Narendra Modi, IBM CEO to address IIT 2020 alumni summit


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will inaugurate the 2020 edition of the annual Indian Institute of Technology alumni conference, to be hosted online December 4 and 5.

The prime minister will also deliver the keynote address on the opening day.

This year’s summit, titled ‘IIT2020: The Future is Now’, is billed as the one of the largest virtual conferences ever in the world.

The conference is targeted at over 500,000 global alumni of 23 IITs across India. For the first time ever, the 2020 edition is open to all.

Other keynote and prominent speakers at the summit include Indian railway minister Piyush Goyal, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna, FedEx COO Rajesh Subramaniam, ANSYS CEO Ajei Gopal, HCL co-founder Arjun Malhotra, ARM Holdings CEO Simon Segars,Harness co-founder and CEO Jyoti Bansal, Sparta Group chairman Desh Deshpande, former US Surgeon General Dr Vivek Murthy, Niti Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant, and Ashish Chauhan, CEO of Bombay Stock Exchange.

Conference chairs Sanjiv Goyal and Witty Bindra said: “In line with the conference theme, we are truly honored to have Prime Minister Narendra Modi address the global IIT alumni and share his vision for the future. Moreover, this edition features an outstanding line up of global movers and shakers as speakers, and we hope that ideas shared by them will further inspire and motivate all attendees towards inventing a better future for all of us.”

IIT alumni from more than 100 countries have registered to participate in the IIT2020 conference.

Over 40 prominent venture capitalists have also registered to attend and reinforce their intention to collectively invest over half a trillion US dollars in startups cofounded by IIT Alumni.

IIT2020 is organized by PanIIT USA, a global alumni association featuring alumni from all 23 IITs.

Ron Gupta is the program chair, while Sundy Srinivasan is PanIIT USA president.