Intel has launched the Digital Wellness Online Challenge, in collaboration with the National e-Governance Division (NeGD) on July 1. This is to show its commitment to the Digital India initiative. This online quiz is aimed at sensitizing and creating a culture of digital wellness amongst children from classes 6 to 12 by promoting awareness on the benefits as well as the potential threats of Internet-based interactions and familiarizing students with different types of cyber threats, consequences and protective measures, reported this source. This quiz has reached over 5 lakh children in one week alone, and will be on till July 17.
Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group and Managing Director, Intel South Asia, Debjani Ghosh said, “Intel has long been committed to the vision of Digital India and strongly believes that it is the foundation for transforming India into a technology empowered entrepreneurial economy. For this vision to become a reality, enhancing digital awareness is a must amongst our young citizens, who will create the future of the country. The Digital Wellness Online Challenge strived to do just that and with the strong support we received from NeGD and DeitY, were able to reach over 5 lakh children in just a week through this Challenge.”
The online quiz is available in Hindi and English. On successful completion of the quiz, the students will be given an option to print/e-mail their electronic certificates. Four winners per state will be declared as ‘Digital Wellness Champions’. These winners will be invited to New Delhi by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) and be felicitated in an award ceremony.
Intel had also launched the National Digital Literacy Mission in 2012, along with NASSCOM and DeitY. This has now been taken over by DeitY to drive mass scale digital literacy in India. Intel also worked with the NASSCOM Foundation to train over 10,000 citizens with digital literacy skills during the Digital India Week.
Another project that Intel recently announced was its collaboration with the Department of Science and Technology (DST) over the “Innovate for Digital India Challenge”, which focuses on the creation of products to increase technology adoption in India, that will eventually result in the creation of a local technology ecosystem. This has received support from DeitY and MyGov.in and is being managed by IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation Incubation and Entrepreneurship (CIIE).
This Challenge received 1,913 entries and a jury is currently going through all the applications to shortlist the top 50 teams, that will get a chance to present their ideas. These will then be shortlisted to the top 20, who will enter the accelerator phase, where they will be mentored extensively, to get their ideas to the market.
Speaking about the Challenge, Gaurav Dwivedi, CEO, MyGov.in, said in the release, “Innovation and entrepreneurship have emerged as a vital cornerstone of today’s knowledge economy. The Innovate for Digital India Challenge is a great leap towards fostering innovation, through which several ideas which will be mentored. We are delighted with the response we’ve received for this Challenge and we’re sure that in the coming months, we will see some innovative ideas reaching fruition to serve as a base for developing innovation and entrepreneurship focused at realizing the Digital India vision.”
Intel has been closely working with the ecosystem to help push inclusive growth and increase the domestic technology adoption across the three vision areas of Digital India – (i) digital infrastructure as utility to citizens, (ii) governance and services on demand and (iii) digital empowerment of citizens.