Many of the who’s who of the technology world are expected to be in Bangalore for the first edition of Cebit India this November. Exactly who these will be is still not clear, but on top of the list of invitees are Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Google chairman Eric Schmidt, Dell founder Michael Dell, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Tesla Motor CEO Elon Musk and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth.
t’s the “technology dream team” put together by Deutsche Messe, the German company that organizes Cebit. Cebit hopes to have them for the inaugural event on November 12. Invitations have gone out from Andreas Gruchow, member of the board of Deutsche Messe.
One of Modi’s main agenda has been to crank up manufacturing to create millions of jobs and create a technology blueprint for what he calls Digital India. Domestic manufacturing of electronics is expected to become a big focus, given that the country is running up a huge import bill in that segment, and at the current rate could cross the oil import bill by 2020. “What Modi said throughout his campaign is so aligned to what we are doing,” Mehul Lanvers-Shah, MD of Hannover Milano Fairs India, the Indian subsidiary of Deutsche Messe, said.
The organization is keen on Schmidt and Dell because both have been very optimistic about India. “When Schmidt visited India last year, he said the next Google could come of India,” Shah said.
Cebit has announced a five-year partnership with India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), a trade body representing the electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) industry, and Manufacturers’ Association for Information Technology’s (MAIT), a trade body of hardware manufacturers, for participation in the Bangalore event and to work towards boosting domestic manufacturing.
“The Karnataka government is setting up brownfield facilities for electronic system design and manufacturing in Electronics City that will give a big boost to the ecosystem. We have also got in-principle nod for clusters in Pune, Kochi and Trivandrum,” said MN Vidyashankar, president of IESA.