Dataquest Digital Leadership Conclave 2018: Celebrating CIOs and Industry Excellence














Dataquest Digital Leadership Conclave 2018 & ICT  Awards is an annual event celebrating CIOs and Industry excellence. In the introductory session, Digital- The Only Solution for Leveraging Change, Sukanta De, Former President, Emerging Business, Tata Teleservices set the context and the tone for the day’s discussion by stating that digital is the only way to change our systems and organizations. Continuously adapting to a changing environment and leverage that change to transition to a higher orbit.


Dataquest Awards 2018 Jury Meeting. (Lto R) Kamal Nath, CEO, Sify Technologies, Prakash Mallya, MD, Intel India; Srinivas Kandula, Chairman, Capgemini India, Sameer Garde, President, Cisco (India & SAARC); Pradeep Gupta, CMD, CyberMedia, (Jury Vice Chair); Ashok Soota, Executive Chairman, Happiest Minds (Jury Chair); K Ganesh, Founder, Growthstory; Ranjan Chopra, MD, Team Computers; Rahul Agarwal, CEO & MD, Lenovo India

The opening keynote session, aptly titled ‘Gear Shift’ saw leading change agents like Vijay Sethi, CIO, Hero Moto Corp, Golok Kumar Simli, Principal Consultant& Chief of Technology, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India and  Dr.J S Sodhi, Group CIO & Sr Vice President-Amity Education Group sharing how Digital is impacting the lives of the individuals as well as organizations across the country.

According to  Vijay Sethi, “Digital technologies are here to stay and disrupting each organization. We need to embrace this disruption.CIOs have to play a key role in this journey. One of the things is bringing in the agile culture, and a culture of the data-driven organization, a culture of leadership and a culture which ensures technology is part of the DNA of the organization.” Meanwhile, Golok Kumar Simli said, ” While leveraging technology, whether public sector or academia or the core enterprise, we need to factor in how do we innovate and experiment and blend with risk and how it impacts the stakeholders.

According to Dr.J S Sodhi, he said that India belongs to all of us. For the progress of our country, we all need to prepare to be informed and engaged as a citizen. So it is important to be cyber aware in today’s digital world and contribute in digital progress of our country.


The  conference focused on 5 big issues – (i)IT Infrastructure (ii)Cloud; (iii)Security; (iv)Bigdata & Analytics, and (v) Emerging Tech including IoT and AI. These are compelling technologies but continue to throw up challenges before technology and business decision makers in governments and organizations. The conference aims to get the practitioners to share their experiences and help chalk out the future path for Digital India.

The conference WAS curated with an intent to decode the Digital

Transformation at ground zero. Hence to understand the digital transformation dynamics at the enterprise level, we reached out to a large base of CIOs cutting across 20 plus verticals and identified key CIOs/CISOs/CTOs and sought their nomination for the Digital Leader – Vertical Warrior 2018 Awards. We asked them how they see digital and how their respective IT organization are getting recalibrated for the new normal Digital economy and how they are aligning this new IT with business goals.We got an overwhelming response to our ‘Digital Leader’ awards and an editorial jury has selected 52 CIOs and these CIOs were  conferred with ‘Technovator of the Year 2018′ and Vertical Warriors 2018’ awards.


While Digital leadership awards celebrate the user community, the ICT Awards celebrate industry excellence in the ICT space. An eminent jury this time has selected the following personalities for the ICT Awards:
IT Person of the Year 2018: Ritesh Agarwal, Founder OYO
– Lifetime Achievement 2018: Arjun Malhotra, Co-Founder, HCL
– Pathbreaker 2018: Reliance Jio

There was an engaging fireside chat with the winners moderated by Pradeep Gupta, MD, CyberMedia. In which the ICT Award winners shared their entrepreneurial journeys and probably, Ritesh Agarwal becomes the youngest IT Person of the Year with just 25 years an already made a form marl by revolutionizing the market with Oyo.

In all the Digital Leadership Conclave and the 26th ICT Awards saw the who is who in the enterprise and IT industry celebrating the success of India’s prowess and their achievements in the ICT space.

Quick Links:

Click here for Dataquest Digital Leaders 2018 – Vertical Warriors

Click here for Dataquest ICT Awards

Keynote Sessions

Click here for Panel Discussion Up Close- Next Gen Security

Click here for Panel Discussion Up Close- New Age Infra

Click here for Panel Discussion-Leveraging Emerging Tech

Click here for Special Category Awards





One response to “Dataquest Digital Leadership Conclave 2018: Celebrating CIOs and Industry Excellence”

  1. Mandy Christison says:

    How can I nominate for 2019 please

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