BGR India’s first marquee event Dream 500 Million Smartphones kicks off at 10:00AM at JW Marriot in New Delhi. The biggest stakeholders from the tech industry will be coming together to share their views on how to make the dream of 500 million smartphones in India a reality. With just a few hours before the event kicks off, here’s what you can expect. Also Read - Nokia Power Earbuds and Nokia Portable Wireless Speaker launched: Price, features
The event will kick off at 10:00AM with a Fireside chat with Xiaomi’s VP Hugo Barra. We will be discussing about his experiences in India, as well as touch upon what Xiaomi has in plans for India. The discussion will be moderated by BGR India’s Rajat Agrawal, wherein he will also touch upon the subject of the recent controversy involving Xiaomi and Ericsson. Also Read - Sonos launches three speakers: Check price and other details
The chat with Barra will be followed by a panel discussion, which involves the likes of Raghuvesh Sarup (Director-Marketing for Nokia India Sales Pvt. Ltd), Shashin Devsare (Executive Director of Karbonn), Dinesh Prasad (Senior Director of Sales and Business Development at Qualcomm India & South Asia), Peter Chang (Region Head – South Asia & Country Manager for ASUS India – System Business Group) and Amit Gujral (Marketing Head, India at LG Mobiles). The panel will be moderated by Sandeep Amar, wherein they will be talking about how smartphones can be made more affordable, and invariably bring it in reach of the common Indian. Also Read - Huawei launches Sound X wireless speaker: Check features
The next panel involves Amit Boni (General Manager of Motorola Mobility, India), Michael Adnani (Flipkart VP – Retail & Head – Brand Alliances), and Vikas Agarwal (General Manager of OnePlus India). Moderated by Karan Thakkar (Senior Market Analyst at IDC Limited), the panel will talk about the ecommerce boom in India. They will also touch upon how ecommerce can help smartphones become more affordable and make it easier for smartphones to penetrate into places where it is difficult to setup a brick and mortar store.
The third panel moderated by Harini Calamur, involves the likes of Dr. Sandeep Sibal (Country Manager and Vice President – Business Development for Qualcomm India and South Asia), Debjani Ghosh (Vice President in the Sales and Marketing Group and managing director for South Asia at Intel Corporation), Antti Öhrling (Country Director for Rovio/Angry Birds in Indian sub-continent), Arvind Pani (founder of Reverie), and Debashish Ghosh. The panel will discuss the kind of apps, services, and specialized content required to lure first-time smartphone and Internet users in India.
The final panel, moderated by Jayanth Kolla (partner and founder of Convergence Catalyst), includes speakers like Vijay Shekhar Sharma (founder and CEO of One97 Communications), Akshay Aggarwal (General Manager, Operations for MediaTek Bangalore), Kavin Bharti Mittal (CEO and Founder at Hike Messenger), and Jonathan Bill (CEO and co-founder of BillBachao.com). The panel will discus how India can reach the 500 million smartphone mark, and how that achievement will impact first-time smartphone users.