We want to develop a dynamic IT ecosystem for the robust use of IT solutions in public delivery and other infrastructure development in our Smart City Bhubaneswar and also across the state, said Ashok K. Meena, principal secretary, Electronics & Information Technology department.

Mr Meena was speaking at the inaugural session of the IT Conclave here on Tuesday. “Great changes are taking place in IT Sector covering the entire world. The Start Ups and Entrepreneurs, the local talents need to scale up their innovations with home grown solutions by embedding themselves with IT majors” he added.

The Conclave was focused on ‘Smart City Smart Link’ and is expected to boost the linkage between the major IT sector players and the Smart City Bhubaneswar Authority along with various departments of the government for a joint endeavour in future. “IT and Electronic sector in Odisha is growing•rapidly.

The Centre of Excellence on Virtual Reality (VR) at IIT, Bhubaneswar is a unique initiative and a model for others to boost the IT sector in the state” said Dr Omkar Rai, Director General, STPI. “Technology is to ease daily life of millions of people across the world.

And we are in a time when the entire paradigm is changing towards an affordable and smarter lifestyle with new generation IT solutions. ‘ We don’t need too many people to build smart systems, we need new ways to do them” mentioned Dan Mishra, chairman, CSDC, USA.Bhubaneswar North MLA Priyadarshi Mishra and Special Secretary, IT Dept, Rudra Narayan Palai were the other speakers at the inaugural session.

IT majors like ADOBE, CSDC, EPSON, QUADGEN, POLYCOM participated in the conclave with their next level IT products and collaboration prospects in Odisha. Odisha based major Companies have also taken part. Mr Soubhagya Rourtray, president ITAO, hoped that the Conclave will provide a platform for all stakeholders to mobilise IT resources.