• “Bhashantara”- The Symposium for Indian Languages Technology Industry
    18th November 2019 at FICCI, New Delhi

    It is estimated India's internet users expected to register double digit growth to reach 627 million in 2019, driven by rapid internet growth in rural areas. With growing penetration of cheaper smartphones and data prices, Internet usage in the country has exceeded half a billion people for first time, pegged at 566 million, driven by rural internet growth and usage.

    But 90% of these users are non-English speaking and are also first-time internet users. This user base currently accounts for 66% share in overall online content consumption surpassing English language. By 2021 these first-time non-English speaking users will account for 75% of India’s internet user base. This poses an enormous potential for the digital sector to upgrade their services and solve the unique “Bharat problem” through technological entrepreneurship.

    Carrying forward the same momentum and with industry’s positive response, we are happy to join hands with Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), MyGov and TDIL in organising the Bhashanatra- A Symposium for Language Technology Industry, on 18th November 2019 at Federation House, New Delhi. Bhahsantara is the annual symposium for the Indic Language Technology Industry to discuss and engage on matters of language localization technologies, digital Indic content development and overall development of the ecosystem.

    The objective of the Bhashantara symposium is to understand and develop an effective mechanism towards the development and usage of Indic language technologies. And how the language computing technologies are helping in the overall growth of India’s digital economy. There would be several panel sessions, keynote addresses and case-study presentations for the industry to engage and discuss about the various issues and challenges faced in the industry and deliberate on how to bring the next billion users online. The symposium will also witness exhibition by various organizations in the Indic language technologies area to showcase their indigenous products and services.

    We are also happy to inform you that, with the spirit for the development and expansion of the Indic Internet and Language Technology industry of India, and to add as much as possible Indic words in the corpora, FICCI is also running, “BhashaAnuvad- A technology-based translation competition”,
    please click here to participate- http://www.ficci-ilia.in/forthcoming-events/bhashaAnuvad.html

    During the symposium, there will be felicitation of the winners of the BhashaAnuvad- Translation Competition launched during the curtain-raiser ceremony of Bhashanatara and other major announcements for providing opportunities for industry and others to contribute in the growth and proliferation of the sector.

    Highlights of Bhashantara Symposium:

    • Announcement winners of “BhashaAnuvad”- Translation Competition
    • 35+ expert speakers
    • 350+ delegates from industry and research institutes
    • Keynote Addresses
    • Case Study Presentations and Engaging Panel Discussions on
      • “Developing a Crowdsourcing Model for Indian Language Datasets”
      • “The Journey of Digital Bharat: Ushering the era of Vernacular Digital India”
      • “Language Tech for Social Good”
      • “Voice, video and vernacular: How India's internet landscape is changing to tap new users”
    • Product or Service Launch Platform (for sponsors)
    • Demo-Pods
    • Networking opportunities

    In view of the importance of the symposium, we take great pleasure to invite you to attend the Bhashantara symposium as our esteemed delegate

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    Event Date- 18th November 2019
    Event Date- Federation House, New Delhi
    Registration Time- 10:00 AM onwards

    For sponsorship/speaker opportunities
    Ms. Sarika Gulyani / Ms. Dona Sihi
    FICCI-ILIA Division, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi
    Ph- 011 2375 3125

    For Delegation Opportunities
    Mr. Sudhir Mallik/ Ms. Dona Sihi
    FICCI-ILIA Division, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi
    Ph- 011- 2375-3125/ 011 2348-7217

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