• Focal theme of this year’ conference is Innovation and Impact
• The conference is set to attract over 10000 visitors, 200+ visionary speakers, 200+ startups and global leaders from xx countries

Bengaluru, November 29, 2018: The 21st edition of Karnataka State’ flagship Information Technology and Biotechnology event, Bengaluru Tech Summit was inaugurated today at the Bengaluru Palace by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Karnataka, Shri H D Kumaraswamy. The three-day extravaganza is set to be bigger, better and more engaging than ever with global participants, industry captains, futurists and innovators showcasing the proud legacy of innovation in Karnataka. The event is being organized by the Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka, in association with Software Technology Parks of India (STPI) Bengaluru, with the support of reputed national industry associations like NASSCOM, IESA, TIE, ABAI etc.
The next wave of growth in the technology sector is expected to be driven through digital disruption, which leads to the development of avant-garde products and technologies. The event will provide a platform for industries worldwide to understand and leverage innovations that impact business and our everyday lives. Aptly, this year, the theme for Bengaluru Tech Summit is ‘Innovation and Impact’.
Shri H D Kumaraswamy, the Hon’ble Chief Minister, Government of Karnataka, highlighted the role of technology in the emerging digital economy, having potential to transform the economy, business landscape, governance and society. Bengaluru Tech Summit will provide a platform for innovators to showcase emerging technologies that will shape the way we go about our daily lives. Karnataka has been at the forefront embracing new technology with its policies, infrastructure and human capital.”
The event spectrum this year would include keynote talks, powerful conference sessions, B2B Tradeshows, Startup Zone, Thought Leaders Conclave, IT Export Awards, Showstoppers (Product Launch), Bengaluru Tech Exchange, Makers, Global Innovation Zone and much more. It would be a unique blend of over XX registered delegates, C-level Executives, thought leaders, policy makers, technology experts, young innovators and marquee investors.
The 3-day event has the support of leading IT and Electronics Associations, such as NASSCOM, IESA, TiE, ABAI, Data Security Council of India (DSCI) etc. The conference focus would be on Blockchain, AI, ML & Robotics, Intelligent Apps and Analytics, Immersive Experience (AR/VR), IOT, Telecom, Cyber Security, BioPharma, BioAgri, BioEnergy & BioFuels, BioServices, BioInformatics, Investment & Finance and much more.

Speaking at the event, Shri K J George, Minister for Large & Medium Scale Industries, IT and BT, Science and Technology, Government of Karnataka, said, “we are excited to present Bengaluru Tech Summit, which has become a platform of choice for innovators and global industry leaders to converge and showcase viability of current and emerging technologies. Government of Karnataka has been instrumental in promoting the information technology industry since its inception and we have made a significant contribution towards carving a niche for India in the global IT arena. We believe that our flagship event this year will help us further accentuate the growth of the sector. This year’s event would provide a truly international experience for our participating members and create further opportunities to fuel innovation.”
The highlight of this year’ conclave will be Humane Code – Global Hacathon where 20 winners from across the globe will be invited to the conference. The 25-day virtual global hackathon was conducted in collaboration with Global Innovation Alliance Partners and Startup Innovation Hubs to create solutions that addresses local / global societal needs.
Another key event that is eagerly awaited is the Drone Racing Competition. Top drone racing pilots in the country will face off in a battle to prove their skill and acumen at the BTS 2018.
Wall of Fame is another major highlight this year. Achievements of entrepreneurs, professionals, designers, coders, technology enthusiasts, academics and the scientific fraternity will be showcased to the world at technology epicentre of the state.
Shri. Gaurav Gupta, IAS, Principal Secretary, Dept. of IT, BT and S&T, Dept. of Commerce and Industries, Government of Karnataka, said, “Karnataka is a leader in knowledge-intensive industries for decades. We take pride in our human capital with exemplary digital skills and continue to maintain our leadership in emerging technologies. Most key sectors today are getting disrupted by new technologies like blockchain, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics, and that these are technologies that we need to support. For us to be future ready, technology must be inclusive for people. This is also the focus of this year’ summit – Innovation and Impact. The impetus is on bridging the digital divide for all strata of society.”

About Bengaluru Tech Summit
The Dept. of IT & BT, Government of Karnataka is organizing its 21st edition of flagship event ‘BENGALURU TECH SUMMIT’ will be held from 29th November to 1st December 2018 at Palace Grounds, Bengaluru. This year’s theme is ‘Innovation & Impact’. This event has always been a strategic platform for industries, technologies, and use cases worldwide to understand and to leverage the latest technical innovations and technical repercussions on our businesses and daily lives.