Foodpanda, VMWare and Hike Messenger – 5 things not to miss on Wednesday morning

Foodpanda, VMWare and Hike Messenger – 5 things not to miss on Wednesday morning

February 23, 2016 by Anna O'Hare

The second day of SURGE is action packed. Here are some must-see talks.

Saurabh Kochhar – Co-Founder & CBO – Foodpanda
Life on demand – Centre Stage – 10.30am

The on-demand economy is forever expanding into new industries. Is it taking over? Our panel are set to cut through the hype and discuss what it takes to create a smart market place when it’s survival of the fittest. Foodpanda, a global online food delivery marketplace, allows users to place orders at local restaurants via its website or app. Saurabh joins Greg Moran from Zoomcar and UrbanClap Co-Founder Abhiraj Bhal on Centre stage.

Nathan Eagle – CEO – Jana
Leveraging data to reach the next billion – Centre Stage – 10.50am

Jana Founder Nathan Eagle will discuss the challenges and successes of launching the Jana platform and how data can help build strong relationships between users, brands, and developers. Jana have over 30 million users on their mCent app and hundreds of clients, including Twitter, Amazon, and Tencent.  

Kunal Kapoor – Actor – Ketto
The crowdfunding effect – Centre Stage – 11.45am


Crowdfunding platforms have supported a new wave of social and creative endeavours. Ketto has positioned itself as a continental leader. No stranger to the limelight, Bollywood star Kunal Kapoor is only getting started. See him on Centre Stage along with Quartz journalist Itika Sharma Punit.

Bask Iyer – Chief Information Officer – VMWare
Creating an environment for innovation hubs – Enterprise Stage – 12.30pm 


The CIO VMWare, the world’s largest virtualisation software company, explains how to foster an environment that prompts innovation and the necessary tools to attain it. VMWare was Acquired by Dell in October, 2015 and has over 10,000 employees. Catch Bask Iyer on the Enterprise Stage at 12.30pm.

Kavin Mittal – Founder & CEO – Hike Messenger
Shoot the messenger – Centre Stage – 12.45pm

 Having been funded by a number of Silicon Valley veterans, Hike messenger is taking on the giants of tech and building a platform primarily for India. No one understands the market quite like Kavin Mittal. Join him as he discusses his grand vision for Hike on Centre Stage.

Make sure you don’t miss any talks at SURGE, check out the full schedule.

About the Author

Anna O'Hare
Anna is a storyteller at heart and is particularly passionate about telling the stories of startups. After returning from a year working in New York City's tech sector, she now writes for Collision, Web Summit, RISE and SURGE.