The Centre of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (AI), which is an initiative of the Government of Karnataka and NASSCOM has announced the winners of the “Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Good” initiative. For this, applications were invited from Indian citizens, companies, institutions, along with academia (all registered of course), for using of AI to solve public issues across the fields of agriculture, education, healthcare, traffic, transportation and safety, governance and service delivery and public utilities.
This program reportedly received close to 200 submissions from 155 companies including startups. Among the top 25 shortlisted companies, 10 companies across the six domains were chosen as winners recognized as innovators impacting society, with an opportunity for scaling up and funding.
The winners were chosen by an eminent jury headed by Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka. Other jury included the likes of Anurag Agarwal, Director, CSIR Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology, New Delhi; Arnab Kumar Laha, Professor of Production and Quantitative Methods, IIM, Ahmedabad; Deep Thomas, Group Chief Data and Analytics Officer, Aditya Birla Management Corporation; and more.
Winners include the likes of Intello Labs and Mycrop Technologies who won in the agriculture sector for AI enabled Commodity Grading and AI Driven farm and farmer management system respectively.
Jungroo Learning won in the education sector for its AI-powered adaptive learning platform. In the Environment and Energy sector, DataGlen Technologies and Vinfinet Technologies won for IOT/AI Solutions catering towards solar energy generation and management and IOT for smart irrigation automation respectively. In the Governance sector, Surajya Services and Voxta Communications won in AI information platform for welfare schemes and Swachh Bharat and Maternity Information Chatbot respectively. In the Health Sector, Tricog Health and Aindra Systems won for AI to help doctors save lives and point of care cervical cancer screening device. In the transport and safety sector, Netradyne won for leveraging AI for driver safety.
Commenting on the initiative, Gaurav Gupta, Principal Secretary, Department of IT, BT and S&T, Government of Karnataka said, “AI for Good was initiated during the end of last year. The idea was to identify intelligent solutions that can help address key issues in areas of public importance for better governance, risk management and sustainable development. It is encouraging to see the kind of ideas and solutions that were presented to the jury leveraging various emerging technologies including AI, Analytics, IoT, Computer Vision, Robotics, AR, VR etc.
The Center of Excellence for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence is an initiative of Government of Karnataka & NASSCOM established on a PPP (Public-Private-Partnership) model to accelerate the Data Sciences and Artificial Intelligence ecosystem with innovators, user enterprises, solution providers and academia.
Debjani Ghosh, President NASSCOM stated “Artificial Intelligence has found applications across industries whether financial services, manufacturing, healthcare and retail to name a few. Equally essential to these, the application of AI in the public sector and governance is expanding and thus impacting every aspect of daily lives. We are happy to partner with the Government of Karnataka in its commendable strategic initiative to focus on innovation in artificial intelligence to bring about a positive impact on our society. Through this initiative, we will unwrap the unlimited possibilities of deploying AI for Good as well as enable innovators to build models which will validate India on the global AI map.”