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Drawing Attention towards Digital Kerala

A year ago, Kerala IT created history by organising #FUTURE, the first high profile Digital Summit bringing together a galaxy of achievers, professionals, entrepreneurs, academicians, key influencers and other stakeholders in the knowledge industry from across the globe and discussing ways to help individuals, enterprises and entrepreneurs to compete and lead in a digital world.

A year ago, Kerala IT created history by organising #FUTURE, the first high profile Digital Summit bringing together a galaxy of achievers, professionals, entrepreneurs, academicians, key influencers and other stakeholders in the knowledge industry from across the globe and discussing ways to help individuals, enterprises and entrepreneurs to compete and lead in a digital world. On March 11, 2019, we were in the UK taking it to the next level.

#FUTURE Global Connect Series (GCS) London & Frankfurt, held under the aegis of High-Power IT Committee (HPIC), Government of Kerala, was a resounding success. The event was part of the State Government’s plan to hold roadshows in different cities across the globe to showcase our vibrant and ever-evolving startup ecosystem, under the leadership of S D Shibulal (Chairman, HPIC & co-founder, Infosys) and V K Mathews (IBS Software).

The strategy is to make Kerala a digital destination of choice by involving the Kerala diaspora in the technology sector. The event had a line-up of leaders, including Leena Nair (Unilever), Shailesh Jaiswal (HSBC), Antony Miller (TechMarket), David Lane (Arcus) and Joseph Olassa (Ignitho Technologies); while the German event had leaders like Bejoy George (HCL), Ajay Gupta (Digisecure) and Gunter Wiskot (Heidelsoft). I am sure the campaign will drive investments into Kerala, which is now home to South Asia’s largest innovation and incubation facility. In another major development, Government of Kerala has signed an MoU with RackBank Datacenters Private Limited (RBDC) to establish a hyper data centre at Infopark. It has plans to set up a disaster recovery facility for companies in the event of any threat to data due to natural disasters.

On March 14, tech giant Wipro Limited launched its Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) Centre of Excellence in Kochi. It is Wipro’s third such centre after California and Bengaluru. Inaugurating the center, M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, Department of IT & Electronics, rightly mentioned, Kerala has focused on technologies which are critical to the Industry 4.0 concept and IoT is an integral part of this proposition. Wipro’s decision to set up IIoT lab in Kerala is a timely one and I hope it grows into a major development centre in a short period of time.

As all of you are aware, the ‘Festival of Democracy’ is here. I urge all members of IT community to exercise the right to vote and strengthen our democracy.

 

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