DQ Deep Tech Program

Business as usual is no longer an option, but the unavoidable crisis along with economic incentives could steer market forces and innovation in the right direction. Today “doing the right thing” goes much beyond corporate social responsibility—it is about creating future-proof companies. The tools at our disposal have never been more powerful: the digital revolution has matured and deeply transformed most industries, while a Fourth Industrial Revolution is already underway. The latter is enabled by deep technologies like AI/ML, future of works, automation, robotics, 3D printing, the internet of things, blockchains, autonomous systems, clean tech and 5G data network for better customer experience. Hence, we collaborate with best of the experts and industry players to develop a DQ Deep Tech Program.

“A unique cohort of deep tech experts building a tailor-made journey to learn and network with the right people pursuing emerging technologies for future”


Format Session Time Topics & Session Details
Keynote 10:00 AM K1:Deep Tech: The Next Tech Frontier
Prof. K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientifc Adviser to PM
A new deep tech ecosystem is taking shape, with big ramifications for all players, most notably companies, investors, and startups. This ecosystem reflects a new model, one that is far more fluid and dynamic than the ways in which research and technological development have been conducted in the past.
Keynote 10:15 AM K2:The Evolving Deep Tech Ecosytems
Ajay Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY; Prof. S Sadagopan, Director, IIIT Bangalore; Moderated by Pradeep Gupta, Chairman, CyberMedia Group
Newcomers often find themselves in unfamiliar territory, and carving out a role can be complex. They can find their way through Deep Technologies, that can affect entire value and supply chains. But this requires a more thorough analysis of the stakeholders’ interdependencies and value creation models in order to determine how to align goals, set strategies, and organize for interaction with others. Deep challenges call for Deep Technologies.
Plenary 10:30 AM P1: Fireside Chat - Does Deep Tech need Deep Pockets?
Rahul Agarwalla, Founder, SenseAI; Devika Thapar, Partner Wilbe, Girish Shivani, Executive Director & Fund Manager, YourNest Venture Capital
Deep tech technologies can have a big impact, take a long time to reach market-ready maturity, and require a substantial amount of capital. These technologies are novel and are significant advances over technologies currently in use. They require concerted R&D to develop practical business or consumer applications and bring them from the lab to the market.These technologies have the power to create their own markets or disrupt existing industries.Deep tech investors require vision, confidence, and patience.
Parallel Tracks Parallel Tracks DQ Deep Tech Solution Showcase
11:00 AM T1: Tipping Point for AR-VR
Powered by: VR/AR Association
Speakers: Pradeep Khanna, ED, VRARA, Asia Pacific; Casie Millhouse, President, Singapore VRARA Chapter
T2: AI in Healthcare
Powered by: PanIIT
Speakers: Dr Ramesh Byrapaneni,Managing Partner, Endiya Partners; Dr Zainul Charbiwala, Founder & CTO,Tricog
Augtual Reality Labs Sociograph Solutions
The latest technologies have the potential to take away the latency aspect as well as to get people to collaborate and move a lot of functionality of the head mounted device to the cloud. Most companies ask for free trial lasting for upto 9 months which is not sustainable. We need an Indian startup-industry ecosystem, not a Western one. Make in India for AI.
11:20 AM T3:Transformation of Indian Manufacturing
Speakers:Vijay Sethi, Group CIO, Hero Moto Corp; Subrat Kanungo, Director & Head IT, Samsung Semiconductor India; Nilotpal Dutta, Director, India Manufacturing and Distribution Industry, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise
T4: Data Protection, Automation, and Cloud Data Management: The New Normal
