Kochi: Building on the tempo set by its inaugural edition in 2018 in positioning Kerala as a global digital hub, the big-ticket Digital Summit #Future2020 will be held at Hotel Grand Hyatt in Kochi on April 2 and 3.
Billed as the country’s largest such conclave, the biennial event will see the convergence of achievers, professionals, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders in the knowledge industry from across the world to discuss key topics, challenges and opportunities in a global order dominated by digital technologies.
Launching the website of #Future2020 recently, S D Shibulal, Co-founder, Infosys and Chairman of High Power Digital Advisory Committee (HPDAC), Government of Kerala, said the core purpose of this event is to inspire and energise people in the journey towards a knowledge-driven digital future.
‘Towards a Digital Future’ is the theme of the meet, which will feature 35 high-profile panelists from across key sectors and 2500 delegates
Nobel laureates Abhijit Banerjee and Esther Duflo are among the speakers invited to the event.
‘Towards a Digital Future’ is the theme of the meet, which will feature 35 high-profile panelists from across key sectors and 2500 delegates.
“This event is happening against the backdrop of the increasing use of digital technology across industries. Every industry will continue to create more and more jobs that require digital skills. Being a digitally savvy and well-connected State, Kerala is an ideal destination to be a digital hub,” Shibulal noted.
Shibulal said #Future2018 had made a head start by presenting Kerala’s strength before a global audience.
V K Mathews, Chairman, IBS Software and Convener, #Future2020, said it is significant that this event is taking place when life and business are hugely impacted by digital technologies. “We are living in times of deeply unsettling changes, which also hold opportunities. The functioning of economies, organisations and individuals are significantly changing. The economy is being driven by the ability to collect, analyse and use massive amounts of digital data,” Mathews said.
The key topics to be covered by the meet are ‘Future of Financial Services’, ‘Future of Healthcare’, ‘Future of Travel and Transport’, ‘Future of Jobs and Youth’ and ‘Changing Consumer Behaviour’.
“We are planning to make the forthcoming edition of the event more impactful than the previous edition. There will be a startup zone at the venue for select startups to showcase futuristic innovations,’’ said M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, IT and Electronics, Govt. of Kerala. He said the conclave will be a platform for thought leaders to come together and discuss the future of Kerala.
“Through its previous edition, we could convince the world that the ecosystem in Kerala is conducive to emerge as a major digital hub,” Sivasankar added.
Prominent panelists invited to the meet include Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog; Dave Calhoun, Chairman, Boeing; Douglas Steenland, Chairman, AIG; John Chambers, Ex-Chairman and CEO, Cisco; Harish Manwani, Partner, Blackstone; Santhosh Mathew, Country Lead, Social and Public Finance Policy, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Thomas Kurian, CEO, Google Cloud; Tarun Khanna, Professor, Harvard University; Rajesh Gopinath, CEO, TCS; George Kurian, CEO, NetApp; Ravi Menon, MD, MAS and Amitabh Khosla, Director, IATA India.
The panelists will cover a wide range of topics, including emerging trends, ground realities and opportunities for individuals, enterprises and entrepreneurs to compete and lead in a digital world.