Bipin Pradeep Kumar
Bipin is the co-founder and director at Gaia Smart Cities, a start up in the IoT sphere aimed at providing city-scale solutions, and has over 17 years of experience working with mobile and telecom companies. ...
Pragyan, NIT Trichy aims to create a dialogue and provide a platform for active discussion and debate to the youth through the Pragyan Youth Summit. This year, brace yourself for a bigger and better edition with the perfect blend of guest lectures, panel discussions, events and workshops.
Presenting to you the theme of Pragyan Youth Summit 2018 - Mission Smart Cities. The path towards a smarter India involves intricate planning, reliable infrastructure and efficient use of technology to support the rise of these sustainable and self-reliant communities. The Pragyan Youth Summit (PYS) aims to discuss the role of avant-garde technologies like Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things in the formulation of innovative solutions to problems which impede India's way to becoming a smarter nation. These technologies are primed to enable greater levels of automation, connectivity, and control - thereby bringing us the technology of tomorrow, today.
The Summit looks to serve for the needs and aspirations of the citizens of the country by developing a ‘smart’ ecosystem which is represented by the four pillars of comprehensive development - institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure.
Pragyan, NIT Trichy invites you to experience an exhilarating extravaganza, run entirely by the youth for the youth, and join us in our quest towards a smarter India.
With us, the present generation, there is no dearth of out-of-the-box ideas. All we require is a medium to express the idea and bring it to life.
If you have an interesting idea to add about the technological developments in building smart cities, then this is the time for you to shine. Pitch your idea, get early validation and holistic feedback of the same and prove your worth to win prizes worth INR 20,000!
The event's audience, ranging from seasoned investors and influencers to the young college crowd, will pave way for constructive feedback from all fronts.
The first step towards remodeling an existing city to a Smart City would be to identify key flaws in the current setup and to propose ways to eliminate them. Technology holds the answers to many of today's challenges; the right perspective can help us in harnessing technology to the fullest. With this in mind, in this year's edition of the PYS Panel Discussion, we bring together speakers to ideate on the topic 'Changing Technology for Future Cities'. The panel comprises of thinkers, innovators and experts in the field who will discuss, analyze and propose solutions to common problems that plague Indian cities. These include but are not limited to the causes of traffic congestion, pollution, waste-management and how new technology like artificial intelligence and IoT can be used to address them. We hope this diverse panel puts forth many suggestions, policy changes and the implementation which the youth can look up to.
Mr. John Samuel Raja is one of the geniuses behind How India Lives (HIL), the Delhi-based data search and visualisation startup, which provides products like the Smart Cities Tracker, ...
Dr. Amiya Kumar Sahu is the founder of the first of its kind professional body in waste management in India, the National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI). As the Vice Chairman in Asia Pacific Waste and Environment Alliance ...
As an internationally acclaimed thought leader, columnist, keynote speaker and advisor on SMART CITIES, Ms. Karuna Gopal is a visionary in her field. She is the founder president of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, ...
Amitabh Satyam is the Chief Mentor at Smart Transformations, an organisation aiming to meet the dual objectives of sustainability and enhancing the quality of life. An IIT Kanpur graduate with an MBA from Fisher College of Business, ...
Raghavan is with Tata Consultancy Services, and is the Head of Digital Citizen and Connected Social Systems Research and Innovation Program within the CTO R&D Organization. This Research and Innovation program focuses on citizen centric Smart Cities ...
The right words possess the power to lift shrouds of doubt and distrust and to inspire action. PYS Youth Talk aims at bringing to you the idea, the challenges and the eventual success of one such young innovator in a concise yet power-packed 20 minute talk. The talk will be given by a successful young innovator whose creativity, expertise and determination have helped society move considerably further towards our mission - Smart Cities. We hope that this anecdote will engage the audience, leave an impact and hopefully instill in each person a strong will to contribute to the nation.
Siddharth Hande is the founder and CEO of Kabadiwalla Connect, an award winning waste management solutions provider based in Chennai, India. Kabadiwalla Connect has been recognised by MIT, the World Bank, the UN Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and the Launch Circular Innovation Ecosystem. ...
