eIndia Summit 2007
eINDIA 2007 is an inclusive, consultative and constructive ICT for Development forum – the largest and only one of its kind in India –promoting and propagating the use ofICT4D through itsseven seminal conferences, namely, eGov India2007 Digital Learning India 2007 Indian Telecentre Forum 2007 eHealth India 2007 mServe India 2007 Community Radio India 2007 and eAgriculture India 2007. The conference will addressthe issuesof digital divide and identifyand explore opportunities for Digital India.
This three-day international conference and exhibition is a unique platform for knowledge sharing in different domains of ICT for development and facilitates multi-stakeholder partnerships and networking among governments, industry, academia and civil society organisations of different countries, including the host country- India. The objective is to bring together ICT experts, practitioners, business leaders and stakeholders of the region onto one platform, through keynote addresses, paper presentations, thematic workshops and exhibitions. In short, the event provides an excellent opportunity for participants to interact with a wide and diverse development community.
COMMUNITY RADIO FLYER
Community Radio Policy guidelines issued by the Government of India recently, makes it possible for registered non-government organisations (as mediators for communities) to set up and establish community radio stations. The ecosystem is now at a very exciting phase. A number of organisations have been engaged in mobilising communities, to use voice as a medium of communication, to reach the masses. Community Radio India 2007 plans to bring the stakeholders, including the government, donors, civil society,academia, the private sector, and new incumbents together to reflect, debate and understand the opportunities and challenges. The forum will also explore ways to overcome the obstacles through collaborations and mutual learning, and chart outthe nextphase of operationlising the opportunities.
Community Radio India 2007 will be an action platform for different stakeholders in the audio broadcasting field, and development practitioners to explore the opportunities that have opened up with the recent policies in operation now. CSDMS along with leading agencies like UNESCO, Community Radio Network, Voices, Commonwealth of Learning, etc., will bring together the practitioners and interested NGOs who are exploring how this new policy envionment can be effectively utilised for furthering their objectives of giving voice to the voiceless, and asa key empowerment tool for the marginalised communities. The critical advantage of the positive ecosystem, the role of donorsand supporting agencies, the current challenges of capacity, content, technology access, training needsand other self-regulatory and guidelines development issues that face the development scenario todaywillbe explored.
Who should attend :
• Radio professionals
• Technical service providers
• Technology providersand suppliers
• Radio for developmentcommunity
• CommunityMedia Centre practitioners
• International support organisations
• Independentmedia journalists
• Potential community broadcasters
• Campus radio practitioners
• Project leaders
• NGOsinterested in setting up CR stations
• All India Radio producersand reporters
• Communications for developmentprofessionals
• International expertsand practitioners
• CR forums, associationsand networks
Why attend :
• Make a strong pitch for giving prominence to Community Radio asan important area ofICT for development
• Help create an interface between communities and the government, funding agencies, and other broadcast media.
• Take up their plea to provide more legitimacy and space to community radio as a strong and effective development communication tool.
• Discuss issues and solut ions that can help communities/organisations to set up and operate their own community radio stations.
• Build a community of practitioners to be a knowledge pool for knowledge sharing, capacity building and advocacy.
Understanding the evolving policy scenario and support from government
• Key challenges to community radio services and delivery in India.
• The possibilities and potential of community radio in India.
• Technical training, setting up and requirement of manpower for NGOs(a workshop session)
• Showcasing international community radio projects for learning
• Linkages between telecentresand community radio
• Cost consideration and different technological choices for potentialoperators
• International networks and the support role in Indian CR movement
• Setting up a radio station, the process, the tools and supportopportunities
DIGITAL LEARNING FLYER
India is trying to achieve the ‘Education for All’ goal in one hand and investing in building infrastructure and initiating programmes to build a world class human resource capacity on the other. The National Knowledge Commission has emphasised the need for extensive use of ICTs for research, collaboration and university networking for building ICT skills, sharing education resourcesand reaching the un-reached in higher education though distance learning. Digital Learning India 2007 will take on the existing debates and provide a platform for all stakeholders to deliberate on the issues of enabling and strengthening capacities to achieve the national goals of education.
Although technology has succeeded in influencing the education outreach and quality in countries like India, supporting processes and frameworks that can sustain such efforts have not yet emerged; the basic issues of quality, equity and access to education still remain unresolved. Lack of adequate knowledge sharing among key stakeholders and community of practitioners may delay the process of using technologies as enablers of learning. The objective of this conference is to provide a multi-disciplinary forum to participants to share knowledge and ideas, enable them to develop multinational and cross-industry contacts, and
partnerships, as well as to enhance their knowledge, expertise, and abilities.
Who should attend ?
