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ITechLaw delivers a successful India Conference in New Delhi, India
On February 1-3, 2017, the ITechLaw Association hosted more than 125 attendees at the 2017 International India Conference in New Delhi, India. With attendees from 10 countries, including the United States and Europe, the event prominently features excellent education and networking opportunities. We express our deepest thanks to our Global Sponsors: Dentons, Gokce, Osborne Clarke, Seyfarth Shaw, and Sheppard Mullin, and all of our conference sponsors, especially Microsoft, our Platinum Sponsor, who all contributed to the success of our conference.
Substantive Law Committee Meetings
The conference began with meetings of our Substantive Law Committees. More than 50 attendees discussed current issues in Cyber Crime, Data Protection, Intellectual Property, Dispute Resolution, and Interactive Entertainment and Media. These committees meet during the year and host webinars on current topics to provide year-round educational opportunities.
Following the meetings, the conference started with an energetic opening reception at the ITC Maurya.
Attendees had the opportunity to meet new colleagues, including ITechLaw President Susan Barty, past ITechLaw presidents, and the planning committee. Following the welcome reception, some attendees went out downtown to partake in the Young Lawyers Reception.
Keynote Opening Session
Keynote Speaker Keshav Dhakad, Microsoft, spoke to attendees about The Fourth Industrial Revolution and Building a Cloud for Global Good, and shared details about how technological advances are broaching new frontiers to increase the quality of life for many people. He shared a video detailing how artificial intelligence paired with glasses can help a blind person experience the world around him. This pair of glasses can now tell the wearer what it ‘sees’ and prefaces statements with “I think…” Watch the video here. A number of attendees called this presentation their favorite part of the conference.
The first conference panel discussed the Path to Technological Singularity and how industry players are trying to adopt Artificial intelligence, in order to boost their performance and efficiency, leading to market singularity. Alan Sutin- Greenberg Traurig, moderated this discussion with Keshav Dhakad- Microsoft, Rahul Manhattan- Trilegal, and Sajai Singh- J. Sagar Associates, and the panellists kept returning to the idea of an apprentice filling a chess board with grains of rice, and with each square doubling the grains of rice; this is how fast computing power is expanding.
In sessions, attendees learned about many additional cutting-edge topics, including the security, connectivity, and regulation of the Internet of Things, the future of gene-editing, scamming issues in the digital market, and the future of mobility and navigation. One of the conference student volunteers offers a summary of most sessions, available at this link for review. With more than 30 expert speakers, attendees deepened their knowledge, challenged their understanding, and gained new ideas to implement in their practices.
Gala Reception and Dinner
Nearly all conference attendees enjoyed the formal gala dinner outside in the Nandiya Gardens. In the relaxed outdoor setting, attendees discussed the day’s sessions, remaining questions for the panelists, and built connections with new colleagues.
In-House Counsel Breakfast
General Counsel representatives from nearly 30 leading technology and industry companies met on the second conference day. During breakfast there was a lively discussion about the liberalization of the profession and how representatives can work together to advance common goals.
A hallmark of the ITechLaw conference is the networking between attendees – during breaks, the receptions, and the lunches. It’s in these information conversations that many conference attendees find great friends, business partners, and referrals.
This conference was made possible by the many conference sponsors, and the dedication and vision of the local planning committee; ITechhLaw extends great thanks to both of these groups. If you’d like to be move involved in any of our committees, or assist with planning next year’s conference in Bangalore, please contact us at email@example.com.
Conference photos are available for viewing on Flickr
Session materials are available in the mobile app
We can’t wait to see you next year in Bangalore, India in early February 2018