MeltingPot2020 Innovation Summit is the only platform in the region enabling collaboration, networking and knowledge share between the various stakeholders in the innovation eco-system to catalyze the transformation of the region into a global innovation hub.
The first edition of MeltingPot2020 saw 500+ industry and institution leaders participating in the two-day Summit and over 1000 students from leading schools and colleges participating in the parallel youth festival. We are now committed to making the second edition even bigger and more impactful.
It is our great honour and privilege that Prof Sadagopan, Director, IIIT Bangalore and life-long proponent of innovation has consented to be the Chairperson for MeltingPot2020 Innovation Summit 2017.
Message from the Chairperson
As a country, India has been innovating over the ages. History is replete with instances of innovation by the society at large – from the discover of zero to Panini’s Ashtadhaya and more recently Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha. While Brexit is a recent occurrence, India managed to gain independence 70 years ago without firing a single shot through an idea which was transferred from one person to the next to create a veritable movement. Sanskrit is till today the only language that is closest to machine coded, programmable language.
Prof S Sadagopan
Director, IIIT Bangalore &
Chairperson, MeltingPot2020 Innovation Summit 2017
Spotlight for 2017
Israel – The Startup Nation
The transformation of Israel into one of the most innovative countries in the world is nothing short of a miracle – from their model of desert agriculture to their recent metamorphosis into a high-tech super power. Israel has more Nasdaq-listed companies than any country barring US and China. It has more venture capital per capita and more startups than any other country in the world. Research and development (R&D) is a thrust area for the country, which also has more scientists and tech professionals than any other nation. In fact, as the Mayor likes to point out, the city itself is a start-up. It was built from scratch in the desert, outside the old Arab city of Jaffa, or Yafo as it is now called, over the last 100 years. Tel Aviv is now ranked as the fifth most robust start-up ecosystem in the world, according to a study by research firm Compass.
At MeltingPot2020 we shall have a special spotlight session comprising of bureaucrats and officials from Israel and India to exchange insights and share lessons that each can learn from the other in their quest to become the hub for global innovation.
Undergraduate and School awards were nominated based on their ingenuity and social impact and were decided by an eminent jury comprising of Prof S Sadagopan, Director, IIITB; Prof Rishikesha Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore and Prof Anindya Chatterjee from IIT Kanpur.
The award-winning projects included Manouve, a device that improves vision from Manav Rachna University; a cigarette filter that absorbs toxins from IIT Rourkee and a Smartphone app that detects garbage from IIT Ropar.
Lifetime Achievement Award – The award was humbly conferred on Prof Sadagopan for his commitment to innovation over the past few decades
Innovation Leader of the Year Award – This was presented to Mr KT Rama Rao for transforming Telangana into the top state in innovation focus and ease of doing business in the country.