Mega IT meet in Hyderabad from Monday

Over 150 thought leaders and 2,500 delegates are likely to participate in the global event.

By   |  Published: 19th Feb 2018  12:13 amUpdated: 19th Feb 2018  2:24 pm

Hyderabad: After a successful Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) last November, Hyderabad is all set to host the World Congress on Information Technology (WCIT) from February 19 to 21.

Over 150 thought leaders and 2,500 delegates are likely to participate in the global event, which will have more than 50 sessions and showcase unique technology from 33 nations, representing both business and government. India’s apex IT industry body Nasscom is also organising its India Leadership Forum on a global scale concurrently.

WCIT Hyderabad ambassador and Pegasystems India MD Suman Reddy told Telangana Today: “The summit will bring together businesses, governments, regulatory authorities and academia on one platform. With the way digitisation is taking place, the summit will present how different constituents and stakeholders can collaborate”.

The conference will focus on five core themes — Bracing for Impact, Digitise the Core, Firm of the Future, Emerging Imperatives and Collaborate to Disrupt. It will also emphasise way on how businesses can digitise their core and its impact.

This year, India being the host nation, the focus will be on learnings in the areas of building Smart Cities and digital infrastructure to put in place best practices. Indian academia can get to know how businesses will leverage emerging technologies to set forth their future curriculum. Regulators will learn how to deal with data, privacy and other critical aspects. Large businesses will get to understand how to work with different economies, showcase their strengths and products while startups will get a unique opportunity to access the vast pool of IT think tank at one place.

WCIT will also showcase technology exhibits where large enterprises and startups can display their products and solutions. There will be informal chats between thought leaders, startups and entrepreneurs.

The Telangana government has led the arrangements along with Nasscom to host the event. Hyderabad as a host city has proved to the world its IT prowess with it seeing massive investments by IT majors and small and medium enterprises. Through T-Hub, the city has emerged as a preferred destination for several startups in the country.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will make a technology-assisted (virtual) inaugural address, followed by an opening panel address by Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, Nasscom chairman Raman Roy and WITSA secretary general Dr Jim Poisant on Monday. Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao will take part in a Ministers’ Roundtable discussion on ‘Rethinking governance in a digital economy’.