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Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2015

  • Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2015 MUMBAI
  • Hitachi Smarter Cities Smarter - Mumbai
  • Hitachi Forum 2015 MUMBAI

After the phenomenal success of the Delhi event; Hitachi and NDTV partnered yet again for Social Innovations for Future- Solutions for India held in Mumbai on February 16th, 2015.

The event in Mumbai focused on the prevailing issues and solutions provided by Hitachi in the field of Infrastructure and Information Technology.

The Forum was aimed at discussing on how Hitachi can partner with the Indian society and offer its technological support in the areas of Smart Cities, Water, Big Data & Cloud Computing and Financial Inclusion.

Some of the brightest minds came together to discuss and share their insights on the current infrastructure gaps and how government can partner with private players to find an amicable solution. A brief synopsis of the sessions convened during the event are being highlighted below


  • Welcome remarks by Mr. Toshiaki Higashihara, President & COO, Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Keynote speech by Mr. Devendra Fadnavis, Chief Minister of Maharashtra
  • Guest speech by Mr. Yoshiaki Ito, Consul, General of Japan in Mumbai

    Smarter Cities, Smarter India

  • Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary-Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India

  • Ms. Shaina NC, Spokesperson & Treasurer, BJP

  • Mr. Vinayak Chatterjee, Chairman, Feedback Infrastructure Pvt. Ltd.

  • Mr. Brotin Banerjee, MD & CEO, Tata Housing

  • Mr. Akihiko Tobe, General Manager (Smart City), Social Innovation Business Project Division, Hitachi, Ltd.

  • This Panel discussion emphasized on the actual definition of Smart Cities and how a lot of investment is projected to be made into making cities smarter. The guidelines, rules and regulations are meticulously formulated and ample clarity achieved on the metrics to be followed in order to achieve speedy execution.

    Sustainable Water Supply Management

  • Mr. Amitabh Kant, Secretary-Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Govt. of India

  • Ms. Malini Shankar, Principal Secretary, Water Resources, Govt. of Maharashtra

  • Dr. Isher Judge Ahluwalia, Chairperson, Board of Governors, ICRIER

  • Mr. Rahul N. Amin, Chairman & MD, Jyoti Ltd.

  • Dr. Atsushi Masuko, President, TSS Tokyo Water Co., Ltd.

  • Dr. Haruo Takeda, Corporate Officer, Corporate Chief Scientist, Research & Development Group, Hitachi, Ltd.

  • The session on Water explored challenges arising out of shortage of water. It also probed the rising need for technology and policy for revenue maximization, equitable distribution and availability. As well as discussed the growing necessity for creating an infrastructure that is future ready and delivers clean, potable, reliable and on-demand drinking water to every citizen of India.

    Big Data & Cloud- The Way Forward

  • Mr. Vishnu Bhat, Global Head, Cloud, Infrastructure & Mobility, Infosys

  • Ms. Alpna J. Doshi, CIO, Reliance Group

  • Mr. Amit Sethi, CIO, Axis Bank

  • Mr. VS. Parthasarathy, CFO, Group CIO & Member of Group Executive Board, Mahindra & Mahindra

  • Mr. Jaideep Mehta, MD, IDC South Asia

  • Mr. Sunil Chavan, Sr. Director, Solutions Sales, Asia Pacific, Hitachi Data Systems

  • The objective of the session on Big Data was to investigate the use of big data to ensure Public safety in smart communities for better communication, situational awareness and to decrease response times. It also delved into how Big Data can be beneficial for perimeter, transport and city security by allowing access to authorities. The panel discussion also examined the importance of cloud and the privacy concerns that come with it.

    Future of Financial Inclusion

  • Mr. N. Jambunathan, Deputy MD & CIO , State Bank of India

  • Mr. Rajiv Sabharwal, Executive Director, ICICI Bank Ltd.

  • Mr. Harish Bijoor, Brand Expert & CEO, Harish Bijoor Consults Inc.

  • Mr. Vishwas Patel, CEO, CC Avenues

  • Mr. Loney Antony, MD, Prizm Payment Services Pvt. Ltd.

  • Mr. Shuhei Aoki, Advisor to the President of Information & Telecommunication Systems Company, Hitachi, Ltd. and Former Director General, Payment & Settlement Systems, Bank of Japan.

  • This panel discussion was an effort to identify the most effective methods that will lead to the financial inclusion in the shortest time possible. It outlined the technology mix comprising hardware and software for the telecom and retail industries to make this roll-out more efficient and faster in terms of both time and money. The panel discussions held during the forum identified the prevalent issues existing with the system pertaining to Urban Transportation, Healthcare, Infrastructure and IT; and how Hitachi as a private player can work hand in hand with the government and work to bring innovative and sustainable solutions for our future generations. The event also showcased Hitachi's diversification in the field of infra and IT by displaying information on the technology that Hitachi can offer to overcome the present challenges.

For event details call Toll Free No. : 1800 209 3063
(Entry by invitation only)

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