The first edition of RISE 2017 event conducted over 3 days (April 7-9, 2017), witnessed good response from potential students and industry. Eight papers by the Ph.D. scholars were presented on Day One in the Ph.D. colloquium. The papers were across different areas and provided a unique opportunity for the Ph.D. scholars to interact and get to know each other’s’; work. On Day Two – Open House, about 75 students from nearby Engineering and other Institutes, as well as working executives from the IT industry attended. The day’s agenda was set by a thought-provoking talk by Dr. Rajendra Kumar Bera. The aspirants of Ph.D. programme, got a good idea of how exciting research can be from Dr. Bera’s talk. Faculty from different domains at IIIT-B presented their research interests and the research projects that they are engaged in. Day Three – Open Studio was inaugurated by the Director Prof. S. Sadagopan. Industry luminaries, investors, founders of start-ups, research heads of industry technology labs shared their experience and how research-led innovation can be lucrative for Ph.D. scholars as well as faculty alike. About 70 representing start-ups, and students attended the event. There were lot f takeaways from the 3 day event and we look forward to sustain the momentum by active collaborations within as well outside the Institute.