The Union Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MeitY) announced a series of artificial intelligence challenges to boost Indian startups and tech entrepreneurs as a part of Aatmanibhar Bharat initiative amid COVID pandemic.
It said that the importance of digital transformation has accelerated in the last few months due to COVID, and has brought the importance of digital technologies such as artificial intelligence into the picture. AI has especially been used in addressing healthcare crisis, restarting supply chains, enabling online education and more.
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To further increase the innovation in these areas, the AI challenge will be organised around the following categories:
- AI solutions for Healthcare
- AI Solutions for Education
- AI Solutions for Agriculture
- AI Solutions for Natural Language Processing
- AI Solutions for Smart Mobility and Transportation
It is inviting applications on MyGov platform, a citizen engagement platform, and will also be prompted on MeitY Startup-Hub in partnership with Atal Innovation Mission, NITI Aayog.
The last date of submission of application is 24th September. Of which, a jury of experts from industry, academia and government will select 15 best AI startups for an AI Showcase on 6th Oct 2020. This event is aimed to provide a platform to the best of AI Startups to showcase their products to the world and VCs.
MeitY is further organising RAISE 2020- Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020, a Global Summit on artificial intelligence to be held virtually from 5th Oct to 9th Oct 2020. It will bring together all the stakeholders on artificial intelligence on a single platform to promote and identify such innovations.