Finance Minister and Minister of State for Electronics and IT Unveils the Next Chapter of India’s Technological Transformation at DATE 2023

With India poised to enter a new era in its digital transformation aspiration, the inaugural Digital Acceleration and Transformation Expo (DATE)  held at the recently inaugurated Yashobhoomi (IICC Dwarka) on 23-24 Nov. opened the doors for global tech leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs to take stock of India’s vision to become a global center of innovation.   

India’s newest and already being celebrated as the most impactful Digital Acceleration and Transformation Expo (DATE) was inaugurated by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and joined by MP Shri Tejasvi Surya, Shri Yaduveer Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, Maharaja of Mysore, and chairman of Cyberverse Foundation, a strategic partner of DATE, and more.

Minister Sitharaman spoke on various topics like financial inclusion, fintech opportunities, data aggregation, cyber safety, and noted:

“DATE stands as the need of the hour, offering Indian youth a vital platform for information, networking, and talent showcasing. The organizers’ understanding and collaboration with diverse partners have brought this expo to Delhi, ensuring two impactful days for those keen in this field. This event, a testament to India’s lead in nurturing young talent, beckons passionate individuals to benefit from its extensive networking opportunities.”.

Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, spoke about the expectations for India’s tech ecosystem and how in a short span of time the country has seen itself becoming the fastest growing digital economy.

Speaking about AI and noting it as one of the three biggest inventions in recent time, Shri Chandrasekhar said: “While we envision AI to become a kinetic enabler and accelerant for our digital economy and innovation economy, safety and trust in these platforms remain paramount.”

Celebrating the success of DATE, Mr. Saleem said: “DATE Is Trescon’s commitment to host a global standard event that truly fosters a secure and inclusive digital environment in India.

With over 8,000 registrations from across India including Government Officials, Founders, CEOs, CIOs and Investors, Tech leaders and Startup Founders, and 100+ exhibitors & partners showcasing innovation across various domains like artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, drones, data analytics, digital marketing, electric mobility, egaming, fintech, generative ai, hyper computing, IoT, metaverse, robotics, web3 and quantum computing, DATE’s outcome has been unprecedented and a talk of the nation”.

With three dynamic conference stages featuring more than 100 speakers in thought-provoking panel discussions, tech talks, keynote presentations and engaging fireside chats, DATE’s inaugural edition’s success echoes a fervent demand for transformative technology. 

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A noteworthy session was the fireside chat on Digital India: Accelerating Economic Growth and Sustainability between Shri Sanjeev Sanyal, Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister (EAC-PM), Government of India, and Ranganath M.D., Chairman, Catamaran Ventures. During their captivating conversations, they provided great insights on what can be expected with India Stack 2.0, the different approaches of AI regulations, alternative energy and more.  

A deviation from the controlled and scripted norm, the fireside chat on Confessions of a Startup Founder, between Swati Bhargava, co-founder, CashKaro and EarnKaro, and Reshma Budhia, director and co-founder, of Toss The Coin, presented candid insights into the challenges and triumphs of their entrepreneurial journey providing valuable lessons, inspiring innovation and resilience in the startup sphere.

On social impact and innovation, Mr. Bharadwaj said: “At DATE, in addition to sparking transformative business discussions, social impact, youth empowerment and real investments were prioritized as we launched the Women in Media Council (a consortium for global female media professionals to collaborate); Smart 1,000 (a partnership initiative between Trescon Foundation and Yuva).

Unstoppable to transform 1,000 schools in rural areas of India, Cyber Safe Girl (a security awareness book in its sixth version by Dr. Ananth Prabhu); Future of Tech (a book authored by a 14-year child prodigy Karthik Jakhar), and more. Regional pitch competitions for prestigious Fintech World Cup (finals during Dubai Fintech Summit 2024) and Startup World Cup (finals in San Francisco) were held. Multiple startups received investment commitments, and two were publicly disclosed.

Highlighting the impact of DATE, Shri Wadiyar said: “We extend our gratitude and sincere appreciation to Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and Minister of State, Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar, for gracing DATE with their presence and invaluable insights. We thank Trescon for launching such an impactful, inspiring and fun event in India.

The success of the launch edition makes the industry even more eager for the next edition of DATE India, which is expected to be held in September 2024.

With robots on stage, attendees experience capture boards, cosplay competition and a live gaming competition featuring India’s most prominent international gamer Mavi and many such onsite activations, DATE gave attendees a fresh breath of air and truly stood out compared to regular run-of-the-mill tech events.

Anticipation is mounting for what is in store for the next edition of DATE.

For more details, visit the website.

DATE India is supported by:  

  • Powered by BSV Blockchain 
  • Lead Sponsor: Demandify Media, Karix 
  • Platinum Sponsor: New Relic, Kaleyra, 
  • Gold Sponsor: KonfHub, BattleXo, B Live EV Store, Torsecure Cyber LLP 
  • Silver Sponsor: Truecaller Business, Haptik,, Northern Arc, XLNC Academy 
  • Premium Bronze Sponsor: Toss The Coin 
  • Bronze Sponsor: GeoPITS, NeoSOFT, Infiflex, TeleCMI, Spine Korea, SimpleCRM, Zoho, Signzy, OneLogin, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Tally, Qodequay Technologies 
  • Mobility Partner: EVeium Smart Mobility 
  • Strategic Partner: Cyberverse Foundation 
  • Supporting Partners: STPI and FICCI 
  • Innovation Partner: DIFC Innovation Hub 
  • Entrepreneurship Partner: TiE Delhi-NCR 
  • Woman Empowerment Partner: WICCI 
  • MSME Development Partner: MSME Promotion Council 
  • Strategic Fintech Partner: MENA Fintech Association 
  • Energy Neutrality Partner:  Tokere 
  • Association Partners: Federation of All India IT Association, Data Security Council of India, Federation of IT Associations of Gujarati, Goa Technology Association, Gujarat Electronics and Software Industries Association, ACIC Rise Association, Fintech Association of Japan, International Federation of Investors’ Association,, The London Institute of Banking and Finance, India Small Businesses & Franchise Association 
  • Ecosystem Partner: IVCA Association 
  • Official Media Partner: Press Trust of India 
  • Official Print Media Partner: Business Standard 
  • Online News Partner: Business Wire India 
  • Official Digital News Partner: TV9 Network 
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About Trescon 

Trescon is a pioneering force in the global business events and services sector, driving the adoption of emerging technologies while promoting sustainability and inclusive leadership. 

“Our summits, expos, and conferences create real economic impact by connecting and empowering the key ecosystem of government organizations, regulators, enterprises, corporates and more. With the help of our more than 250 employees across offices in six countries, several of our clients have quadrupled their leads, shortened sales cycles by half or less, entered markets three times faster, closed deals within unimaginable timelines and grown their businesses ultimately. “

For more information about Trescon, visit the website.

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