State to focus on Global Innovation Alliances

Bengaluru 17th June 2019: In an effort to push Karnataka as the global ‘first choice’ for Innovation and Technology, the Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka will soon announce a new IT Policy to drive investments and employment in the state with a special focus on Tier 2 cities. There would be inclusive digital growth by adopting strategies that will promote emerging technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, Virtual Realty etc.

Chairing the 15th Vision Group Meeting along with Vision Group member, Shri. Kris Gopalakrishnan, Chairman Alixor Ventures, Shri. Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T said, “We are in the process of formulating a revised IT Policy for the State. Our aim is to strengthen the State’s leadership position in the IT/ITeS industry through increased thrust for emerging technologies and R&D. Our focus would be to enhance necessary support through key incentives and facilitation through institutional mechanism.”

The Vision Group lead by industry captains is also advising the government on organising the upcoming BTS 2019 scheduled on 18th , 19th Nov, 2019. The event is a major platform to show case the technology prowess of Karnataka.

Speaking about the Department’s flagship event, Bengaluru Tech Summit, Shri Gaurav Gupta said that the State was keen to make it even bigger in the coming edition. “We are keen to position Bengaluru as the leader in the IT/ITeS,ST and BT space not only in the country but also globally” he said.

The State is also keen to proactively collaborate through Global Innovation Alliances (GIAs) for co-innovation. “We have already identified new engagements with countries like Estonia, Canada and Switzerland and are in the process of chalking out soft-landing exchange for startups in countries like Germany and Netherlands. We are also keen to enhance our focus on Tier II and Tier III cities” Shri. Gaurav Gupta added.

The Vision Group headed by Shri. Kris Gopalakrishnan also had an interactive session with start ups to discuss strategies that would help them address any issues that they may be facing through Government intervention.