Speakers: Sandeep Bhambure, MD, Veeam Software; Harnath Babu, CIO , KPMG
Powered by: Anil Chopra, VP-Research & Consulting, CMRSL
Cyclops Medtech Fourtek IT Solutions Eder labs
Tech-driven interventions getting embedded in manufacturing. AI-ML-Data Analytics, contactless solutions, social distancing, trucks will be sensor enabled. Video conferencing to be used to overcome travel costs. AR, VR slowly seeping in. Data management should automatically include optimum storage, regulatory compliance, security, backup and recovery along with the right analytics and AI tools to be truly called intelligent.
11:50 AM T5: Blockchain for business & governance
Speakers:Pankaj Mittal, Founder, Aurigraph & Investor, TedX Speaker; Gaurav Dubey, CEO, Infotech Hub
T6: Pandemic accelerated Dx in Healthcare
Speakers: Arvind Sivaramakrishnan,Group CIO, Apollo Hospital; JP Dwivedi, CIO, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital; Kumar KV, CIO NH Hospitals,Anoop Chaturvedi, Country Manager - Public Sector Business, Pointnext, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise, Moderator: Girish Kulkarani, Chairman, CHIME India Chapter
Fourtek IT Solutions Mimyk Aurigraph
Blockchain has wide ranging applications in bringing transparency, accountability and security in both governments and businesses. Supply chains is also another critical area. Five most important technologies in healthcare – AI, Blockchain in supply chain automation, quantum computing to churn data into meaningful use, AR and VR, Machine learning and NLP.
12:30 PM T7: Rise of Robots & Drones post-Covid
Speakers: Balaji Vishwanathan, Founder & CEO, Invento Robotics; Rajeev Karwal, Chairman, Milagrow Robots; Jayakrishnan T, IEEE Member and CEO, Asimov Robotics; Gajendra Kashyap, Co-founder & CTO, Leap Aeronautics;
Moderator: Sunil Rajguru, Supriya Rai
T8: 5G and the Smart Plane
Powered by: Powered by COAI
Speakers: Lt Gen Dr SP Kochhar, DG, COAI; Chandrasekar Ramamoorthy, Founder, Mozark, Saravanan Manickam, Mozark;
Moderator: Shubhendu Parth
Aryabhatta robotics AskSid.ai
Robots can work in hazardous environments. Now hazard is everywhere. It will be increasingly used in hospitality, healthcare, retail, BFSI, and so on. Cobots are another important area. They will be key in a no touch world. Telecom is enabler for many industries: It reaches connectivity and treats compute. Consumer of technology and also enabler: IoT – sensors, smart campus, smart university, smart retail, smart warehouse, autonomous vehicles, heart meters, energy-meters… completely new use cases.
12:40 PM T9: CX, privacy, security & risk assessment in BFSI Speakers: Deepak Sharma, President and CDO, Kotak Mahindra & Madhusudan Ekambaram, Founder and CEO, KreditBee;
Moderator: Anil Chopra, VP Research & Consulting, CMRSL
T10:Bringing Nanotech into the post-Covid world
Speakers: V Ramagopal Rao, Director, IIT Delhi
Augtual Reality Labs Unistal Systems
We can monitor threats through Deep Tech. It will be important in safeguarding privacy and security, along with creating a much better customer experience. Nanomaterials can be used to build more effective PPEs and Nanotech can ensure better drug delivery and diagnostics.
Plenary 1:00 PM P2: Winning Formula to stay ahead in Deep Tech Landscape Speakers: Dr. Ajai Chowdhry, Founder, HCL; Arun Seth, Chairman, TEMA; Subinder Khurana, Co-lead, NASSCOM Deep Tech Club
Deep tech ecosystems can be hard for traditional companies to navigate. The companies, investors, startups, and others should be guided strategically by three questions about themselves and their goals. What do we bring to the ecosystem? What do we want from the ecosystem? How do we interact with others to achieve our goals? The stakeholders in the ecosystems need to contribute their currency, and make the ecosystem stronger, before they can realize their full potential.
Plenary 1:30 PM P3: Deep Tech Skill & Talent Nurturing
