The dotcom fever was all evident. Even the event name bore the hallmark–@. Of the total 109 exhibitors, more than 50% had products and services in the ecommerce, dotcom and web technology segments. In the conference, the major crowd pullers were again talks on these segments. The IT Entrepreneurs Club launched during the event received over 1,000 business plans for start-ups, a majority revolving around the dotcom segment. The E-summit had about 7,000 delegates attending.
The other key dimension was the strong presence of the financial community. Traditionally, Nasscom has been a meeting ground for IT professionals or aspiring IT debutants. However, perceiving a big opportunity mushrooming in IT and internet in the past few months, over 120 fund managers, research analysts and investment bankers converged to attend the forum. For the financial community, the event was a relationship building exercise–to direct at future opportunities and to fathom the dotcom phenomenon. Apart from representation from the financial community, Nasscom2000 also witnessed over a lakh of visitors and 700 delegates for its exhibition and conferences. The immense interest of foreign media was also palpable. Apart from Business Week being the official publication, there was Press from Financial Times, The Economist and Red Herring–the other prominent publications present.
In the Nasscom IT events being organised regularly these past eleven years, Nasscom2000 has undoubtedly emerged as the most successful one. Now it seems time to promote India abroad and according to Dewang Mehta, President, Nasscom, the next stop for the show will be around the third quarter of 2000–with