Intel and DST India Announces Top 10 Finalists for Digital India Challenge and “Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur” Initiative

by November 19, 2015 0 comments

Intel and DST India announces 10 finalists of Digital India Challenge. The challenge aimed at driving technology adoption and making the benefits of technology broadly accessible across India in support of the Indian government’s Digital India vision. The company also initiates the ‘Ek Kadam Unnati Ki Aur’ program, through which Intel will work with national and regional governments to create a blueprint to drive technology enabled transformation at the grassroots in 10 states in India.

Launched in April 2015, the Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India challenge was created to attract aspiring and existing entrepreneurs, makers and innovators to develop intuitive and easy-to-use solutions to drive technology adoption or create applications that accelerate the delivery of e-governance services through eKranti/MyGov apps on mobile platforms. The challenge drew more than 1900 entries from all over India.

At the innovation event, the top 10 teams of the Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge were honored by Shri Ravi Shankar Prasad, Honorable Minister of Communications and IT, Government of India; Mr. Gregory R. Pearson, Senior Vice-President and General Manager, Sales and Marketing Group, Intel Corporation; and Ms. Debjani Ghosh, Vice-President, Sales and Marketing Group and Managing Director, Intel South Asia. The event was also graced by eminent dignitaries including Mr. Gaurav Dwivedi, Chief Executive Officer, MyGov; Mr. Hasit Kaji, Vice-President, Strategic Initiatives, Tata Consultancy Services; Mr. Kiran Karnik, Former President, NASSCOM; Mr. R. Chandrashekar, President, NASSCOM and Mr. Vikas Jain, Co-Founder, Micromax Informatics Ltd.

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.

Intel is providing broader support for Digital India through its multiple initiatives, including the Intel & DST Innovate For Digital India Challenge, Intel India Maker lab that provides infrastructure to budding entrepreneurs and platforms; Initiative for Research and Innovation in Science (IRIS); Intel India Embedded Challenge and Intel International Science & Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF), that stimulate a culture of innovation and technology enabled transformation in young Indians.

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