Hyderabad, November 4, 2019: IKP Knowledge Park is planning to celebrate its 20-year journey through of a series of events anchored around its flagship International Knowledge Millennium Conference, IKMC2019, to be held at its campus in Genome Valley and at HICC on November 8&9.
The theme of IKMC2019 is Planet and We: Our Connected Future. IKMC2019 will deliberate on how solutions that aim to holistically address impacts on human and natural ecosystems are being developed through application of disruptive technologies. How do we move from being economically efficient to being ecologically efficient?
Sri K T Rama Rao, Hon’ble Minister for IT, MA&UD, Industries & Commerce, Public Enterprises, Mines & Geology and NRI Affairs, Government of Telangana will inaugurate the Agri-Innovation Translation Centre at the newly developed 1.1 lakh sft Sustainability Innovation Centre (SINC) at IKP campus on November 8 morning. The inauguration of the Centre of Excellence will be in the august presence of Guests of Honour, Dr.Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, Govt. of India and Mr. N. Vaghul, Former Chairman, ICICI Bank and IKP. This will be followed by a facility tour and a panel discussion chaired by Dr.Renu Swarup on Shaping Tomorrow: IKP2.0 – The Next 20 years.
The evening gala at HICC will celebrate partnerships that IKP has forged through its journey and unveil the new logo of IKP2.0. The Chief Guest for the evening is Dr. SK Joshi IAS, Chief Secretary, Govt. of Telangana. Sri Jayesh Ranjan IAS, Principal Secretary, Industries & Commerce, IT&BT, Govt. of Telangana will grace the occasion as Guest of Honour.
While releasing the event brochure, Ms. Deepanwita Chattopadhyay, Chairman & CEO, IKP said, “The 20-year anniversary marks an important milestone for us as we look back at the vision and mission of IKP, our achievements and the strong relationships that we built along this journey with the entire innovation community. The dream that prompted the founders to start this unique experiment of creating a ‘world-class centre for leading-edge business-driven research’ in a 200-acre campus in Hyderabad, over time grew into a pan-India innovation ecosystem.Its time to recognise all those who helped us shape IKP, and we are delighted at this opportunity”.
The event will be attended by around 500 delegates and guests from across India spanning large companies, startups and innovators, incubator managers, experts, investors, government officials and policy makers.
Mr. Prasad Ede, COO & CFO, IKP explained, “IKP has so far supported around 520 innovative companies and projects. The Conference will host a Startup Product Exhibition where 75 selected startups in medtech, industrial biotech, agriculture and mobility & IoT from across India will present their technologies. An eminent panel of jury will select the most promising solutions in different categories for cash award and mentorship”.
The other high points of IKMC2019 are curated Workshops for startups, IP Clinic and One-on-One Mentorship opportunities. Registration are available on www.ikmc2019.com.
Dr. Viswanadham Duppatla, Chief Manager, Innovations at IKP added, “on Nov 9 afternoon, the BIRAC Regional Innovation Centre (BRIC) – a joint initiative of BIRAC and IKP, will host a Round table to discuss the Role of Cluster Networks in enhancing innovation output. This important session will be Co-Chaired by Mr. H K Mittal, Head, Science & Engineering Research Council, DST, GoI, Dr. Manish Diwan, Head – Strategic Partnership & Entrepreneurship Development, BIRAC and Utkarsh Palnitkar, formerly with KPMG and E&Y, and attended by around 25 cluster stakeholders including incubator CEOs from 16 life science clusters/cities in the country”.
When asked about the significance of the IKMC theme of Planet & We: Our Connected Future for the 20th year, Ms. Chattopadhyay quipped, “There is little doubt that human development, health and well-being are intricately entwined with that of the earth’s ecosystem and we need to build solutions for a shared and sustainable future. The Plenary Sessions on November 9 will focus on how “deepteching” across heath, food and plant systems could provide an opportunity to develop solutions for the future. Over the years IKMC conferences have enormously contributed to shaping IKP’s strategy and its initiatives, and I look forward to learning from the deliberations and applying them as we implement the mission of IKP2.0”.