Hardware Startup Conclave: Need to Tap Potential of Hardware Domain Stressed

Hardware Startup Conclave

Kochi: Kerala’s first-ever national-level Hardware Startup Conclave, organised by India’s largest hardware electronic incubator Maker Village here, concluded on a positive note with a wide array of speakers and stakeholders emphasising the need to tap the great potential in the hardware domain.

Around 1000 participants, including representatives of hardware startups, Central and State Governments, industries, technology firms, funding agencies, accelerators, hardware incubators, academic institutions and branding gurus from across the country attended the event held at Gokulam Convention Centre here. Major companies, including Lockheed Martin, Siemens, Dassault Systems, Qualcomm India, Intel, ARM, Imec, Bosch, Tejas Networks, Invecas, Rambus and Texas Instruments India participated in the event.

In his presidential address, M Madhavan Nambiar, Chairman, IIITM-K said, Kerala is giving new focus to hardware and semiconductor manufacturing, keeping in mind the rising demand for electronics hardware. “In 2004, we were looking only at software development and exports. Suddenly, we found that we are missing the hardware bus completely. We also found that by 2020, the demand for electronics hardware will be $200 billion. So we have decided to give a new focus to hardware and semiconductor manufacturing. Hence, we changed the name of the Ministry of IT to Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology,” he said.

Phil Shaw, Chief Executive, Lockheed Martin India; M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, Department of Electronics and IT, Government of Kerala; Dr. Saji Gopinath, Director, IITM-K; Prasad Balakrishnan Nair, CEO, Maker Village and M P Pillai, Director, NIELT, Kozhikode were present at the inaugural function. Acclaimed national and international speakers and business leaders made presentations and interacted with the participants at different sessions of the conclave.

R K Shenoy, Senior Vice-President, Robert Bosch Engineering; Heriberto Saldivar, Head Robotics, Accelerate and Director, Brinc; B V Naidu, Chairman and CEO Sagitaur Ventures Pvt. Ltd.; Uday Dodla, Director, Product Marketing, Qualcomm India; Simon Zhang, Managing Director, Make Brinc.io; Raghu Panicker, Country Sales Director, Mentor Graphics; Arnob Roy, Co-Founder, Tejas Networks Ltd.; K Krishnamoorthy, VP and MD, Rambus Chip Technologies; Dr. Prahlad Vadakkepat, Associate Professor, National University of Singapore and Rajeev Khushu, Texas Instruments, attended the meet.

Exhibitions by industries, technology firms, service providers and start-ups; design for manufacturing workshop by BRINC accelerator China and Barcelona and One-to-One Pitching with Fund Managers for startups also held.