Digital India is no more a campaign. It can be called a double-sided national level movement. On one hand the Govt of India aims to ensure that government services are made available to citizens electronically by improved online infrastructure and by increasing Internet connectivity or by making the country digitally empowered in the field of technology. On the other hand, large, medium and small organizations are embarking on the Digital Enterprise journey to increase productivity, profitability, market shares, and most importantly customer delight. It is estimated that in 2017-18 fiscal over 23% of the $60 Bn spent on ICT in the Indian domestic market was towards Digital. And that in the coming years this share is only going to go up.

Dataquest ICT Conference & Awards 2018 will focus on 5 big issues – IT Infrastructure & Cloud, Security, Bigdata & Analytics, and emerging but very hot solutions like IoT and AI. These are compelling technologies but continue to throw up challenges before technology and business decision makers in governments and organizations. The conference aims to get the practitioners share their experiences and help chalk out the future path for Digital India.

Key Highlights

  • Full day conference modelled as a Digital collective
  • Highly evolved think tank sessions with thought-leading speakers & Industry experts
  • Annual conference of 150 + IT Leaders and Decision Makers
    • CXOs, CIOs, CTOs, CDO’s
    • CXOs-1, CTOs-1, IT Decision makers
    • Policy Makers & Technology Influencers
  • Exclusive demo zone for the new technology hands on experience
  • Much awaited ICT Business Jury Awards & Dataquest Digital Leader Awards


08:00-09:00 AM
Registrations & Networking Breakfast
09:00-09:05 AM
Welcome & Introduction
Ibrahim Ahmad, Group Editor, CyberMedia
09:05-09:15 AM
Introductory Session
Digital: The Only Solution for Leveraging Change
  • Sukanta De, Former President, Emerging Business, Tata Teleservices
09:15-10:00 AM
Inaugural Session
Gear Shift

What are the 3 most critical elements that the enterprise IT Organizations across verticals need to factor in, to transition to the new normal? As they embrace ‘Digital’ they need a well-meshed enterprise-wide transformation plan involving all the stakeholders. A judicious blend of technologies, policies, collaborations and strategy will drive digital success.

Format: Keynote

  • Vijay Sethi, CIO, Hero Moto Corp
  • Rajesh Uppal, Sr.Dir It And Hr, Maruti Suzuki India
  • Jayantha Prabhu, CIO, Essar
  • Golok Kumar Simli, Principal Consultant& Chief of Technology, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India
  • Dr.J S Sodhi, Group CIO & Sr Vice President-Amity Education Group
10:00-10:45 AM
New Age IT Infra

Technology and data are driving change in business and society at an unprecedented rate. The transformation to a digital enterprise is complex, challenging and potentially expensive. Most organizations cannot simply ‘lift and shift’ or ‘rip and replace’ their systems and hand them over to service providers, or simply move all their business processes to public cloud. They have to manage a complex transformation involving on-premises applications and infrastructure, public cloud, Software as a Service, Infrastructure and Platform as a Service and colocation amongst many other things. The speakers will discuss how organizations embrace and seek to lead that change, or struggle to get up to speed.

Industry Keynote:

Accelerating Next ~ Advancing the way people live and work

  • Kamal Kashyap, Country Manager, India –Public Sector Sales,Enterprise Group Hewlett-Packard Enterprise

Format: Panel Discussion

  • Sharad Agarwal, CIO, Jk Tyre
  • Pertisth Mankotia, CIO, Sheela Foam
  • Rajesh Goenka, Director, Sales and Marketing,Rashi Peripheral
  • Kapil Mahajan, CIO, SafeExpress
  • Arindam Singha Roy, CIO, EIU
  • Moderator:Rajeev Seoni, CIO, Ernst & Young Servcies
10:45 11:00 AM
Networking Tea Break
11:00-11:45 PM
2 Steps Ahead with NextGen Security

For technology leaders, the development of digital transformation and the implementation of right security is a board-level issue, making it a focus point for the future. According to a research, most CEOs now rate security as ‘very important’ in ‘helping their organizations to achieve digital transformation objectives.’ In order to achieve success in digital transformation, organizations are bringing technologies, solutions, and processes so that they are secure by design. These technologies provide the opportunity to build security into the whole lifecycle that exists around IT use. Getting this degree of oversight and security in place involves making security goals and objectives clear to everyone, while also enabling those processes to run smoothly and effectively. In this session speaker will discuss why organizations must overhaul their approach to security in order to achieve success in digital transformation.

Industry Keynote

Skilled Man vs Trained Machine: How AI is leading this war

  • Prasoon Nigam, Vice President- Technology, Stratbeans Consulting

Format: Panel Discussion

  • Satyanandan Atyam, CRO, Max Bupa
  • Dr.Sunil Pandey, Dir –IT, ITS
  • Ashok Jade, CIO, Shalimar Paints
  • Ravinder Arora, CISO, Iris Software
  • Sarbani Bhatia, Sr.VP-IT, Jagran Prakashan
  • Ninad Raje, Director & CIO HealthAssure
  • Moderator: Sachin Jain, CIO, Evalueserve
11:45-12:45 PM
Leveraging Emerging Tech:
AI, BI,ML, IoT, Big Data & Analytics

Emerging technologies like machine learning, big data, artificial intelligence, chatbots, augmented reality, IoT etc. is leading to innovative ways of business processes. New technologies is enabling businesses to overcome barriers to data access and to mining useful insights. For instance, IoT is creating smart products, intelligent insights, and new business outcomes. Similarly, AI is helping in anticipating customer needs and optimize work to deliver faster and effective customer outcomes. With the help of big data and analytics organizations are getting actionable insights and build models that forecasts what can happen under different scenarios. In this session, speakers will talk about how successful governments and organizations are setting goalposts, handling challenges and moving on their Digital India journey with scale as well as speed in terms of these emerging technologies.