Decision makers, practitioners and all stakeholders of education, industry, and government – the key areas driving technologyadoption and innovation in education.
• Officers from Government Departments and International Development Cooperation Agencies
• Programme Managersand Education Administrators
• School Principals and Administrators, Teachers and Trainers
• Directors, Researchers and other representatives from Universitiesand the Higher Education institutions
• Corporate Training and Developmentpersonnel
• IT Managersand Human Resources Executives
• Technologyand Service Providers
• Publishersand Content Providers
• Training Consultantsand CompanyRepresentatives, etc.
Why attend ?
• To not miss out an unrivalled opportunity to interact, discuss ideas and to expand your knowledge on ICT enabled education.
• To keep up with allmajor issues, latest developments, and trends in the products, services, and solutions in ICT and education
• To not miss an opportunity to showcase your project and product to the largest gathering of ICT and education stakeholdersin India
• To understand the sustainable ICT-in education models that help in capacity building of the teaching and learning community
• To share the opinions and experiences of acknowledged industry and domain leaders and to deliberate on the challenges of collaborations and partnerships for ICT in education
Key sessions :
• ICT in Education Policy
• Schoolmanagementwith ICT
• Teachers’ capacity building in ICT: The role of pre-service and in-service professional training
• Pedagogical& curriculum reform in ICT enabled education
• e-Readiness of higher education: Challenges and the way forward
• Web education and e-pedagogy- The future
• Contentdevelopmentand instructionaldesigns
• Open educational resources: Possibilities
• e-Learning in workplaces
• Research and innovation for learning
• Showcasing new toolsand technologiesin education
e-Agriculture India 2007 will explore the opportunities of how ICTs can be used to improve the lives of the rural communities. Timely information on weather, disasters, improved agricultural practices, commodity prices and market information would greatly benefit farmers directly to minimize the risks and provide opportunities for enhanced incomes while cutting out high debt servicing costs, and taking informed decisions. The impact is felt directly with improved incomesand savings, access to servicesand valuable connectionswith stakeholders. The Universities, policy makers, development specialists and NGOsworking for the farmers’ interestswould explore the current developments and scalability of experiments.
Green revolution’s success rested upon India’s political leadership, bureaucrats, scientists and above all the farmers. No revolution is permanent, India now looks to unleash another revolution. We are on the cross roads of second green revolution. Conducive policies, delivery systems, capacitybuilding, infrastructure, strong inter-linkages, etc. have to exist. Today we have technology to codify Indian farmers’ traditional wisdom, compile ‘best scientific practices’, disseminate them widely and take well-informed decisions. Right information and its timely communication is sought to put Indian agriculture on high growth trajectory. In the wake of this allthe role of ICTsin agriculture becomes paramount. e-Agriculture 2007 is of crucial importance in light of the unprecedented agrarian crises in the country, and underlines the need for enabling the equitable integration of ICTs. The event aspires to address the problems faced by the primary sector by deliberating on the role of ICTs in improving services across the panoplyof agriculture and related processes.
Who should attend ?
All those who realize the importance of, and are making active contribution towards leveraging the field of agriculture through ICTs and those concerned with the overall development of the rural economyare welcome to attend:
• Key government officials and Experts
• CEOs/Management cadre from agri industry
• Development foundations and NGOs working in the sector
• Banking & financial institutions and commodity exchanges
• Agri marketing, retail sector and State Marketing boards
•Agri extension projects/models and Extension departments of various states
• Central and state agriculture research and education institutions
• Researchers, scholars and agri- entrepreneurs
Why attend ?
With structural changes happening in agriculture, the focus is shifting from production to technological interventions, management of inputs, information, human resource, and marketing. It is a unique initiative designed to engage participants to make use of ICTs in their work areas, and to enrich knowledge by sharing and learning from each other’s
Key sessions :
• Policy paradigm : Do we have an enabling environment?
• Role of ICTs- land records, mapping & conflict resolution
• Agriculture marketing and ICT
• Food security through ICT
• Precision farming- optimum use of available resources
• Development of ICT sector for agriculture and role of Public Private Partnership (PPP)
• Agri-finance management with ICT
• Emerging opportunities for entrepreneurs using public access ICTs
• Adopting ICTs for Agriculture Research, training and education
• Making ICTs usable & useful in the context of Indian Agriculture
• Higher Education in Agriculture – are they ICT ready?
The National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) launched by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology is a comprehensive programme designed to leverage the capabilities of ICT to promote good governance across the country. The eGov track of the eIndia2007 aims to bring together key stakeholders to forge the path to good governance for citizens and businesses in India, ensuring cross-pollination of information & knowledge across socio-economic and geo graphic boundaries.
