Centre for Internet & Society

This summitt organised by Internet and Mobile Association of India is being held in New Delhi from January 16 to 17, 2013 at the Lalit Hotel

Sunil Abraham is the moderator for Plenary Session 3: Discussion on Social Media – Freedom, Moderation or Regulation.

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Theme of the Summit

951 million mobile users with 448 million mobile data subscribers; 137 million Internet users and rural Internet growing 7x in the last two years make India one of the top three digital markets in the world. One of only top two at this scale with free market economy democratic polity; and the only one where there is still headroom for growth. The time to invest in Digital India is now.

By 2020 riding on a government investment of 4 billion USD [roughly 10 billion USD on PPP terms] Internet users is expected to be 600 million; and mobile would possibly penetrate 100% of rural India creating the largest free economy digital market in the world.

The Digital Opportunity now and in the next 5 years in India is explosive. And the need to create a Digital Economy on scale is a developmental necessity. The opportunity, however, lies in addressing the current challenges of the ability to provide: low cost connectivity, universal access, usable content, secure networks, affordable devices and enabling policy.

Building on the theme of “Creating the World’s Largest Free Market Digital Economy” the 7th India Digital Summit will focus on five tracks: Infrastructure, Regulatory Frameworks, Services & Content, Entrepreneurship / Innovation and Business 3.0.

Webcast of the Event

Day 1, January 16, 2013


Welcome Address
Mr. Hitesh Oberoi, Chairman, IAMAI & Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Info Edge India Limited
Address by Chief Guest
Mr. Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission, Government of IndiaKeynote Address by
Mr. R Chandrashekhar, Chairman (TC) & Secretary , Department of Telecommunications, Ministry of Communications and IT

Plenary Session 1: 1000 digital startups a year: How to make it happen?

Session Chair and presenter:
Mr. Satyan Gajwani, CEO, Times Internet

Presenter ‐

  • Mr. Mahesh Murthy, Founder, Pinstorm  and Co-founder, Seedfund
  • Mr. Manish Vij, Founder, VUN Network
  • Mr. Pranay Gupta, Joint CEO, Centre for Innovation
  • Mr. Rajesh Sawhney, Founder, GSF Accelerator & Superangels
  • Mr. Mukund Mohan, CEO in Residence, Microsoft Startup Accelerator

Business track

Topic: Importance of Creativity to Digital Advertising

Session Chair and presenter Neville Taraporewalla, Sr. Director - Emerging Markets| India, Malaysia,Thailand & Korea, Advertising and Online, Microsoft


  • M Mohit Hira, Senior Vice President & Regional Business Leader-Airtel, JWT
  • Vineet Gupta, Managing Partner, 22feet Communications
  • Arun Sharma, VP Marketing - Head Media & Rural, Bharti Airtel
  • Vikas Tandon, Managing Director, Indigo Consulting Aditya Save, Head-Media & Digital Marketing, Marico

Audience Interaction

“Lowering the barrier for mobile web - for both operators and users”
Keynote Address by Mr. Peter Panait Løjmand, Senior Vice President, Opera Software
Interaction with Mr. Sanjay Goyal, Chief Executive Officer, ACL Wireless
Plenary Session 2: Cloud – Leveraging the Cloud for Business Efficiency

Session Chair and presenter
Mr. Manoj Chugh, Regional President, Global Accounts-APJ, EMC


  • Mr. Manav Khanna, Sr. Consultant –Enterprise Security, SafeNet Inc.
  • Mr. Jasminder Singh Gulati, Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer, Nowfloats
  • Mr. Ravi Shankar, Chief Executive Officer, Nevales Networks
  • Mr. Mandar Kulkarni, Vice President, Solution Engg & Pvt. Cloud Practice, Netmagic
  • Mr. Balaka Baruah Aggarwal, Business Evangelist, Amazon Web Services
  • Mr. Jaydeep Nargund, Head Services-India, AKAMAI
  • Mr. Vivek Ravindran, Director-Core & App Platform, Microsoft
Email Marketing Roundtable with juvlon
Email Marketing in the Year of the Snake - 2013
Presented by Mr. Naresh Bhagtani, CEO, Juvlon, Niche Software
“Unique Identity and Its Positive Externalities for Inclusiveness"

