The 24th edition of Bengaluru Tech Summit that inaugurates on Wednesday will see participation from over 30 countries. The three day hybrid event is expected to see a virtual address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 18.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu today encouraged scientists, technocrats and entrepreneurs to come out with new ideas and innovations to create knowledge and economic wealth for the progress of humanity and betterment of society at large.
Inaugurating the Bengaluru Tech Summit (BTS) 2021 in Bengaluru, Naidu said that the ultimate goal of technology is to bring happiness in life. There should be development of technologies that address people’s pressing problems and make their lives happier and comfortable, he said.
Acknowledging the recent technological disruptions in many areas, the Vice President stressed that the real potential of technology can be unleashed when there are significant improvements in sectors such as agriculture, education, healthcare, governance and climate change.
Australian PM Scott Morrison announced at the inauguration of the Bengaluru Tech Summit that Australia is seeking to establish a new Consulate General in Bengaluru. He said that the two countries were already collaborating on the mining and processing of critical minerals – like cobalt and lithium and rare earth elements – that are vital to clean energy technologies and have military applications.
“We’re also cooperating on space science, technology, and research – and Australia is proud to be supporting India’s inspirational Gaganyaan human spaceflight mission,” he added, saying the two countries were working towards a low-emissions technology partnership, which will see them combine efforts on hydrogen and ultra-low-cost solar.
The two countries are also working with the United States and Japan through the Quad Leaders Dialogue.
“Technology isn’t developed in a vacuum. It reflects the values of the societies that create it and use it – in particular how we use it. So Australia is working with like-minded countries, liberal democracies in particular, to ensure global technology rules and norms reflect those values – liberal democratic values,” he added.
At the inauguration of the Bengaluru Tech Summit which was attended by 10,000 people online and several others offline, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai urged global leaders to be a part of the state’s growth story, ensuring that Karnataka and Bengaluru fly high. He likened technology to Saraswati and Bengaluru to her vehicle Hamsa.