Technology Premier League (TPL) 2023: A Thrilling Season of Innovation and Excellence

TPL 2023, India’s premier IT strategy competition, saw top CIO-led teams tackle real-world challenges with innovative solutions.

The best of India’s IT minds gathered at the Jio World Center in BKC, Mumbai, on Wednesday, 6 December 2023, to celebrate innovation, strategy, and camaraderie. The 2023 edition of Technology Premier League (TPL), presented by CIO&Leader in partnership with Microsoft and Kyndryl, was nothing short of spectacular.

The objective of the competition is for every team to analyze a business situation (case study), prepare an IT strategy, and propose an IT project aligned with the organization’s business needs. The case studies in this year’s TPL were from Manufacturing, Retail, and BFSI verticals.

Championing innovation through real-life challenges

TPL 2023 was not just a typical tech event; it was India’s exclusive IT strategy competition. It served as a friendly battlefield where enterprise IT teams led by top CIOs showcased their ingenuity in solving real-life business challenges using innovative IT solutions. The event tested strategic thinking, teamwork, analytical skills, and problem-solving abilities within set constraints.

(from left) Kersi Tavadia, Dr. Prashun Dutta and Dhananjay Tambe

The participating teams were provided with different sets of case studies and tasked to present their strategic solutions to address the challenges to an independent jury of luminaries, each with a stellar IT background. The jury, comprising Dr. Prashun Dutta, Management Consultant & Author, ex-CIO, Tata Power Company; Dhananjay Tambe, CEO, C-Edge Technologies, ex-Deputy Managing Director & CIO, State Bank of India; and Kersi Tavadia, Executive Coach & Capital Markets Leader, StatusNeo, ex-CIO, Bombay Stock Exchange, brought a wealth of experience to the table, making the evaluation process exceptional.

The cream of the crop: team eligibility criteria

Each team represented a distinct Indian company, composed of three members led by the CIO (or equivalent) and two other members, all holding managerial or equivalent designations with a minimum of 5 years of full-time work experience. This ensured that only seasoned IT professionals graced the battlefield, ready to face formidable challenges ahead.

The case studies for TPL 2023 were thoughtfully curated from the Manufacturing, Retail, and BFSI verticals, offering diverse challenges that put the participating teams’ skills to the ultimate test.


TPL 2023 featured the following lineup of speakers who added an extra layer of brilliance to the event:

  • Sreekrishnan Ventateswaran, the CTO of Kyndryl India, shared insights into the world of IT innovation.
  • Seema Kumar, Director – Azure Infrastructure Solutions at Microsoft, provided a glimpse into the future of technology.

Participating Teams

Nineteen enterprise IT teams from renowned organizations came together to compete in TPL 2023. The list of participating teams is:

  • Aditya Birla Textiles
  • Aegon Life
  • Asian Paints
  • Axis Asset Management Company
  • Godrej Industries
  • IDBI Bank
  • Jio Platforms
  • Kotak Life
  • Kotak Private Banking
  • L&T Realty
  • RBL Bank
  • SBI
  • SBI General Insurance Company
  • SBI Life Insurance Company
  • SBI Mutual Fund
  • Sony Pictures Networks India
  • Supreme Industries
  • UPL
  • Yes Bank

After two hard-fought rounds that kept everyone on the edge of their seats, the distinguished jury, following careful and intense deliberation, announced the winning teams of Technology Premier League (TPL) 2023.

Victorious Standings

  • Winner: Team L&T Realty
  • 1st Runner-up: Team UPL
  • 2nd Runners-up: Team Kotak Life
Winner: Team L&T Realty

As a token of appreciation, all participants were presented with an assured 1 gm, 24k Gold Coin. Acknowledging their outstanding efforts, the 2nd runner-up team members were rewarded with an assured 2 gm, 24k Gold Coin, while the 1st runner-up team members received an assured 3 gm, 24k Gold Coin. The winning team members, standing on the pinnacle of success, were honored with an assured 5 gm, 24k Gold Coin.

Beyond the thrilling competition, TPL 2023 unfolded as a grand finale offering intense battles and a platform for unlimited fun and networking opportunities. As the sun set on a day filled with innovation and strategy, participants and attendees exchanged thoughts in a delightful evening of cocktails and dinner. This provided an opportunity to forge new connections and strengthen existing bonds, turning TPL 2023 into an experience that transcended the ordinary.


In conclusion, Technology Premier League 2023 emerged as a superhit, bringing together the best minds in the industry for a memorable event that will resonate for years to come. It showcased the power of innovation and the strength of teamwork and celebrated the brilliance of India’s top CIOs and IT leaders. TPL 2023 was more than just an event; it was a resounding testament to the unwavering spirit of progress and excellence!

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