Introduction

Artificial Intelligence for social good

The Government of Maharashtra is a clear leader when it comes to adoption of emerging technologies for social good. Many initiatives have been taken under the visionary leadership of Hon. Chief Minister Shri Devendra Fadnavis for adoption of Artificial Intelligence in governance in order to better the lives of the citizens through technology interventions.

  • World Economic Forum to set up a Center for Fourth Industrial Revolution in Mumbai. It was launched by the Hon. Prime Minister in October 2018.
  • Government of Maharashtra and World Economic Forum are working on setting up a data aggregation platform to bring more predictability in farming by using Satellite, Drones, on-ground weather station data along with soil health cards. Data generated will be sent as advisories to farmers and Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to develop a prediction model
  • Signed a Statement of Intent with NITI Aayog for collaboration in areas of emerging technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain and Internet of Things. State level pilots in Maharashtra will be replicated across the country in partnership with NITI Aayog.
  • In February 2018, the Government of Maharashtra launched Wadhwani AI, a not-for-profit Institute with a focus on solving social problems by harnessing the power of Artificial Intelligence. This Institute was inaugurated by the Hon. Prime Minister and is currently working in the areas of Agriculture and Healthcare.
  • Government of Maharashtra has set up 2060 automatic weather stations in every revenue circle of the State and uses Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to generate farm and weather related data, generating valuable insights for the farmers
  • Recently, an International Center for Transformational Artificial in Health (ICTAI - Health) was set up by Government of Maharashtra in partnership with Niti Aayog and Wadhwani AI and support by TATA Trusts, WISH Foundation, Stanford University, IIT - Madras and PATH Foundation
  • The State signed an Memorandum Of Understanding with University of Southern California for collaboration in using Artificial Intelligence for Societal Benefit
In order to continue the focus on technology-based solutions in governance, Government of Maharashtra is looking to partner with startups and organisations that are passionate about solving social challenges using their Artificial Intelligence based solutions

AI Innovation Challenge

Government of Maharashtra invites enthusiastic and passionate startups and organisations from all across India, that have developed Artificial Intelligence based solutions for social problems, to collaborate and partner with the Government in areas that include, but are not limited to, healthcare, agriculture, education, smart mobility and water management.

Winning startups of the AI Innovation Challenge will be given an opportunity to collaborate with the Government of Maharashtra on conducting a Proof Of Concept(POC) in the State.

That’s not it. Upto 2 startups, whose ideas have the most potential to create a positive social impact, stand a chance to win a cash prize of Rs 5 lakhs each as well as an opportunity to collaborate with the Hub at Wadhwani AI.


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