India is at the cusp of a digital revolution that’s fundamentally changing the way we live, work and interact with one another. As a billion people get connected through mobile devices – the possibilities are endless. This coupled with emerging technologies like machine learning, Internet of Things (IoT), robotics and 3D printing will pave way for India to be at the forefront of the fourth industrial revolution.
‘Tech for Good, Ideas for India’ is an initiative of Microsoft India to bring together and engage with a dynamic group of young achievers on how technology can foster a culture of innovation.
Through this, and various initiatives like YouthSpark, The Imagine Cup, the Academy Accelerator program and many other youth-oriented initiatives, we at Microsoft India, are working with young minds in India to innovate and solve real-world problems and drive India’s transformation.
With a billion empowered citizens, the possibilities are inspiring, exciting and endless. Here are two inspiring initiatives that have surfaced as part of the efforts.
Spot Garbage – tech for a cleaner India
Team Spot Garbage, a trio of enterprising youth from IIT Ropar, developed a real-time garbage management system using machine learning and computer vision to identify and segregate garbage imagery. They have won the India-round of the Imagine Cup, a global student technology competition, that aims to recognize and nurture budding technologists and will represent India at the Global finals shortly.
Lifesaver – tech for a healthier India
The Lifesaver is an app created by Kshitij, a student of IIT Jodhpur. It uses data feeds like heart rate, exercise patterns, calories burnt and sleep quality and converts it into actionable recommendations. It is sensitive to the symptoms of a heart attack and can detect and alert users, and their contacts, about an imminent heart attack. Kshitij had always nursed a desire to solve a social problem but he was just another youth with dreams and no backing; until he enrolled in the Microsoft Academia Accelerator program – a program aimed at building a deep, long-term association between Microsoft and the academic community.
Snapshots from ‘Tech for Good, Ideas for India’
Here are a few glimpses of the event that brought together over 400 millennials and featured a pivotal speech and interactions with key young achievers by Satya Nadella, and an addressing of the gathering by Shri Jayant Sinha, Honourable Minister of State for Finance.