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Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2017

  • Social Innovation Forum 2017 Delhi
  • Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad on India’s role in Digital Transformation
  • Smart Transportation in transforming India

Hitachi aims to fulfill India's needs arisen out of rapid urbanization through Social Innovation with special focus on Urban Development, Energy, Transportation, and Water. In this direction, we are making constant innovations that integrate our strengths in Information Technology (IT), Operational Technology (OT) and, our wide range of products and systems. It is a huge opportunity that will define our future and take us closer toward realizing a world that is healthier, safer and more secure for generations to come.

Hitachi partnered with Times Network for the edition of Hitachi Social Innovation Forum 2017 DELHI. The conference brought together renowned thinkers, technologists and urban planners to collaborate and inspire solutions to transform India’s future. The event was marked by highly effective discussions on IT, Urban Transportation (Railways) and Infrastructure (Solutions to India’s potable water problems).

Apart from panelists, the audience was given an opportunity to voice their opinions and suggestions on solving the rapid urbanization issues plaguing India.

Here we present you a brief synopsis of the sessions convened during the event:


  • Welcome remarks by Mr. Toshiaki Higashihara, President & CEO, Hitachi, Ltd.
  • Keynote Address by Mr. Ravi Shankar Prasad, Hon’ble Union Minister for Communications & Information Technology and Law & Justice
  • Guest speech by Mr. Kenji Hiramatsu, Ambassador of Japan to India

    Smart Transportation - Key to Transforming India Cities into Smart Cities

  • Mr. Prashant Rao, Director, Signalling & Telecom, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation

  • Mr. Sunil Sanghai, Vice Chairman and Head of Investment Banking, HSBC India

  • Ms. Sunita Sanghi, Skill Development, Employment and Urbanisation verticals –Niti Aayog

  • Mr. V K Singh, Managing Director, National Capital Region Transport Corporation

  • Mr. Satish Kumar, Executive Director –Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and Advisor, Kochi Metro

  • Mr. Mangal Dev, Director and Head, Hitachi Railway Systems BU, India and South Asia Region

  • The panel discussion focused on the role of smart transportation in transforming Indian cities into Smart Cities. The forum was attended by luminaries from the industry to discuss and debate on how technology can be deployed to make intra-city travel fast, efficient and seamless. Mr. Mangal Dev told audience how Hitachi can play a crucial role in the modernization of Indian Railways. He also discussed the role of Big Data in railways in addressing various demand and supply issues, among others.

    Fight against water scarcity -The role of technology in Water Resources Planning and Management

  • Mr. Amit Jain, CEO Water, Vishvaraj Infrastructure

  • Mr. Vikas Ratanjee, Policy Advocacy and Communications Lead, INREM Foundation

  • Dr. S K Sarkar, Director, Water Division, TERI

  • Mr. Shankar Ramamurthy, Business Head – Water, Adani Infra (India)

  • Mr. Koichi Tsuzuki, Chief Technology Officer, Industry and Water Business Administration Division, Hitachi, Ltd.

  • The agenda of the discussion was Fight against water scarcity and the role of technology in water resources planning and management. The panel discussed the need for efficient water management system in India and how technology can be deployed to ensure high level of utilization. Mr. Koichi Tsuzuki spoke about India’s complex water problems and explained how an IoT platform from which stakeholders can communicate and collaborate to optimize water resources can be one of the key solutions.

    Digital Transformation – Capitalizing on IT-OT convergence

  • Mr. Ranganath. V, Regional P.F. Commissioner, Employees’ Provident Fund Organization

  • Mr. Binod Hampapur Rangadore, Executive VP & Global Head, Talent & Technology Operations, Infosys

  • Mr. Russell Skingsley, Chief Technology Officer, Asia Pacific, Hitachi Data Systems

  • Mr. Feroze Mohammed, Executive Vice President, Global Delivery Network, Hitachi Consulting

  • The panel discussed the digital parameters of businesses and companies that are now in the race to leverage digital technologies. It involved talk on how IT – OT convergence enables direct control and provides complete monitoring, with easier analysis of data from complex systems from anywhere in the world. The forum also discussed Hitachi’s core platform Lumada and, how it is relevant for a sustainable and strategic digital transformation.

    Building a Digital Enterprise in India

  • Mr. Rajesh Uppal, Executive Director – IT & CIO, Maruti Suzuki India

  • Mr. Rishi Sareen, Vice President - IT, ECOM Express

  • Mr. Vipin Kumar, Group CIO, Escorts Ltd.

  • Mr. Vipul Anand, Group CIO, Jindal Group

  • Mr. Rajan Bhandari, President - Sales, Hitachi Systems Micro Clinic

  • The discussion took into consideration the government's focus and emphasis on 'Digital India' and the strategies companies can leverage to build a digital enterprise. Further, the power of a digital enterprise to drive innovation was discussed along with the different facets of digital enterprise transformation such as Cloud, Mobile, Data, and Social & Analytics.


Social Innovation Forum 2017 Delhi
Social Innovation Forum 2017 Delhi
Social Innovation Forum 2017 Delhi
Social Innovation Forum 2017 Delhi
Social Innovation Forum 2017 Delhi
Social Innovation Forum 2017 Delhi
Social Innovation Forum 2017 Delhi
Social Innovation Forum 2017 Delhi