Highlights: Day One of SURGE

Highlights: Day One of SURGE

February 23, 2016 by Anna O'Hare

Day one in Bengaluru kicked off in style. The atmosphere around the Manpho Convention Centre was buzzing, with 419 startups and a total of 5,000 attendees.

Incredible speakers took to Centre Stage alongside some of the media’s top names. Here are some of our favourite moments.

Battling on the PITCH Stage

  SURGE Pitch Stage The competition was fierce on the PITCH stage, where 40 of the best startups competed to get to the final round of our PITCH competition. Three finalists are taking to the centre stage tomorrow to battle for the winning title of Best Startup.

Snapdeal kicking off on Centre Stage


Rohit Bansal, co-founder of Snapdeal, took an early slot on the main stage this morning. Speaking to Sourav Majumdar, Editor of Forbes for India, discussed the ‘virtual marketplace’ and what is next in Snapdeal’s future as one of the hottest companies in India.

Unveiling India’s first Smart Scooter

Bengaluru based startup Ather Energy got a great reaction after they unveiled their new Smart Scooter, the S340 on the Marketing Stage this morning.

Hearing about the future of education

Luis Von Ahn Luis Von Ahn, the Co-Founder of Duolingo and inventor of the CAPTCHA took to the main stage this morning, to discuss groundbreaking developments in computer science. According to Von Amh, machine learning will optimise the human learning process in ways that were previously impossible. 

Discussing the new Space Race

Speaking to Syna Dehnugara on the Centre Stage in the morning, Naveen Jain, founder of Moon Express told attendees firsthand on how he intends to carry out his ambitious plans to mine lunar resources.

The secrets to entertaining content

Content talk on the Marketing Stage

Sameer Pitalwalla, CEO of Culture Machine, joined Salone Sehgal, CEO of Truly Social and Supratim Pal from The Telegraph to show us why content is still king, from digital books and games to 360 video.

Examining why AI could transform IoT

Ambarish Mitra, Founder of Blippar, took to the centre stage in the afternoon to explore how Artificial Intelligence will bring a whole new dimension to our mobiles, transforming the Internet of Things from a fad to the new normal.

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.