In terms of IT and ITES, Bengaluru has come of age and now it is time to look beyond and embrace disruptive ideas and help them metamorphose into innovation that will add impetus to the growth needed for building a robust future for the state.
Addressing the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas’ session on ‘Fuelling growth through disruptive innovations Priyank Kharge, minister IT and BT Karnataka said, “People, corporates and Govts have always associated BengaluruITE.biz with IT & ITeS and we needed to change that perception because IT & ITES have matured as a sector in Karnataka and we needed to do something disruptive to reposition ourselves.”
These disruptive innovations are happening very rapidly in India and today we are considered as one of the best ecosystems in the world for innovations that has the potential to catapult the economy. India has been ranked as the top innovation destination in Asia and second in the world for new innovation centers. Bengaluru has been leading the way in innovation for the country and has emerged as the fifth most preferred location for MNCs to house their innovation centers overtaking technology hubs like Tokyo, Shanghai and Chicago.
The minister added, “Government of Karnataka believes that today’s innovation eco-system provides a wonderful opportunity to find unique, frugal and scalable solutions to the many challenges that beset our society and Through the grand challenges competition, the Government intends to select innovative solutions to challenging problems in various sectors.” Karnataka is home to over 4900 Startups as per Global Startups eco-system ranking report of 2015 and under our multi-sector policy we are aiming at stimulating growth of 20,000 tech Startups, including 6,000 product Startups by 2020.
However, stalwarts of the fields believes that it is time to think of new technology that will help to drive the growth for the future instead of riding on the back of technologies created in the past to fuel growth. Like Hangzhou, Microsoft changed Redmond and Google transformed Mountain View, California. All these companies started small, but as they grew, they transformed the cities where they operated. They improved employment patterns providing job opportunities to both experienced and young professionals. Similarly, “We have set up a Centre of Excellence for IoT, first of its kind in the country and we propose to set up a Centres of Excellence for aerospace, big data sciences, cyber security, machine learning and artificial intelligence to ensure we have the necessary skill sets for the emerging disruptive and creative technologies,” said Kharge.
Credits Bangalore Mirror