New Delhi: Intel Corp. on Friday said that it has joined hands with government departments and Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entreprenuership (CIIE), Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad’s (IIM-A) incubation centre, to launch a Digital India challenge.
As part of this, it aims to invite students, entrepreneurs and start-ups to build applications and solutions on MyGov.in platform, which was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in July 2014.
The programme, designed in collaboration with the department of science and technology and department of electronic and information technology (DEITY), is scheduled to run from April 2015 to January 2016. It will give grants worth Rs1.5 crore, including the Rs20 lakh seed fund that will be given to each of the top three entries.
MyGov.in was created to promote participative governance, wherein citizens could give their opinions and views on important issues, including the Clean Ganga initiative or financial inclusion. The initiative is focused at increasing “technology adoption in India that will eventually result in the creation of a local technology ecosystem", the company said.
Participants will be given technical know-how assistance by Intel’s engineers and commercialization opportunities. It will be executed by by IIM-A’s CIIE.
R.S. Sharma, secretary, DEITY, said the government expects to “see breakthrough ideas and ingenious innovations that will solve some of India’s key challenges", through this initiative.
“This challenge will combine Intel’s history of game-changing innovation and world-class technology with the government’s bold Digital India vision and the immense entrepreneurship talent in the country to create a sustainable tech ecosystem that is innovating for India," said Debjani Ghosh, vice-president of Sales and Marketing Group and managing director, Intel South Asia.