Mobile India 2017

Online Media Partner:
Sessions Partner:
FIDO Alliance

Mobile India 2017 is one of the first premier events and will be the curtain raiser for this year’s mobile disruptions in the country. It is associated with the Ninth International Conference on COMmunication Systems and NETworkS (COMSNETS), the world’s premier international conference on networking and communications technology innovation.

Theme: Innovations and Disruptions through Mobile

Mobile broadband revolution has been jump started by the entry of new telecom operators, conclusion of one of the largest spectrum auctions, and the continued hyper growth in the mobile start-up space. Bengaluru continues to be in the top 20 in the Global Start-up Ecosystem Ranking, thanks to the continued disruption by the start-ups. The mobile broadband penetration continues to increase and is more than 125 million now with expected exponential adoption this year. Mobile Apps are being integrated into many traditional activities ranging from grocery shopping to calling a cab, a trend that is rapidly spilling revenue from almost every industry in the higher revenue traditional economy into the app economy. It is expected that the spill-overs are greater in emerging countries such as India where there are substantial inefficiencies in the traditional industries. There is intense competition in the sector and innovation is the key for survival. In this edition of Mobile India, we will explore the innovation and disruptions caused by the mobile ecosystem in areas ranging from mobile authentication and security, mobile data analytics and privacy, mobile payments.

Session 1:  Online Authentication and Digital Identity

(Sponsored by the Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) Alliance)

Traditional online authentication using username/password pairs have resulted in many recent cyber-attacks, leading to financial fraud and loss of private information. As a result, there has been increased efforts among both service providers and consumer electronics manufacturers to find alternatives to username/passwords that can ensure security for online transactions while not compromising the privacy on individuals without their knowledge. A distinguished panel representing many participants in the identity and authentication ecosystem will come together for this session to discuss:

  • What are the key challenges in reliable authentication? How are they being met?
  • What is the role of the online service provider/ PC, smartphone, tablet manufacturers/ semiconductor companies/ and application developers in secure authentication and privacy preservation?
  • What is the role of standardization?
  • Session 2:  Mobile Payments and Wallets

    The demonetization has resulted in huge uptake of digital payments across sections of the society. Telcos, payment wallet firms and financial institutions are finding innovative methods to reduce flow of cash and thus encourage the adoption of digital payments in India. The Unified Payment Interface (UPI) as architected by the National Payments Corporation of India is expected to provide unified, seamless interface for all forms of digital payments including peer-to-peer remittances. This session will explore the nuances of digital payments, the challenges and opportunities in this space and the innovations that can take India to a cashless society.

    Session 3:  Mobile Data Analytics and User Privacy

    Pervasiveness of mobiles have resulted in the generation of data relating to proximity, user context, tastes and preferences, and finally the complete user profile. Analysis of the user profiles to target goods and services, advertisements, discount coupons, promotion programmes, have been on the rise. Apart from mobile app providers, telcos are sitting on a huge pile of location based data that needs exploration and monetization. In this session, experts will deliberate on issues relating to mobile data analytics, personalization, and user privacy.

    Session 4:  Innovations in Mobiles/ wearable Devices and Services

    Mobiles and wearable provide unique advantages for easy collection of proximal and contextual data, enable successful engagement models, and deliver services on the go. With exponential growth in mobiles and wearables, start-ups are innovatively using these to render associated services. In this panel, experts will discuss different disruptive ways of using mobiles and wearables for successful adoption in areas such as healthcare and wellness, IoT, and education.

    Schedule for the Day








    Tea Break-1 and Networking


    Session 1:  Online Authentication and Digital Identity

    12:15 - 13:30

    Session 2: Mobile Payments and Wallets


    Lunch and Networking





    Session 3: Mobile Data Analytics and User Privacy

    Dr. V. Sridhar (Moderator), Professor, IIIT Bangalore


    Tea Break-2 and Networking


    Session 4: Innovation in Mobiles/Wearable Devices and Services

    Dr. T.K. Srikanth(Moderator), Professor, IIIT Bangalore


    Closing Remarks by Co-Chairs



    Mobile India 2017 Co-Chairs

    Sridhar Varadharajan

    V. Sridhar

    IIIT Bangalore, India

    T.K. Srikanth


    IIIT Bangalore, India