‘Innovate for Digital India Challenge’ rolls out Kerala chapter


Trivandrum: Initiated with an aim to create a digitally empowered India through home-grown ideas and solutions, the ‘Intel & DST Innovate for Digital India Challenge’ has launched its Kerala Chapter today here at the Technopark in Thiruvananthapuram.

Addressing the Kerala chapter, P H Kurian, Principal Secretary – IT & Industries, GoK, stressed the need for a digital economy where the interaction between government departments and citizens could be made through a digital or electronic medium, leading to better governance. “If every citizen is empowered, the vision of a 100 per cent digital India can become a reality.”

The campaign is jointly launched by Intel Technology India and the Department of Science & Technology (DST) with the support of the Department for Electronics & Information Technology and MyGov.in, Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship Cell (CIIE) and IIM-A.

The Kerala chapter of the initiative is partnered by the Kerala Startup Mission, earlier the Technopark TBI. The initiative aims to integrate the immense entrepreneurship talents to create products and solutions that provide easy and effective technology in the hands of every citizen.

Jayasankar Prasad, CEO, Technopark T-TBI said, “Kerala is the best suited place for the challenge, as an enabling ecosystem has already been enabled by Start Up Mission, Startup Village, Technopark and Infopark.”

The innovation challenge seeks applicants to work on an ideal citizen’s device platform that can be widely used by the public and includes biometric sensing capabilities, peripherals using other sensors, intuitive user interface, gesture recognition, multilingual support and voice support along with mobile applications that accelerate delivery of e-governance services.

Shortlisted ideas will get a three-month accelerator programme in Bangalore and Pune, where mentors will assist and guide the young innovators to bring their ideas to life through funding and marketing. Participants will also have access to grants and equity investments of up to Rs. 1.5 crore. The first ten best products will be granted Rs. 5 lakhs and the top three will be getting access to funds of Rs. 20 lakhs each. The registration closes on June 22, 2015.

Linson Joseph, Head – Govt & Education Business, Intel Technology India and Girish Babu, CEO, Technopark were among those present on the occasion.

Kerala IT News