India offers huge opportunities in tech: Amazon

India offers huge opportunities in tech: Amazon

Rajeev Rastogi and Latasha Gillespie, Director, Diversity Programs amazon are seen at Amazon Women in Technology Conference AMAZE WIT at RTZ carton hotel in Bengaluru on Tuesday. Photo by S K Dinesh

With Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence and Deep learning taking centre stage, this is the right time to be in technology, and India provides bigger opportunities, said Amit Agarwal, Senior Vice President – India Consumer Business, Amazon on Tuesday.

Speaking at a fireside chat organised by Amazon India as part of the second edition of  Amazon Women in Technology Conference AmazeWIT 2018, Agarwal said India contributes immensely as a delivery and tech hub along with its ecommerce business. 

AmazeWIT provides a platform for women in technology to drive ownership of their career path through insights from technical leaders and thought leaders.

Agarwal said the company came up with features like deals, logistics facilitation, question and answer feature, and innovation around Kindle from India. 

"Amazon is focussed single-mindedly on customer satisfaction, and the contribution from India is tremendous," he said, adding there are 3.70 lakh sellers on Amazon marketplace and during Diwali, Amazon delivered to 99.3% of India's pin codes.

Over 20 speakers spoke on varied topics like The Changing Marketplace & Our Diverse Customers and The workplace of the future at the conference, which was attended by over 300 delegates.

"One of the challenges working women in India face is that they not just do official work they also share the majority of responsibility at home. Men in India should also share the work of women," said Latasha Gillespie, Director of Diversity Programmes, Amazon.

At a panel discussion on the changing marketplace, Sweta Gupta, Director, Software Development-  Prime Video and Katrina Lane, VP, Selling Partner Support, stressed the need to upskill oneself. "Upskilling yourself is very important and women should also take courses online," Sweta said.