ICT Academy Conducts ‘Bridge 2017’ Industry-Institute Interaction Event in Bengaluru


Bengaluru: Themed `Future of Work’, the program witnessed participation of Industry Leaders like Mr. V Balakrishnan, Chairman, Micrograam and Mr. Krishnakumar N, Executive Chairman, Mindtree Ltd.

ICT Academy is a not for profit social Enterprise initiated in the year 2009 under the public – private partnership model, by the Government of India in collaboration with the State Governments and Industries. The organization was formed with representations from the Government, leading companies in the ICT industry and National Association of Software Services Companies (NASSCOM) in India.

ICT Academy is endorsed and recommended by NITI Aayog (National Institution for Transforming India Aayog), the National Planning body of Government of India as one of the unique organization for dissemination and replication, which is aligned to the Skill India Vision of the Government of India.

Themed `Future of Work’, Bridge 2017 witnessed participation Industry Leaders like Mr. V Balakrishnan, Chairman, Micrograamand Mr. Krishna kumar N, Executive Chairman, Mindtree Ltd.

Over 300 participants from the academic and the corporate community across India attended the conference that explored on technological trends and how they are reshaping the future of work, forecasting key areas of job disruption and evaluating ways in which policy makers; academia & industry leaders can adapt regulatory and economic frameworks in response.

The event brought together eminent speakers from different walks of life who shared their ideas and best practices for the upcoming talent pool. Mr. M Sivakumar, CEO, ICT Academy and Mr. B. Anbuthambi, VP, ICT Academy, were present.

Speakers included Industry leaders and professionals namely Mr. V Balakrishnan, Chairman, Micrograam; Mr. Krishna kumar N, Executive Chairman, Mindtree Ltd.; Mr. Madhusudan Shekar, Principal Evangelist, Amazon Internet Services; Mr. Praveen Kamath K, General Manager – Human Resources, Wipro; Mr. K Purushothaman, Senior Director – IT Services, NASSCOM; Mr. Chakravarthy ES, Centre Head – Bangalore, Tata Consultancy Services; Mr. Kishore Balaji, Director – Corporate Affairs South Asia, Intel; Mr. Rajesh R Nambiar, Program Manager – Trailhead for Students (APAC), Salesforce; Mr. Anand Pillai, Education Lead – India & SAARC, Autodesk; Mr. Sundara Ramalingam Nagalingam, Head – Deep Learning Practice, NVIDIA; Mr. Muki Regunathan, Founder and CEO, Pepper Square and Mr. Supreeth Nagaraju, Head Education – West, South India and Sri Lanka Region, Adobe and Mr. Satish Perumal, Professional Standup Comedian.

Deliberations were made on the focus areas: The Future of Work: The Role of Academia; Dealing with the Vuca World; Reengineering the Skills Ecosystem; The Workplace Redefined: Collaboration & Culture; Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture; Creating a Sustainable Future Workforce; The Future of Learning Disruption & Innovation: The Road Ahead; and The Future Skills: Technology & Careers.

“Disruptive innovations and advanced technologies are creating new industries, methods and models, thereby destroying the old ones. New technologies including Data Analytics, Cloud, Artificial Intelligence, Mobility and Social Networks are having a huge impact on how people communicate, collaborate and work. As generations collide, workforces become more diverse and people work longer; traditional career models may soon be a thing of the past. Many of the roles and job titles of tomorrow will be ones we’ve not even thought of yet. This brings in huge responsibilities for all stakeholders in education to develop and deploy strategies for preparing the right talent for the future global opportunities. This conference is the first step towards addressing such issues and finding solutions” said Mr. B. Anbuthambi, VP, ICT Academy.

“Bangalore which has become a digital hub has prompted an exceptional increment in the IT field and thereby in the future of work. To re-emphasis and stabilize in this novice area, there needs to be an understanding of Future of Work. `BRIDGE – Future of Work’ featured organizations and experts doing innovative, pioneering work in developing the future workforce. It is the only event meant to address the stakeholders and leaders in the process of bridging the industry & academia towards the Future of Work,” said Mr. M Siva kumar, CEO, ICT Academy

BRIDGE is a confluence of Educators, Researchers, Corporate, Solution Providers, NGOs and Policy Makers to find possible solutions and answers to some of the most challenging, critical and relevant questions we face in the journey towards transforming India. The conference serves as a platform in providing a strategic view on the trends that shape the educational ecosystem. The conference engages various stakeholders to seize opportunities to transform from theories to practice and become indispensable in the new digital world. Started in the year 2011, the conference has been receiving an overwhelming response from all the stakeholders of the knowledge ecosystem. Having reached multiple cities in India, BRIDGE has emerged to be The Largest Industry-institute Interaction Event of India with 26 editions completed so far.