Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan on Thursday launched M-Kerala, an unified app for all government services at #FUTURE 2018, a first-of-its-kind digital tech summit in the state.
With this Kerala also becomes the state with the largest public Wi-Fi deployment in the country. The state government has identified more than 1,000 general public hotspots for Wi-Fi in Kerala.
Access to internet is a basic human right in Kerala, a state with mobile tele-density of more than 115 per cent in 2017.
The state has also adopted a number of programmes to make the condition e-literate.
The internet penetration in the state is at 52 %. The state has a robust e-governance model with more than 3,000 paperless authorities offices.
What is #FUTURE?
- #FUTURE is Kerala’s first-ever Global Digital Summit and was inaugurated by Vijayan on Thursday in Kochi.
- #FUTURE would be the most high profile Digital Event and the best ever of its kind conducted in the condition of Kerala.
- The two day event will see the convergence of achievers, professionals, entrepreneurs, academicians, key influencers and other stakeholders in the knowledge industry from across the globe.
- They will discuss though value adding sessions – key notes and panel discussions – emerging trends, ground realities and opportunities that would help individuals, enterprises and business owners to compete and lead in a digital world.
- The theme of the event is ‘Towards a Digital Future’.
- #FUTURE is also the brainchild of Kerala’s High Power IT Committee (HPIC), headed by Infosys Co-Founder S D Shibulal.
Purpose of the event
The purpose of #FUTURE is to inspire and energise people towards a knowledge-driven digital future. Such renewed energy, drive and aspiration should help facilitate the accelerated growth of the IT/ digital opportunities.
The summit will discover participation from leaders, including Nandan Nilekani, Non-Executive Chairman, Infosys, Christoph Mueller, Chief Digital and Innovation Officer, Emirates Group, Roland Schuetz, Group CIO, Lufthansa Group, Alok Ohrie, President and MD, India Commercial, Dell EMC; and Byju Raveendran, founder and CEO, Byju’s.
They are among nearly 30 global experts who will share their knowledge and experiences during conversations scheduled over two days,covering sectors from travel and transportation; big data and health and sustainability to education and skills; technology and banking, finance and retail.
One of the outcomes of the summit will be formation of a 150-member ‘Digital Achievers Network of Kerala Origin’, who’ll become the brand ambassadors of Kerala and champion the state’s efforts to become a knowledge industry hub.