27/09/2016 - 28/09/2016, ITC Grand Chola, Little Mount, Guindy, Chennai
Theme: Building the Digital State – Fostering the ecosystem

CII Connect 2016

International Conference and Exhibition on Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
“Building the Digital State – Fostering the ecosystem”

Connect, India’s premier ICT annual event is jointly organized by Government of Tamil Nadu, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Ministry of Communications and Technology, Government of India in Chennai. The event brings together all the industry leaders, technologies, infrastructure providers and the relevant stakeholders to discuss the direction of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) industry and to position Tamil Nadu as the destination for the ICT Industry.

This year the theme for Connect 2016 is “Building the Digital State: Fostering the ecosystem”. Towards this we have broadly classified the event into three spheres focusing on Smart Cities, Startup ecosystem, Skill India and Development of Digital Tamil Nadu.

Highlights of Connect 2016

  • Power Packed Sessions on both days
  • Live streaming of the plenary sessions
  • IT and ICT Exhibition
  • Product Launches
  • Business to Business (B2B) Meetings
  • Business to Government (B2G) Meetings
  • Hackathon – First ever initiative of CII Tamil Nadu

Target Audience

  • IT & ITES Companies
  • Communication & Network Providers
  • Electronics, Hardware and Software Developers, Providers
  • Companies providing Security Solutions
  • System integration and automotive technology
  • Testing and certification bodies
  • Startup Companies & Angel Investors
  • Gaming & Animation Companies


Day 1 : 27 September 2016



  • Panel Discussion on “Digital Strategy – AAA Beacon of light”
  • Panel Discussion on “Digitally Inspired – The rise of the startup age”
  • Panel Discussion on “Tamil Nadu” – The Land of immense possibilities

Day 2 : 28 September 2016

  • Panel Discussion on “Strengthening and Sustaining Digital Capabilities”
  • Panel Discussion on “Policies and Frameworks for start-up success in the State “

Valedictory Session

Connect Awards


T K Ramachandran, IAS

Principal Secretary – IT

Government of TN

S Krishnan, IAS

Principal Secretary, Planning &

Government of TN

Dr. Rajendra Kumar, IAS

Managing Director

Electronics Corporation of
Tamil Nadu Limited

N Chandrasekaran

CEO & Managing Director

Tata Consultancy Services Limited

Kris Gopalakrishnan

Past President, CII & Executive

Vice Chairman Infosys

S Mahalingam

Past Chairman, CII(SR) &

Former Executive Director & CFO
Tata Consultancy Services Limited

Vijay K Thadani

Vice Chairman & Managing Director



Vice President & Chief Architect


Karthik Krishnaswami

President – India Operations

SCIO Health Analytics

Satya Prabhakar

Chief Executive Officer


Kathir Kamathan

Chief Executive Officer

Chella Software (P) Ltd

Rohit Mathur

Chief Strategy Officer

Ramco Systems

Rajiv Lochan

Managing Director & CEO

The Hindu

N Lakshmi Narayanan

Vice Chairman


Steering Committee

MR T K Ramachandran, IAS

Principal Secretary

Government of Tamilnadu

MR Ravi Viswanathan

Chairman, Connect 2016, &

President – Growth Markets,
Tata Consultancy Services

MR S Mahalingam

Joint Director, Software Technology

Parks of India

MR R Chandrasekaran

President & Managing Director

Cognizant Technology Solutions
India Pvt. Ltd

MR Lakshmi Narayanan

Vice Chairman Cognizant

Technology Solutions

MR Thothathri Visvanathan

Vice President, Delivery Head &

Development Centre Head
Infosys Limited

MR Srinivas Tadigadapa


Enterprise Solutions Intel South Asia

MR Velan Chidambaranathan

Executive Director &

Chief Executive Officer
TRIL Infopark Ltd

MR R Ramaraj

Senior Advisor Elevar Equity

MR S Sridharan

Founder & Chairman

S10 Healthcare Solutions Pvt. Ltd

MR Dr Sanjay Tyagi


Software Technology Parks of India


Winners of CII Connect Awards 2016

Emerging Entrepreneur of the year

Mr Kedar Kulkarni, CEO, Hyper Verge

Emerging Entrepreneur of the year

Mr Antony Kattukaran, CEO, Tagalys

Exemplary application of IT

Ms Sneha Priya, CEO & Co-founder, SP Robotics Works Pvt Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year

Mr Gopi Natarajan, Co-founder and CEO, Omega Healthcare Management Services Pvt Ltd

IT Eco System Award

Prof M S Ananth, IIT Research Park, Former Director, IIT Madras

Global Influencer of the Year

Mr P R Venketrama Raja, Vice Chairman & MD, Ramco Systems

E Governance Award

Mr J Kumaragurubaran, IAS, Director, Tamil Nadu eGovernance Agency

Life Time Achievement Award

Mr Arun Jain, Chairman and Managing Director, Intellect Design Arena Ltd

Sponsors & Partners

Knowledge partners

Association partners

Hackathon Committee

Ravi Viswanathan

Chairman, Connect 2016 &

President – Growth Markets Tata Consultancy Services

Muthuswamy Ramachandran

Group Practice Head Tech Mahindra

Kumaran Mani

Chief Executive Officer

Tenth Planet Technologies Pvt Ltd


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