The India Digital Summit, the flagship event of the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and one of the biggest conferences for the digital industry, was held on the 5th and 6th of February 2020. The 14th year of the summit with the theme ‘The Next Digital Leap’ was inaugurated by Amit Agarwal, Country Manager, Amazon India, and Chairman, IAMAI who spoke about how India should focus on ‘removing friction and bottle necks’ and added that the target of USD 1 trillion digital economy is not far-fetched for a country that is seen as a digital powerhouse.
Another highlight of Day 1 was the launch of a report titled ‘Intelligent Automation – A Key Catalyst for India’s Economic Growth’ by Smt. Aruna Sundararajan, Former Telecom Secretary and Chairman of the Telecom Commission. Launching the report, she said the report seeks to address what can catalyse the India’s economy growth. She further stated that investment is the next driver of growth. As the digital footprints in India grows across sectors it will help in benefiting several of India’s fastest growing companies from Intelligent Automation, she added. According to the report by ‘Automation Anywhere’ and IAMAI, Intelligent automation will catapult Indian economy to USD 5 trillion in the next five years, up from USD 2.7 trillion.
The second day of the summit was followed by an address by Chief Guest Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Minister for Communications, Electronics & IT and Law who discussed in the last five years, India has evolved digitally, and observed that IAMAI has a big role to play in the process. “In the process of reform, perform and transform; technology plays a crucial role,” he added.
The major emphasis of the conference was on topics like Marketing, Technology, Start-ups, Mobile and other Digital Trends.
The summit had a gathering of over 2500 delegates, from across the various sectors of the internet industry. Some of the key speakers at the two-day conference included Amit Agarwal (Country Manager, Amazon India and Chairman, IAMAI), Dhruv Shringi (Co-Founder & CEO, Yatra and Vice-Chairman, IAMAI) Vijay Sekhar Sharma (Founder, Paytm), Sapna Chadha (Sr. Marketing Director – India & Southeast Asia, Google), Mohit Bhatnagar, Sanjeev Bikhchandani(Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, Info Edge) among others.