It’s good to be back at NASSCOM’s Leadership Forum. Right from the time you check in at Bangalore International Airport you see familiar faces! Chances are the person next to you on the aircraft is also heading there. But is this forum sustainable in its current form and shape? I’m not questioning the great networking opportunity and the coverage of topics, speakers and content. It’s just about basic lack of infrastructure.
The combined space of the Grand Ballroom at the Hyatt was bursting at the seams and could barely hold the delegates at the inaugural session even as Maharashtra Chief Minister Ashok Chavan thanked NASSCOM for “making Mumbai a permanent venue for the event”. I saw more than a CEO or two gingerly weaving their way through the crowd to find a place to stand, leave alone a seat.
I’m also told that NASSCOM had to turn back more than 150 delegates who wanted to register, purely anticipating the lack of space. So while NASSCOM continues to do a great job of attracting the industry to its annual event – now in its 18th edition – will Mumbai play host to the event next year? Any bidders?