The 30th Convergence India and 8th Smart Cities Expo, India’s largest tech and infra expos, jointly organised by the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), and Exhibitions India Group (EIG), concluded successfully today with a closing ceremony of Smart Cities India Awards and FinTech India Innovation Awards. The inaugural day of the event was graced by the presence of Shri Nitin Gadkari, Hon’ble Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Government of India.
The expos hosted approximately 1,000 brands and 200 start-ups over a period of three days at the Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. Living up to this year’s theme of ‘Innovation driving Sustainability, representatives from key ministries spoke of ongoing ‘Digital India’ programmes, spokespersons of big Indian and global brands deliberated on future plans, and new-age startups showcased solutions for transforming India into a digitally empowered society and knowledge-based economy.
Key dignitaries included Pradeep Singh Kharola, Chairman and Managing Director ITPO and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry; H.E. Karel Hirman, Minister of Economy of the Slovak Republic; V. Raghuandan, Secretary TRAI; LT Gen DR. SP Kochhar; and Arvind Bali, CEO, Telecom Sector Skill Council, to name a few.
Over 200 speakers participated in 42 high-powered conference sessions. The show brought together startup founders, startup enthusiasts, and public and private players across industries and geographies under one roof. The expo—curated for innovators, disruptors, and industry leaders who shared their projects, knowledge, passion, and insights—was a great platform for networking and a meeting point for business opportunities.
Ms. Chandrika Behl, Managing Director, Exhibitions India Group, said, “Convergence India, in its milestone 30th year, and Smart Cities India, in its 8th year, continue their legacy of being platforms that have fostered growth and accelerated nation-building through opportunities in fast-growing digital technologies. Both the events have provided a platform for domestic brands to showcase their work in technology, smart cities, and start-up domains. The expos also offered a platform for international players to forge new partnerships and explore business opportunities in India. It was a pleasure to host industry stalwarts from tech, telecom, start-ups, and the smart cities space at the 30th Convergence and 8th Smart Cities Expo.