The 31st Convergence India and 9th Smart Cities India expo is a combined endeavour of the Smart Cities Mission, Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs (MoHUA), India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO), and Exhibitions India Group (EIG).
India is becoming a more powerful force on the globe today, and this three-day exhibition highlights how the nation is modernising and developing holistically. Under this year’s theme, “Innovation Driving Sustainability: Realise the Power of Tomorrow—Today,” 250 domestic start-ups will present their future visions, along with cutting-edge showcases of top brands from India and around the globe, providing a platform to showcase “Brand India.”
With a focus on creating a modern India inspired by programmes like “Atmanirbhar Bharat,” “Start-up India,” “Smart Cities Mission,” “Swachh Bharat,” “Jal Jeevan Mission,” and other nation-building initiatives, the expo has grown over the years into a significant yearly gathering for government and industry leaders.
In his message, Shri Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, noted, “Supporting the Government of India’s vision of ‘Digital India’, ‘Make in India’, and the ‘Smart Cities Mission’, the two leading expos provide a one-of-a-kind international forum to showcase ‘Brand India’ and focus on unlocking new opportunities in India’s economic revolution.”
Shri Piyush Goyal, Union Minister for Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, and Textiles, believes that “these events will serve as a unique platform for showcasing ‘Brand India’ and exploring new opportunities in the context of India’s ongoing economic transformation. This will contribute to the growth of industries and serve as a catalyst for the larger goal of building a technologically advanced and sustainable India.”
Shri Anurag Singh Thakur, Union Minister for IB, Youth Affairs, and Sports, observed, “Convergence India has played a vital role in nation-building by supporting the government’s initiatives. I am sure that the hard work and dedication of the entire team of Exhibitions India, the Smart Cities Mission and ITPO will make these forthcoming exhibitions a grand success.”
Shri Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Union Minister for Jal Shakti, observed, “I am happy to learn that the ITPO and Exhibitions India Group are organising the 31st Convergence India and 9th Smart Cities India Expo. I applaud the efforts made by those associated with water and its associated segments in helping India realise its dreams.”
Over the course of three days, the exhibition is expected to draw in over 55,000 attendees, with 1,200 participants showcasing ideas from 35 nations. To promote conversations on the newest technologies and market trends influencing India’s digital revolution and the urban landscape, the exhibition will also have 50 conference sessions with officials from the Union and State governments, industry, think tanks, and academia. Along with industry executives, CEOs of smart cities, mayors, city planners, ambassadors, and stakeholders from India and beyond, the event will also include ministers and senior dignitaries from the Indian government.
Award-winning projects and efforts from all throughout the country will be on display at a National Smart Cities Pavilion. More than 250 start-ups will showcase their ideas in ICT, smart city solutions, and new technologies in a specially designated Start-up Hub. Along with these events, the exhibition will have investor and start-up meetings, a start-up pitch competition, and mentorship sessions led by ecosystem pioneers. The aim is to facilitate the establishment of commercial ties and leads between industry stakeholders and participating start-ups.
In addition to the business events scheduled for the three days of the exhibition, anyone looking for the newest solutions in gaming, gadgets, accessories, Satcom/OTT solutions, customised WiFi/media, computer peripherals, security equipment, and much more will find it at this event, which is sure to draw large crowds.
Sharing her views about the expo, Chandrika Behl, Managing Director, Exhibitions India Group, said, “Over three decades, this platform has been a key driver in advancing the digital transformation and modernisation within India, playing a significant role as a catalyst for national growth and global recognition. The expo is India’s largest tech and infrastructure expo, so, really, it’s the go-to event for anyone interested in India’s advancing role in the realms of digital and urban development. Through digital inclusion and keeping the citizen at its core, the 2024 edition will cement the expo’s legacy of bridging the country’s digital, social, and economic divide.”