While government and social sectors could benefit significantly from the adoption of emerging technologies (like IOT, Data Analytics, Mobile Apps, SaaS), 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 Digital Social InnovationakaCivic-Tech. 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.