Industry Keynote: Re-imagineering your business with Cloud@core

  • Sandeep Majumdar, COO- North, Sify Technologies

Format: Panel Discussion

  • Shaveta Wadhera, CIO, GE India Rail JV, GE Transportation
  • Farhan Khan, CIO, Radico Khaitan
  • Priyabrata Sarangi, CIO, Eastman Global
  • Tejus Kumar, CIO, SPML Infra
  • Sameer Nigam, CEO, Stratbeans Consulting
  • Pankaj Rana, Business Head, Mobility Division, Panasonic India
  • Moderator: Upkar Singh, Director-IT, FIS
12:45-13:45 PM
Networking Lunch
13:45-15:30 PM
Digital Leader CIO Awards

Industry Keynote:

  • Ranjan Chopra, MD, Team Computers

Dataquest will present these awards to o recognize and felicitate technology leaders across various industry segments and technologies across the country. These are people who have dared to innovate, convinced peers and bosses to break away from the routine, taken risks, successfully aligned technology with business needs, and finally delivered outcomes. They are role models.

  • Guest of Honor: Neeta Verma, DG, NIC
  • The Technovator of the Year: CIOs who have ushered in a significant ground up transformation
  • Vertical Warriors: Awards for key verticals
15:30-17:00 PM
Valedictory Session
Dataquest Jury Awards

Dataquest Award 2018 winners will talk about how rapidly is digital transforming organizations, governance and individuals. What are the opportunities and challenges? And what are the learning for technology and business leaders as they prepare themselves to enhance revenues, market share, profitability, productivity and customer satisfaction

Speakers: DQ Jury Award 2018 winners
Dataquest Jury Awards
  • IT Person of the Year
    Ritesh Agarwal, Founder, OYO Rooms
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
    Arjun Malhotra, Co-Founder, HCL Group
  • Pathbreaker of the Year Award
  • Moderator:
    Pradeep Gupta, MD , CyberMedia
17:00 PM Onward

Conclusion & Vote of Thanks

Followed by Networking & Celebration High Tea


Dataquest JURY Award WINNERS 2018

IT Person of the

Ritesh Agarwal
Founder, OYO Rooms

Lifetime Achievement
of the Year

Arjun Malhotra
Co-Founder, HCL

Pathbreaker of the
Year Award


Digital Leader Awards

Digital Leader Awards

IT/ITeS Government Oil & Gas, Petrochemicals
Life Sciences Media & Entertainment Advertising
Insurance FMCG Logistics
Automotive Aviation Pharma
Mining Retail Manufacturing
Sports Financial Services Education
Telecom Healthcare Power
Banking Transportation Utilities

Dataquest JURY Members

Ashok Soota
Founder, Happiest Minds (Jury Chair)
Srinivas Kandula
MD, Capgemini India
Kamal Nath
CEO, Sify Technologies
Sameer Garde
MD, Cisco (India & SAARC)
Alok Ohrie
MD, Dell India
Ranjan Chopra
MD, Team Computers
K Ganesh
Founder, Growthstory
Prakash Mallya
MD, Intel India
Rahul Agarwal
CEO & MD, Lenovo India
Pradeep Gupta
MD, CyberMedia,(Jury Vice Chairperson)
Jury Meet
Wednesday 31st Oct, 2018
: 1400 - 1630 hrs
: SMILES 2,3, 4, #53/1,2,3,4, Hosur Main Road, Madiwala, Bengaluru

Speakers at DQ digital next 2018 (Mumbai)


Sameer Dhanrajani

Chief Strategy Officer
Fractal Analytics


Tarun Mishra

Founder & CEO


Prasanna Lohar

Head Technology- Innovation
DCB Bank


Vishal Jain



Shibin Chulliparambil



Divya Bhatt

Business Head - ME, Africa, SEA & India
L&T Technology Services Limited


Mehjabeen Taj Aalam

Head Of Information Technology
Muthootme Finance


Sarbani Bhatia

Jagran Prakashan


Mithilesh Singh

Director and Head-IT Audit


Mukesh Mehta

B&K Securities


Lalit Popli

Head of Information Technology
ICICI Prudential Life


Mehmood Mansoori

Member of Executive Management & Group Head Operations, IT, Marketing & Online Business


Suresh Shan

Head - Innovation & Future Technologies Business
M&M Finance


Ninad Raje

Director & CIO


Ramesh Laksminarayanan



Bhuwan Lodha

Vice President – Digital | Group Strategy Office
M&M Group


Paritosh Anand

Sr. VP and Group Head- Analytics and Strategic Initiatives
Reliance Industries


Mukesh Kripalani

Chief Officer- Business Process Transformation and IT,


Ritu Madbhavi

FCB Ulka


Ajay Kaul

Chief Digital Officer
Mahindra Holidays


Sandeep Raut

VP and Head Digital-APAC


Anshu Raja Sharma

Sr.VP- Infrastructure


Sameer Mathur

Managing Partner


Bhaskar Bakthavatsalu

Check Point, India & SAARC.


Gaurav Khera

Risk Advisory & Cybersecurity


Sr. V.P. & Group Head - Business & Marketing

Rachna Garga
+91 9810606999

Marketing & Alliance

Rajiv Pathak
+91 8010757100

CIO Awards Nomination

Shrikanth G
+91 9840143261

For Delegates Registration

Ravi Kant
+91 9810481484