Be part of fascinating and innovative trends in digital technology this weekend
IFT India 2015 is an international convention that will bring dynamic innovations to our doorstep via talks, workshops, and masterclasses by Swiss, Indian and international experts.
Presented by Swissnex India, in collaboration with Lift, this conference will see thought leaders talk about new technological solutions with social impact.
Talking about the idea behind the convention, and what it aims to achieve, Johann Recordon, international events and partnerships, Lift, says, “Lift as a global network aimed at connecting innovators across the globe to promote cross-border collaboration and innovation beyond disciplines. In a world where data is both a great opportunity for businesses, citizen engagement and creativity, as well as a concern for privacy, we wanted to bring together the local and international community of pioneers to Bengaluru and tackle the subject of what data can do for citizens of the world. Through inspiring talks from versatile experts and interactive workshops with data entrepreneurs, we hope to give participants from all backgrounds a new perspective on the innovation potential of data.
Piloted by Abir Oreibi, who opened Alibaba.com’s first European office and spent over eight years as general manager for Alibaba in Europe, Africa and Middle-East, the event will also have speakers such as Balz Strasser, CEO of swissnex India and Consul General of Switzerland in Bengaluru & founder of Pakka AG, a company that cultivates sustainable food value creation chains in developing countries, Adam Varkalis, designer of the smart leash of Fotokite’s latest quadcopter and aerial camera, allowing anyone to film themselves from above effortlessly, Sarita Digumarti, co-founder of Jigsaw Academy, the online school of analytics, Guhesh Ramanathan, co-founder and CEO of excubator.org, an organisation that assists entrepreneurs build world-class global businesses, among others. Some of the Swiss start-ups that visitors can interact with are Nanolive, a disruptive technology which, for the first time ever, allows users to explore the inside of a living cell in 3D – in real time, BestMile — a software that acts as the brain, a remote intelligence for autonomous vehicle fleets, and Aprobado Studio — a studio of Swiss interactive designers, working on shortening the distance between the user and the virtual creations.
But where does India stand on a global platform when it comes to innovative ideas, and what is the one thing that can turn things around for Indian innovators? “India is mastering the process of scaling up innovation, but the creation of innovation is a different challenge. There is increasing interest from Indian corporates to look at deeper collaborations with research institutions and students to feed their innovation pipeline. This has resulted in the big number of sponsored startup competitions we have been seeing,” says Strasser.
The two participating Indian startups are Kfx Circuits & Systems, a company that is developing the biggest environmental sensor network in India, and Pykih Software that helps people to visually make decisions from data by designing and building purpose-driven products. Also check out the interactive exhibition ‘Data Canvas’ that will showcase innovative visualisations of data on levels of pollution, dust, light, sound, temperature and humidity in Bengaluru and other cities.
October 31. At NGMA, Palace Rd. 10am to 5pm. Details: 22343338
— Priyadarshini Nandy