• MeltingPot2020

  • MeltingPot2020 Innovation Summit 2017

    MeltingPot2020 Innovation Summit is the only platform in the region enabling collaboration, networking and knowledge share between the various stakeholders in the innovation eco-system to catalyze the transformation of the region into a global innovation hub.

    The first edition of MeltingPot2020 saw 500+ industry and institution leaders participating in the two-day Summit and over 1000 students from leading schools and colleges participating in the parallel youth festival. We are now committed to making the second edition even bigger and more impactful.

    It is our great honour and privilege that Prof Sadagopan, Director, IIIT Bangalore and life-long proponent of innovation has consented to be the Chairperson for MeltingPot2020 Innovation Summit 2017.

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    14 - 15
    November, 2017
    Hotel Trident
    30+ Speakers
    150+ CXOs
    100+ Chancellors

    Message from the Chairperson

    As a country, India has been innovating over the ages. History is replete with instances of innovation by the society at large - from the discover of zero to Panini’s Ashtadhaya and more recently Mahatma Gandhi’s Satyagraha. While Brexit is a recent occurrence, India managed to gain independence 70 years ago without firing a single shot through an idea which was transferred from one person to the next to create a veritable movement. Sanskrit is till today the only language that is closest to machine coded, programmable language. Read More

    Prof S Sadagopan
    Director, IIIT Bangalore &
    Chairperson, MeltingPot2020 Innovation Summit 2017

    Message from our Visionary Mentor

    Dr. R.A Mashelkar
    Former Director General, & Council of Scientific & Industrial Research ( CSIR)
    Mentor, MeltingPot2020 Innovation Summit 2017

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    Spotlight for 2017

    Israel – The Startup Nation

    The transformation of Israel into one of the most innovative countries in the world is nothing short of a miracle – from their model of desert agriculture to their recent metamorphosis into a high-tech super power. Israel has more Nasdaq-listed companies than any country barring US and China. It has more venture capital per capita and more startups than any other country in the world. Research and development (R&D) is a thrust area for the country, which also has more scientists and tech professionals than any other nation. In fact, as the Mayor likes to point out, the city itself is a start-up. It was built from scratch in the desert, outside the old Arab city of Jaffa, or Yafo as it is now called, over the last 100 years. Tel Aviv is now ranked as the fifth most robust start-up ecosystem in the world, according to a study by research firm Compass.

    At MeltingPot2020 we shall have a special spotlight session comprising of bureaucrats and officials from Israel and India to exchange insights and share lessons that each can learn from the other in their quest to become the hub for global innovation.

    Event Schedule*

    09:30 AM

    Registrations & Networking

    11:00 AM

    MC Welcomes

    11:05 AM

    Innovation Showcase

    11:15 AM

    Inaugural Session
    Chair: Prof. S Sadagopan
    Speakers: Satya Narayanan R, Chairman, CL Educate & BVR Mohan Reddy, Chairman, Cyient

    12:30 PM

    Conference Keynote : Making Innovation Part Of The National Agenda
    Dr. RA Mashelkar, Fellow Royal Society & former DG, CSIR

    01:00 PM


    02:00 PM

    Israel in the Spotlight: Building Innovation Partnership between Israel and India
    Chair: Satya Narayanan R, Chairman, CL Educate
    Panelists: Prof. Gadi Ariav, Professor, Tel Aviv/IIMB; Aaron Jaffe, General Counsel, Yeda - Technology transfer at Weizmann Institute of Science; Jay Krishnan, CEO, T-Hub; Dr. G Raghuram, Director, IIM Bangalore

    03:30 PM

    Innovation Showcase

    03:40 PM

    Keynote Panel: Accelerating the innovation culture in Universities
    Chair: Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore
    Panelists: Dr. U Chandreshekhar, Pro Vice Chancellor, Vel Tech University; Dr. BV Phani, Dean of Resources & Alumni, IIT Kanpur; Dr. Soumyo Mukherji, Professor, IIT Bombay; Alak Kumar Buragohain, Vice Chancellor, Dibrugarh University

    04:40 PM

    Tea/Coffee Break

    05:00 PM

    Innovation Showcase

    05:10 PM

    Enhancing Academia Industry Collaboration
    Chair: Ajit Rangnekar, Head, Research Innovation Circle of Hyderabad
    Panelists: Amey Mashelkar, Head, Jio-GenNext Innovation Hub; Dinesh Chandrasekar, Director, Global Solutions & Innovation, Hitachi Consulting; Suresh Reddy, Chairman & CEO, Lycos Internet; Sanjay Padode, Secretary, Center for Developmental Education

    06:40 PM

    Networking and other engagements at Pre-function area

    07:30 PM

    Celebrity Speaker & Innovation Awards

    08:30 PM

    Networking Dinner & Cocktails

    9:00 AM

    Registration & Networking

    9:30 AM

    Innovation Showcase

    09:40 AM

    Research Showcase : Multi-University Global Collaboration
    Dr. Parameshwaran Ramakrishnan, MBBS, MD Psychiatry, Master of Divinity, Harvard & Research Investigator at UC Berkeley.

