KEYNOTE ADDRESS by Patron and Guest of Honour : Sam Pitroda
- “How hyperconnectivity is transforming Commerce”
The five TECH ‘superpowers’ changing our world
‘Superpowers’ in the digital era takes a new meaning - five extraordinary technological capabilities that are transformative and unlocking game-changing opportunities. A lot of the things that we see now in 2021 could not be imagined even 3 years back. Let us see what can be possible in 2025 in the arena of Tech and Internet-enabled commerce.
We discover the possibilities that are taking place in the world of tech through the eyes and minds of visionary leaders who are at the forefront of imagining and developing astonishing advancements in technology.
TECH PRESENTATION: As Disruptive As It Gets
When you have an idea … and you want to build History
“Man’s Audacity Turns Dream into Reality” – this is the snapshot from newspapers that reappeared recently when the world celebrated 50 years of the moon landing and the backstories credited this line to JFK who dreamt his moonshot.
Our daily problems are a little smaller than landing man on the moon.
But there are a lot – as a billion Indians face these problems. And that’s the moonshot these Founders aimed for. It is the stuff of legends how these entrepreneurs dreamt their vision and changed how India went about crossing its daily hurdles, aiming the power of Internet to make solutions for these - easier, enjoyable and more accessible – better access to a satisfying job, finding a companion for life, getting a fresh hot meal or grocery item delivered. And turning them into India’s most admired and valuable companies of the new age.
This inspiring fireside chat will challenge entrepreneurs’ thinking to learn from the past, maintain defiance in the face of adversity, keep the grounded-ness and humility intact despite unimaginable success, draw inspiration from the Founders’ vision they had on day 1 and carried it through a decade long odyssey, renew our commitment to building better and better businesses that challenge the limits of entrepreneurship and scaling up, and finding newer purposes once you have achieved what you set out to do.
In 2002, TIME named him one of the “People to Watch in International Business.”
Sabeer Bhatia, the Inventor of Email and Co-Founder of Hotmail. Silicon Valley Entrepreneur.
Sabeer Bhatia is the legendary Entrepreneur and technological Genius that everybody in the tech world and outside it, feels proud of. One of the top ten names you would think of when you hear web, computers, email. The ‘Inventor’ of Email and the legendary genius acclaimed for his business acumen in leading his idea to the greatest business deal of the last century, with no less than the biggest corporation in the world.
Marketing Strategies in the Digital Age – Building Brand and Relevance
Top marketers open up about their approach to digital marketing, integrating commerce with digital, building digital presence using hundreds of new technologies, tools, interfaces and mediums out there, and ensuring user fatigue does not set in.
D2C has helped businesses survive and thrive in the pandemic, and the growth was remarkable as well. It is a game changer for almost all segments - healthcare, fashion, beauty, and more. 800+ brands have joined the D2C club - not only new brands and startups but traditional players are also establishing a strong presence in the D2C market. This makes sense as the country’s online shoppers base is likely to jump to 300 million in the next five years with 90% of the consumers from tier II cities and beyond. Last year, during the festival period alone, e-commerce giants, Amazon, Flipkart and various vertical players clocked nearly $9 billion sales, despite the pandemic onslaught. We look at how to scale up your journey to become a D2C player.
FINDING (and FUNDING!) THE NEXT 100 UNICORNS - E-Commerce Investment Landscape
India achieved the 100 unicorns mark (that is out of 700 unicorns in the world) with a combined market value of $240 billion, in sectors from e-commerce and fintech to education, logistics and food-delivery. 18 unicorns this far in 2021. Zomato’s stunning IPO and Cars24 mega launch in the UAE with a dazzling launch display at Burj Khalifa in Dubai, were the obvious headturners.