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National conference gets bigger and better with focus on startups, TED Talks, and cultural showcase

In just a few years, iconic brands have disappeared with millions of dollars of market value wiped away as organizations have failed to remodel themselves for the digital economy. Young companies have forced old and established players to relook at their business models. Change is inevitable to survive in today’s world, but the pace at which an organization needs to change and the complexities involved have led to many failed attempts at transformation.

The success of digital transformation depends heavily on project and program managers who have the dexterity to maneuver through complex technical, business, and culture factors. What must organizations do to prepare their project talent for these challenges? What skills must a project manager develop to be future-ready?

PMI India’s premier annual conference, the Project Management National Conference, in Hyderabad on 20 and 21 September will explore the role of the project manager in today’s disruptive times. The conference theme, "Adapt. Transform. Accelerate. Made possible by a project manager", also goes with PMI’s theme for its 50th anniversary celebration this year.

The conference has been structured around the four pillars of startups, transformation, infrastructure, and leadership. Experts who represent these four pillars will bring to light the role of project management in their areas of work.

The focus on startups, which has been brought in for the first time in the national conference, will add a new dimension to it. Besides keynote addresses by investors and entrepreneurs and panel discussions, startups will get a chance to present their business pitches. Eight startups will go on stage to present their business ideas to a panel of experts.

Under the sub-theme transformation, industry experts will talk about the latest trends, learnings, and practices that organizations and practitioners must adopt to stay relevant in today’s business environment. In a special interactive session on design thinking, delegates will get to develop a clearer understanding of this highly talked about problem-solving approach.

Another hot topic has been the role of project management in infrastructure. The conference is bringing together luminaries to share their knowledge and insights on infrastructure building, such as smart cities, railways, and airports.

Building leadership skills is an important area for today’s project manager. But leadership lessons need not be taught in a corporate setting alone. Conference delegates can expect to get inspiration and pick lessons from motivational and celebrity speakers who have fought battles in different situations in life.

Another exciting addition this time is a series of TED Talks. Four speakers will take the stage to deliver these talks. The names of the speakers will be revealed at a later date.

Like every year, the conference will host the presentation of the PMI India Project of the Year awards. A total of 21 nominated project teams from across industries will be vying for the two prizes — winner and runner-up — in six award categories.

To go with the 50th year celebrations, the national conference this time includes a cultural section. The gala reception will include a performance by Bryden-Parth, a band that performs a fusion of Indo- Western music.