At a special event in New York, UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon unveiled the Aakash 2 tablet made by DataWind to the UN. Ban Ki-Moon was the Chief Guest of the special event, which was attended by more than 500 invitees including 65 Ambassadors.
Ban Ki-Moon congratulated India on its Presidency of the Security Council and said that India is a superpower on the information superhighway. He appreciated the launch of the Aakash 2 tablet and encouraged technology that helps to bridge the digital divide. He called Aakash 2 and the technology as ‘great enablers’ with potential to transform people’s lives and encouraged partners all over the world to work with the UN to help young people meet their dreams.
India’s ambassador to the UN, Hardeep Singh Puri said that Aakash 2 represents the actualization of the idea of development in innovation, which has potential to fundamentally alter the discourse of development.
He emphasized the need to promote research and innovation in national institutions and to create a ground-up system of excellence as the innovation seeks to empower and give quality education to all.
Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Datawind said that Aakash 2 is not meant to be an ‘iPad killer’ but to create an affordable device to satisfy the needs of the poor sections of society. Aakash 2 is a frugal innovation and incorporates the best of innovative hardware design with a unique business model and reflects the commitment by the government of India to eliminate illiteracy by the means of affordable such devices.