Speakers: Aditya Berlia, Co-Founder & Pro-Chancellor at Apeejay Stya University; Dr Pradeep K Sinha, Director, IIIT Naya Raipur, Vikas Bhonsle, CEO, Crayon;
Moderator: Sunil Rajguru
Fourtek IT Solutions Sociograph Solutions Avataar.me
Deep Tech training, the government's awareness levels, the role of the youth and the need for new partnerships. Can new online skill strategies replace traditional modes of education?
2:00 PM Experience Zone Visit
2:10 PM T11: Deep Penetration through Virtual Education
Speakers: R Satya Narayanan, Founder & Chairman, CL Educate; Mayank Kumar, Co-founder and MD, UpGrad
Moderator: Soma Tah
T12: A Unified Response to Cybersecurity
Speakers:Saket Modi, Co-founder and CEO, Lucideus
Unistal systems SecurelyShare
Virtual Education can reach rural and remote areas along with uplifting people who cannot afford expensive offline education. A real alternative to offline colleges. We need a national standardization of our Cybersecurity paradigm & how to respond to threats in a post-Covid world, keeping data in mind.
2:30 PM T13: AI-ML-Optimizing e-commerce Speakers:Pankaj Vermani, Founder & CEO, Clovia; In Conversation with Dhaval Gupta, Executive Director, CyberMedia Group T14: AR-VR for tomorrow’s entertainment
Powered by: BIF
Speakers:Harsha Kikkeri, CEO, HoloSuit; Kartik Raja, Founder, Mozark; Sourabh Chowdhury, Product Head, Mozark;
Moderator: Som Tah
Fourtek IT Solutions Sociograph Solutions
Artificial Intelligence can optimize supply chains (put under severe strain during Covid) and predict consumer behaviour and consumption. The post-Covid world will look at alternatives to physical and outdoor events in the era of social distancing and no touch.
2:50 PM K3: Deep Tech and Start-Ups
Speaker: Dr. Omkar Rai, DG STPI
T14 A : New Tech Horizon in the Neo Normal
Speakers: Vikas Bhonsle, CEO, Crayon Software Experts India
Aryabhatta robotics AskSid.ai
3:10 PM T15: IoT Revolution for Agriculture
Speakers: Lalit Gautam, Founder and CEO, Sensegrass; Sumitra Goenka, Entrepreneur;
Moderator: Supriya Rai
T16: Developing India's EV Ecosystem
Speakers:Rajeev Chaba, President & MD MG Motor; In Conversation with Thomas George
Pathpartner Technology Stylumia Intelligence technology
IoT devices in the agricultural domain can produce critical data that helps in monitoring and analyzing the entire process. However, the awareness regarding AgriTech is currently low, and a lot more needs to be done to bring about an IoT revolution in agriculture. New policies are required from the Governemnt of India to ensure usage of technology in the field. The COVID-19 pandemic has made people realise the importance of agriculture at large. It is not just the cars, but batteries, charging stations and power sources that have to be developed along with data, AI-ML tools to optimize them.
3:30 PM T17: Mantra for Success in the Digital Era
Speakers: Abhay S Joshi - Cloud Channel & Distribution Head, Crayon India C Bernard,Managing Director,Healthpasture;Dr Aishvarya Raj,Senior Director from QCI (Quality Council of India)
T18: Data Privacy and Data Protection
Speakers:Sameer Mathur, Founder & CEO, SM Consulting, Sukhpal Singh Sandhu, Director, Klassify Technology Pvt. Ltd.
Augtual Reality Labs Klassify Technology
Plenary 3:50 PM P4: Evolution of Tech Ethics
Speakers: Sushant Rabra, Partner, KPMG; GV Anand Bhushan, Partner, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co Moderator: Sunil Rajguru, Editor, CIOL & PCQuest.
Gordian Technologies QuNu Labs Akira AI
Importance of tech ethics in era of rapid digitization, roles Govts-corporates are playing & its adoption in digital strategies.
Plenary 4:20 PM P5: Strategic Weaponization of Data
Speakers: Lt. Gen. Dr Rajesh Pant, National Cyber Security Coordinator; Vinit Goenka, Author, Policy Maker, Member Governing Council - CRIS; Moderated by Prasanto K Roy
Unistal Systems Avataar.me Xenonstack
Data can be used as a weapon by both State and non-State players for both good and bad.
End of Virtual Event


