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Global summit on Artificial Intelligence spearheading social empowerment in April

The summit will be a global consultation on using Artificial Intelligence for social empowerment, inclusion and transformation in key areas like healthcare, agriculture, education and smart mobility

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The Government of India (GoI) has recently announced a mega event, RAISE 2020- ‘Responsible AI for Social Empowerment 2020,’ to be held from April 11-12, 2020 in New Delhi. RAISE 2020 is India's first Artificial Intelligence summit to be organised by the Government in partnership with Industry & Academia.

The summit will be a global meeting of minds to exchange ideas and charter a course to use artificial intelligence (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 organised an Industry Consultation with industry representatives to bring in synergies within India’s Artificial Intelligence landscape.

Chairing the consultation, Ajay Prakash Sawhney, Secretary, Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (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 details about the consultation, 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 utilising 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."

RAISE 2020, a 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 start with a startup challenge – Pitchfest followed by the two-day summit will witness robust participation from global industry leaders, key opinion makers, government representatives and academia.

Besides MeitY Secretary and NeGD CEO, the consultation was attended by Gopalakrishnan S., Additional Secretary, MeitY; Jyoti Arora, Additional Secretary & Financial Advisor, MeitY; Sanjay Goel, Joint Secretary, MeitY and Saurabh Gaur, Joint Secretary, MeitY from the government. Besides the government, industry associations including FICCI, CII, ASSOCHAM and NASSCOM along with corporates namely Intel, AWS, KPMG, IBM, Oracle and AI startups amongst others participated in the consultation.

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