CII’s flagship annual ICT International Conference & Exhibition to focus on the
Theme – “Technology at the Heart of India’s $5 Trillion Economy

Chennai, 30 October 2019:   Connect 2019 – the flagship annual International Conference and Exhibition on Information & Communication Technology (ICT) organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with Government of Tamil Nadu will focus on the theme “Technology @ Heart of India’s $5 Trillion Economy”.  Connect 2019 is scheduled to be held on 7th & 8th November 2019 at Chennai Trade Centre, Chennai. The 18th Edition of Connect 2019 is jointly organised by CII along with Government of Tamil Nadu and Software Technology Parks of India (STPI).

India needs to capitalize more heavily around developing disruptive business models, uses digital technologies to create and deliver value to the customer in an integrated, innovative blend to achieve the Prime Ministers vision for India to become a $5 trillion economy. Keeping the above, Connect 2019 will feature exclusive sessions and panel discussion showcasing the fast-paced growth of ICT sector in Tamil Nadu and to make the state, one of the potential states in India for Investment in the ICT sector at that time, when India was emerging as a global hub for generating ICT manpower to cater the requirement of various advanced countries in the world.

Commenting on CII Connect 2019, Mr Suresh Raman, Chairman, CII Connect 2019 & Vice President & Regional Head, Tata Consultancy Services said “India striving to be $5 Trillion economy by 2025, Journey toward achieving the $5 trillion economy has to be fuelled by a combination of Smart Manufacturing (Industry 4.0), Connected Transportation and Logistics, Smart & Secure cities, Adaptive education, Cashless transactions and Intelligent Integrated Healthcare and Innovative Governance etc. Connect has been the forum for Indian ICT Industry to confer on latest trends & developments and it has become an intellectual and impactful platform which brings together Technologists, Industry Leaders, Academicians, Infrastructure providers, thought leaders and Start-ups added Mr Suresh Raman. 

Key dignitaries at Connect 2019 includes:  Mr R B Udaya Kumar, Hon’ble Minister for Revenue, Disaster Management & Information Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu; Dr Gulshan Rai, Ex-Chief Information Security Officer, Government of India; Mr Suresh Sethi, CEO, India Post Payment Bank; Dr Santhosh Babu, IAS, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Government of Tamil Nadu; Mr N Muruganandam, IAS., Principal Secretary – Industries, Govt. of Tamil Nadu; Mr M Vijayakumar, IAS, Managing Director, ELCOT; Mr Santhosh K Misra, IAS, CEO & Managing Director, TN e-Governance Agency; Mr Sanjay Jayavarthanavelu, Chairman, CII Southern Region & Chairman & Managing Director, Lakshmi Machine Works Ltd; Mr S Mahalingam, Past Chairman, CII-SR; Mr B Santhanam, Past Chairman, CII-SR & Managing Director, Saint Gobain India (P) Limited; Mr Rajeev Mecheri, Honorary Consul for Ireland in Chennai; Dr Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI; Dr Bhaskar Ramamurthi,  Director, IIT Madras; Mr S Suresh Raman, Chairman, Connect 2019 & Vice President & Regional Head, Tata Consultancy Services, Chennai; Mr C Vijayakumar, President & CEO, HCL Technologies;  Mr Sridhar Vembu, Founder, Zoho; Mr Josh Fougler, Managing Director, Foxconn Technology India (P) limited; Mr Simon Yong, Chief Development Officer, Ascendas, Singapore; Mr P R Krishnan, EVP – Global Head, AI & Automation, TCS; Mr Sanjay Vijayakumar, Founder, Startup Village; Mr V Swamy, Global Head, TCS iON; Mr Pradeep John, TN Weatherman amongst others. 

The Southern States have played a leading role in Technology adoption leading to a better quality of life. CII Southern Region over the last 17 years has organized   CII Connect as a Global platform where policymakers, thought leaders, academics, entrepreneurs interact and evolve an agenda for the 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 2019 include: Keynote Panel Discussions on The growing importance of the technology economy / Future of technology companies in the $5 trillion economy; 5G – a pathway to achieving socio-economic transformation; Future of Jobs and Skills” – Digital Literacy and session on 5000 Start-ups in Tamil Nadu by 2025 – Tamil Nadu Innovation Hub

CII-Connect will also recognize and Award Entrepreneurs who have excelled and individuals who have helped the industry grow in India and 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, policymakers, academics and entrepreneurs aligned to identity key actions required to accelerate growth and create an inclusive growth agenda. KPMG is the Technical Partner for Connect 2019. Around 100 plus exhibitors from IT and ITES Companies, Electronic and hardware companies, gaming and animation companies will exhibit their product and technologies at the exhibition and Connect 2019 expected to attract 10000 business and trade visitors.

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