Conclave organized by FICCI
Jaipur: To evaluate, analyze and promote Digital, IT & ITeS ecosystem in Rajasthan, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) along with Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), Government of India today organized the 4th edition of Digital Rajasthan Conclave at Hotel Clarks Amer, Jaipur. Mr. D.B. Gupta, Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan was Chief Guest for the inaugural session. Report on Digital Rajasthan: Embracing Change by FICCI and PwC was also released during the event.
Addressing the house at inaugural session, Chief Guest, Mr. D.B. Gupta, Chief Secretary, Government of Rajasthan said, “Government is committed to reach citizen through technology. Our vision is to move from door step services to finger tips service.” He also said that the recent advancement of technologies is providing a huge number of opportunities and today the focus of any service provider is on ‘Ease of Accessibility’ and user convenience has become vital in every aspect. He also elaborated Government of Rajasthan’s various initiatives. Rajasthan is the state of firsts when it comes to e-Governance. Rajasthan was the first state to start electronic service delivery on the year 2002. Rajasthan is also the first state in the country to implement an integrated certifies e-Governance framework. He also mentioned that in the year 2002, e-Meter Project was started with only two utility services – Electricity and Water Supply Bill but today, 69,000 e-Meter service delivery kiosks are providing meter 400 utility services and have become the largest service delivery platform in our country. He also talked about direct benefit transfer, Jan-Aadhar Yojana, Command Control Centers, Raj Net, State Data Center etc.
In his keynote address, H.E. Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India said that digital ecosystem is changing the world at very fast pace and India is a Heart of Digital Transformation. India is working exceptionally well in the field of technology innovation and Rajasthan is no exception to it. According to him, Rajasthan has done very well in various sectors through digital technology and Japan and India has a digital partnership. He also stated that 5G is another proving area where Japan will join hands with India as India is about to commence 5G services in the country. In his words, “Japan has technology whereas India has talented engineers with vast market” and this collaboration will have a proving impact.
During his address, Mr. Subodh Agarwal, Addl. Chief Secretary, Industries, Government of Rajasthan said that recent advancements in technology and innovations are continuously disrupting our world. It is true but disruption is a continuous process, we have been witnessing disruption from the beginning. Invention of fire, mobile phones, cars all are innovations so disruption is there always but the only difference is the speed of the change. This has impacted us in many ways because with the introduction of latest technologies, costs are coming down drastically.
During the session, Mr. Pankaj Khurana presented a presentation on the theme “Fostering innovation for a trillion dollar digital economy” in which he explained various aspects including evolving digital infrastructure, digital empowerment, digital inclusion and growing digital consumption. He also shared his cautions about cyber and data security during his speech.
Session on “Emerging Technologies & Trends” saw Ms. Shipra Bhalla Chowdhary, Director, Digital Government, SAP India Pvt. Ltd. talk about Transforming Organizations into Intelligent Enterprises whereas Dr. Ajay Data, Founder & CEO, Data Ingenious Global Ltd.; Mr. Ajay Gupta, Global Head, Smart Cities & IoT, Tech Mahindra and Mr. Navneet Sharma, Vice President, QualDev, Aeris Communication talked about The Vernacularisation of India’s Internet, AI Shaping Future of Smart Cities & Digital Transformation with 5G respectively.
Another session on “Securing the Digital Boundaries” had Mr. Bimal Patwari, Member, FICCI, Rajasthan Sub-Committee on IT & ITeS and Preisdent, Pinnacle Infotech; Ms. Savita Utreja, Sr. Director and Scientist ‘G’, Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In), Ministry of Electronics & IT, Government of India; Col. Inderjeet Singh, Chief Cyber Security Officer, Vara United; Mr. Sujeet Samrat, Principal, Digital Strategy and Consulting, Infosys Finacle; Mr. Britto Sidhan, Cybersecurity, Prinicpal Architect, Schneider Electric and Mr. Mukesh Choudhary, CEO, Cyberops Infosec LLP talk about Emerging Cyber Threats in IoT & Industrial IoT, Next Generation Banking, Combating Threats through New-Age technology etc.
Along with this, a panel discussion on “How to Grow Startup without External Funding” was also organized where Mr. Chintan Bakshi, CEO, Starup Oasis; Mr. Anup Khandelwal, Founder & CEO, Kirana King; Mr. Rohit Sharma, CEO Shaadidukan.com; Mr. Abhishek Daga, Co-Founder, Thrillophilia; Mr. Saurabh Sharma, Co-Founder, Onio Seller Services and Mr. Shubham Arora, Associate Director, PwC India shared insights on how in this competitive age with bare-minimum funds and without any external support a startup can survive in the market.
Mr. Randhir Vikram Singh, Co-Chairman, FICCI, Rajasthan State Council and Joint Managing Director, Mandawa Hotels proposed a vote of thanks and shared that approx 200 participants and startups took part in the 4th edition of Digital Rajasthan Conclave. Along with this, 2nd edition of StartUp Conclave was also organized in which 9 Tech start-ups participated in Start-up Pitch Town for funding and 23 companies displayed their product & services at Start-up Expo.