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#LeadertTalk: Equipping Indian Students With Skills for the Future says Nagesh Singh, ED, Edunet Foundation

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Mr Nagesh Singh has been working in a variety of roles across technology and business spanning more than 27 years. The colleges, for the most part, try to do a great job but there is a serious gap between what employers need and what colleges are able to teach. I felt there’s a necessity to bridge the gap between industry and academia. Please tell me about yourself Our company, FICE Education, was started in New Delhi in 2008 and today has a national footprint that spans several hundred engineering colleges. The focus is on engineering education. Our curriculum spans new market relevant technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML) and Blockchain, delivered experientially to engineering students to enhance their employment prospects. We...

Innovate2Transform: How This Mumbai-Based Healthtech Firm Is Challenging The Radiology Status Quo Using AI

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Mumbai-based healthtech firm Qure.ai is creating breakthrough Artificial Intelligence (AI) solutions to make healthcare more accessible and affordable to patients around the world. The company’s deep learning based algorithms are already disrupting the radiology ‘status quo’ by enhancing imaging accuracy, providing faster diagnoses and improving patient outcomes. Recently, the company raised funds to the tune of $16 million, led by Sequoia India and supported by MassMutual Ventures Southeast Asia (SEA). Chiranjiv Singh, Chief Commercial Officer, Qure.ai writes on the genesis of the company, its journey as a healthtech company and projects being implemented in Indian districts to support the healthcare system with technology measures.     Founded in 2016 by Prashant Warrier & ...

How Artificial Intelligence will Impact the Future of a Working Human?

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On 11th December 2018, Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified in front of the Congressmen answering questions on how Google is using and developing technology. Does it scare you as you read this? Today, technology knows exactly where you are and what you are doing. You may have way lesser privacy with your loved ones than you think you do; even when your phone is switched off. The future is here and so is the change. So, in this current scenario with emails, work messages and Wi-Fi available in almost every part of the world, what is the future of a working human? Artificial Intelligence is here to stay The most impactful effect is predicted to be through Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is going to surround you as shown in movies like I, Robot starring Will Smith or Chappie; that were screene...

Industry 4.0, Preparing Ourselves for Unseen Future!

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We all have a question in mind, how would be the future world for us? Every day we are talking about invention, innovation, technological revolution, opportunities, threats but how do these factors are going to take control of our lives? Most importantly are we ready for the future world? Let’s take look back to the past to understand the change factors ahead. The technological invention started 3.3 million years back from now. The purpose was to serve the Human. Following this trend, a lot of inventions have taken place. New inventions brought new scopes and took away old practices. If we want to be more specific, then we can see, with the arrival of bronze tools, stone tools workers lost their job and at the advent of iron tools, the bronze tools workers also became jobless during the ti...

Technology enables the differently abled to vote in Kerala

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This Election is supposedly the world’s largest in terms of participation and sheer outreach. There can’t be much doubt when 900 million voters are expected to exercise their franchise to decide the fate of the nation for the next 5 years. On an average, the voter turnout in India is about 66%. While aspersions are cast on the balance ~34% who do not vote, not all are indifferent though. Ever wondered the challenges faced by the differently-abled to reach the venue? There’s a high possibility that many of them would end up not voting because of this difficulty alone. The Ernakulam constituency has about 9000 voters who are differently abled – PwD. Till this election, the district authorities did not have a clear idea (read analysis) on how many are able to successfully cast their votes des...

NASSCOM Foundation Reports a Rise in the Industry CSR spending

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NASSCOM Foundation at its flagship event, The CSR Leadership Conference (CLC), announced that the Industry had widely accepted the 2% CSR rule with a trend of more companies coming out openly to declare 100%+ utilization of their CSR money for 2016-17. This year the CLC went beyond discussing basic intervention areas, to talk about new developments, innovative tools and disruptive ways of making the ecosystem better, more impactful and efficient. In this process, the CLC will deep dive into Re-Calibrating Employability through CSR, Social Impact Investing, Leveraging Big Data for Impact, Unlocking the Value of Corporate Sustainability in the form of panel discussions, fireside chats and impact talks. NASSCOM Foundation in partnership with Goodera released the report: ‘Catalyzing Change’. S...

Shell Foundation & capital investment in early-stage social enterprises

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Shell Foundation director Sam Parker says the firm will be heavily focused on India and has a total portfolio of 50 social enterprises, of which 20 are operating in India. He also details out the sort of funds they are exploring and how it benefits social enterprises. Their focus areas in India are: In India, we have ended up with a portfolio that is very much focused on energy access that is not just entry level solar lighting but also productive use. So we support companies that are providing energy for businesses, energy for agriculture and then even larger scale mini grids and rural utility type models. Mobility is another big area of interest for us, which is really focusing on helping cities plan for population growth, plan systems which enable people and goods to move around in a wa...

Funding opportunity for social innovations

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Instituted in 2008, The NASSCOM Social Innovation Forum (NSIF) is a ‘Tech 4 Good’ platform that aims to address critical gaps in development, through technology-led social innovations and solutions. Mphasis has partnered with NASSCOM Foundation to provide seed funding and mentoring to the top 4 ICT based solutions in the space of Primary and Secondary Education, and Accessibility, allowing them to scale sustainable models for social enterprises.  The 10th edition of the forum was announced on 20th September, 2017. The strongest tech innovations will receive catalytic grants of Rs 10 lakh each. The areas of focus are financial inclusion, healthcare, environment, education and accessibility. The winners will also receive 12 month Support to Scale Mentoring by experts in the industry. Apply f...

EasyGov: Transparent governance with technology

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  Most of us would understand eGovernance to be a government led initiative and very few of us would know about the progress being made. In fact, the story of tech startups in the domain is even lesser known. We chat with , Founder of EasyGov, to understand what they do and also about the sector.  There are some really good eGovernance initiatives like Indian Railways, Income Tax, Passport that is benefitting millions of people. I think Government is doing well wherever they need to collect money from public. eGovernance failed to deliver benefit to the bottom of pyramid in 15 years of eGovernance implementation in India. However things are improving now. DBT is great initiative for improving delivery of benefits to the bottom of the pyramid.1. What is the general state of eGovernance...

The Pitch: DonkeyWorks Survey Platform, Assessing Development Interventions

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Most of us won’t expect anything new and exciting to be happening in surveys! Apart from UX and cosmetic changes, there was not much that technology has contributed to the field. Or, so we thought until we got chatting with the founders of DonekyWorks. If you have any queries or partnership requests, we have Co-founders  and  with us.   Read on:  How did the idea of DonkeyWorks come about? Divye, who conceptualized DonkeyWorks Survey Platform, is a country planner by education and profession. As part of his educational & professional journey he conducted many field based interview surveys. Invariably these surveys involved writing data on reams of paper and then feeding the same data into spreadsheets for analysis. Coupled with that, if there were multiple enumerators involved in...

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