Image Prof. K Vijay Raghavan

Principal Scientific Adviser to PM

Image Lt. Gen. Dr Rajesh Pant

National Cyber Security Coordinator

Image Ajay Prakash Sawhney


Image Dr. Ajai Chowdhry


Image Prof. S Sadagopan

IIIT Bangalore

Image Prof. Deepak B Pathak

Professor at Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay

Image Pradeep Gupta

CyberMedia Group

Image Prof. V. Ramgopal Rao

IIT Delhi

Image Vinit Goenka

Policy Maker
Member Governing Council - CRIS

Image Dr. Omkar Rai

Director General

Image Lt Gen Dr SP Kochhar

Director General

Image Rajeev Chaba

President & MD
MG Motor India

Image Arun Seth

NASSCOM Deep Tech Club

Image Aditya Berlia

Co-Founder & Pro-Chancellor
Apeejay Stya University

Image R Satya Narayanan

Founder & Chairman
CL Educate

Image Subinder Khurana

Founder & Chief Mentor
NASSCOM Deep Tech Club

Image Pradeep Khanna

Executive Director
VRARA Asia Pacific

Image Casie Millhouse

VRARA, Singapore Chapter

Image Mayank Kumar

Co-founder and MD

Image Pankaj Vermani

Founder & CEO

Image Saket Modi

Co-Founder and CEO

Image Deepak Sharma

CDO & President
Kotak Mahindra Bank

Image Vijay Sethi

Group CIO, Head HR & Head CSR
Hero Moto Corp

Image Subrat Kanungo

Director & Head IT
Samsung Semiconductor India

Image Harnath Babu


Image Arvind Sivaramakrishnan

Group CIO
Apollo Hospitals

Image JP Dwivedi

Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Hospital

Image Kumar KV

Group CIO
NH Hospitals

Image Sushant Rabra


Image Girish Kulkarni

CHIME India Chapter

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Managing Director

Image Girish Shivani

Executive Director & Fund Manager
YourNest Venture Capital

Image Devika Thapar


Image Rahul Agarwalla

Managing Partner
SenseAI Ventures

Image Rajeev Karwal

Milagrow Robots

Image Pankaj Mittal

Founder & CEO
Aurigraph, Investor, & TedX Speaker

Image Dr Ramesh Byrapaneni

Managing Partner
Endiya Partners

Image Dr Zainul Charbiwala

Founder & CTO

Image Balaji Vishwanathan

Founder & CEO
Invento Robotics

Image Gajendra Kashyap

Co-founder & CTO
Leap Aeronautics

Image Madhusudan Ekambaram

Founder and CEO

Image Vikas Bhonsle

Crayon Software Experts India

Image Sandeep Bhambure

Managing Director
Veeam Software - India & SAARC

Image Nilotpal Dutta

Director, India Manufacturing and Distribution Industry
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Image Harsha Kikkeeri


Image Dr Pradeep K Sinha

IIIT Naya Raipur

Image GV Anand Bhushan

Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co

Image Anoop Chaturvedi

Country Manager - Public Sector Business, Pointnext Services
Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Image Sumitra Goenka


Image Prasanto K Roy

Technology Evangelist and Policy Expert

Image Dr Aishvarya Raj

Senior Director
Quality Council of India

Image Dhaval Gupta

Executive Director
CyberMedia Services

Image Abhay S Joshi

Cloud Channel & Distribution Head
Crayon Software Experts India

Image Sameer Mathur

Founder & CEO
SM Consulting

Image Gaurav Dubey

Infotech Hub

Image Lalit Gautam

Founder and CEO

Image Sukhpal Singh Sandhu

Klassify Technology Pvt. Ltd.

Image Sunil Rajguru

Editor, CIOL and PCQuest
CyberMedia Group

Image Shubhendhu Parth

Editor, Dataquest and Voice&Data
CyberMedia Group

Image Anil Chopra

Vice President - Reasearch & Consulting
CyberMedia Research & Services Ltd

Image Soma Tah

Associate Editor - PCQuest & Voice&Data
CyberMedia Group

Image Supriya Rao

Assistant Editor - Dataquest
CyberMedia Group

Image Thomas George

Managing Editor & President
CyberMedia Group

DQ Deep Tech Think Tank

Professor Sadagopan
IIIT Director, Bangalore

“Greater collaboration, and investment is needed from government and private companies into science and technology. CEOs of companies need to look at what is happening in IIT laboratories. An entire R&D eco-system needs to be built. It may take time, but needs to be done.”

Professor D.B Phatak
Padmashri, Prof Emeritus, IIT Bombay

“The evolution of deep tech may have to wait; however, everyone is being forced to adopt digital. Security is a concern while working from home. AI and ML may not be able to decipher attacks. Banks will be in deep stress and the banking system may take about five to six years to recover unless the money flow starts in the industry. Deep Tech is indeed an emerging scenario.”

Vijay Sethi
CIO, Head HR & CSR, Hero MotoCorp Ltd.

Technologies like AI, ML and Data Analytics are playing a key role in the neo normal, when it comes to manufacturing. Contactless solutions and social distancing are here to stay, and this is where technology-driven interventions are getting embedded in manufacturing. Trucks and delivery will get sensor enabled. AI technologies that ensure social distancing to come in. At organizational level, technology will be used to enhance productivity due to challenges regarding migrants and manpower. Video conferencing to be used to overcome travel costs. AR, VR slowly seeping in.

Deepak Sharma
CDO, Kotak Mahindra Bank

The magnitude of risk has increased - financial, security, fraud related, operational, and reputational risks. Deep tech can help us in loan moratorium during this period. ML algorithms can help us asses SMEs, market related risks, loan paying capacity of the industry, customer segments and so on. Deep tech is being used in privacy and security area. Monitoring threat perception can be done through deep tech. Deep tech for customer experience is another area. AI conversational and KYC platforms some of the deep tech areas.

Mudit Agarwal
EVP - Planning and Networks, Vodafone Idea

“Deep Technology and the deep engineering and how we are seeing it, manifest in the use cases which are playing out. Things which are near breakpoint need to be discussed. Telecom is both a vertical and more importantly a horizontal. Vertical is an industry which drives a set of components in the economy. Horizontal is an enabler. Telecom is an enabler for many other industries - it reaches connectivity, it treats compute, it reaches intelligence too which can be consumed by large number of industries and in that right telecom has got two important roles to play. Telecom is a consumer of technology but it is also an enabler. IoT – sensors, smart campus, smart university, smart retail, smart warehouse, autonomous vehicles, heart meters, energy-meters which are the utility. Sensors combined with intelligence are leading to completely new use cases. We need connectivity to keep it going.”

