09/10/2018 - 10/10/2018, Hotel Feathers, Manappakkam, Chennai
Theme: Accelerating Progress – Inclusive Digital Growth

CII Connect 2018

Conference & Exhibition on Information and Communication Technology (ICT)
“Accelerating Progress: Inclusive Digital Growth”

Confederation of Indian Industry is organising the 17th Edition of CONNECT 2018 – India’s premier ICT annual event with the theme “Accelerating Progress: Inclusive Digital Growth” on 9-10 October 2018 at Hotel Feathers, Manapakkam, 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 2018 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 2018

  • Power Packed Sessions on both days
  • Hackathon
  • 1000+ delegates
  • New Product Launches
  • B2B and B2G Meetings


Plenary 1 – Smart India – Governance & Growth

Secretaries from all the 5 southern State governments to share their best practices / progress / development around governance

Plenary 2 – New Technologies, Disruptive Solutions & Trends

Potential game-changers like Block chain, AI/IOT, Connected Business, etc; Next Gen mobility to leverage smart city and IT in Auto; How technology is moving vs its application

Plenary 3 – Mainstays of Digitization: Connectivity, Cloud and Security

Application, Industry perspective; Data Protection

Plenary 4 – Connecting the dots – Creating an inclusive startup environment?

To bring in startup mentors; T-hub ( Telangana); ELEVATE (Karnataka)

Plenary 5 – Showcasing Tamil Nadu

Celebrating the success of TN; Gen Z; diverse talent availability; captive Centre


Mr Amit Malik

MD-Public Sector & Services


Krishnakumar Natarajan

Executive Chairman


Mr R Chandrasekaran

Executive Vice Chairman

Cognizant India

Mr Ramraj

Senior Advisor

Elevar Equity

Mr Kamal Nath



Ms Rama Vedashree


Data Security Council of India

Mr K Chandrasekar


Forus Healthcare

Mr Kalpathi Suresh


Kalpathi Investments

Mr K Bharat Kumar


The Hindu

Mr Kishore



Mr Kandasamy Subramanian

Director, Global Manufacturing Engineering

Ford Motor Pvt Ltd

Dr Vaidhyasubramaniam

Dean - Planning & Development

SASTRA University

Steering Committee

Dr Santhosh Babu, IAS.,

Secretary - Information Technology

Government of Tamil Nadu

Mr R Siddartharthan

Managing Director - Technology,

Health & Public Service,

Mr S Venkatrajan

Regional Business Manager,

Wipro Limited

Mr S Mahalingam

Past Chairman, CII(SR),

Tata Consultancy Services

Mr R Chandrasekaran

Executive Vice Chairman,

Cognizant India

Mr R Ramaraj

Senior Advisor,

Elevar Advisors Pvt Ltd

Mr Kumaran Mani


Tenth Planet Technologies
Pvt Ltd

Mr Muthu Kumaran

Global Delivery Head - Digital

Business practice,
Cognizant Technology Solutions

Mr Ravi Viswanathan

Event Chairman Connect 2017 &

Global Chief Marketing Officer,
Tata Consultancy Services

Mr Krishnakumar Natarajan

Chairman Connect 2018 &

Executive Chairman,
Mindtree Limited

Mr Karthi Chandramouli

Global Practice Head,

Tech Mahindra

Mr Suresh Raman

Chennai Head, TCS

Mr R Ramkumar

Executive Director,

Cognizant Technology Solutions,
India Pvt Ltd

Mr K K Raman

Executive Director,


Mr Thothadri Vishwanathan

VP and Delivery Head,

Infosys Technologies Ltd

Mr Athma Raj

VP Corporatte Services,

Tech Mahindra

Mr Gangadhar

Regional Manager- Public Sector,


Mr Kris Gopalakrishnan



Mr M Vijayakumar, I.A.S.,

Managing Director,


Mr C Velan

Executive director and Chief Executive,

Tata Realty and Infrastructure Ltd

Mr Subbaraman B

Vice President & Centre Head-Madurai,

HCL Technologies

Mr Rajagopal Krishnaswamy

Managing Director,

Honeywell Technologies

Mr B Elangovan

Managing Director,

Tidel Park

Mr Baskar Ramamurthy


IIT Madras

Mr Raghavendra Tripathi


Ramco Systems

Mr Raghuram Devarakonda

Managing Director,


Mr Muthukumar Ramalingam

Managing Director & CEO,

Dextrasys Technologies (P) Limited

Dr Sanjay Tyagi


Software Technology Parks of India

Mr Lakshmi Narayanan

Vice Chairman,

Cognizant Technology Solutions India Pvt Ltd

Mr Madhavan Parthasarathy

EVP (S & M),

TVS SriChakra

Mr Arun Jain

Chairman and Managing Director,

Intellect Design Arena Ltd

Mr Kandasamy Subramanian

Chief Technology Officer,


Mr M Ponnuswami


Ponpure Chemicals

Mr Koushik Ramani

Business Head



Winners of CII Connect Awards 2018

Emerging Entrepreneur of the year
Mr Rajaguru Sundaram, Mr Muralikumar B, Mr Karthik R, Founders, Neosay Technologies & Solutions Pvt Ltd

Exemplary application of IT
Mr Ranjit Punja, Mr R Sudarshan, Ms Gowri T Mukherjee, Founders, Credit Mantri Finserve Private Limited

Entrepreneur of the Year
Mr Suresh Sambandam, Founder & CEO, Orange Scape Technologies Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year (Social)
Mr V S Suresh, Director & CEO, iMarque Solutions Pvt. Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year (Trendsetter-Product)
Mr Neduncheralathan Chandrasekharan, Founder, IVTL Infoview Technologies Private Limited

Entrepreneur of the Year  (Trendsetter- Manufacturing)
Mr Ramesh Kannan, President & Managing Director, Kaynes Technology India Pvt Ltd

Entrepreneur of the Year  (Innovation)
Mr B Suresh Kamath, Founder & Managing Director, Patterns Software Design Institute Pvt. Ltd

Ms Madhumathi, Civil Supply

Life Time Achievement
Mr F C Kohli

Jury Committee

Mr R Ramraj


CONNECT Awards 2018 &
Senior Advisor Elevar Advisors Pvt Ltd

Dr Santhosh Babu, IAS.,

Secretary - Information Technology

Government of Tamil Nadu

Dr Sanjay Tyagi


Software Technology Parks of India - Chennai

Mr M Vijayakumar, I.A.S.,

Managing Director


Mr Krishnakumar Natarajan

Chairman Connect 2018 &

Executive Chairman
Mindtree Limited

Dr Ashwin Mahalingam

Assistant Professor

IIT Madras

Mr Mithun Sacheti



Mr Subbaraman B

Executive Director

Vice President & Centre Head-Madurai
HCL Technologies

Ms Padmini Sharathkumar

Executive Vice President &

Head -iGCB
Intellect Design Arena Ltd

Mr S Prashant

Executive Director

Quadra.net Solutions Pvt Ltd

Sponsors & Partners

Silver Sponsors

Startup Accelerator Partner

Session Sponsor

Corporate Contributor


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