Academic Partners


The International Institute of Information Technology Bangalore (IIIT-B), a deemed to be University, was established in 1998 with a vision to contribute to the IT world through education and research, entrepreneurship and innovation. 

The autonomous institute has consistently been at the forefront of IT education and innovation. More than 3,500 students have graduated from the institute since its inception, and serve in over 100 well-known IT product and services companies. The institute alumni have also founded more than 50 enterprises. 

Academic Diversity

The institute attracts students from all over India and abroad and has the unique distinction of selecting 100% students on merit from across the country and abroad, pushing up the level of discourse and peer group at the institute. It has a unique positioning as a leading technology institute with its interdisciplinary courses which crisscross information technology and social sciences being pursued by students from diverse academic backgrounds. The MSc Digital Society course of the institute is the first of its kind in the country. 


Intersecting technology and society, IIIT-Bangalore has grown in stature to become an institution of considerable repute with its unique model of education, research, and industry interaction. It works in partnership with the corporate sector while retaining the freedom of an academic institution. Inspired by other renowned institutions, it strives to emulate an academic culture that is on par with the best international institutions. 

The institute has been ranked 74th in the Engineering category in the country in National Institutional Ranking Framework 2022 by the Ministry of Human Resources Development, Government of India. 

The institute is a registered not-for-profit society supported jointly by the Government of Karnataka and the IT industry. 

Knowledge Partners


The Department of Science & Technology (DST) plays a pivotal role in the promotion of science & technology in the country. India is one of the top-ranking countries in the field of basic research. Indian Science has come to be regarded as one of the most powerful instruments of growth and development, especially in the emerging scenario and competitive economy. DST imbibes the recent developments and the new demands that are being placed on the S&T system, and promotes major science projects which have relevance to national needs and which will also be relevant for tomorrow’s technology. The department has wide ranging activities ranging from promoting high end basic research and development of cutting edge technologies on one hand to service the technological requirements of the common man through development of appropriate skills and technologies on the other. More information is available at


The department has been instrumental in the passing of the National Geospatial Policy in 2022 by the Union Government of India. Quoting the policy notification in the Gazette of India, “The National Geospatial Policy, 2022 (the Policy) is a citizen-centric policy that seeks to strengthen the Geospatial sector to support national development, economic prosperity and a thriving information economy. The Policy builds on conducive environment generated by the “Guidelines for acquiring and producing Geospatial Data and Geospatial Data Services including Maps” dated 15.02.2021 (the Guidelines), issued by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India (GoI).”

More about the policy is at


Following its mission of “Making a Difference through Geospatial Knowledge in the World Economy and Society”, Geospatial World (GW) is an open, diverse, inclusive, collaborative, humane organization and think tank that has pursued thought leadership, policy advocacy, technology evangelism for the past 26 years.



An integral part of the geospatial ecosystem, Geospatial World continues to work as a knowledge organization. GW, being dedicated towards advancing geospatial knowledge for sustainability, pursues its mission to advocate the adoption of geospatial technologies in various areas of development of the community at large. We have been facilitating and promoting these technologies globally, through our:

  • GW Media – print and online publications,
  • GW Events -national, regional and global conferences and,
  • GW Consulting – consulting and business insights reports for the past two decades. We firmly believe that space and geospatial infrastructure, when combined play a foundational role in digital economy and society.
Areas of Development
  • GW Media – For more than 25 years, GW Media has been among the top geospatial media platforms globally. GW Media provides original and unbiased coverage of policies, programs, ever-changing technology & applications, business & economic models, etc. We engage and educate our readers/viewers and deliver unmatched returns for our growing network of marketing partners and clients.
  • GW Events – A thought leadership division of the company, GW Events, has long been the benchmark for the geospatial sector. We promote the symbiotic growth of all stakeholders, from IT visionaries to decision-makers, and we support the global use of geospatial technologies.
  • GW Consulting – GW Consulting, the market research and consulting wing of Geospatial World, is a trusted market intelligence disseminator with over 10 years in research and consulting in the geospatial and allied technology domain. With advanced analysis of rich data that spans across industries and geographies, we provide impactful insights to leaders in the commercial, public, and social sectors to develop and facilitate more profound knowledge and understanding of geospatial technologies and their contribution to the world economy and society.