The egov India 2007 Conference intends to assess the National e-Governance Plan (NeGP) implementation. The NeGP envisages creation of right environments to implement G2G, G2B, and G2Cservices. As part of the tenth five-year plan, it has a budget outlay of about INR 120 billion aimed at improving the quality, accessibility and effectiveness of government services to citizens and businesses with the help of Information and Communication Technology.
Who should attend ?
• Heads of e-Government initiatives
• CIOs, CTOs and IT Directors and Managers
• Heads of Information and Communication Departments
• Public Administrators
• Integration and Development Managers
• Technical Architects and Strategic Planners
• ICT Services Directors
• Information Systems Managers
Why attend ?
The conference will provide an effective platform for knowledge-sharing and interaction and will try to unravel responses to some of the critical issues of e-Government implementation through a consultative process. The conference willaddressthe following key questions:
• What is the road map of the NeGP, Right to Information (RTI), and Urban Governance issuesand assessthe impact/progress?
• How to develop citizen-centric e-Governance projects?
• How do we measure the outcomes of the e-Governance programmes, cost reductions at the user end and at the implementer’s end, efficiency, transparency, and reduction in corruption
• What are the capacity building effortsneeded?
• Is the policy environment conducive for implementing e-Governance successfully?
• How do we learn from e-Governance experiences of other countries?
Key sessions :
e-Government Implementation in key sectors in Mission Mode Projects (MMPs) will be discussed and deliberated upon from 3 different angles: G2G, G2B and G2C. These sectors
• Common Services Centres
• Property Registration
• Income tax/ Commercial tax
• Central Excise
• Passport department
• Postal department
• Police departments
• Registration services
• Treasuries automation
• National ID Card
• e-Government Gateway
The implementation process, successes, failures, key issues and future plans will be discussed through panel discussions, workshops, and presentations of case studies.
Telemedicine has been a technological takeaway for the developed countries. Defined asthe use of communication networks for the exchange of healthcare information to enable clinical care, it is increasinglybeing viewed asa tool for improving care and enhancing access to healthcare. Telemedicine helps to connect remote rural hospitals/health centres to super specialty hospitals located in the cities, and helps patients in remote and rural areas to avail timely consultations from specialist doctors without the ordeal of travelling. eHealth India 2007 will deliberate on such initiativesand many other excellent, though scattered, efforts in this field, and bring it together to form a conduit of critical information.
Burgeoning population pressure, inadequate number of medical doctors and paramedical health workers, concentration of healthcare facilities in urban centres, unorganized private health service delivery initiatives, and paucity of government financial resources are prime
challenges in improving public health status in India and the developing world.
eHealth India 2007 will be a deft attempt to bring forth complex issues plaguing public health conditions in India and the developing world – and in context, engage people, practitioners and stakeholders in exploring opportunities for defining policy interventions, research agenda, technology solutions and emerging market potential.
Who should attend ?
• Central & State GovernmentOfficials
• InternationalDevelopment Agencies (eg. WHO, World Bank, ADB, USAID, UNAIDS, SDC, IDRC, DFID)
• HospitalCXOs, Directors& Administrators
• Medicaland Healthcare Educational Institutions
• IT and Communication Solution Providers
• Insurance Companies
• Corporate – CEOs / VPs / Business Heads / GMs /Administrators
• IT / BPO professionals
• Banks and Financial Institutions
• Pharma Companies
• NGOs, INGOsand DevelopmentInstitutions
• Manufacturers, Suppliers and Retailers
Why attend ?
eHealth India 2007 will be a first of its kind event attempting to mainstream healthcare ICT sector by bringing it under the overarching ICT for Development agenda addressed through
the eINDIA 2007 event. A multi stake holder participation from the government, healthcare industry, IT vendors, international development funding agencies, and civil society practitioners from India and beyond will make this event a unique forum for knowledge and business networking.
Key sessions :
• e-Health in India current statusand policy initiatives
• e-Health Initiatives in Developing Countries: country case studies
• Electronic Medical Records (EMR) technology, standards, legalities
• Rural Telemedicine-making health service ubiquitous
• Information Security and Risk Managementin e-Health
• e-Health in Disaster Preparedness and Mitigation
• e-Health and Insurance sector opportunities
• IT Solutionsin e-Health
• Picture Archiving and Communication System (PACS)
• Mobile Point ofCare (MPOC)
• Hospital and Management Information Systems (HIS/MIS)
Mobile technologies represent a rapidly growing sector in developing countries, and several new research and development activities are being undertaken. Mobiles are an important ICT tool for development, given their ability to easily leapfrog the infrastructure barriers in remote and rural areas. The rapid advancement in the technologies, and ease of use, and the falling costs of devices, makes the mobile and appropriate and adaptable tool to bridge the digital divide. The scope of applications for development is wide, and as it can reach the unlettered people also, the impact on development needs to be examined closely. There is a need to engage the key operators and service providers to build a development perspective and unravel the possibilities of bridging the urban-rural divide. There are several market players and the private sector too has a key responsibility.
