Connect 2018 – the flagship annual ICT Conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Government of Tamil Nadu will focus on the theme - “Accelerating Progress: Inclusive Digital Growth”.   Connect 2018 is scheduled to be held on 9 & 10 October 2018 in Chennai. The Software Technology Parks of India is the Co-Host for Connect 2018.

Aligned with the Digital India initiatives, Connect 2018 will feature exclusive sessions and panel discussions showcasing the fast paced growth of ICT sector in India and in Tamil Nadu besides highlighting Tamil Nadu’s potential in the ICT Industry. The conference will also emphasize on the importance of favourable policies to streamline the growing start-up ecosystem and the need to encourage disruptive innovations and inclusive digital growth which would further strengthen the growth of ICT industry.

Commenting on CII Connect 2018, Mr Krishnakumar Natarajan, Chairman, CII Connect 2018 & Executive Chairman, Mindtree Limited said “Technologies becoming the core for businesses and societies is a great opportunity for India.  The mass adoption of connected digital services by consumers, enterprises and governments  in recent years has emerged as a key economic driver that accelerates growth and facilitates job creation in India. The smart adoption of technology in Enterprises and Societies can also help us to leapfrog in productivity and achieve the vision of becoming a USD 10 trillion Economy by 2030. Digital Transformation will contribute to USD 154 Billion to India’s GDP by 2021”.

To achieve this vision, policy makers and thought leaders need to be focused on “Inclusive Digital Growth”. This will ensure that every segment of the economy benefits from Technology deployment with right policies paving the way for a more holistic growth and how these convergence necessitates policymakers, to become digital market makers and creators of an inclusive digital economy that provides its citizens, enterprises and economic sectors with the competitive advantage essential to thrive in an increasingly global market.

Mr Edappadi K Palaniswami, Hon’ble Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu has kindly consented to be the Chief Guest at the Valedictory Session scheduled on 10 October 2018.

Other key dignitaries from the Government who would be addressing the Connect 2018 Conference include Dr M Manikandan, Hon’ble Minister for Information Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu; Mr M C Sampath, Hon’ble Minister for Industries, Government of Tamil Nadu; Mr K Gnanadesikan, IAS, Additional Chief Secretary, Industries Department, Government of Tamil Nadu; Dr Santhosh BabuIAS, Secretary, Information Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu; Dr Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI; Mr Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Secretary – IT, Government of Telangana; Mr Santosh K Misra, IAS, CEO, Tamil Nadu e-Governance Agency amongst others.


Eminent speakers from Industry include; Mr Krishnakumar Natarajan, Chairman Connect 2018 & Executive Chairman, Mindtree Limited;  Mr Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu, Deputy Chairman, CII Southern Region & Chairman & Managing Director, Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd; Mr F C Kohli, Former CEO, Tata Consultancy Services; Mr S Mahalingam, Past Chairman, CII Southern Region; Mr R Chandrasekaran, Executive Vice Chairman, Cognizant India; Mr Amit Malik, Managing Director – Public Sector & Services, CISCO; Ms Rama Vedashree, CEO, Data Security Council of India; Mr Pitchai Mahalingam, Head of Transaction Banking & VP, Federal Bank; Mr Jayaraman Pazhamalai, Sr  Vice President, Systems Audit, Reserve Bank Information Technology Private Ltd (ReBiT); Mr Kandasamy Subramanian, Director, Global Manufacturing Engineering, Ford Motor Pvt Ltd;  Mr K Chandrasekhar, Founder & CEO, Forus Healthcare; Mr Suresh Raman, Vice President and Head, Chennai Operations, Tata Consultancy Services; Ms Uma Ratnam Krishnan,MD & Co-CEO, Barclays Global Service Centre; Mr Deepak Maheshwari, Head, Government Affairs, Symantec; Mr Kishore Natarajan,  Co-Founder, Hyper Verge among others.

The Southern States have played a leading role in Technology adoption leading to better quality of life. CII Southern Region over the last 16 years has organized   CII Connect as a Global platform where policy makers, though leaders, academics, entrepreneurs interact and evolve an agenda for development of the knowledge economy. This has led to many path breaking policy initiatives and the leadership of various states in the South in the IT Industry demonstrates the strength of the ecosystem, which has been built over the years.

Key Sessions @ Connect 2018 include: Keynote Panel Discussions on ‘Smart India -Governance & Growth; New Technologies, Disruptive Solutions & Trends; Mainstays of Digitization: Connectivity, Cloud & Security; Connecting the dots – Creating an inclusive start up environment and Showcasing Tamil Nadu.

CII-Connect will also recognize and Award Entrepreneurs who have excelled and individuals who have helped the industry grow in India and in Tamil Nadu State.

CII-Connect  promises to be an exciting 2 day affair with the participation of  eminent leaders from the ICT spectrum, thought leaders, policy makers, academics and entrepreneurs aligned to identity key actions required to accelerate growth and create an inclusive growth agenda.  KPMG is the Knowledge Partner for Connect 2018.


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