CeBit India, Business IT and ICT trade fair was concluded on 14th November 2014 amidst much appreciation. The three day exhibition focuses on how India and Indians can improve every aspect of their daily living – governance, medicine, retail, finance, and work, through technology.
Mehul Lanvers-Shah, Managing Director, Hannover Fairs India Pvt Ltd. said,“Day to day living can be enhanced through smart technologies such as M2M communications, Big Data, Mobility and Cloud. A country as vast and diverse as India grapples with many socio-economic problems that can be solved through technology. However, in order to be successful, the approach taken cannot be the same as that of the West. Today’s discussions were aimed at finding the most suitable path to a ‘Smart City’ for India in collaboration with businesses. ”
A special panel session was conducted which focussed on ‘The Next Billion Dollar Story in E-Commerce’. The session aimed to get answers of some pressing questions in the retail space from eminent names like Bharath Devanathan-COO Groupon India, Jitender Miglani-Forecast Manager Forrester and Viresh Oberoi- Founder CEO & Managing Director, mJunction Services Limited.
The next panel discussion focussed on Smart Cities and its application in the Indian context. With the government allocating Rs. 7,060 crore for 100 smart cities in the Union Budget, the discussion centered around how the industry can collaborate with the government to support this big and bold initiative. The panellists felt that more than focusing on smart cities, there is a need to focus on a smarter way of planning and governing our cities. Cities need to become smarter in multiple domains across governance, sustainability and improving overall quality of life.