Technology has perceptibly improved the quality of life for Indians as well as providing opportunities that would otherwise have been inaccessible. The Government of India has been working with unwavering commitment to transform India into a digital economy as well as leverage technology to bring about social change. Aligned with these objectives of the Government, Vi Foundation, the CSR arm of Vi, in partnership with NASSCOM Foundation, under its Connecting for Good initiative organised a Technology Conclave 2023 in New Delhi. The Technology Conclave under the umbrella of ‘Connecting for Good’, is an annual event designed to discuss the role of technology to solve social issues through innovative tech-based solutions.
Vi Foundation’s ‘Connecting for Good’ program implemented in partnership with NASSCOM Foundation, fosters an ecosystem to use technology for addressing social challenges in the areas of health, education, and disaster relief. The program aims to empower NGOs, Civil Society Organisations, and CBOs, to drive innovation, disseminate knowledge, and upscale their interventions for greater impact.
The Technology Conclave 2023 was attended by P Balaji, Director, Vi Foundation and Chief Regulatory & Corporate Affairs Officer, VIL; Nidhi Bhasin, CEO, NASSCOM Foundation; Dr. Pritha Dutta (Founder, MeraBizNet), Mr. Sameer Nagpal (Chief Business Officer, Spice Money), Mr. Amritpal Singh (Co-founder, ValueAppz) and several other prominent personalities. It saw stakeholders showcase their innovative technology solutions, identify new areas of collaboration to broaden the impact of these solutions, and chart a path forward for their implementation.
Addressing the conclave, P. Balaji, Director, of Vi Foundation and Chief Regulatory and corporate Affairs Officer, VIL, said, “New technologies have the power to disrupt industries, grow economies, improve lives, and safeguard the planet if designed, scaled, and deployed responsibly. Vi Foundation along with like-minded partners has been working relentlessly to harness technology to make a meaningful impact on people’s lives and serve as a catalyst for positive change. Our Annual Technology Conclave under the Connecting for Good initiative serves as a platform for engaging with key stakeholders to collectively address various societal challenges, explore how technology can effectively tackle these issues, and unite and uplift communities for the social good. At this year’s Conclave, we are delighted to witness a number of exciting, innovative tech solutions to address real-world problems and enhance the lives of people living in urban and rural India.”
Nidhi Bhasin, CEO, of NASSCOM Foundation, said, “Technology is a powerful tool that can bridge gaps and empower communities. At Nasscom Foundation, we remain unwavering in our commitment to harnessing technology to champion inclusivity, with innovation as our driving force for positive social change. Our partnership with Vi has been a testament to the transformative power of technology in driving inclusive social change, ensuring that no one is left behind. We firmly believe that the innovative tools created through this collaboration, such as DigiSakshar, MyAmbar, MyAmbar Suraksha Chakra, Social App Hub, and The Manager, will continue to play a pivotal role in shaping a more equitable and sustainable future for all.”
A panel discussion titled “Empowering Communities with Tech: Driving Inclusive Social Transformation” was also organised in which prominent speakers from academics, industry, and the development sector shared their insights on how technology can be leveraged for social good. Special sessions on the role of technology in agriculture and education were also organised.