Keynote Address by Mr. Nandan Nilekani , Chairman, UAIDI
Interaction with Mr. Shubhashis Gangopadhyay, IDF research
“Bharat Broadband [NOFN]: Going extra mile with public investment”
Keynote Address by Mr. Sam Pitroda
Interaction with Mr. Lalitesh Katragadda, Country Head-India Products, Google
Plenary Session 3: Discussion on Social media – Freedom, moderation or regulation
Session Chair  & Moderator:
Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, The Centre for Internet and Society

Discussion with:

  • Rajesh Kalra, Chief Editor, Times Internet
  • R Sukumar, Managing Editor, Mint
  • Shivam Vij, Kafila.org
Track 3: The last mile of customer connect: m-Engagement from OPENHOUSE
Mr. Ankit Singh, Senior Manager, Enterprise mobility, IMI Mobile
Mr. Ramesh Raman , Senior manager, Marketing, IMI Mobile

Day 2, January 17, 2013

“Future of Apps and their Monetization”
Keynote Address by Mr. Ilja Laurs, Founder and Chairman, GetJar
Moderated by : Mr. Kiruba Shankar
“Communications challenges in the age of Social media”
Keynote address by
Dr Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India
Interaction with audience Moderated by Mr. R Jagannanthan

Track 4:

CXOs Closed door discussion on Local Language – The Game Changer

Session moderated by
Gyan Gupta, Chief Operating Officer, Dainik Bhaskar;

Address by speakers
Mr. Arvind Pani, Co-founder, Reverie language Technologies
Mr. Ajay Gallwale, Founder, Maayboli
Mr. C Mathew, DGM (Marketing), Malayala Manorama Mr. Manoj Gupta, Head, VAS & Applications, Micromax

Audience Interaction
Summarising by Moderator

Start-Up Unconference
A peer to peer, informal sharing of views between new entrepreneurs and start-ups of our industry

Chaired by:
Mr. Sanjiv Bikhchandani, Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, Infoedge

Moderator by:
Kiruba Shankar

Plenary Session 5: Discussion on e-Commerce 2.0– Emerging trend

Session Chair  & Moderator:
Mr. Avnish Bajaj, Managing Director, Matrix Partners

In Discussion with:

  • Mr. Alok Mittal, Managing Director, Canaan Patners India
  • Mr. Sachin Bansal, Co-founder & CEO, Flipkart
  • Mr. Sundeep Malhotra, Chief Executive Officer, HomeShop18
  • Mr. Muralikrishnan B, Country Manager, eBay
  • Mr. Mukesh Bansal, Founder, Myntra.com
  • Mr. Ankur Warikoo, Chief Executive Officer, Groupon India
Plenary Session 6: Marketers Viewpoint – Online and Mobile Marketing

Session Chair:
Mr. Upen Rai, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Director, AntFarm


  • Mr. Sanjay Tripathy, EVP - Head Marketing, Products and Direct Channels -  HDFC Life
  • Mr. Manish Kalra, Chief Marketing Officer, Makemytrip
  • Mr. Vinay Bhatia, Customer Care Associate and VP - Marketing and Loyalty, Shoppers Stop
  • Mr. Samil Malhotra, Vice President Sales and Marketing. The Lalit Suri Hospitality Group
  • Mr. Manu Kumar Jain, Co-founder & Managing Director, Jabong
Plenary Session 7: Interaction: Attracting and retaining talent for Digital Industry

Thought sharing by Industry Leaders

Interaction between Industry leaders and Students
Industry Leaders:

  • Mr. Sanjiv Bikhchandani, Founder and Executive Vice Chairman, Infoedge
  • Mr. Deep Kalra, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Makemytrip
  • Mr. Anupam Mittal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, People Group
  • Mr. Dinesh Agarwal, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, IndiaMART
  • Mr. Neville Taraporewalla, Sr. Director , Emerging Markets-India, Malaysia, Thailand & Korea, Advertising and Online, Microsoft

Student Entrepreneurs:
IMT Ghaziabad
IITD Moderated by Kiruba Shankar

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