The three-day event is expected to see participation of more than 6,000 business delegates, 115 expert speakers and 125 companies. The event comprises multi-track conferences, an exhibition to showcase IT products and interactive sessions to explore business-to-business (B2B) partnership opportunities.
Kicking off in 1997, Bangalore IT.com, as the event was then called, drew eager participation from the young IT industry that was looking forward to showcase its potential. The initial editions of the event also drew thousands of curious onlookers, mesmerised by the sudden spurt of Bangalore’s high-tech industry.
But as the industry matured, companies and crowds lost interest in the event, forcing organisers to reinvent it by making it more and more business oriented.
Trying to stay in line with the changing times, the name of the event was changed to Bangalore IT.in, before finally settling for Bangalore IT.biz.
Acknowledging the shift in focus, State IT, BT and S&T Principal Secretary Ashok Kumar Manoli said: “The touch-and-feel nature of the event is a thing of the past. The event now provides a common platform for the industry and the government to come together. The sessions cover policy initiatives of various state governments and the latest technology developments in the industry.”
A key attraction at IT.biz 2010 is the participation of Israel, a country with a smaller base of IT employees, that is way ahead of Indian industry in innovation.
An Israeli delegation led by Israeli High Technology Industry Association Chairman Aaron Mankovski is scheduled to hold meetings with the government and other industry bodies to explore business opportunities. Chile, Canada, Iran and Japan are also geared to make their presence felt in this year’s event.
Focusing on the theme, “Billion Strong: Empowered by ICT”, the conference would have tracks on e-governance, geographic information systems, disaster management and digital divide, all of which together seek to take the benefits of IT to a larger population.
Besides sessions on current technologies such as cloud computing, embedded software and remote infrastructure management, the conference would also cover industries such as animation, aerospace, nuclear, energy and defence, which are rapidly embracing IT.