Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2019

NASSCOM Foundation hosts India’s First ‘Tech for Good’ Summit and Announces the Winners of Tech for Good Awards

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  • Recognizes the best ‘Tech for Good’ Innovations in the space of Education, Accessibility, Environment, Healthcare, Livelihoods and Disaster Management
  • Launches a new program management solution for Social Sector/ NGOs: The Managr (www.themanagr.in) in partnership with Vodafone Idea Limited
  • Joins FSSAI’s ‘Eat Right India’ Campaign
  • The Tech for Good Summit supported by Accenture and CGI

 

Bengaluru, 4th December 2019: NASSCOM Foundation, today hosted India’s first ‘Tech for Good’ Summit in Bengaluru. The Tech for Good Summit was supported by CGI and Accenture among other partners.

NASSCOM Foundation’s largest conference till date, the two-day summit brought together over 600 delegates consisting of CEOs, Tech leaders, CSR leaders, Social Entrepreneurs, Non-Profit heads, Universal Design Experts, Design Thinkers, Technology Thought leaders and consultants, AI, ML, BigData, IoT, 3D printing, nano-tech experts, mobile app developers and program leaders, Diversity and Inclusion Champions and all people who align with the cause of Tech for Good.

 

At the summit, NASSCOM Foundation also announced the winners of its first ‘Tech for Good Awards’ exclusively curated to encourage and recognize the technology innovations across companies and start-ups in the space of social good.

The Tech for Good Awards received 425 applications within a span of 18 days. The winners were chosen after going through a rigorous jury shortlist process in the categories of Education, Accessibility, Healthcare, Environment, Livelihoods and Disaster Management. KPMG was the process partner for the awards.

The NASSCOM Foundation Tech for Good Award 2019 winners are:

 

Category

Organization

Innovation

     
Accessibility

Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions PVT LTD

Multi Point Audio Switch (MPAS) – An assistive technology device developed for visually impaired users to help ease office work by connecting multiple audio sources to a single headphone

Healthcare

AT&T Global Business Services India Private Limited

OM (Order of Magnitude) – An AI/VR Eye Screening device that identifies and diagnoses more than 60% of the common causes of avoidable blindness

Environment

Ishitva Robotic Systems Pvt Ltd

Air Sorter to sort different Plastic Polymer PET, PP, HDPE, Color sorting, Black Plastic Waste using Artificial Intelligence and Sensors
Livelihoods

Centre For Spatial Analytics and Advanced GIS (C-SAG)

Agri-GIS: Collects and Disseminates information from multiple parameters like weather forecast; market rate; crop practices; satellite images to monitor crop health; episodic (cyclone/drought) events alerts; forward and backward linkages, all at a small farm plot level

Disaster Management

HW Design Labs OPC Private Limited

Smartphone FM RDS Based Disaster Warning System

 

Education

*Social Work and Research Center aka Barefoot College

Digital Night Schools – Non-Formal schools using solar projectors to teach the marginalised and poor children

 

The jury that selected the winners comprised of renowned leaders including KK Natarajan, Co-Founder, Mindtree and Chairman NASSCOM Foundation, Naganand Doraswamy, Managing Director and Founder, Ideaspring Capital and Sucharita Eashwar, Founder and CEO, Catalyst for Women Entrepreneurship (CWE).

 

Speaking at the occasion, Ashok Pamidi, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation, said, “We are calling the next decade – the 2020s as the Decade of Change wherein the Industry 4.0 revolution will drive social transformations. With the concept of ‘Connected Humanity’ at its core and the Sustainable Development Goals to provide a sense of direction, the Industry 4.0 revolution is the first Industry revolution with a conscience. The Tech for Good Summit is a celebration of this collective conscience of the technology industry that is helping foster social innovation at scale. The Tech for Good summit goes beyond CSR to define a larger role and responsibility of the tech industry to use its knowledge, processes, innovations and solutions for social good.”

 

Congratulating the winners of the first Tech for Good Awards, he further added, “I congratulate and thank all the winners and finalists of the first Tech for Good awards. Every single one of these innovations is helping move the needle a little towards a better world.

The Tech for Good Summit also saw the launch of ‘The Managr’ (www.themanagr.in)– a multi-channel, dynamic portal and mobile app based solution to manage and enhance social impact!

The Managr has been developed by Vodafone India Foundation – the CSR arm of Vodafone Idea Limited, under its, ‘Connecting for Good’ programme, along with NASSCOM Foundation as the principal partner. It is a one stop solution for NGOs to effortlessly manage social programs, streamline processes, align resources and enhance collaboration while ensuring data security. The solution created with a primary focus on Social development based Program management, can also be used by regular business and industry users for their work with as much ease.

 

Speaking at the launch, P. Balaji, Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited, said, “The pace of digital adoption enabled by deep mobile penetration offers an unprecedented opportunity to leverage the power of mobile technology to address India’s most pressing socio-developmental challenges. Technology can help social sector improve operational efficiencies, access real time information, upscale the outreach and impact. TheManagr platform, developed under our ‘Solutions for Good’ CSR initiative, in association with the NASSCOM Foundation, has been designed to simplify program and fund management processes for NGOs. This will help them focus on creating impact on-ground while conveniently managing the operations using the digital platform.”

At the Tech for Good Summit, the NASSCOM Foundation, also joined hands with the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), to become a part of the ‘Eat Right India’ Campaign. The Foundation will work towards reaching out to all of NASSCOM member companies to convert their campuses into ‘Eat Right Campuses’. Vodafone India Foundation – the CSR arm of VIL has partnered with FSSAI to develop a technology solution to track distribution of surplus food under “ Save Food, Share Food”  campaign.

Some of the most prolific leaders from the Industry, government, civil society and investors including REKHA MENON, Chairman and Senior Managing Director, Accenture India, GEORGE MATTACKAL, President, Asia Pacific Global Delivery Centers of Excellence, CGI , P. BALAJI, Chief Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Officer, Vodafone Idea Limited ,  BALAJI VISWANATHAN, Co-Founder, Invento Robotics , SANJAY PODDER, Managing Director- Accenture Labs and Global R&D Lead for Software Engineering, Accenture labs, JASPREET BINDRA, Independent Advisor, Speaker, Author –The Tech Whisperer, RAVI GURURAJ, Founder & CEO, QikPod , ATUL BATRA, CTO, Manthan joined the summit today with MITRA the Robot being the Tech for Good Summit Mascot.

The Tech for Good Summit also hosted over 25 experience zones, 6 masterclasses and workshops and 6 keynotes. The conference continues tomorrow with more such industry stalwarts helping to show the way to a better future using technology.  Check out the agenda at www.t4gsummit.com

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