Welcome to the Smart Cities Development Workshop, which aims to deliver the ideas necessary for thorough understanding of the urban landscape that an electronic makeover demands, to bring in the right technology and strategies that will be able to securely connect everything—people, data, devices, and processes—for optimized efficiency.
The need for a synchronised platform which offers a holistic and specialised approach to help solve problems, meet unique goals, and achieve desired outcomes has arisen. Are you prepared to present the world its evolved future?
The Connected Digital Platform (CDP) is a novel technology that aggregates and correlates large amounts of data from various sources using extensive networks, as well as the Internet of Things (IoT). It also incorporates cloud computing to efficiently save and retrieve information. In the world of tomorrow, CDP will be one of the driving forces behind building smart communities.
No prerequisites are necessary to attend this workshop.
Cisco Systems, Inc is an American multinational technology conglomerate that designs, manufactures, and sells Internet Protocol (IP) based networking and other products related to the communications and information technology industry worldwide.
A reflection of how they adapt to the need of the future, Cisco has been consistently ranked as a leading smart city provider in terms of strategy and execution. Learn more about their work at their portal for Smart+Connected Communities.
Mr. John Samuel Raja is one of the geniuses behind How India Lives (HIL), the Delhi-based data search and visualisation startup, which provides products like the Smart Cities Tracker, which holds a repository of data on ‘Smart Cities'. He is an economist by training, a financial journalist by the years, and a data fiend and a new-economy explorer at heart. Mr. Raja is a seasoned journalist who has written on corporate and economy subjects for The Economic Times, Outlook Business, Business Standard and Mint. He has revolutionized public information by delving into areas largely ignored by others. In 2012, as a Tow-Knight Fellow in the entrepreneurial journalism program of the City University of New York, he crystallised his business idea of making available public data in a searchable and visual format into How India Lives, and was awarded a $16,000 grant from the Tow-Knight Foundation.
Dr. Amiya Kumar Sahu is the founder of the first of its kind professional body in waste management in India, the National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI). As the Vice Chairman in Asia Pacific Waste and Environment Alliance (APWEA), Dr. Sahu has contributed to improving awareness in waste management. He is an active participant in various technical organisations which have brought him to the level of international recognition as a Board member in the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), Vienna representing Asia Pacific region. Not only is he a part of numerous national and international organizations of Environment and Solid Waste Management like ISWA, Bombay Chamber of Commerce, etc., but he has also started his own companies like Econ Consulting Services & Eco-Chem Waste Control (India) Pvt. Ltd. He has proven to be a pioneer in environmental protection by implementing more than 150 projects in India and neighborhood countries successfully and serving as a consultant to Inter-agency (UNEP, IAEA, WHO) in air pollution projects. Dr. Sahu was instrumental in drafting MSW Rules, 2000 in India. He received the Environmental Legacy Award in Clean & Green India 2016 for his efforts towards the environment.
As an internationally acclaimed thought leader, columnist, keynote speaker and advisor on SMART CITIES, Ms. Karuna Gopal is a visionary in her field. She is the founder president of Foundation for Futuristic Cities, a think tank that has influenced urban transformation in India for over a decade. Ms. Gopal contributed to the design of the 100 SMART CITIES MISSION of Government of India. Her innovation, CITIZENS for CITY – 2007, a disruptive tool to engage citizens in governance, was showcased as a National Best Practice. She was a member of the Speaker delegation representing the Union Ministry of Urban Development at COP21-United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), PARIS 2015. In the past, she served as an Urban Expert for the World Bank, DFID (Department for International Development, UK), USAID (United States Agency for International Development), BMGF (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) & ADB (Asian Development Bank). Ms. Gopal has received an abundance of awards for her work, including the Most Impactful SMART CITIES LEADER, World HRD Congress, GREEN LEADER AWARD for demonstrating exemplary leadership in Sustainability for Social Change, and Woman Leader Felicitation at TANA (2013) ATA, NATA (2012) at Dallas, Atlanta and Houston.
