Connect 2006, an Information Technology and Communications event jointly organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Tamil Nadu Government, with the theme of 'creating a knowledge-driven ecosystem' saw a total of over 80 speakers addressing various issues and challenges faced by the IT industry in Tamil Nadu, and an attendance of over 1,500 unique visitors.
The speakers included representatives of academia, government, professional bodies and the industry, and the event showcased products, solutions and services across segments of hardware and electronics, telecommunications, software and BPO. Mr Gopal Srinivasan, Chairman, Connect 2006 and Director, TVS Electronics Ltd. said that judging by current growth, the output of Information and Communications Technology in Tamil Nadu would be around $20 billion by 2011. He said the challenge was to set a target of $30 billion and saw how it could be achieved. He said that the event dealt with some of the key areas that would promote this kind of growth, which included promoting tier II cities, creating satellite cities, developing talent, promoting institutions of all kinds and furthering e-Governance initiatives.