India's first civic technology event

Omidyar Network and Village Capital Host India's First Civic Technology Event

PTI | Updated: 15-06-2018 10:43 IST | Created: 15-06-2018 10:43 IST
India's first civic technology event
The event, held in Bengaluru on June 14, saw more than 100 entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropic funders, industry experts. (Image Credit: Pixabay)

Civic Tech Connect 2018 marked the official launch of the Civic Tech India 2018 Accelerator and brought together entrepreneurs and investors to build the civic technology ecosystem in India

Global philanthropic investment firm Omidyar Network, in partnership with venture development firm Village Capital, hosted India's first-ever civic technology event - the Civic Tech Connect 2018- focused on bringing together investors and entrepreneurs to build India's civic tech ecosystem.

The event, held in Bengaluru on June 14, saw more than 100 entrepreneurs, investors, philanthropic funders, industry experts, and civic tech opinion leaders from across the country come together on a single platform for the first time.

The event connected aspiring civic tech entrepreneurs with potential investors, mentors, and potential customers to drive conversations around the development of the civic tech industry in India and further boost its adoption. While the industry is still at a nascent stage in India, its development has accelerated across the globe in the past couple of years.

With 337 million Indians slated to use a smartphone in 2018 and an increasing number of technology-led initiatives by the government such as Digital India, BharatNet, and the Smart Cities program, the Indian civic tech ecosystem is poised for growth. Omidyar Network, which has invested more than $132M across 75 civic tech organizations around the globe to date, with more than $9M+ investments in India, is keen to further nurture and develop this budding in the country through the Civic Tech India 2018 Accelerator program, in collaboration with Village Capital.

Speaking at the event, Roopa Kudva, Partner and managing director at Omidyar Network India Advisors, commented, "India needs more entrepreneurs driving the growth of the civic tech industry. With important technology enablers in place, the sector has the potential to develop rapidly.

As the 'next half billion' Indians come online for the first time through their mobile phones over the next five years, there is a huge opportunity for investors and entrepreneurs to create innovative civic tech solutions to enable central, state, and local governments to be more responsive and efficient in the delivery of critical services, while empowering citizens to engage more effectively with governments."

The event also saw discussions with experts such as Viraj Tyagi, CEO, eGovernments Foundation; political economist and former IAS officer, Santhosh Mathew, and Kartik Desai, executive director, Asha Impact; as they shared their insights and experiences in developing technological initiatives that will scale and create long term impact.

Poor infrastructure, lack of waste management and traffic issues were identified as some of the key civic issues that can be tackled through civic tech, and the discussion highlighted the opportunities and challenges for entrepreneurs looking to build scalable and impactful solutions in this space in India.

"Awareness around the application of civic tech remains low among potential end-users, even with increasing smartphone and internet usage," said Deepak Menon, regional director, Emerging Markets, Village Capital.

"It is important to not only create business opportunities and provide mentorship for entrepreneurs to ideate and innovate within this space, but also proactively initiate conversations around civic technology among citizens as a viable solution to their everyday civic and social issues," he added.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



Viral variants and vaccine nationalism pose two-pronged threat to Covid victory

... ...

Tracking Fintech during COVID-19: Harnessing power of technology

Its abundantly clear now that as fintech cements its place in the financial sector, accelerated further by the COVID-19 pandemic, it could open the sector to new possibilities by harnessing the power of technology to deliver financial ...

Tectonic turns: How technology shaped healthcare over the decades

Tracing an episodic evolution, with technology at the interface of human and his health....

World Water Day sees crises of inequality in countries both rich and poor

... ...


Latest News

BPCL ships first consignment of acrylic acid from Kochi petchem plant

State-owned Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd BPCL on Wednesday said it has dispatched the first consignment of acrylic acid from its Propylene Derivative Petrochemical PDP complex at Kochi Refinery.Acrylic Acid is one of the six niche petro...

India's palm oil imports rise 56.50 pc in March

Indias import of palm oils rose 56.50 per cent to 5,26,463 tonne in March this year as refiners were discouraged to import sunflower oil due to high prices, industry body Solvent Extractors Association SEA said on Wednesday.India, the world...

Ambedkar had proposed Sanskrit as official language: CJI Bobde

Chief Justice of India Sharad Bobde on Wednesday said B R Ambedkar had proposed Sanskrit as the official national language of India as he understood the political and social issues well and knew what the people wanted.The CJI also said the ...

UK to respond to EU legal action over N.Ireland by mid-May

Britain has agreed with the European Union that it will respond to the blocs legal action over how it has introduced new trading rules for Northern Ireland by mid-May, a spokeswoman for the government said on Wednesday.Weve been clear that ...

Give Feedback