During the two years of Covid pandemic, the Central and state governments used digital technologies to keep the systems of governance functioning and ensure that the daily requirements of the population were being met. Cloud based Co-WIN system was used to streamline the process of delivering over 2.2 billion vaccine doses, including first, second and precautionary (booster) doses, and issuing digital vaccination certificates to every individual.
But the two years of the pandemic also revealed several bottlenecks in governance systems and the gaps to bridge using new emerging technologies like AI, ML, Internet of Things and others. The pandemic has made the Central and state governments realise that emerging technologies are not merely business propositions and technological tools; these tech innovations also have the potential to make seminal socio-economic contributions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has coined the phrase ‘minimum government, maximum governance,’ to explain his government’s vision for using digital technologies for delivering good governance to the country. Which emerging technologies are being deployed in the country by the central and state governments? Is India doing enough to take advantage of the vast range of digital technologies? What are the challenges on the path of e-governance and what are the solutions to these challenges.
To find the answers to these questions, DigiTech Conclave & Awards’ 23 has been organised in Goa from 4th to 6th August. This is the fourth edition of this conclave. In the last three editions, this conclave has made a name for itself as India’s largest conclave on e-governance. This year’s DigiTech is being organised in the plush settings of Grand Hyatt in Goa. In a few hours from now, the conclave will commence and it will see enlightening and provocative discussion on emerging technologies which can enhance the systems of governance in the country.
What is in the conclave for you? This conclave brings together ministers, leading government officials, intellectuals, academics, influencers and stalwarts from the industry to deliberate on the potential of using digital technologies in the government. The theme of this year’s conclave is: “Betting on 21st Century’s Digital Infrastructure: Patterns, Possibilities and Progress.” The conclave will highlight India’s remarkable achievements in building digital public infrastructure for providing good governance and benefits to the people.
At the same time–the speakers at the conclave will deliberate on the ways by which the scope and efficiency of the digital public infrastructure can further be enhanced. The conclave will bring to light the achievements of the government departments, academics and private sector companies which are engaged in developing cutting edge products and services. There will be presentations from government leaders, leading global companies, SMEs and startups.
The key panel discussions in the conclave include the following:
- 21st century’s digital infrastructure – Connecting citizens, industry and government
- Integrated tech platforms for urban mobility and transport sectors
- Impactful and scalable projects by states for end-to-end digital services
- Building cyber resilient digital ecosystem
- Future of e-Governance in India
- Digitalization transforming the energy landscape
- India’s digital transformation journey: Universal healthcare, inclusive education & skilling
The climax of the conclave will be the Awards Ceremony in which the achievements of the government departments which have won the DigiTech e-governance awards for this year will be highlighted. The winners have been chosen by an impartial jury consisting of senior government officials, consultants and academics.