Indiasoft show opens with a call to take innovation ecosystem to higher level

Hyderabad: Union Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences YS Chowdary inaugurated the 17th Edition of Indiasoft 2017, flagship IT event of Electronics and Computer Software Export Promotion Council (ESC) at HICC here on Monday.

The two-day show is being attended by 800 delegates, including 400 foreigners from 75 countries like Chile, Guatemala, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, Brazil, Myanmar, Mongolia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Tanzania, South Africa, France, Italy, the UAE, Oman, Lebanon, Iran and many other countries, 250 Indian exhibitors, including 50 startups and some of the top incubators in the country like IIT Mumbai, T-Hub etc. 

Billed as one of the largest shows in the ICT domain, Indiasoft is entering its 17th edition. This premier IT show, being held in different cities on yearly basis, is supported by the Union Ministry of Commerce and Industry. The show has several new facets keeping in view the focus laid by the government to usher in a digital revolution in the country.

Speaking on the occasion, Chowdary underscored the need for greater interface among scientific community, academia and industry to take innovation ecosystem in the country to a higher pedestal.  “Technologists, industry and academia should not work in silos. They have to work in a collaborative spirit to move up in value chain and to disseminate fruits of innovation among the society so that every piece of added information and discoveries benefit all,” the minister said, exhorting that scientific community should look beyond publishing their research works in scientific journals.

Stating that the Centre was taking various steps to promote innovation in the ICT sector, Chowdary   said the State governments should be actively involved in the promotion of the segment. The States can actively   engage startups, small and medium enterprises in a large manner. Also, tier II, III and IV cities should be brought to the digital map and that is possible only by actively involving the State governments. He observed that world over protectionist tendencies are cropping up in an unprecedented manner, particularly in developed markets. To create a buffer from external shocks, capacities should be built within the country to help the IT units to market their products domestically, he said, adding that the Centre was aware of the situation and contemplating several steps to help industry face the challenges. “Focus on competitive edge and efficiency, which can take the industry forward, should be the hallmark” he added.

The minister and Telangana IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan released ESC’s in-house magazine ELSOFTEX and  ESC’s Statistical Year Book. Jayesh Ranjan observed that exhibitions like Indiasoft should help the startups, small and medium companies to market their products in a cost effective manner besides helping them find ways to fund their operations. 

Prasad Grapati, Chairman, ESC; NalinKohli, Chairman, Indiasoft Committee of ESC, also spoke. DK Sareen, Executive Director ESC, explained the importance being given to the embedded technologies in the Indiasoft. -NSS

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