mServe provides an opportunity for the academics, the researchers, the private sector representativesand civil society organisations to interface, to understand these real and hardcore issues that must be resolved. Most of the international conferences held in the field are technology related and there is a urgent needs to sensitise the technology developers and
market players on development aspects of equitable access and services that they can contribute to. There is little or no interface between the civil society and technology developers which is also something mServe will try to explore.
Who should attend ?
Government, Industry, Civil Society
Why attend ?
To find answers to
• What are the case studies of usage of mobiles for development in rural areas?
• What are some oft he low cost solutions for mobility?
• How can we establish the linkages between new technologies and developmentobjectives?
• What are the CSR (corporate social responsibility) initiatives for mobile operatorsand service providers?
• What are the barriers to entering a remote or rural area?
• What are the policies and the regulatory set up that inhibit development? How can theybe modified?
• Is wimax tested enough to be such an optimistic next revolution?
• Is municipal wi-fi going back the monopoly way?
• What are the indicators to measure penetration of mobiles in a country/ region? Is teledensitya balanced indicator?
• What are the spectrum related issues which would affect wireless and 3G? Are spectrum prices going to be higher for developing countriesin view of higher capex?
• What are the business models that can be experimented with, to provide wireless technologies in the rural/peri urban setup?
• What is the road map for last mile connectivity?
• Web 2.0 and mobile convergence What is the future of the new convergence technologies?
• Is the PC Dead? Are the Mobiles taking over? What are the cost and technology implications w.r.t the eGovernance Roll Out Plan (NeGP implementation plan review)
• Are there solar powered or green mobiles? Other battery/energy issuesfor the growth of mobiles?
• Where are the development content providers?
Key Sessions :
• Wirelessand mobile policiesand regulation
• Beyond Calls and Texts: m-Content
• Mobile Ecosystem: (equal to 2 sessions)
• Shared infrastructure – challanges and opportunities
• Round table discussion on Wimax in India
• Spectrum: a scarcity or an opportunity
• MunicipalWifi: scope in India
• Convergence – a threat to mobile operators or the future?
• VoIP, IPTV
• Mobiles for sustainable development
• m-gov, m-Banking, m-Location, m-Learning
With the launch of a national programme to establish 100,000 Community Service Centres, the Indian telecentre movement is at a vibrant stage of development, with the key stakeholders representing the government, the private sector, and civil society besides donors, being engaged in fulfilling the aspirations of the grassroots community to join the knowledge economy. For the second year in the series of annual consultations, the Indian Telecentre Forum 2007 will provide the platform to take stock of what has happened. The Forum will shape the way forward for the telecentre movement within India, and for making it an example for the world to learn from.
A close examination of the aspirations, up-scaling plans and the challenges that continue to confront the telecentre movement indicates not only the need to keep a development perspective on the forefront, but also to balance it with economic and social sustainability questions. Key challenges that require addressing include development and collation of local need based content, addressing the diverse language issues (both technical and cultural), coping with cultural and social diversities, and dealing with the special needs of people with different abilities. While the need for new innovations, and technology advances in connectivity is crucial, the focus on upgrading the skills of the grassroots managers is critical issue too.
Who should attend ?
• Telecentre practitioners
• Solution providers
• Telecentre managers
• Project implementers
• Telecentre leaders
• Government implementers
• Private sector investors
• Think tank members of the telecentre movement
• Consultants and experts
• Social Investers
Why attend ?
Indian Telecentre Forum 2007 is an exciting space for the stakeholders to meet, renew friendships, network, learn and collaborate.
- The gathering will provide opportunities for the ecosystem players to learn ways to work better at what they are already engaged in.
- An opportunity to showcase your experiences
- Identify and learn to play leadership roles in the telecentre movement in India
1. Focusing on grassroots: Collaborative possibilities for maximizing capacities
- Knowledge sharing through web2.0: learning to podcast, sharing your visual documentation experiences, learning to blog, social networking
- Empowering telecentre managers: upgrading skill and Networking telecentre managers
2. Content: tackling multilingual content needs and content for people with specialneeds
3. Connectivity: new innovations and Technology advances
4. Multi-stakeholder partnership: challenges and opportunities
5. Assessing the social impact of telecentres
6. Measuring the progress and monitoring the impact of large-scale telecentre programme