Workshop on Digital Transformations-2019

Workshop on Digital Transformations

SRITNE conducted the Workshop on Digital Transformation on October 11-12, 2019, at ISB. The workshop this year brought out best practices, thought leadership and policy directions around four themes. This year’s workshop was centered around the four themes of: AI & the future of Work, Products and Services, Designing a Digital Blueprint for the Industrial Economy, Regulating the Gig Economy and Leveraging Start-up Ecosystems to Beat the Competency Trap. 
A few highlights from the workshop are presented.
The event was kicked off by Professor Rajendra Srivastava, Dean ISB, who, in his welcome speech, said, "Data is the new lubricant because it is the analysis of data that keeps governments and businesses going." 
Professor Deepa Mani, Executive Director, SRITNE, welcomed the delegates and panelists. She expounded on the varied dimensions--societal, regulatory and competition - triggered by technology-driven changes in today's startups enriched business environment.

In his Keynote address, Abhay Jere, Chief Innovation Officer (CIO), union ministry of HRD, talked on initiating the Smart India Hackathon in 2015 and making it the world's largest open innovation model. The Hackathon programme, he said, engaged more than 80 lakh students across India, to solve 600 problem statements received from 29 union ministries and departments. Jere, a scientist from corporate background spoke about his challenges of working with a large machinery like Government of India. He then spoke on how he approached all the ministries seeking to address the biggest problems faced by the ministries. He said he then planned the Hackathon events, inviting over 6,000 engineering students from all over India to the IT ministry in Delhi, working to resolve issues faced by all the ministries.

Four-panel discussions were held during the workshop around the themes of:

- AI and the Future of Work, Products, and Services
- Designing a Digital Blueprint for the Industrial Economy
- Regulating the Gig Economy
- Leveraging Startup Ecosystem to Beat the Competency Trap
Top management leaders and economists from Microsoft India, Honeywell, Deloitte (Office of the US), UBS, DBS, Competition Commission of India (CCI), Wipro Ltd, and Talent Sprint attended these panels.