Hyderabad To Host 'Olympics Of IT Industry'

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 12, 2018


The World Information Technology and Services Alliance (WITSA) is hosting its international conference, World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT), along with Nasscom, in Hyderabad from February 19 to 21. The ‘Olympics of the IT industry’, as the conference is called, is coming to India for the first time.

The focus of WCIT India 2018 will be ‘Fulling the Promise of Digital Age’. The event has lined up about 22 sessions covering artificial intelligence, blockchain, innovation, future of work, and sports and technology. About 2,500 representatives, including 500 foreign participants from 30 countries, will take part in the conference. Along with the WCIT 2018, which is being jointly hosted by apex IT industry body Nasscom, WITSA and the Telangana government, the Nasscom India Leadership Forum (NILF) 2018 too will be conducted simultaneously in Hyderabad.

Nasscom president R Chandrasekhar said in a statement that the event has several showstoppers and disruptors lined up, including Sophia the social humanoid robot that has been developed by Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics. “Specific sessions will focus on the digital revolution and ways in which it is reshaping the world, particularly spotlighting the strategies leaders need in place to stay ahead of the competency curve. On the side lines, will be 24 sessions on Policy Dialogues, New Tech Deep Dives, Country Sessions, Analyst Corners, CIO Sessions and Boardroom CEO sessions,” said Chandrasekhar.The key speakers include Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen, Coursera co-founder Andrew Ng, Honeywell chairman David Cote, Emerson Electric president Ed Monser, NEC Corporation’s executive VP and CTO Katsumi Emura, Novartis Pharma CIO Scott Sandschafer, Standard Chartered group CIO Michael Gorriz, SITA CEO Barbara Dalibard, Capgemini group chairman and CEO Paul Hermelin. Isha Foundation founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev and Cornell SC Johnson School of Business dean Soumitra Dutta, among others, will also be speaking at the event.

In recent years, Hyderabad has already made its mark on the global IT map and turned out to be a key destination for technology events. After having successfully wrapped up the prestigious Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 in November end, the IT city is gearing up to host WCIT, yet another high profile global summit.

Telangana IT minister KT Rama Rao said, “The city is already home to the top five most valued tech companies in the world, be it Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, and WCIT will only reinforce Hyderabad’s standing on the world map, bringing more laurels in terms of visibility and aspirations to be a global city.”