#FUTURE: A Watershed Moment in Kerala’s Digital Journey

Kochi: Giving a fresh impetus to Kerala’s ambitious plan to position the State on the forefront of the digital revolution unfolding in the country, a high profile two-day conclave titled #FUTURE, which weighed the boundless possibilities a digital future would offer for the State and policy frameworks required to help build a knowledge-based society, was held in Kochi in a reassuring atmosphere unprecedented in the State’s recent history.

 

Over 2000 entrepreneurs, policymakers, IT stalwarts and academicians turned up for #FUTURE, the first-of-its-kind digital summit in the State

 

Over 2000 entrepreneurs, policymakers, IT stalwarts, academicians and key decision makers turned up for the first-of-its-kind digital summit in the State – hailed by all key stakeholders as a step in the right direction – inaugurated by Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister, on March 22.“We have a wide range of highly qualified and skilled human resources and world-class physical and digital infrastructure that can attract emerging knowledge companies to Kerala,” he said, addressing all the top movers and shakers who had converged at Le Meridien, the venue of the big-ticket event.

“The Government of Kerala recognises the potential of skilled workforce available in the State, and through #FUTURE, we hope to provide a platform for them to connect and collaborate so as to enable a digital lifestyle for all in the State,” he added. The Chief Minister said that the government would ensure high-speed internet connectivity in every nook and corner of the State. In this connection, he announced the State Government’s plan to set up 1000 free Wi-Fi hotspots at various places across the State.

Pinarayi Vijayan underscored in his speech that it is highly imperative to fully utilise the digital opportunities and potential for the benefit of the common man. The inaugural ceremony of #FUTURE witnessed the formal release of M-Keralam App, an integrated mobile application for availing government services in a simplified way.
“It is important to project Kerala as a global digital destination and #FUTURE is a key step towards that direction. Embracing digital culture has prepared the State, which has skilled human resource having exposure to emerging technologies and intelligent devices, for making a leap,” Pinarayi Vijayan said.

He added that the Summit would gift a rare opportunity to startups and the vast pool of skilled youth to meet and interact with the top figures. The Summit is the brainchild of the High Power IT Committee (HPIC) constituted by the State Government. “It is significant that such an event is being held at a time when the world is on the threshold of a massive change. The aim of #FUTRE is to think about the future of Kerala and India, and the Summit is the first step in that direction,” said S D Shibulal, Chairman of the HPIC and Co-founder of Infosys.

Paul Antony IAS, Chief Secretary, Government of Kerala, unveiled the ‘knowledge report’, prepared by Ernst & Young, during the opening ceremony. V K Mathews, Chairman, IBS and M Sivasankar IAS, Secretary, Department of Electronics & IT, Government of Kerala spoke at the inaugural ceremony.

Dignitaries including Raghuram Rajan, former Governor of RBI; Nandan Nilekani, Infosys Co-founder and Non-Executive Chairman; Byju Raveendran, Founder of BYJU’s App; Anuradha Acharya, CEO of Mapmygenome and Gita Gopinath, Financial Advisor to Chief Minister of Kerala, addressed the event.