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One of the largest conferences that celebrate arts and entrepreneurship in Asia, The August Fest turns 5 years old this year! To mark the fifth year of the event the Fest will be held at two venues, one in Mumbai and the other in Hyderabad.

The event was held in Mumbai on August 19th and 20th and hosted 3 events around the media, growth stories, social innovation, scaling up, sports and future technology. The Mumbai Fest held sessions like the media festival which saw a gathering of the best of the minds including freelancers, producers, creators, content generators, journalists, bloggers and creative folks from Television, FM, Print, New Media and Marketing Industries. The media festival provided a platform to discuss opportunities, growth, trends, content, traditional and new media via inspiring talks, interactive discussions and exclusive workshops.

The Hyderabad leg of the Fest will be hosted on August 26th and 27th at the Indian School of Business. The Hyderabad event will include sessions such as a scale up festival, a sports carnival and a future festival. Jayesh Ranjan the Secretary of Information Technology (IT), Govt. of Telangana will be one of the speakers at the event along with brand strategist and consultant Carolina Correa, Founder and MD of Livewell Future Solutions Deepthi Uppalapati and Founder of Hug Raj Neravati among other chief executive officers.

In a first of its kind meet, the Sports Carnival will involve 5 sessions with 25 speakers, 10 exhibitors and 500 attendees. The event, which will be held on 27th August, will provide an interactive platform for attendees where sports can be discussed, showcased and celebrated. The day long event will include players, coaches, trainers, team owners and influencers along with various others from every stream of sports and fitness in India.


This year’s August Fest has partnered with the Government of Telangana and Indian School of Business along with Clearcut and Hubilo to host the event in Hyderabad! To pitch at the Hyderabad August Fest or visit the event visit their website here

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HCL And Nine Other Companies To Develop A Desi Alternative For Zoom And Google Meets

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HCL And Nine Other Companies To Develop A Desi Alternative For Zoom And Google Meets

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