Finance Minister and Minister of State for Electronics & IT Unveil the next chapter of India’s Technological transformation at DATE 2023

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Finance Minister and Minister of State for Electronics & IT Unveil the next chapter of India's Technological transformation at DATE 2023

With India poised to enter a new era in its digital transformation aspiration, the inaugural Digital
Acceleration and Transformation Expo (DATE) held at the recently inaugurated Yashobhoomi (IICC
Dwarka) on 23 rd -24 th November 2023 opened the doors for global tech leaders, innovators, and
entrepreneurs to take stock of India’s vision to become a global centre of innovation.   
New Delhi, 27 November 2023: India’s newest & already being celebrated as the most impactful
Digital Acceleration and Transformation Expo (DATE) was inaugurated by the Honourable Finance
Minister Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, and joined by Honourable MP Shri Tejasvi Surya, Shri Yaduveer
Krishnadatta Chamaraja Wadiyar, Maharaja of Mysore & Chairman of Cyberverse Foundation, a
strategic partner of DATE, Maharaj Saheb Mandhatasinh Jadeja of Rajkot and Trescon’s Founder &
Chairman Mr. Mohammed Saleem, Vice Chairman Mr. Mithun Shetty and Group CEO Mr. Naveen
Bharadwaj.
Smt. Sitharaman spoke on various topics like financial inclusion, fintech opportunities, data
aggregation, cyber safety, and noted “DATE stands as the need of the hour, offering Indian youth a
vital platform for information, networking, and talent showcasing. The organizers’ understanding
and collaboration with diverse partners have brought this expo to Delhi, ensuring two impactful days
for those keen in this field. This event, a testament to India’s lead in nurturing young talent, beckons
passionate individuals to benefit from its extensive networking opportunities.”.
Honourable Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Rajeev
Chandrasekhar, spoke about the expectations for India’s tech ecosystem and how in a short span of
time the country has seen itself becoming the fastest growing digital economy. Speaking about AI
and noting it as one of the three biggest inventions in recent time, Shri Chandrasekhar said ”While
we envision AI to become a kinetic enabler and accelerant for our digital economy and innovation
economy, safety and trust in these platforms remain paramount.”
Celebrating the success of DATE, Mr. Saleem said, “DATE Is Trescon’s commitment to host a global
standard event that truly fosters a secure and inclusive digital environment in India. With 8,000+
registrations from across India including Government Officials, Founders, CEOs, CIOs and Investors,
Tech leaders & Startup Founders, and 100+ exhibitors & partners showcasing innovation across
various domains like artificial intelligence, blockchain, cybersecurity, drones, data analytics, digital
marketing, electric mobility, egaming, fintech, generative ai, hyper computing, IoT, metaverse,
robotics, web3 and quantum computing, DATE’s outcome has been unprecedented and a talk of the
nation”.
With 3 dynamic conference stages featuring 100+ speakers in thought-provoking panel discussions,
tech talks, keynote presentations and engaging fireside chats, DATE’s inaugural edition’s success
echoes a fervent demand for transformative technology. 
A noteworthy session was the fireside chat on ‘Digital India: Accelerating Economic Growth and
Sustainability’ between Shri Sanjeev Sanyal, Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime
Minister (EAC-PM), Government of India, and Ranganath M.D., Chairman, Catamaran Ventures.
During their captivating conversations, they provided great insights on what can be expected with
India Stack 2.0, the different approaches of AI regulations, alternative energy and more.  
A deviation from the controlled and scripted norm, the fireside chat on ‘Confessions of a Startup
Founder’ between Swati Bhargava, Co-Founder, CashKaro and EarnKaro, and Reshma Budhia,

Director & Co-Founder, Toss The Coin presented candid insights into the challenges and triumphs of
their entrepreneurial journey providing valuable lessons, inspiring innovation and resilience in the
startup sphere.
On social impact & innovation, Mr. Bharadwaj said “At DATE, in addition to sparking transformative
business discussions, social impact, youth empowerment & real investments were prioritized as we
launched the Women in Media Council (a consortium for global female media professionals to
collaborate); Smart 1,000 (a partnership initiative between Trescon Foundation & Yuva Unstoppable
to transform 1,000 schools in rural areas of India); Cyber Safe Girl (a security awareness book in its
6 th version by Dr. Ananth Prabhu); Future of Tech (a book authored by a 14 year child prodigy Karthik
Jakhar) and more. Regional pitch competitions for prestigious Fintech World Cup (finals during Dubai
Fintech Summit 2024) & Startup World Cup (finals in San Francisco) were held. Multiple startups
received investment commitments and 2 were publicly disclosed.”
Highlighting the impact of DATE, Shri Wadiyar said, “We extend our gratitude & sincere appreciation
to Honourable Finance Minister, Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman, and Honourable Minister of State,
Electronics and Information Technology, Shri Rajeev Chandrasekhar for gracing DATE with their
presence and invaluable insights. We thank Trescon for launching such an impactful, inspiring and
fun event in India. The success of the launch edition makes the industry even more eager for the
next edition of DATE India which is expected to be held in September 2024”.
With robots on stage, attendees experience capture boards, cosplay competition and a live gaming
competition featuring India’s most prominent international gamer Mavi and many such onsite
activations, DATE gave attendees a fresh breath of air and truly stood out compared to regular run
of the mill tech events.
Anticipation surges for what is in store for the next edition of DATE.
For more details, visit: www.datewithtech.com 
DATE India is supported by:  
 Powered by BSV Blockchain 
 Lead Sponsor: Demandify Media, Karix 
 Platinum Sponsor: New Relic, Kaleyra, Builder.ai 
 Gold Sponsor: KonfHub, BattleXo, B Live EV Store, Torsecure Cyber LLP 
 Silver Sponsor: Truecaller Business, Haptik, Talkk.ai, Northern Arc, XLNC Academy 
 Premium Bronze Sponsor: Toss The Coin 
 Bronze Sponsor: GeoPITS, NeoSOFT, Infiflex, TeleCMI, Spine Korea, SimpleCRM, Zoho,
Signzy, OneLogin, Kotak Mahindra Bank, Tally, Qodequay Technologies 3
 Mobility Partner: EVeium Smart Mobility 
 Strategic Partner: Cyberverse Foundation 
 Supporting Partners: STPI and FICCI 
 Innovation Partner: DIFC Innovation Hub 
 Entrepreneurship Partner: TiE Delhi-NCR

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