Amitabh Satyam is the Chief Mentor at Smart Transformations, an organisation aiming to meet the dual objectives of sustainability and enhancing the quality of life. An IIT Kanpur graduate with an MBA from Fisher College of Business, USA, Amitabh was earlier the Managing Partner at SAP and the global consulting leader for Telecom and IoT at IBM. He is an expert in the areas of IoT, Telecom and Analytics with an experience of over 25 years in consulting, management, leadership and technology. He regularly advises government agencies and corporations on deployments of Smart ideas and solutions. Recently, he has co-authored the book “The Smart City Transformations.” early in his career, Amitabh started in Wall Street as an investment analyst at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney. He was next chosen for the role as Head of Strategy at Strategies International. Later, he became the Operations Head at Reliance Infocomm, Managing Director at MobiApps and Vice President at Siemens. In addition, Amitabh taught at The Ohio State University and at Rider University in the USA for four years.
Raghavan is with Tata Consultancy Services, and is the Head of Digital Citizen and Connected Social Systems Research and Innovation Program within the CTO R&D Organization. This Research and Innovation program focuses on citizen centric Smart Cities by building digital systems which help key stakeholders such as citizens, communities and businesses to reimagine quality of life experiences in a Smart City. These solutions will become critical in the adoption of Smart Cities for the benefit of all. In the Digital Citizen and Smart Cities areas, Raghavan drives new innovative offerings powered by research, including building strategy, software solutions, thought leadership, alliances, competencies, and helping customers leverage the technologies. As a versatile technology professional with over two decades of IT experience, he has consulted with and built technology solutions for customers in various industries and geographies. In his previous role he was the Practice Head for Cloud Computing Incubation within CTO R&D. Raghavan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. Raghavan is a senior member of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM). He has co-authored whitepapers and delivered talks at many events.
Siddharth Hande is the founder and CEO of Kabadiwalla Connect, an award winning waste management solutions provider based in Chennai, India. Kabadiwalla Connect has been recognised by MIT, the World Bank, the UN Foundation, the World Economic Forum, and the Launch Circular Innovation Ecosystem. A geo-spatial analyst and an urban studies researcher by training, Siddharth has been passionate about issues relating to waste since his college years. He was one of the founders of ‘Reclaim Our Beaches’, a local clean-up drive in Chennai. Prior to Kabadiwalla Connect, he worked as a consultant in some of India's premier urban policy and research think tanks, including the Indo-German Centre for Sustainability at IIT-Madras, the Indian Institute for Human Settlements and the Institute for Financial Management and Research. Recently, Siddharth also featured in the SE100 Inspiring Social Enablers Programme, one of the widely read content platforms on social entrepreneurship and social innovation.
Bipin is the co-founder and director at Gaia Smart Cities, a start up in the IoT sphere aimed at providing city-scale solutions, and has over 17 years of experience working with mobile and telecom companies. Bipin is also the Chairman of the Smart City Group for TEC Department of Telecom, the Ministry of Communication, Government of India and the Co-Chairperson of the IoT For Smart Cities Task Force under the Ministry of Electronics and IT. That’s not all. He is a member of the National Working Group on International Telecommunication Union’s (ITU) SG on Smart Sustainable Communities and a permanent member of the panel in Smart Infrastructure at BIS (Bureau of Indian Standards, Government of India). Academically, Bipin has a dual MBA from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service & School of Business and ESADE Business School and an MSc from University of Wales.
Founder and CEO, Project Potential
Zubin Sharma is a graduate of political economy from the University of Pennsylvania. He has spent most of his time learning about social entrepreneurship and building community development activities in rural India. In 2012, he started working education in rural India, during which time he launched his own NGO SEEKHO, an organization to introduce a culture of education in Bihar. SEEKHO’s vision is to have a network of 700,000 Change-Makers across India-- at least one for each village in India. He is also the Founder and CEO of Project Potential, an organization that encourages entrepreneurship among village youths.
