Create 4 India Forum, 08 August 2017

Koan Advisory provided knowledge support to the Digital India Foundation for a conference on the creative economy, on 08 August 2017.

The agenda and snapshots are provided below.

Create 4 India 2017
Driving Economic Growth through Creative Industries
Creativity and innovation are intrinsic to progress and growth of nations. For centuries, creators have pushed the limits of human ingenuity and innovation, and concomitantly redefined the boundaries of technological change. This phenomenon has accelerated with ‘convergence’ in technologies and modes of content delivery – wherein artists, writers, music composers, directors, and several other creative stakeholders, generate creative content which is consumed by society through disparate means of ‘carriage’, ranging from cable TV to broadband enabled mobile phones. This convergence necessitates an ecosystem approach towards the creative economy’s growth and regulation. This inaugural forum will discuss ways to unlock the creative economy’s potential in the context of this convergence, and in doing so, discover pathways to sustained and resilient service sector growth.
Date – 08 August 2017
Venue – The Leela, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
10.00 – 10.30:                         Registration and Tea/Coffee
10.30 – 10.45:                         Welcome Remarks: Innovation and the Service Sector
Arvind Gupta, Founder, Digital India Foundation
10.45 – 11.15:                         Inaugural Address: Creativity and Society
Shashi Shekhar Vempati, CEO, Prasar Bharti
11.15 – 11.30:                         Report Launch: Promoting the Creative Economy: India’s USD 100 Billion Imperative
11.30 – 13.00:                         Panel Discussion: Digital Disruptions and the Future of Services
India’s ‘emergence’ on the global economic map has been driven by its robust services sector. Its GDP has grown from a lowbase, with relatively low levels of capital formation in the pre-liberalisation years, into a US$ 2 trillion economy today, withhigh savings and investment rates. However, sustained growth in services over the long term is not inevitable; particularly as exports have been sluggish andtrade protectionism is on the rise globally. The panel will focus on how the services sector can leverage digital disruptions and unleash potential of the creative economy to bolster the services sector.
Moderated by: Samir Saran, Vice President, Observer Research Foundation
AbhirajBahl, Co-Founder, Urban Clap
Vijay Nair, CEO, Only Much Louder Entertainment
Chiki Sarkar, CEO, Juggernaut Books
Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar
13.00 – 14.00:                         Lunch
14.00 – 15.30:                         Panel Discussion: Creativity, Regulation, and the Virtuous Cycle
The creative economy has propelled multi-billion dollar brands, enhanced India’s soft power projection, engaged thousands of entrepreneurs, provided platforms for timely dissemination of vital information and news and contributed significantly to service sector growth. Although its impact is felt globally, the relative contribution of India’s creative economy to the GDP (0.9 per cent), is less than in the case of most emerging market counterparts. Progressive policies and regulations can potentially create the much-desired cycles of investments, innovation, and consumption, which can in turn generate higher value in the creative economy.
Moderated by: Vipin Aggarwal, Former Professor, Gujarat National Law University
Pushpendra Rai, Former Director, World Intellectual Property Organisation
Apar Gupta, Advocate, Delhi High Court and Supreme Court
Gopal Jain, Senior Counsel, Supreme Court
Vidya S. Nath, Director, Frost and Sullivan
15.30 – 16.00:                         Tea Break
16.00 – 16.45:                      Creator’s Perspective 
Barkha Dutt, Author & Contributing Columnist, Washington Post
17.00 – 17:30:                      Fire Side Chat: Convergence and the Creative Economy
R.S. Sharma, Chairman, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India
§  Evolution of technology and the role of the regulator
§  Building resilience in network infrastructure to keep pace with consumer demand for content consumption
§  Balancing consumer and industry concerns 

17.30 – 17.45:                         Closing Remarks/ Vote of Thanks