Top firms shun the show Top firms shun the show

The inaugural day of the “flagship” IT event on Wednesday held in India’s IT capital Bangalore evoked a lukewarm response from top information technology companies, a fact that should leave the organisers pondering over the sustainability of the event in future.

The opening ceremony was attended by the only industry representative, the Executive Co-Chairman of Infosys Ltd Kris Gopalakrishnan, who incidentally happens to be the Chairman of Karnataka’s Vision Group on IT. Those who were conspicuous by their absence included the Vice-Chairman of Cognizant Technology Solutions Lakshmi Narayan, CEO and co-founder of Sachin Bansal. There was no official communication about the reasons for their absence.

The participation of state governments was reasonable, though, with Bihar, Madhya Pradesh, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jharkhand and of course, Karnataka putting up their pavilions. The event, in its 15th edition was a pale shadow of its previous edition when it attracted about 130 firms. This time, it is all about small and medium enterprises, with about 65 of them participating. 

One of the participants – MODRIA, an online dispute resolution firm, said that there were some business queries in the past two days.

The event is being organised by Karnataka government’s Department of Information Technology, Biotechnology and Science & Technology and STPI, India. The director of STPI – Bangalore and Chennai, J Parthasarathy, said that the response has been “good” so far.

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