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Bengaluru has highest AI talent pool outside the US, ranked 5th in a study

Bengaluru ranks 5th globally for AI talent pool; the ranking is derived based on indicators such as talent pool, investments, diversity of talent, and the evolution of the country's digital foundations (TIDE).

Bengaluru is among the top five cities in the world for AI, at No. 5, according to a study by TIDE Framework and listed by Harvard Business Review (HBR).

San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Seattle are other cities topping the list. The ranking is done based on a framework of indicators such as talent pool, investments, diversity of talent, and the evolution of the country’s digital foundations (TIDE). 


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Bengaluru emerged among the top cities on HBR’s list of AI hotspots in the developing world, scoring on the cost of living. Hyderabad, the other Indian city besides Jakarta, Lagos, Nairobi, Mexico City, Buenos Aires, and Sao Paulo were also on the list.

Among the other Indian cities, New Delhi ranked 18th, Hyderabad ranked 19th, and Mumbai ranked 27th. The reviewers believe that the ranking collectively allows companies to prioritize their AI talent sourcing choices by scoring different locations on the AI talent pool’s concentration, quality, and diversity.

Gunjan Krishna, Commissioner, Industrial Development and Director, Department of Industries and Commerce of Karnataka, was thrilled about the news that Bengaluru was among the top five cities for the AI talent pool.

“Karnataka has a dynamic AI landscape, especially in the developing world. AI has become a key new factor for various sectors, and we are consistently working towards building the required infrastructure and bridging the skill gap. We are leading the way for a future in innovation and technology. AI has become a key technology that stresses the quality of innovation as a critical success factor in technological competitiveness,” she added.

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Poornima Nataraj
Poornima Nataraj has worked in the mainstream media as a journalist for 12 years, she is always eager to learn anything new and evolving. Witnessing a revolution in the world of Analytics, she thinks she is in the right place at the right time.

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