Geospatial World Chamber of Commerce – a non-profit body, headquartered in India, has been established and promoted by Geospatial World (GW) to promote trade and commerce in Geospatial and Space globally, with special attention to facilitating the growth of trade and commerce of Indian geospatial and space industries with primary partner countries of India in the context of evolving geo-political world order.



The objective is to focus on B2B platforms at national, bilateral, regional, and multilateral levels with an aim towards a) connecting geospatial and space industries with mainstream political and economic leadership; b) towards facilitating growth of trade and commerce of Indian geospatial industry and space industries with primary partner countries of India in the context of evolving geo-political world order. GWCC strives to facilitate open trade and commerce, and work towards developing level playing fields, and ease of doing business practices for commercial companies at national, regional and global levels.

Core Pillars

Core Pillar 1 (CP1) – To promote trade and commerce through business dialogues with key stakeholders at bilateral, multilateral and global levels.

Core Pillar 2 (CP2) – To advise and consult with Governments across the globe on matters related to Geospatial and Space industries, trade and commerce.

Core Pillar 3 (CP3) – To develop a knowledge repository through Market Research with regard to opportunities in trade and commerce in the Geospatial and Space industries.

Core Pillar 4 (CP4) – To facilitate dialogues towards strengthening the framework for promoting IPR strategies in trades for products, services and technologies in Geospatial and Space and the Users of these technologies.


IIT Tirupati Navavishkar I-Hub Foundation (IITTNiF) is a not-for-profit Section-8 company set up to host the Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) in Positioning and Precision Technology (PPT) in the domain of Positioning, Navigation and Timing. The TIH is funded by the National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems (NM-ICPS), Department of Science and Technology (DST), India. The Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) on PPT aims to provide a unique platform for researchers, industries, stakeholders and end-users across multiple disciplines. The TIH on PPT will contribute to many Government of India initiatives such as Make in India, Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan, and Start-up Ecosystem making India self-reliant in PPT.


The primary objectives of the Hub in PPT are:

    1. Technology development
    2. Human resource development
    3. Start-up ecosystem
    4. International collaboration.

    More information on IITTNiF’s activities at

    Technology Partners

    IEEE Bangalore Section was established in 1977 and is one of the most vibrant and dynamic IEEE sections across the globe. Over the years, the strength of the section has grown steadily, and currently, the Section membership stands around 10,000. This membership is spread across various sectors and is a nice blend of Industry, Academia, and Research organizations. Section Conducted 900+ Technical Activities in the year 2018, 1000+ Technical Activities in the year 2019, and 1400+ Technical Activities in the year 2020, with the help of Student branches and society chapters. IEEE Bangalore Section won the prestigious MGA Outstanding Large Section Award (2013 & 2019) and the R10 Distinguished Large Section Award for the year 2013.


    The Open Geospatial Consortium, OGC, is a leading group of over 500 experts from government organizations, businesses, research institutions, and universities passionate about making earth observation, geospatial, location, and sensor data accessible and reusable. The OGC community is all about collaboration, innovation, and best practices. We work together to develop open standards, attend meetings and events, and focus on cutting-edge GIScience research related to earth observation, geospatial topics, and thematic issues like agriculture, climate change, disaster resilience, health, smart cities, and oceans. 

    In India, OGC is supported by 30 members, including government organizations – DST, NRSC, SoI, and others; Research institutes – IIRS, and IITs from Kanpur, Mumbai, and Tirupati; and the private sector – Esri India, IIC Technologies, MapMyIndia, Magnasoft, Satsure, Tata Advanced Systems, and others. The OGC India Forum is a volunteer network of OGC members who work together to achieve common goals related to open standards, collaborative solutions, innovation, and best practices.


    Let’s Talk Spatial is a Bengaluru-based Geospatial meetup group that was set up with the sole purpose of bringing together like-minded folks in the Geospatial Academia and Industry. The group’s main goal is to provide a platform for
    exchanging knowledge, ideas and practical use cases in Earth Observation, GIS, Geoinformatics and other interdisciplinary domains.

    Over the last year, LTS has been involved in 10 events across 8 different institutions across Bengaluru – engaging in topics varying from edge-computing, community-collaborative mapping, urban & environmental studies and more. LTS has over 1000 followers on LinkedIn, 450+ members on the Meetup page and over 100 active members on Slack. LTS is expected to gain more traction over the next year as they scale up their digital presence.