People of India may be oblivion to understand Digital India impact on the ground. Breaking the skeptic barriers, Intel supervising the Digital India vision from one hand tapped on its pragmatic steps taken over a period of time to visualize the vision to reality.
Launched in April 2015, the Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India challenge was formulated to congregate the budding and aspiring entrepreneurs, makers and innovators to develop intuitive and easy-to-use solutions to helm technology adoption or create applications that boast the delivery of e-governance services through eKranti/MyGov apps on mobile platforms. The challenge crew more than 1900 entries from all over India.
Now, Intel curtained-off the names of the top 10 teams from the Intel and DST Innovative for Digital India. Taking a step ahead, the company also launched the ‘Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur’ program; an aim to work with national and regional governments to create a blueprint to drive technology enabled transformation at the grassroots in 10 states in India.
The chief guest, Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honorable Minister of Communications and IT said, “I would like to congratulate and thank Intel and the innovators for taking us one step closer to our goal of Digital India through the Innovate for Digital India Challenge. We strongly believe that grassroots level innovation built through robust Public Private Partnerships like this will lead the way towards achieving a truly digital India. I would also like to congratulate Intel for launching the Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur. Programs like these are the need of the hour to enable citizens, facilitate digital infrastructure as a utility and provide governance as well as services on demand.”
The Hon’ble minister alongside Intel and other Govt. veterans accorded the Top 10 teams.
After a successful completion of the first phase, the challenge heads on to the next knotty level Under the Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur program. Intel will work with national and regional governments to create a blueprint to drive technology enabled transformation at the grassroots level in 10 states. Intel aims to work closely with entities like Common Services Centers (CSCs) and MyGov that provide last mile citizen services across the country to set up Digital India Unnati Kendras that will provide devices, relevant local content and training for citizens thereby creating opportunities for development and empowerment in the 10 states.
Commenting on the new initiative, Gregory R. Pearson, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Sales and Marketing Group, Intel Corporation said, “Intel is committed to support the Digital India vision and we believe this vision can be realized with strong collaboration between the government and the technology ecosystem. We are pleased to launch the Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur program for making technology mainstream in non-urban India in collaboration with the government.”
“We look forward to continuing collaboration to scale our Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur initiative towards making Digital India a reality concluded Debjani Ghosh, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing Group and Managing Director, Intel South Asia”