‘Campus Party’, the world’s greatest technological event on innovation, creativity, science, digital entertainment and entrepreneurship, is coming to India for the first time. The week-long, round-the-clock event will shine a spotlight on the growing tech hub in the state of Telangana.
Indian professional conference organiser (PCO) CIM Global India, together with the Telangana Government, will host the event for technology enthusiasts and entrepreneurs from 14 -19 September, 2016, in the state’s capital, Hyderabad. The event will see young talent innovate, learn and engage with some of the biggest names in technology, through a programme of workshops, hackathons and competitions. It is being hosted in Asia for the first time after 54 successful editions around the globe.
Sri. Jayesh Ranjan, Principal Secretary, information Technology, Electronics and Communications (ITE&C) Department, Government of Telengana, said: “We are extremely proud to be the destination for an event of this scale, especially since it is coming to India and in fact Asia for the first time. The Telengana Government recognises the importance of innovation and creativity in creating next generation products and solutions; it is our aim to become the hub that attracts the best organisations and talent. Campus Party will attract huge interest not just in India but from tech practitioners across the globe and put India on the map.”
Telangana is already home to major tech players Facebook, Microsoft, Qualcomm, and Uber, which opened a Centre of Excellence in Hyderabad in February. Huge investment in the near future will see Apple, Amazon and Google set up major development centres there within a 10km radius. The growth is testament to Telangana’s pro-investor, industry-friendly policy, which includes a swift, single-window project approval system for large-scale industry.
David Zapolsky, senior vice president and general counsel of Amazon, noted: “With a pool of quality talent, state-of-the-art infrastructure and a progressive government, the state was a natural choice for us to set up our largest campus in India here.”
Hyderabad itself is already recognised as a global centre of information technology, earning it the moniker Cyberabad. Its HITEC City, (Hyderabad Information Technology and Engineering Consultancy City) is a leading Information Technology, Engineering, Health informatics, and Bioinformatics hub within India and home to more than 1,300 IT and ITES firms.
Eduardo Lorea, director of Business Development at Campus Party, said: “We are delighted to bring our greatest tech fest to India, home to some exceptional talent and creativity. We are sure that a combination of the people here and the concept of Campus Party will be a potent mix to accelerate, showcase and even implement ideas that can become reality. The very mission of Campus Party is to provide a platform where like-minded enterprising individuals can come together, exchange ideas and be inspired by innovators and speakers who are some of the most successful people in the world. We promise an extravaganza that has not been experienced before and we are very excited to be here.”
Prasant Saha, ceo, CIM Global, added: “It is an historical moment as we bring this grand event to Asia. Technology and innovation are the lifelines of humankind and events like Campus Party strengthens every society, nation and the human race at large.”
(via M&IT India, Entrepreneur)
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