Govt plans ‘RAISE 2020’ AI Summit in April, consults Intel, AWS, IBM, CII, FICCI; Startup challenge opens

New Delhi: The Government of India (GoI) has announced the event ‘RAISE 2020 – Responsible AI for Social Empowerment’ to be held from on 11 & 12 April in New Delhi. RAISE 2020 is India’s first artificial intelligence (AI) summit to be organized by the Government in partnership with industry & academia, and will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The summit will be a global meeting of minds to exchange ideas and charter a course to use AI for social empowerment, inclusion and transformation in key areas like healthcare, agriculture, education and smart mobility amongst other sectors. Ahead of the summit, MeitY organized a consultation with industry representatives to bring in synergies within India’s artificial intelligence landscape.

The consultation was chaired by Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and other members of the Ministry, along with Abhishek Singh, President and CEO, National e-Governance Division (NeGD) from the Government. Apart from the Government, Industry associations including FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM & NASSCOM and corporates, viz. Intel, AWS, KPMG, IBM, Oracle and AI startups, amongst others, participated in the consultation.

Speaking on the occasion, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, MeitY, said, “We are extremely delighted to announce the first-of-its-kind, two-day summit ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020’. In our opinion, a data-rich environment like India has the potential to be the world’s leading AI laboratory which can eventually transform lives globally. AI technology is a powerful tool that can be used to create a positive impact in the Indian context, further becoming the AI destination for the world.”

Explaining in detail the event, Abhishek Singh, President and CEO, National e-Governance Division (NeGD), said, “The name ‘RAISE 2020’ came into being because we want to leverage responsible AI practices for enabling the masses. Through this summit we will outline India’s vision for utilizing the power of artificial intelligence to responsibly transform the social landscape for a better tomorrow. RAISE 2020 will facilitate an exchange of ideas to further create a mass awareness about the need to ethically develop and practice AI in the digital era.”

During the session, the Government also launched the AI-Startup Challenge and the event website as a part of championing the AI movement in India.

RAISE 2020 is global meeting of minds on artificial intelligence to drive India’s vision and roadmap for social empowerment, inclusion, and transformation through responsible AI. The event will kick off with a Startup Challenge – Pitchfest – followed by the two-day summit, organized by Government of India along with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology. The event is expected to witness participation from global industry leaders, key opinion makers, Government representatives, and academia.

View more details of the event on the RAISE 2020 website.

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