Wipro opens multi-million dollar innovation centre in Silicon Valley

Natalie Bannerman
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Wipro's innovation centre in Mountain View, California, is to be its research and development, and incubation hub

Wipro has launched its multi-million dollar innovation centre in Mountain View, California.

The new centre is set to act as the company’s R&D and incubation hub, focused on the development of new technologies and solutions in the enterprise space.

The new facility champions the message "the art of possible is at the heart", a phase that has become common in the technology industry. Wipro has invested heavily in emerging technologies for enterprise applications, including disruptive technologies such as virtual reality, hyper-spectral imaging, machine vision and collaborative robotics and automation.

Speaking on the opening of the new facility, Abidali Neemuchwala, CEO and executive director of Wipro, said, “Our new centre imbued with the culture, spirit and creative energy of Silicon Valley, the cradle of technological innovation, will design and deliver path-breaking solutions for our clients. Wipro is committed to working more closely with start-ups, academia and leading technology companies in the Bay area to help our clients achieve their desired digital transformation outcomes.”

Start-ups, small and medium enterprises as well as entrepreneurs will be able to showcase and integrate their technologies with that of Wipro, enabling them to be part of a large innovation ecosystem, said the company. 

In addition the centre features a =Digital Pod that allows Wipro’s digital strategy, design and engineering teams to work in a collaborative and adaptive workspace with clients. Wipro already has 14 of these digital and design hubs, in places such as London, New York, Copenhagen, Oslo, Stockholm, Madrid, Munich, Sydney, Tel Aviv, Bangalore and Tokyo.

The company recently announced that it was joining the LoRa Alliance, further showcasing its commitment to the next wave of technological advancements. 

Wipro said technology research partnerships with leading universities in the US are expected to be complete by the end of the financial year. Wipro Ventures, which acts as the company’s strategic investment arm, will allow the centre to support the company’s collaboration with early- to mid-stage technology start-ups.

The new innovation centre underscores the company’s commitment to increasing jobs in the US and “build a deep reservoir of local talent based out of centres close to its clients”, it said.