Deep Tech, as it is widely known, is a set of technologies that are based on scientific breakthroughs and cutting-edge engineering innovations. While Deep Tech was coined in 2015, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has brought the focus primarily onto Deep Tech and its future roadmap in India. In the same spirit, DataQuest recently organized a virtual roundtable on “Deep Tech in India and the Road Ahead.”
The roundtable, held on 16 July 2020, was presided over by celebrated and illustrious personalities from various domains such as telecom, education, healthcare, robotics, cybersecurity, banking and automotive industries to name a few. Serving as a prelude to a much larger and far-reaching event that will be organized in September 2020, the DataQuest virtual roundtable witnessed a thought-provoking, riveting, and conducive conversation on the future of Deep Tech in India.
Panelists of the DQ Deep Tech Virtual Roundtable
The discussion moderated by Pradeep Gupta, CMD, CyberMedia Group was addressed by Prof Sadagopan, Director, IIIT Bangalore; Prof D B Pathak, Padmashri, Prof Emeritus, IIT Mumbai; Anupam Saronwala, Co-Lead, NASSCOM Deep Tech Club; Deepak Sharma, President and CDO, Kotak Mahindra Bank; Girish Kulkarni, Chairman, CHIME; Jayakrishnan T, IEEE Member and CEO of Asimov Robotics; JP Dwivedi, CIO, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital; Mudit Agarwal, EVP – Technology Strategy and Planning, Vodafone; Prasanto K Roy, Tech Evangelist & Policy Expert; Pradeep Khanna, ED, Asia Pacific, VR/AR Association; Rahul Agarwalla, Managing Partner, SenseAI Ventures; Saket Modi, Co-Founder and CEO, Lucideus; Sushant Rabra, Partner-Digital, KPMG; Vijay Sethi, CIO, Hero Motors; and Vinit Goenka, Author & Evangelist – Data Privacy.
Ideas that Came Through at the DQ Deep Tech Virtual Roundtable
The clear-sighted exchange of views highlighted the need and applications of Deep Tech, challenges faced by large organisations and startups, as well as set the agenda for the future roadmap for usage of such technologies in the country. The pre-eminent attendees through the thorough and engaging discourse emphasized the need to build a sustainable ecosystem that facilitates innovation generation, and innovation co-creation, bringing the synergies of the private sector.
Furthermore, the panelist also called for a deep tech platform that will bring together ecosystem players from industry, academia and start-ups, and provide access to technology, innovation, knowledge, mentoring and capital, which is essential to further the growth story of the Deep Tech ecosystem.