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The Government of Karnataka’s Department of Electronics, Information Technology, Business and Science and Technology, and Software Technology Parks of India, in collaboration with KDEM, announced the 24th edition of their flagship event BENGALURU TECH SUMMIT 2021 – BTS2021.

The three-day programme drew 26,863 delegates, while the GIA (Global Innovation Alliance) Summit drew 48 countries, 27 EU member states and 54 CWECC members. There were 1253 delegates in attendance, including three ministerial delegations.


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Shri B V Naidu, Chairman, Karnataka Digital Economy Mission, stated, “It gives me tremendous pleasure to be at the 24th Bengaluru Tech Summit 2021 curtain-raising.” Despite difficult circumstances, this 24-year-old event has drawn enormous anticipation from industry titans and worldwide technology leaders, and this year’s event is unique in numerous ways.

The BTS 2021’s top keynote speeches, seminars, awards, and quiz competitions drew 49,935 attendees. In addition, the 24th edition of the BTS attracted 340 expo attendees, with delegates from Australia, Pennsylvania, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, Toronto, Canada, and NRW-Germany visiting the GIA Expo exhibitors.

This year’s edition featured over 210 start-ups from diverse industries like IT, Electronics, IoT, Healthcare, Medtech, Agritech, Fintech, Edutech, and Mobility.

Additionally, Dr C.N. Ashwath Narayan, Karnataka’s Minister for Higher Education; IT & BT, Science & Technology; Skill Development, Entrepreneurship & Livelihood, said, “Karnataka continues to be a global leader in technological transformation. The subject of this year’s summit, ‘Driving The Next,’ has contributed to our event’s continued success in prior editions. BTS 2021 effectively rekindled the spirit of creativity and the desire for disruptive technology solutions by accelerating the growth of technology and global enterprises despite the pandemic’s hurdles. The event facilitated worldwide collaborations and talks in FinTech, EdTech, Semiconductors, and Biotechnology sectors.”

“This year, it was an honour to have India’s Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu, inaugurate the summit. The Vice President’s presence and inspirational words inspired us to give ours throughout the last three days. It featured presentations on India’s Digital Transformation from Outsourcing Hub to Innovation Hub, as well as R&D in Life Sciences and Biotechnology,” he further added. 


The KDEM organised three successful pre-BTS events in the Hubbali, Mysuru, and Mangaluru clusters, attracting industry executives and organisations throughout the country.


Among the notable organisations participating in BTS2021 are Kyndryl, Infosys, Biocon, Razorpay, Robert Bosch, Telstra, Intel, NRW Global Business, the Australian Government, Laurus Bio, DRDO, and Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation.

Over 30 countries have been represented at BTS2021, with over 75 conference sessions, over 300 speakers, 5000+ start-up participants, over 300 exhibitors, 20,000+ business attendees, and a digital reach of half a million tech aficionados. BTS 2021 is being spearheaded by Karnataka’s Vision Group members on Information Technology, Biotechnology, and Start-ups. BTS is the first event in India to bring together India’s leading cross-sectoral industry associations, including NASSCOM, TiE, ELCIA, IESA, ABAI, ABLE, CLIK, and IACC, on a single platform. In addition, USIBC and AMCHAM are cooperating with BTS2021 for the first time.

About the Digital Economy Mission in Karnataka (KDEM)

The Government of Karnataka established the Karnataka Digital Economy Mission (KDEM). This Section-8 institution functions as a knowledge bridge between industry and government to increase the state’s share of the digital economy. To accomplish these goals, KDEM has focused on five key areas: IT Products and Services, BPM, and GCC promotion; Innovations and Start-ups; ESDM; Beyond Bengaluru; and Talent Accelerator.

Beyond Bengaluru

It is KDEM’s Beyond Bengaluru programme, in particular, spearheading the goal of spreading the digital economy beyond Bangalore. This is accomplished by creating and promoting a product-based ecosystem for selected clusters in the state. In addition, the Beyond Bengaluru programme of KDEM aims to bring together important industry players, entrepreneurs, start-up owners, universities, accelerators, and the student community to attract investment and create jobs in the state.

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Dr. Nivash Jeevanandam
Nivash holds a doctorate in information technology and has been a research associate at a university and a development engineer in the IT industry. Data science and machine learning excite him.

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