With India marching towards its vision of creating '100 Smart Cities', the momentum seems to be catching up and more and more awareness programmes, workshop by either government bodies or private organisations are held to educate, encourage and exhibit knowledge and products related to smart cities.
Our Smart Cities Council India lead partner, Microsoft exhibited some of its latest solutions and apps, in the area of transport, healthcare, public safety, water and energy developed by startups from Microsoft Ventures Portfolio.
The 'Smart City Startups Conclave' was held in Hyderabad, Telangana, on 6 October, 2015, in association with the Telangana government. IT minister KT Rama Rao and IT secretary Jayesh Ranjan were the key dignitaries present at the event along with some senior Telangana government officials.
Sustainable development with low cost solutions for Smart Cities – Putting a prespective to the event, Neeraj Gill, General Manager, Public Sector, Microsoft India , said “this platform offers a fresh perspective from entrepreneurs to enable sustainable development and scaling of smart cities with simple, easy to implement and low-cost solutions within the framework of our CityNext program".
Microsoft Ventures is a global initiative to help entrepreneurs build great companies. Microsoft CityNext is to empower people - whether governments, citizens, or businesses - to transform their cities and their future.
KT Rama Rao, IT minister for Telangana announced the launch of “Accelerate India - Technology for Growth”, a concept note with solutions available for smart cities from a total of 21 startups.
“We are committed to the welfare of our citizens by expanding the opportunities for e-governance, citizen services and economic growth in Telangana. Developing smart cities is important to drive the state's growth," said the minister.
As part of the Centre's Smart City initiative the government has so far released Rs 2 crore for each of the selected city for carrying out the initial expenses. Most of the selected (88) cities have appointed consultant to prepare a detailed smart city plan.
Greater Warangal and Greater Hyderabad are the two cities in the list of 98 smart cities announced by the government in late August.