Wipro sets up innovation centre in Silicon Valley

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Global software major Wipro Ltd on Tuesday said it had opened an innovation centre in the US’ Silicon Valley to develop and showcase next-generation technologies and solutions for enterprises.

“Our Silicon Valley innovation centre at Mountain View in California will demonstrate enterprise applications based on disruptive technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Reality, Hyper Spectral Imaging, Machine Vision and Collaborative Robotics & Automation,” said the IT major in a statement.

Wipro said it has been investing in emerging technologies to make its clients future-ready in the digital era and solve real-world business challenges faced by enterprises.

The centre will also serve as a value creator for start-ups, small and medium enterprises and entrepreneurs, enabling them to integrate their capabilities with that of the company and participate in the larger innovation ecosystem.

The centre has incubated a ‘Digital Pod’ and features a a Rapid Proto Lab’. The pod is built for the company’s digital strategy, design and engineering teams to work in a collaborative and adaptive workspace with clients.

The tech giant has 14 digital and design pods the world over, including in Bengaluru, Copenhagen, London, Madrid, Munich, New York, Oslo, Stockholm, Tel Aviv and Tokyo. “Clients will have access to immersive experiences and ability to experiment with futuristic technologies in the ‘aRapid Proto Lab’,” said Wipro.

The company hopes to enter into research partnerships with universities across the US during this fiscal.

“The centre will support our collaboration with start-ups in the Bay Area through our strategic investment arm Wipro Ventures, a $100-million fund that focuses on investing in early-to mid-stage start-ups,” said the statement.

Wipro Chief Executive Abidali Neemuchwala said that the centre was imbued with the culture, spirit and energy of the Valley, which is the cradle of technological innovation.

“The centre will design and deliver solutions for our clients. We are committed to work with start-ups, academia and tech firms in the Bay area to help our clients achieve digital transformation outcomes,” he said.

Wipro, which has invested $2 billion to set up 40 facilities in 23 US states over the last decade, has been creating jobs in the US.

“We have about 14,000 employees in the US, including 1,600 hired in the first six months of this year, with majority of them being locals. We will continue to recruit from top universities and hire laterals locally,” it added.

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