IoTNext 2017 to focus on the expansion of startup ecosystem in India  

To create opportunities, cultivate and empower the Indian startup ecosystem

Bangalore, 8th November, 2017  :  India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) and The Indus Entrepreneurs(TiE), Bangalore, commencedthe two day IoTNext 2017 Summit. The event showcased a 100% growth in the 2nd edition of the Start-upIoT Directory,launched with IoTForum. The Directory includes 900 start-ups, working in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) across the nation. It has been compiled with support from NASSCOM, IoT CoE, IIT Mumbai, SINE, IKP EDEN, Revxx, IoTBLR,T-Hub, Forge and Excubator.

Mr. Ashwini Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA & Mr. Ravi Gururaj, President, TiE Bangalore inaugurating IOTNext 2017

With a focus on New Perspectives & Fresh Thinking on IoT Security, the mega summit is expected to attract over 1000 participants, visionaries and stakeholders on a common platform. It will showcase innovations at the IoT Hack Fest, withsymposiums to discuss and debate leading topics to foster an ecosystem to promote start-ups that develop fabless semiconductor and electronic products especially around connected devices or in the IoTspace.It willaddresskey challenges faced by the industryand build strategy for scalable, secure and efficient IoT implementation, by determining which new technologies will drive IoT to the next development stage. It will also focus on the start-up ecosystem by upskilling the workforce in the field of IoT with workshops on new technologies like LoRa and Julia Scientific computing.

Keynote session by Frank Theil, VP & GM, Microsemi

This year, the summit will deep-dive into two market verticals and two horizontal technologies and also explore fresh thinking and strategies for leapfrogging that India could explore.The theme for this year is, ‘Beyond the Hype: Pilots to Scale’including keynotes by distinguished speakers. Dr. Martin Scott, PhD, CTO and Sr. VP, Security Division, Rambus,Rahul Bedi, Sr. Director, Internet of Things Group, Intel and Frank Thiel, VP and GM,  Microsemi talked about the transformational journey of IoT, highlighting the various opportunities it created for the manufacturing landscape in India.

Speaking on the occasion, Ashwini K Aggarwal, Chairman, IESAsaid, “We are encouraged by the success of the previous editions in bringing together the industry stakeholders. The start-up ecosystem in India has already reached great heights and with the support of emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning and analytics the growth in this space has been exponential. Last year, we had about 500 start-ups listed in our directory and now the number has reached to 1000 start-ups in the IoT field, in just one year. IESA Innovation Initiative – leveraging Industry CSR and Best-in-class models from the world – is looking at direct industry intervention at academia-incubator-startup level to enable the Indian IoT hardware ecosystem. We would like to take this to at least another 100 percent growth that it is currently witnessing.”

Press Briefing : Left to right – Ravi Gururaj, President, TiE Bangalore | Mr. Ashwini Aggarwal, Chairman, IESA | Dr. Sandeep Garg, President, IESA | Som Pal Choudhury, Co-Chair, IOTNext

Ravi Gururaj, President, TiE Bangalore said “The Indian government has already been active in making the nation more digitally enabled with its laudable initiatives such as Digital India, Smart City etc. By welcoming automated technologies such as artificial intelligence, this effort is further boosting their vision of a ‘Digital India’. We are proud that India is moving the ante towards innovation and we are happy to contributeand support IoT entrepreneurs and further strengthen the ecosystem.”

The Summit will see an array of panels covering‘A connected life – Explore Home, Car, Work, Public and Personal spaces and IOT in each space’ and ‘Artificial Intelligence & Analytics’, addressing Logistics and Transportation challenges by BlackBuck, Loginext as well as solutions from Hyperloop and  OlaPlay. The evening of Day 1 will culminate with the IoTNext awardspromotingstart-ups and entrepreneurs in fabless semiconductor and electronic products in the IoT or connected devices space.

Further, with automation in full swing of creating an evolutionary disruption in the industry, it is imperative to define a growth path for the emerging markets across verticals and help them to be at par with the established players in the industry. Encouraging the development of this space, IESA and TiE will empower the start-ups to address some of the evolving business opportunities.

Prominent speakers of IoTNext 2017

  •  Akhilur Rahman, CTO, ABB India who will throw light on the overall IoT industry
  • Dileep Mangsuli , CTO, GE Healthcare who will enlighten the audience on Analytics and Artificial Intelligence in healthcare sector

Analytics / AI in healthcare

  • Philip Polstra, Author, Linux Forensics will talk about IoT Security – Trends & Challenges,

Forensics for  IoT

  • Atul Arya, Head Energy Systems, Panasonic will speak on Vision 2030: E-Mobility
  • Ramesh Kesanupalli, Co-Founder, FIDO Alliance and Founder – NokNok Labs Inc will talk about the technology aspect in IoT security

FIDO Authentication

  • Sandeep Kohli, Senior Director Engg., Flipkart will talk on How Flipkart uses Big Data & Machine Learning in eCommerce
  • Ankit  Jain, VP and Head, Ola Play will talk on the role of connected vehicle technology in transportation

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