STeP-IN Automotive Tech Conference


Mobility 2030

Can we visualize how it will be to drive in Bengaluru in 2030?

Which is more probable – traffic congestions or flying cars or personal pods? Will your order be locally 3D printed and delivered by a bot or a drone? Will Micromobility solutions to improve last mile mobility encourage more people to use public transportation? Will you own or share your vehicle?

  • Who will monetise the date from your vehicle and how?
  • What technologies will you use to build these innovative solutions – AI, IoT, Additive Mfg etc?
  • What new skills do you have to acquire to stay relevant in this rapidly changing mobility industry?

Let us brainstorm together and sneak a peek into the future.

Speaker Profile

Dr Shankar leads technology innovation for the Automotive & Farm services business. He heads the intellectual property and knowledge management functions. He is also the Dean of the Mahindra Technical Academy.

Shankar is passionate about developing sustainable urban mobility solutions and his current interests span across electric vehicles, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles and precision farming. Prior to joining Mahindra & Mahindra, Shankar has held technology innovation leadership roles at GE, Dow, Honeywell and Cummins. He holds twenty international patents, eight Indian patents and numerous new product innovation awards. He was awarded GE’s Edison Inventor Medal early in his career. He has developed a proprietary innovation methodology Innovation FLOW and trained 2000+ inventors and innovators.

Shankar obtained a Ph D in Materials Science and a gold medal for the best doctoral thesis from the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He completed his executive management program from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore.

Shankar was recognized as one of the 50 Innovative leaders at the World Innovation Congress 2020. He was recognized with the Prolific Inventor award by Mahindra in 2022 and by World Intellectual Property Forum (WIPF) in 2023.

Dr Shankar leads the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII)’s Technology, Innovation, and Intellectual Property initiatives He chairs the Chengalpattu chapter of Madras Management Association (MMA). He was a member of the B20 Task Force to drive technology, innovation and R&D. He has authored a book “Mobility Engineer 2030” that describes the future skills that automotive engineers need to build.

Dr Shankar Venugopal

Vice President, Mahindra & Mahindra