    10:00 AM

    Opening Keynote
    GV Prasad, Co-Chairman & CEO, Dr Reddy's Laboratories

    10:30 AM

    Plenary Session : Making Delhi A Leader State Through Research and Innovation In Instituions
    Manish Sisodia, Honorable Minsiter for Education, Govt. of NCT of Delhi

    11:10 PM

    Tea/Coffee Break

    11:30 AM

    Expectations and demands from Campus: The Corporate Perspective
    Chair: Jitendra Chaddah, Sr. Director Operations & Strategy, Intel
    Naresh Kumar Gupta, Vice-President, Samsung Electronics; Dr. Ranjan Patnaik, Director, DuPont Knowledge Center, Dr. Mangesh Karad, Executive President, MIT-ADT University

    12:30 PM

    New Era, New Jobs, New Skills - Prepare before the Demographic Wave
    Chair:Anindya Chatterjee, Professor, IIT Kanpur
    Gautam Puri, Vice Chairman & MD, CL Educate; CP Gopinath, Chief Integrator, 361* Minds; Dr Sidhhartha Mukhopadhyay, Dean of Alumni & International Relation, IIT Kharagpur

    01:30 PM


    02:30 PM

    Future Building Through Young Entrepreneurs & Start Ups
    Presentation by VCs - Tapish Bhatt, Vice President, CIIE, IIM Ahmedabad; Satish Mugulavalli, Director of Technology, YourNest Venture Capital; Sachin Malhan, Director, Ashoka Fellowships; Padmaja Ruparel, Co-Founder, IAN

    04:30 PM

    Research Spotlight: Solving The Language & Script Challenge Using Technology
    Sanjiv Saraf, Founder & Trustee, Rekhta

    04:45 PM

    Research Spotlight: Predicting Credit Rating Transition using Text Analytics & Survival Analysis
    Dr. Chandrashekar Subramanyam, Sr. Professor and Chairman Centre of Excellence – Business Analytics, IFIM

    05:10 PM

    Closing Note by Satya

    05:30 PM

    Vote of Thanks

    Eminent Speakers

    Meet these luminaries at MeltingPot2020 2017

    MeltingPot2020 2017 Steering Committee

    Mentors & Guides who are setting the vision and scale of MP2020

    • Anindya Chatterjee

      Professor, IIT Kanpur

    • KS Vishwanathan

      V.P (Industry Initiatives) Nasscom

    • LR Natarajan

      Innovation Consultant, IIM Indore

    • Partho Prathim Chakraborty

      Director, IIT Kharagpur

    • Prof. S. Sadagopan

      Director IIIT Bangalore

    • Dr. RA Mashelkar

      Fellow Royal Society & Former DG,CSIR

    • Prof. Rishikesha Krishnan

      Director, IIM Indore

    • VC Gopalratnam

      President, IT & CIO, Cisco

    Projects Corner


    CL Educate has signed an agreement with Su-Kam Power Systems Limited, India’s largest power solutions company to enable cutting edge research and start up incubation in universities in the area of power electronics.
    Under the aegis of the WAIN platform, covenants of this agreement include the following


    A CL & IIT-BHU Innovation Success

    IIT BHU is committed towards being a leading research institution by publishing 788 papers since Jan 2106 which also includes papers stemming from 40 International Collaborations. This prestigious Institute recently joined hands with Accendere, an edtech startup committed to promoting research culture among all stakeholders in the Society.


    ATAL Tinkering Labs

    Niti Ayog has selected 257 schools across India to set up Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL).
    Under the aegis of the Atal Innovation Mission, the vision of this program is to Cultivate one Million children in India as Neoteric Innovators. In the long run, the program has targeted setting up 500 ATLs across the country.

    Innovators Speak



    Innovation agreement signed between CL Educate & T-Hub. Read More

    Worldwide Academia-Industry Network (WAIN)

    Read More


    Innovation Awards

    Undergraduate and School awards were nominated based on their ingenuity and social impact and were decided by an eminent jury comprising of Prof S Sadagopan, Director, IIITB; Prof Rishikesha Krishnan, Director, IIM Indore and Prof Anindya Chatterjee from IIT Kanpur.
    The award-winning projects included Manouve, a device that improves vision from Manav Rachna University; a cigarette filter that absorbs toxins from IIT Rourkee and a Smartphone app that detects garbage from IIT Ropar.

    Industry Awards

    Lifetime Achievement Award – The award was humbly conferred on Prof Sadagopan for his commitment to innovation over the past few decades

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    Innovation Leader of the Year Award – This was presented to Mr KT Rama Rao for transforming Telangana into the top state in innovation focus and ease of doing business in the country.

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