In its bid to inspire innovation and harness local talent in the country, Intel India along with the Department of Science & Technology (DST) launched “Digital India Challenge 2.0”. The launch was in collaboration with MyGov, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeITY) and Hyderabad-based T-Hub Foundation. This year, the main challenge was to invite innovators across India to build solutions and to accelerate the digitization and commercially develop their prototypes on Intel Architecture. The contest will run in five different phases, with the final taking place in April 2017. The teams who will be shortlisted will receive Rs 3 lakh each to create minimum-viable products (MVPs) based on Intel Architecture (iA) in an accelerator programme at the T-Hub incubator in Hyderabad. Also Read - Intel NUC 11 Extreme Kit with space for a 12-inch GPU launched: Price, specsAlso Read - Airtel partners with Intel for its 5G network development: Details here
“It is heartening to see public-private collaborations, such as the one between Intel India, MeITY, MyGov and T-Hub, driven towards building a long-term innovation culture in the nation,” said Telangana Information and Technology Minister K.T. Rama Rao. The winning team will get Rs 20 lakh to further their project development. “Last year, there were six ideas under the challenge that completed the mind-to-market journey, and are already making their solutions available in the Indian health care and agriculture sectors,” added Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO, MyGov.
The Intel India initiative aims to enable technology innovation in the country for students, entrepreneurs and other innovators. “Innovation is the key ingredient for making the Digital India vision a reality, and we need a local, sustainable innovation ecosystem, to address the country’s challenges,” said Debjani Ghosh, Managing Director and Vice President (Sales & Marketing), Intel South Asia. “Through strong public-private collaboration, wherein MeITY, MyGov, T-Hub, and Intel India are working together to turn ideas to solutions, disruptive yet sustainable technology innovations are now a reality,” she added. ALSO READ: 10 Innovations from Intel s Innovate for Digital India Challenge
In its recent collaboration with NITI Aayog, Intel India is working to establish Atal Tinkering Laboratories (ATLs) for “mini makers” in 10 schools across the country.