Ajaita is the Founder/CEO of Frontier Markets and the President of Frontier Innovations Foundation. She has been working in India for 10 years in microfinance and clean energy distribution. She is a 2006 Clinton Service Corp Fellow, 2012 Echoing Green Fellow, 2013 Cordes Fellow, has been awarded the most influential award in Microfinance for people under 30, and Business Week's 30 under 30 award, and most recently, Forbes Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30’s Social Entrepreneur of the Year. She has been recognized as the #3 of top 40 women entrepreneurs of India in 2014, Nasscom Foundation identified her as Women 2.0 of 2015, and National India Conclave’s Women Entrepreneur of the Year 2015. She has received Loreal’s Women of Worth 2016, CNBC Young Business Women of the Year 2016. She actively speaks at conferences for the US Green Business Council, Universities, global forums. She has been an active educator, collaborator, and catalyst in helping scale clean energy access globally. Ajaita serves on the board of Frontier Innovations Foundation, a non-profit focused on last-mile distribution support for clean energy companies. She is also an advisor to various social enterprises in India focusing on product development for the poor. She is an active member of the UN Practitioner’s Network, Asian Development Bank’s Energy For All Partnership. Ajaita Shah holds her B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University.
Dhimant Parekh is the founder of TheBetterIndia.com - India's largest impact platform - which uses the power of media to drive large-scale impact. Prior to this, he led two successful startups in the areas of mobile commerce and e-commerce and is regarded as one of the top product managers for technology companies. Dhimant holds a degree in computer science engineering and an MBA from the Indian School of Business. He is also a long-distance runner.
Vice Chairman – SHEMROCK Preschools
Managing Director – SHEMFORD Futuristic Schools
(BE (Delhi University), MBA (University of California), PG Researcher at University of Nottingham, UK) A visionary with a multi-dimensional personality, he has strengthened the SHEMROCK brand & transferred the same stress-free & fun-filled learning to his Sr. School Chain – SHEMFORD Group of Futuristic Schools. Today, with 625+ SHEMROCK Preschools & SHEMFORD K-12 Schools in 27+ States & Union Territories of India, Nepal & Bangladesh, it is the fastest growing School Chain in the country.
Furthermore, he is a regular speaker at prestigious National & International Educational Conferences & Seminars like GESS (Dubai), HITSA Education Conference (Estonia), Bett Show (Singapore & Abu Dhabi), EdTechX Asia (Singapore), Edu Tech Asia Congress & Expo (Singapore), Digital Education Show (Dubai), National Conference on K-12 Leadership (Bangalore), L&T Expo (Hong Kong), ELETS WES (New Delhi), South Asia Education Summit (New Delhi), EdTech Review Conferences, TIE Global Conferences, Didac India, ET EduVision, FIWE, DIDAC, One Globe, VCCircle Summits, ASES, Education Thought Leaders Conclave, India Learning Expo, EduConvEx, Entrepreneurship Summit, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) Business Meet and many more.
As a tribute to his contribution to education in India, he has been honoured with several prestigious awards. He was felicitated as the “Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2006” by the Lt Governor of Delhi. In the same year, the Independent Schools Federation of India conferred upon him, an Award for his “Outstanding Contribution to the Indian Education System”. Recently, he has been elected as the Vice President of Early Childhood Association. He has also been honoured with the “Indo Global Outstanding Contribution in Education Award” at the International Education and Leadership Summit Awards 2016, the “Award for Outstanding Contribution to Education” at the South Asia Education Summit Awards 2015 and many more.
An IIT Delhi Doctorate who has years of experience in specialty chemicals and clean processes. He has several proprietary reports, patents and publications to his credit. Anil Wali has worked in chemical industry for 19 years. Besides having strategic customer and quality orientation, he has multifaceted experience with respect to R&D management, technology development and licensing, infrastructure & project issues, opportunity assessment, entrepreneurship, IPR policy and strategy, open innovation, training etc. He is also called upon to deliberate and participate in the area of sustainability. Anil Wali has been the Managing Director at Foundation for Innovation and Technology Transfer (FITT) – an autonomous interface organization at IIT Delhi since 2006. He has been a member of the Board of Management, Indira Gandhi National Open University, N. Delhi from 2013-16. Besides looking at issues of concern to SMEs, he is overseeing technology transfer, enabling partnerships and driving innovations and incubation in the academia, Dr. Wali is part of several committees – addressing, inter alia, issues of education, industry-academia relationship, IP management and techno-entrepreneurship development. He lectures widely.
