Bangalore Hosts The First Edition Of The IoT India Congress 2016

Shri JS deepak secretary - Ministry of Telecommunications along with Shekhar Sanyal and Dr Rishi Bhatnagar at the event

The first edition of India’s largest conclave on IoT,the IoT India Congress 2016, kick-started its three day congress yesterday at The Lalit, Bangalore. The IoT India Congress 2016 is India’s first completely integrated IoT platform that aims to bring together the key stakeholders across the value chain and verticals to collaborate, ideate and share a common road map for IoT implementation. Shri J S Deepak, Secretary, Ministry of Telecommunications, Government of India, inaugurated the Congress, which was followed by a message from Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Minister, Information Technology and Law & Justice.

Shri JS deepak secretary - Ministry of Telecommunications along with Shekhar Sanyal and Dr Rishi Bhatnagar at the event

The congress focuses to bring the IoT practitioners (hardware – devices, portables, sensors, software, business) and IoT enablers (regulatory, training, investors in IoT, end users) to work togetherand create a platform that is industry efficient as well as robust. The 3 day session focussing on 4 tracks including retail, healthcare, manufacturing and smart cities will have over 50 prominent speakers from across the industry along with Master Class sessions on Internet of Things designed by the authors of the path breaking book, “Enterprise IoT”. They will take step towards making the inevitable connected world more efficient, smart, innovative and safe.  Some of the speakers at the session include –

  • Sanjay Brahmawar – Global Head & Managing Partner – Strategic Business Development, IBM Watson Internet of Things
  • T V Ramachandran – HonFIET, President, Broadband India Forum
  • Jim Morrish – Founder and Chief Research Officer, Machina Research
  • Ravi Ramaswamy – Sr. Director & Head – Health Systems, Philips Innovation Campus
  • Kartik Gopal – Head – Strategy and Business Planning, Mahindra Reva
  • Dr Satish Prasad Rath – Chief Innovation Manager, Healthcare Research, Xerox Innovation Group
  • Srikanth Gopalakrishnan – VP – IoT Digital Enterprise Assets, SAP
  • V Namasivayam – Senior Director, Deloitte
  • ShekharSanyal – Country Head & Director, IET India
  • Dr Rishi Bhatnagar – Chairman, IoT India Congress and President Aeris
  • Harshavardhan S, Head – Consumer business Tata Digital Health
  • G Sivan Menon, CTO, GE Healthcare Digital, India
  • Vishal Chahal, Executive IT specialist IBM
  • Avnish D Varma, General Manager (Expert-Architecture) Ericssion
  • Anirban Choudhury, VP Infrastructure, Vittal Innovation City


The event is co-organised by the IET and MCI and supported by The Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications & Information Technology, Government of India. Industrial Internet Consortium, Indian Electronics and Semiconductors Association (IESA), Institution of Mechanical Engineers (India) and Indian Electrical & Electronics Manufacturers’ Association (IEEMA) are Association Partners for the IoT India Congress 2016.Frost and Sullivan are the Knowledge Partners for the Congress.

The congress will also host the prestigious IoT Thought Leadership Awards,2016 and the IoT Start-Up Awards,2016 to identify and celebrate prolific leaders and businesses that are giving an impetus to the substantially thriving sector of the Internet of Things.The shortlisted start-ups will be recognised by Rita Teaotia, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce & Industry as part of the award nite taking place on September 8, 2016.

The Organizing committee of the IoT India Congress 2016 launching the Congress with Shri. JS Deepak Secretary Ministry of Telecommunications

Sanjay Brahmawar, Global Head & Managing Partner – Strategic Business Development, IBM Watson Internet of Things on the side lines of the Congress said “India is the hotbed of innovation and IoT has moved beyond being a pure technological play to spearheading strategic transformations in the very business model. Every sector of society and business is touched and influenced by this new revolution, and India is playing a leading role in driving this global industry 4.0 phenomenon. The IoT India Congress is a rightful step in this direction and we, at IBM, are excited to see how this unfolds the new wave of disruption across borders. IBM is already teaming with several key clients, partners, developers and universities in India to drive cognitive innovation with IOT, and we look forward to continuing that momentum.”

 India is at the brink of a revolution that changes the technology and productivity, thereby transforming society and the way businesses are done across sectors. IoT as a disruptive technology is leading the next wave of transformational change. We, at the IET IoT Panel understand the significance of tapping the phenomenon at its nib and nurturing it in the right direction to ensure maximum optimization of its productivity.It is an exciting time for all businesses and the IoT India Congress as a platform that brings together industry leaders from different sectors will open a world of opportunities to collaborate and amplify the impact of IoT in their business environments. The IoT India Congress is the first edition of a completely integrated IoT platform-of-platforms and we are excited by the participation and enthusiasm from the IoT ecosystem and we look forward to the captivating sessions in the coming two days.” Dr.Rishi Bhatnagar, Chairman of the IoT India Congress Organizing Committee said on the side lines of the Congress.

T V Ramachandran, HonFIETPresident, Broadband India Forum, said, “The IoT India Congress, 2016 is an exemplary effort to unite all the key stakeholders of Internet of Things and provide a unified voice to the tech community that is staring at the face of the next revolution of information and Technology with IoT. It has aptly provided a channel for the corporates to work together and lead India towards being a digitally empowered economy.”

 About the IET:

Founded 143 years ago, the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), earlier known as (IEE) is one of the world’s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community. The IET is based in the UK and has 163,000+ members in 127 countries, with active networks of members in 37 countries.

In India, the IET has over 12,000 members, 8 Local Networks and focuses on the Energy, Information and Communications, IoT, Education and Transport Sectors.

For more details on the IET India IoT Panel, visit To know more about the IET, visit

About MCI

At MCI, we believe that “when people come together, magic happens”. That’s why we’ve been bringing people together through inspiring meetings, events, congresses and association management since 1987.Through face-to-face, hybrid and digital experiences, we help companies and associations to strategically engage and activate their target audiences, building the dedicated online and offline communities they need to strengthen their brands and boost their performance. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland we have offices in over 31 countries across Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, India, the Middle East and Africa and deliver projects for clients all over the world.

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