The first Goa IT Developers Summit was held today at Ravindra Bhavan, Margao today. The Summit was a massive success with over 1000 IT professionals, Govt IT staff, final year IT students and an array of IT stakeholders in attendance.
This Summit was organised in collaboration with Government of Goa to give thrust to CM Dr Pramod Sawant’s endeavour of ‘Swayampurna Goa 2.0’ with focus on skill development, infusion of latest IT technolgy, employment for the youth & bridging gap between industry & academia.
There is a huge scope for IT-related jobs in Goa specially in Full Stack technology, Artificial Intelligence, Mobile applications & Blockchain. Renowned speakers guided the delegates and relevant panel discussions were held.
CM Dr Pramod Sawant was the Chief guest. GCCI President, Ralph De Sousa, Nitin Kunkolienkar, Milind Prabhu and Sanjay Amonkar DG- GCCI were present on the dais.
Dr Sawant praised the efforts by GCCI to organise the summit and suggested that this be made an annual event.
In his inspirational speech, Dr Sawant said that Goa has its own dynamics for excelling into the world of Information Technology. The huge presence here in large numbers itself is a sign of golden days for IT in Goa. It shows immense drive and passion to be the best in this field that is having immense potential.
He further added: “We were aware of the underlying current amongst the software developers and students to excel beyond bounds. However, we needed a platform for you all to understand the exact steps to start your career into hi-tech technologies such as Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, Cloud computing along with recent technologies such as Java and .net. Therefore we organised this programme with the Goa chamber of commerce and industry to give you an exact idea of how to approach your career in each of this line of technologies. We want you to understand the opportunity that exists in this field and we want Goa to lead in the field of Information Technology.”
The CM further said ‘if you compare salaries of the developers in the latest technologies such as blockchain, AI then it will be many fold compared to the basic technologies. We want to give you access to be able to learn these technologies and be aware of the right path to get started in making a strong career in IT. Even the corporates are sometimes not aware of how to approach projects in the latest technologies and only a strong exposure can help Goa to become a hub for IT industry.”
“The Govt will ensure a constant set of activities to provide necessary exposure to the IT fraternity in Goa. With a proactive set of steps from the IT department envisions Goa being in the top 25 startup destinations in the world by 2030. Goa has the most promising IT and startup policy that is helping the startup culture flourish in Goa, creating large employment opportunities. You can look forward to becoming a tech entrepreneur with Govt funding support from the startup policy. Govt of Goa has a dynamic staff supported by the SPC, startup promotion cell working tirelessly to help startups grow in Goa’ he added.
Dr Sawant also launched the first ever IT Directory complied by GCCI during the event along with the IT vision Document for Goa.
Ralph De Sousa thanked the CM for gracing the summit and suggested that a high-level Industry Academia Committee be formed to review the IT curriculum on a perpetual basis to keep students abreast of the latest technology and increase their employability index.
Nitin Kunkolienkar also requested infusion of latest IT trends in in the curriculum. There are parallel business in conjunction with IT which are also in demand & can be exploited by young entrepreneurs he added.
The Summit was inaugurated jointly by Dr Vivek Kamat, Director of Technical Education; Pravin Volvotkar Director IT, Dipak Dessai, Director Skill Development along with Dr Nina Panandikar, Principal of Don Bosco College of Engineering. Milind Prabhu and Sanjay Amonkar, DG GCCI; were also present
In a true IT sense, despite being busy in other commitments; IT Minister Rohan Khaunte connected through VC with the delagates and gave details on Goa’s IT vision. He said that the plan is to make Goa the most sought-after IT destination. He said that IT policy of Goa has been a great success & many IT & startups have been incentivised by the Govt. The process will continue to attract more investors to Goa.
The Summit attracted huge crowds of IT professionals to Ravindra Bhavan-Margao with over 1000 delegates in attendance. The Summit was appreciated by the participants.