06/11/2017 - 07/11/2017, Hotel Taj Coromandel, Nungambakkam, Chennai
Theme: Intelligent Economy – Leveraging Technology for the New Era

CII Connect 2017

Conference and Exposition on Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
“Intelligent Economy – Leveraging Technology for the New Era”

Confederation of Indian Industry is organising the 16th Edition of CONNECT 2017 – India’s premier ICT annual event with the theme “Intelligent Economy – Leveraging Technology for the New Era” on 6-7 November 2017 at Hotel Taj Coromandel, Nungambakkam, Chennai. The event is jointly organised by Govt of Tamil Nadu and Confederation of Indian Industry. The knowledge partner for the event is KPMG.

With the continuous support CII has received from the Govt of Tamil Nadu, Connect has showcased the potential of Tamil Nadu and has also evolved as a great networking platform. The event has seen industry leaders, international delegations and policy makers come together, exchange insights, views on accelerating the growth and sustainability of the Indian IT sector.

The Connect series has given impetus to wider industry – Government collaborations and led to projects like the Chennai Aero Park, ICT Academy, IT Parks in tier 2 & 3 cities, IT Corridors, Development of SEZs, etc.

This edition of Connect has expanded in the scope and reach, and will feature key tracks along with a small exposition on the themes. Connect 2017 have broadly touch on the following as to how potential technology transforms our lives and work, enables people, businesses, Governments and it is quite the opposite when it comes to predicting the future of technology.

How can organisations survive and adapt to these changes? Organisations are increasingly seeing their competitor lists grow multi-fold because of two prime reasons; new entrants coming out with innovative ideas and other industries getting into each other’s line of businesses. Industries are also exploring re-skilling initiatives for their employees as newer technology means new skills. And not just organizations, Governments are also constantly on the lookout to see how best they can serve citizens and a single solution for most of the complex questions has been ‘technology’.

With citizens being termed as digizens now, Government also strongly feel the need for technology to reach out to them effectively and efficiently. Technology has now become an integral part of all our lives and we cannot possibly imagine performing most tasks without them. Without technology, we tend to become disabled and that’s an indication of the degree of interdependency between man and machine. We need to adopt technologies in the safest way possible.

Highlights of Connect 2017

  • Power Packed Sessions on both days
  • Live streaming of the plenary sessions
  • Exposition
  • Product Launches


Day 1 : 6 November, 2017

  • Inaugural Session
  • Plenary Session 1 – Panel Discussion on “Goverance & growth”
  • Plenary Session 2 – Panel Discussion on “Future Technology for the Intelligent Economy”
  • Plenary Session 3 – Panel Discussion on “The Automotive sector” – Intelligence Driving the Future”

Day 2 : 7 November, 2017

  • Plenary Session 4 – Panel Discussion on “Inteligent Healthcare”
  • Special Plenary Session 5 – Panel Discussion on “Politics and frameworks in the new Era”
  • Validictory Session & CII Connect Awards
  • Distribution of CII Connect Awards 2017


Dr M Manikandan

Hon’ble Minister for

Information Technology
Government of Tamil Nadu

Mr MC Sampath

Minister for Industry

Government of Tamil Nadu

Mr Atulya Misra, IAS.,

Principal Secretary,

Industries Department
Government of Tamil Nadu

Mr T K Ramachandran, IAS.,

Principal Secretary

Information Technology
Government of Tamil Nadu

Dr Omkar Rai

Director General

Software Technology Parks of India

Mr Prakash Kumar

Chief Executive Officer


Mr R Chandrasekaran

Executive Vice Chairman

Cognizant India

Mr S Mahalingam

Past Chairman

CII Southern Region &
Former Executive Director & CFO
Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Mr N Lakshmi Narayanan

Former Vice Chairman

Cognizant India

Ms Debjani Ghosh

Former MD

Intel South Asia

Ms Vanitha Narayanan


IBM India Pvt Ltd

Mr Mruthyunajy Mahapatra

Deputy Managing Director & CIO

State Bank of India

Mr R Suresh Kumar

CTO, Life care systems

GE Healthcare

Mr Rajesh Varrier


Birla sun Life Insurance

Mr Aan Chauhan

Chief Technology Officer


Mr Rao Poduri


Daimler India Commercial Vehicles Pvt Ltd

Mr P Ravichandran


CII TN & President
Danfoss Industries (P) Limited

Prof. Baskar Ramamurthi


IIT Madras

Mr K Ananth Krishnan

Chief Technology Officer

Tata Consultancy Services Ltd

Mr Mathivannan B

Chief Executive Officer


Mr G Srinivasa Raghavan

Executive Director

TVS Automobile Solutions

Mr Sivakumar Padmanabhan

VP and Head

Global Technology Center
Astrazeneca India Pvt. Ltd

Mr Anand Roy

Executive Director &

Chief Marketing Officer
Star Health Insurance & many others

Steering Committee

Mr R Ramraj


CONNECT Awards 2017,
Senior Advisor,
Elevar Advisors Pvt Ltd

Mr T K Ramachandran, IAS

Principal Secretary

IT Department
Government of Tamil Nadu

Mr R Sudalaikannan, IAS

Managing Director


Mr Ravi Viswanathan


Connect 2017,
Chief Marketing Officer,
Tata Consultancy Services

Mr P Ravichandran

Chairman CII TN,

Danfoss Industries (P) Limited

Dr Sanjay Tyagi


Software Technology Parks of India - Chennai

Mr Thothadri Vishwanathan

VP and Delivery Head

Infosys Technologies Ltd

Dr Ashwin Mahalingam

Assistant Professor

IIT Madras

Mr S Sridharan

Managing Director

S10 Technologies

Mr K K Raman

Executive Director



Winners of CII Connect Awards 2017

Emerging Entrepreneur of the year

Dr Shankar Narasimhan , Gyan Data

Emerging Entrepreneur of the year

Mr Prem K Viswanath, Cloud Cherry

Exemplary application of IT

Ms Hemalatha Annamalai, Ampere Vehicles Pvt Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year (Service)

Mr. Shaji Ravi, Access Healthcare Services

Entrepreneur of the Year (Manufacturing)

Mr Kunhamed Bicha, Avalon Technolgies Pvt. Ltd

IT Eco System Award, Mr Atulya Misra, I.A.S, SIPCOT

Global Influencer of the Year

Ms Vanitha Narayanan

E Governance Award

Mr Mohan Pyare, IAS, Commissioner of Land Administration (On-line PattaTransfer)

Sponsors & Partners

Silver Sponsors

Digital Partner

Bronze Sponsor

Cybersecurity Partner

Academia Partner

Associate Sponsor

Knowledge Partner



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