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15 Stories that inspired us in 2019

Dr. Nupur Giri and her students are trying to find the correlation between climate change, air pollution and airborne diseases, which would help them predict hotspots for diseases like Tuberculosis. Alarmed by the extreme air pollution in and around New Delhi, a group of students from Manav Rachna Institute of Research and Studies in Faridabad, is creating an AI-powered anti-pollution face mask with a nebulizer to help people with respiratory difficulties. Meanwhile, Gramener, a Microsoft partner, is helping researchers involved in saving penguins from extinctions by creating AI models to count penguin populations from photographs.

Jio is embarking on a cloud and AI journey to empower millions of businesses, be it large enterprises, SMBs, startups or individuals. Eros Now is using AI to personalize content for every viewer. And ICICI Lombard is taking the pain out of car insurance by using AI to make insurance claims as easy as taking a photograph. In Dehradun, the Regional Transport Office is making driver’s license test objective and fool proof by using AI.

At Microsoft, our mission is to empower every individual and every organization on the planet to achieve more. Here are some of the stories of individuals and organizations that inspired us.

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M12 expands reach to India with investment in Innovaccer

We ushered in 2019 by announcing M12’s first India investment in the digital health platform, Innovaccer, a startup working towards solving data interoperability challenges in healthcare and helping health systems enhance their clinical and financial outcomes with a data-first approach. Read more >>

Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs trains municipal functionaries for Swachh Bharat Mission

The Swachh Bharat e-Learning Portal, which is powered by Microsoft Community Training (previously Project Sangam), has helped train over 110,000 municipal functionaries across more than 4,000 cities on best sanitation practices. The courses are simple videos that can be accessed on any device via web or Android app. The platform saw more than one million course enrollments. Read more>>

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Indian Railways connects its 3 million employees with healthcare services

Indian Railways, the country’s largest employer, is using Kaizala to enable serving and retired railway employees to avail healthcare services of 125 railway and 133 private recognized hospitals. With Kaizala, they can search for nearest hospitals and doctors, list of empaneled diagnostic centers and health units, and also book doctor appointments, share diagnostic lab reports directly with their doctors and save digital records in ‘Me Chat’ of Microsoft Kaizala. Read more >>

Team Caeli presenting to the judges during the 2019 Imagine Cup World Championship at Microsoft Build in Seattle on May 6, 2019.

Students from India create AI-powered anti-pollution face mask

Alarmed by air pollution in New Delhi, a group of students from Manav Rachna Institute of Research & Studies in Faridabad used Azure AI to create an AI-powered anti-pollution face mask and an intelligent nebulizer. Their project, called Caeli, won them the runners-up prize at the Imagine Cup 2019 World Championship. Read more >>

ICICI Lombard takes the pain out of car insurance

ICICI Lombard makes renewing lapsed car insurance policies or getting claim approvals for basic car damage as easy as clicking a few photos with its Microsoft AI powered app. Read more >>

Dr. Nupur Giri, Professor, and Head of Department of Computer Engineering at Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology (VESIT)

Dr. Nupur Giri and her students on a quest to predict TB outbreaks with AI

Nearly 2.74 million people in India suffer from tuberculosis. Dr. Nupur Giri, head of department of computer engineering at Vivekanand Education Society’s Institute of Technology, Mumbai, and her students are using AI to create models that correlate climate change, air pollution and propagation of airborne diseases like tuberculosis. Read more>>

Mindtree reimagines its campus hiring

Mindtree unwired its campus hiring process by moving to Microsoft Teams that enabled students get answers to all their queries in real-time and helped recruiters become more productive. Read more>>

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Microsoft India employees hack together with customers

More than 6,200 employees from Microsoft India along with customers and non-profits came together this year to participate in our global One Week Hackathon – the largest private hackathon on the planet. Read more >>

Pratik Mohapatra, a computer science engineering student at R V College of Engineering, Bengaluru, smiling at the camera

Pratik Mohapatra wins at Microsoft 2019 AI for Good Idea Challenge

Pratik Mohapatra, a computer science engineering student at R V College of Engineering, Bengaluru, conceptualized OrganSecure, an AI-powered app that aims to match organ donors with people in need of an organ transplant in real-time. His concept is one of the three winning ideas of the 2019 AI for Good Idea Challenge. Read more>>

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Apollo Hospitals, Microsoft set up National Clinical Coordination Committee for combating Cardiovascular diseases

Microsoft India and Apollo Hospitals Group have set up a National Clinical Coordination Committee (NCCC) for the AI-powered Cardiovascular Disease Risk Score API (application program interface). The committee consists of leading doctors from Apollo Hospitals; All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi; and King George’s Medical University, Lucknow. Read more>>

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Microsoft and Jio: Accelerating India’s digital progress

Today we announced a comprehensive long-term alliance with Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (Jio), a subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited. This is an exciting advancement that will accelerate India’s digital transformation and bring the latest technologies to millions of businesses across the country. Read more >>

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YES BANK enables banking over chat

YES ROBOT, a chatbot based on Microsoft’s AI platform offers more than 25 services and handles over half-a-million customer interactions every month for YES BANK, India’s fourth largest private sector bank. Read more>>

Peggy Johnson, EVP - Business Development, Microsoft and Rishika Lulla Singh, CEO, Eros Digital

EROS Now develops next-gen video platform

Eros Now is collaborating with Microsoft to build a next-generation online video platform on Microsoft Azure targeted at its consumers across the globe that includes new interactive voice offerings and a personalized recommendation engine for its viewers. Read more>>

Dehradun RTO automates driver’s license test

The Government of Uttarakhand has taken guesswork and subjectivity out of driver’s license tests at the Regional Transport Office in Dehradun by implementing HAMS, a Microsoft Research AI project, that automates the test process. Read more>>

Gramener uses AI to help save penguins

By using Microsoft Azure and Azure AI, Gramener is helping researchers speed up their research to save penguins from extinction by creating AI models to count penguin populations in photographs. Read more>>