Emerging India

Digital Dream

Symbol of emerging India

Meeting of technology experts


Convergence India 2017 promises to make the country’s digital dream a reality


The Convergence India 2017 expo and Internet of Things India 2017 expo (IoT India 2017) is said to have opened its doors, celebrating the 25th anniversary of South Asia’s most influential and relevant trade event for the ICT, broadcast and digital media industries.  

The expo had 635 companies showcasing ground-breaking technologies and services with new product launches. Organised by the Exhibitions India Group, the event was supported by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and the Digital India campaign.  The Government is making concentrated efforts to ensure the last mile connectivity of broadband services across the country to make Internet available to all. Digital India will ensure that government services are available to Indian citizens at all times. Aadhaar has given digital identity to 1.11 billion citizens, making it a unique project in the world. Under the Jan Dhan Yojana Scheme, 260 million bank accounts have been opened, points out PP Chaudhary, Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology and Law and Justice . Demonetisation has led to exponential growth in digital apps such as BHIM, RuPay, etc. A website (cashlessindia.in) has also been launched by the Ministry to make people aware about digital modes of payment, he points out.

According to him, the private sector support will uplift the Digital India initiative and help reach the bottom of the pyramid. Convergence India 2017 gives us the platform to showcase the initiative under this umbrella and provide opportunities for future collaboration.

For the first time in the history of humanity, it is being demonstrated that all are very strongly connected. Machines and technology enable this connection and empower human beings in all spheres of life, says Prof Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology. “We are moving into an era of autonomous digital from passive digital, which was started in the 70s. But the most important factor is that in the midst of the technology evolution, people should be at the centre,” he points out.

To nurture ideas and knowledge-based and technology-driven innovations into successful startups, the Department of Science and Technology is bullish on innovations, says Prof Sharma. DST runs 100 incubator programmes across the country, incubating 2000 start-ups and we plan to increase that to 5000 in the next three years. A new programme National Initiative for Development and Harnessing Innovations (NIDHI), has been launched which offers seed funding of Rs. 1 crore. The Atal Innovation Mission has also been launched for the welfare of citizens,” he says. Under the theme of Digital India, the event gathered an influential audience, including governments, key ICT industry players, international organisations, pioneering thinkers, consultants, academia, media and emergent players.

The key players are responsible for enabling digital transformation and bringing to life smart technologies, products, services and the latest IoT innovations. 

Technology continues to move at a rapid pace and collaboration is often the best way for companies and governments to achieve long-term success. This year’s event not only provides the right platform for this exchange, but also showcases the next generation of innovations that will shape our future. And what an incredible way to celebrate 25 years of Convergence India with the launch of the Internet of Things India 2017 expo, says Prem Behl, Chairman, Exhibitions India.