While government and social sectors could benefit significantly from the adoption of emerging technologies (like IOT / Sensors, Mobile Apps, Data Analytics, Deep Learning / Artificial Intelligence, Conversational Software), these are typically under served.
Government technology initiatives like ePDS, PAN, EHR/EMR standards, Aadhar, UPI, RuPay, http://OpenData.gov.in are few and far between
Non-existent civic-sector focused tech-startup ecosystem: Khosla Labs, MIT Media Labs' Kumbhathon, USF (Unitus), Centre for Internet & Society, Deshpande Sandbox, eGovernments Foundation, Janaagraha, IIT Chennai's RTBI are notable ones
Individual government departments and NGOs (especially at state-level, during times of disaster / emergencies) look out for guidance / support in their technology needs
Many complementary partners / solutions need to be assembled
Very few successful (in commercial terms) social enterprises: Babajobs, MapMyIndia, NextDrop, IdeaForge, SocialCops, GoSylvant, EkStep, MapUnity
There is a need to inspire, enable and accelerate innovative startups to come up with solutions that address the needs of these sectors
Based out of IIIT Bangalore, our focus is on Research-led Collaborative, Social Innovation. We collaborate with exceptional researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, users, communities to co-create knowledge and solutions - using digital technologies, for a wide range of social needs - at a scale & speed that was unimaginable before the widespread adoption of mobile / Internet.
Such socially-relevant solutions help us, our communities and our governments.