JP Dwivedi
CIO, Rajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute

“Healthcare is a relatively late starter in technology adoption and technology. COVID-19 has given ERP, Robotic Process Automation and Technology in general the much-needed push. Interventional radiology - radio frequency adaptation, which is using a robot and delivering the accurate dose of the drug at the very point of the tumor thus saving the other cells from the side effect of chemotherapy. Electronic health record has increased clinical productivity by up to 40 percent. Telemedicine, video conferencing and usage of robots in high risk wards are rising trends in healthcare.”

Girish Kulkarni
Chairman, CHIME

“It is the combinational power of deep tech that is re-defining healthcare today: The combined use of IoT, Analytics, AI, ML, and NLP to make meaningful use of it is what is. Five most important technologies in healthcare – AI, Blockchain in supply chain automation, quantum computing to churn data into meaningful use, AR and VR, Machine learning and NLP.”

Mr. Pradeep Khanna
ED, Asia Pacific AR/VR Association

“AR and VR are heading towards a tipping point. There is lack of awareness about AR and VR. A seven-year roadmap is emerging wherein three years will go into bringing awareness of the technology. 5G has the potential to take away the latency aspect as well as to get people to collaborate as well as to move a lot of functionality of the head mounted device to the cloud. Telecom companies will increasingly opt for AR VR. Industries that are adopting AR and VR: Gaming and entertainment, education and training, real estate, architecture, construction, retail, automobile, aeronautical, defense, mining, travel and tourism and health.”

Jayakrishnan T
CEO, Asimov Robotics

“Robotics is being more widely accepted after COVID. Pre-Covid people would either not understand it, or see it as a threat for employment. Robots are seen as entities that work in hazardous environments. Now the hazard is everywhere. So an increased use of robotics will be seen going forward. Robotics will be increasingly used in hospitality, healthcare, retail, BFSI, and so on. Customer service and interaction when it comes to robotics is not just limited to the software. Even the robot being physically present is important for customer experience. Cobots is another important area.”

Mr. Saket Modi
CEO, Lucideus Tech

“There is a lack of standardization when it comes to Cyber security. Today Twitter got hacked, tomorrow it will be something else. There needs to be a standardization that needs to happen from central bodies.”

Sushant Rabra
Partner, KPMG India

“Stocks of deep tech companies have been going up, so to COVID proof or recession-proof a company, the adoption of deep tech is required. Government will keep intellectual property pertaining to deep tech within themselves. Mergers and acquisitions facing resistance will be eased. Skilling in deep tech needs to be paid special attention to.More and more of capital allocation decisions, operational decisions, firing decisions are being left to technology there would be increased demand to evaluate technology and maintain ethics onto the technology. People will demand that these algorithms, products and services are neutral. You will see evolution of tech ethics as a domain which will come out in the future, which will ride on top of cyber security. We need a platform to bring the ecosystem together.”

Rahul Agarwala
Co-Founder, Sense AI

“To truly adopt AI, there needs to be an eco-system. The startups and large industries need to come together and engage well. Most players in the ecosystem are focused on the western market. We need an India market. Most large companies will ask for a free trial for a free POC and that POC goes on for six months nine months, and that’s not sustainable so we need to create a sustainable ecosystem so that innovation happens faster. Government needs to support startups and provide startups with data so that they can build their AI.”

Anupam Saronwala
Co-Lead, NASSCOM Deep Tech Club

“At NASSCOM Deep Tech Club, we have around 70 mentors, and we do one-on-one mentoring to selected start-ups. The biggest challenge that we with deep tech to market is the adoption and enterprises willing to take risk. Funding is a critical challenge. What is key for developing the deep tech ecosystem is to build a framework that brings together, various stakeholders – connecting the dots between policy, industry and startups.”

Prasanto K Roy
Technology Evangelist and Policy Expert

“The definition of Deep Tech has to be looked at. It is not so much an area, or sector, or type of technology, or innovation. It is a broad categorization developed in the context of start-ups. In 2019, NASSCOM identified 1600 companies. Today, that number stands at 2508, with 17 start-ups being identified for mentoring. So,Deep Tech is fascinating, in segments such as fintech and competencies such as Analytics. From a policy perspective, when you look at Deep Tech, data is key. Data has to be handled very carefully in a non-personal data framework, including community data.”


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