INFOCOM, an initiative from the house of ABP was started in 2002 as a forum that would demonstrate India’s quest to be the IT superpower. Today it has turned into a forceful and dynamic event that sets the pace for business development through the use of technology, bringing potential partners together and helping the industry connect with associates and customers. INFOCOM is now one of the largest congregations of technology professionals, buyers-sellers, corporate leaders, academics, visionaries, and policymakers in India.
Over the last 16 editions of the event, INFOCOM has evolved to be an important platform that focuses on the convergence of Business, Technology and Leadership elements that are essential for driving India to the next phase of growth.
INFOCOM, the annual event in Calcutta comprises a three-day Conference and brings together the best global minds in Technology, Business Strategy & functions and Leadership. However, in our endeavour to reach out to varied audiences across the globe, INFOCOM also provides various platforms in the form of Roundtables, Forums, Awards, Workshops and others across the years and across various locations within India and beyond.
Now in it’s 17th year, INFOCOM is most delighted to announce the fourth edition of INFOCOM 2018 – NEW DELHI chapter. There will be a one-day business-technology-leadership conference between July 18, 2018 at The Lalit. The theme for INFOCOM 2018 will be “When Digital Becomes Human”.
As Technology keeps playing an increasingly important role in our lives, it has almost become a kind of a second language to us, or perhaps sometimes even the first. The advancements in technology development are not likely to slow down in the years to come and it would be most absurd to think that we have reached the end of the technological road and that Facebook or Twitter, Instagram or Snapchat are the pinnacle of digital development. Technology is a Vector and we are only just beginning! And we will help to develop it further and further.
We may be in the age of the ‘sub-human intelligence’ which means that technology is still slightly less intellectual than us. But this will soon change. Machines are getting smarter every day and before long you will see that machines will no longer be defined by processing speed or memory size. Instead, before we know it, we will all be living and working with machines that have ‘1 x human intelligence’ or even ‘2 x human intelligence’.
With rapid digitalization relationships between consumers and companies will be impacted deeply. The customer relationship will be digitally driven from start to finish. The difference between online and offline will quickly disappear. Consumers now live in a world of self-service, automation, smart data use and proactive customer service. The process of digitalization is already moving quickly and the battle to keep ahead in the customer relationship game is a hard one. Therefore in the relatively near future the digital customer relationship will become a commodity. Whoever fails to make the transition to digital will simply not be able to survive. The digital transformation will also force companies to transform their human relations as well. Will self-service, automation and robots come to dominate the customer relations of the future? People can still do something that machines cannot – they can inject emotion into the customer relationship. A computer or a machine cannot yet be creative, empathic or passionate. But people can.
Nevertheless, the moment is fast approaching when the digital world will come to dominate our lives. This will make human interactions to become rarer. But when this happens, the human touch will actually increase in importance, because of its ability to offer significant added value within the impersonal digital landscape. When digital does become human, we are going to need it more than ever. The future is both, digital and human!
Thus keeping the current trend in mind we have chosen the theme- ‘When Digital becomes Human', for the 17th edition of INFOCOM.
|09:00 hrs - 10:00 hrs||
Registration and Tea / Coffee
|10:00 hrs – 10:05 hrs||
|10:05 hrs – 10:10 hrs||
Welcome Address by D D Purkayastha, Managing Director & CEO, ABP Pvt. Ltd and Chairman, INFOCOM
|10:10 hrs – 11:00 hrs||
Address by Guests of Honour:
Amit Malik, Managing Director – Public Sector & Services, Cisco India & SAARC
Dr. Dhan Singh Rawat, Hon’ble State Minister (Independent Charge) for Co-operatives, Higher Education, Dairy Development and Protocol, Government of Uttarakhand
|A111:00 hrs – 11:30 hrs||
Transforming Education in India
|A211:30 hrs - 12:15 hrs||
Spotlight Session: Bihar as an Investment and Business Destination
Spotlight Speaker: Rahul Singh, IAS, Secretary – IT, Government of Bihar
Moderator: Sankarshan Thakur, Roving Editor, The Telegraph
|A312:15 hrs – 13:00 hrs||
Spotlight Session: Jharkhand – Taking the Long View
Moderator: Shantanu Datta, Resident Editor – Jharkhand Edition, The Telegraph
|13:00 hrs – 14:00 hrs||
|A4 14:00 hrs – 15:00 hrs||
Power Panel: Succeeding in an Era of Digital Business
Chairperson & Moderator: Jayanta Roy Chowdhury, Senior Editor – Business, The Telegraph
|A5 15:00 hrs – 15:30 hrs||
Keynote: Empowering SMEs to enhance Credit-worthiness
Speaker: Anand Chari, Deputy General Manager, BSE SME
|A615:30 hrs – 16:00 hrs||
Keynote: Benefits of Digitization for SMEs
Speaker: Vivek Gupta, Head and Director of Business Development - India and SAARC, Alibaba Cloud
|A7 16:00 hrs – 16:30 hrs||
Keynote: Exploring Opportunities in Sikkim
Speaker: Prem Das Rai, Member of Lok Sabha, Representing Government of Sikkim
|16:30 hrs – 17:00 hrs||
Tea & Coffee
|A817:00 hrs – 17:30 hrs||
Keynote: Driving Transformation in Indian Steel Industry
Speaker: Chaudhary Birender Singh, Hon’ble Minister of Steel, Govt. of India
|A917:30 hrs – 18:30 hrs||
Security Panel: Securing the Digital Human
Chairperson & Moderator: Jaspreet Singh, Partner – Cyber Security, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP
|A1018:30 hrs – 19:30 hrs||
Spotlight Session: PIECE OF MIND
By Shikhar Kamat, The Illusionist
|19:30 hrs onwards||
Networking over Cocktails and Dinner
CHAUDHARY BIRENDER SINGH Hon’ble Minister of Steel
Government of India
DR. DHAN SINGH RAWAT Hon’ble State Minister (Independent Charge) for Co-operatives, Higher Education, Dairy Development and Protocol
Government of Uttarakhand
RAHUL SINGH Secretary, Information Technology Department
Government of Bihar
VINAY KUMAR CHOUBEY, IAS Secretary - IT & e-Governance
Government of Jharkhand
SARVESH SINGHAL, IFS Special Secretary, Dept. of I.T. and e-Governance, Govt. of Jharkhand, Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jharkhand Agency for Promotion of Information Technology (JAP-IT), Ranchi
Director, Jharkhand Space Applications Center (JSAC), Ranchi
PREM DAS RAI Member of Lok Sabha
Government of Sikkim
ANAND CHARI Deputy General Manager
SANTOSH KUMAR Founder & CEO
RAVINDER ARORA Head - Information Security
IRIS Software Inc.
SHIKHAR KAMAT Illusionist
JASPREET SINGH Partner - Cyber Security, Advisory Services
Ernst & Young LLP
ANKUSH JOHAR Founder and Director
AMIT MALIK Managing Director, Public Sector & Services
Cisco India & SAARC
DHIRAJ GYANI Director Marketing - Enterprise Commercial & Public Sector
Microsoft Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.
VIVEK GUPTA Head & Director of Business Development – India & SAARC
ANUJ TEWARI Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
HCL Technologies Ltd.
UMESH GUPTA Director & Lead for Analytics
Conduent Technology Services (CTS)
PARTHA SARATHI GUHA PATRA Founder, ASADEL Technologies Pvt. Ltd.
Co-Founder & Director, SafetyKart.com
CHANDER KHANDUJA CIO
Luminous Power Technologies
BALJOT BHATIA Enterprise Lead - North
Check Point Software Technologies, Ltd.