Chandan has over 15 years of experience in building enterprise cloud products and services. During these years he has assumed various roles and functions across Product Development, Custom Development, Software Delivery Services, Process Engineering, Product Pricing, Pre-Sales Support, Customer go-live projects and Partner Enablement. He has spent a considerable part of his career in cloud product development and in heading the commercialization of cloud services as the global owner of SAP Cloud Services Portfolio. At present, Chandan heads the delivery for Cloud Custom Development in APJ for SAP. As part of his role, he is responsible to transform SAP customers’ unique business processes to cloud and help strategic customers of SAP derive value from their investments by Innovating with SAP Cloud and to stay relevant. As a trusted advisor to the customer, he is in a unique position to understand the trends in the market and help the customers with their cloud journey. An Architect by education, Chandan started his career as an entrepreneur starting his design firm and practiced Architecture and Design before joining software industry.
Cmde. R B Verma(Retd) is a graduate from IIT, Kharagpur. He joined Indian Navy on completion of degree. He did his Post Graduation from University College, London. During his thirty one years tenure in the Navy, he was head of Submarine Design for 10 years and worked on design and development of strategic submarines. He was responsible for joint development of weapons and sensor and its integration into submarine systems. He worked on development of underwater missiles with DRDL, development of Sonar systems with NPOL Cochin, development of Primary Power plant with Atomic Energy, etc. After seeking pre-mature retirement from the Navy, he joined TAFE as Vice President(R&D) in 1998 and retired as its Executive Vice President-R&D in 2015.He has been instrumental in setting up R&D for TAFE, responsible for developing new products. During his tenure at TAFE (R&D) it has developed close to 100 new products and features, now contributing to about 70% of sales revenues. Today, TAFE is the biggest exporter of tractors in India. He has eight patents to his credit and has publications in leading conferences and journals. After retiring from TAFE since last year he is working as Automotive Research advisor with IIT M, ICSR for setting up Centre of Excellence between Industry and Academia for research in Auto Sector. In 1996, he was decorated with Ati Vishith Sewa Medal by President of India for his contribution to the Navy. He was awarded the prestigious Fellowship by the Indian National Academy of Engineering(INAE) in 2006.He was Member of Executive Committee of Section 10 of INAE for two years.
Dr. Priyanka Sarkar (Vice President(Programs and Policy affairs), ICFA) is a Doctorate in Bio Sciences in fromLaboratory of Algal Biotechnology, Department of Bioscience, Barkatullah University, Bhopal. She has experience working with National Agricultural Innovation Project of ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural Research), New Delhi. ICAR is a global leader of the prestigious national agricultural research system (NARS). Dr. Priyanka Sarkar received the coveted Young Scientist award from the M.P Council of Science and Technology in 2010. Currently, she is responsible for taking up all the coordination with International and National linkages with various sectors of Agricultural inputs. She is also coordinating with Africa for its advancement in agri-inputs and precision farming.
Arun Venkatesan(CTO, Villgro) has over 15 years of experience in materials R&D, device development and forward integration of technology into tangible, marketable entities. He has worked for various small-scale and start-up companies both in the US and India, in a product development capacity leveraging academic research groups and independent development teams. He has extensive experience coordinating development projects using external vendors for rapid turn-around of various product components. Arun Venkatesan holds a Ph.D., in Chemical Engineering. After about 2 decades of leading product development in the USA, he has been working in the Chennai Area for the last 4 years. His area of expertise is materials research and development, device integration and forward-integration of technology into tangible, marketable entities. During his industrial career Dr. Venkatesan worked for various companies in a research and development capacity while interacting with academic research groups as well as independent development teams. He has extensive experience in coordinating development projects in small-scale and start-up companies using external vendors for rapid turn- around of various product components. More recently, he has been instrumental in sucessful commercialization of Brilliance - A low cost phototherapy device for premature babies and SmartCane - An affordable navigation aid for the visually impaired. He is privileged to be part of three grants in assistive devices from Wellcome Trust. He has been invited to be on Judging and Design review panels for CII and ASME iShow to evaluate companies and their ideas.