Conferences and events are not as much a part of the lifestyle in India as they should be. There is a lot of knowledge and experience that is missed out due to lack of quality conferences. Fortunately, the situation is improving rapidly in recent times.

Web Summit, Europe’s largest conclave of tech minds has officially arrived in India in the form of the Surge Conference. The event had its humble beginnings just a few years ago when Paddy Cosgrave launched Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, in 2010. Five years later, in 2015, it was attended by more than 20,000 people.

Past speakers have included tech world celebs such as the founders of Tesla – Elon Musk and Netflix-  Reed Hastings, which highlights the reach and influence of these events.

Surge Conference 2016 at Bangalore

Surge follows the path of other hugely successful events like The Rise in Hong Kong, Collission conference in the US and the MoneyConf in Spain. Each of these events has presented attendees with an opportunity to network with their peers, learn from mentors and pitch their ideas to investors.


With the startup scene booming in India, Surge can provide a huge impetus to the aspiring entrepreneurs. As Paddy Cosgrave stated – India has the most important and accessible startup ecosystem in the world. That’s saying something. With the government supporting enterprise and entrepreneurship with programs like Start-Up India and Make in India initiatives, the future looks promising.

India’s First Smart Scooter Launch

India’s first smart electric scooter – the S340 is also set to be unveiled at the Surge conference.

The vehicle has a Linux-based touchscreen dashboard with 24/7 connectivity, which integrates cloud-based data to change the consumer ride experience. Features like user profile based sign in, on-board navigation, pre-configured drive modes like sports and economy allow a personalized experience and its integration with its mobile app makes it a convenient solution on the go.

When TechNorms was invited to be a media representative at Surge, I couldn’t hold back my enthusiasm to listen to the who’s who of the Indian startup ecosystem and speak with the various startup founders about their ideas and aspirations.

Over the next two days, I am planning to meet several startups that are in various stages of inception, funding, launch or growth. One of them just might be the next Flipkart and I would get an opportunity to see them at the beginning and watch them surge ahead in coming years.


This event is set to feature over 200 startups – who would get an opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of investors which comprise of experts from tech media, corporate executives, and angel and institutional investors.

Web Summit has created a fabulous platform for young entrepreneurs and the ones who have taken the initiative to participate are poised to reap benefits in the form of networking, media coverage and if things go right – getting funded. Surge 2016 is scheduled for Tuesday, February 23 and Wednesday, February 24, 2016.