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First AWS Cloud Innovation Center in India to accelerate innovation in agriculture, healthcare, and skill development

Bengaluru, NFAPost: The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog), the Government of India’s premier policy think tank, has established a frontier technologies Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to help address societal challenges through digital innovation.

The NITI Aayog Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center is the first AWS CIC in India, the 12th around the world, and the first AWS CIC that will address societal challenges at a national level.

The AWS Cloud Innovation Centers Global Program provides an opportunity for government agencies, nonprofits, and education institutions, to collaborate on pressing challenges, apply design thinking methodology, test new ideas, and access technology expertise from AWS.

Cloud technology

Max Peterson

Speaking at the inaugural webinar, Amazon Web Services Vice President, Inc International Sales, Worldwide Public Sector Max Peterson said public sector organisations around the world use cloud technology to innovate in a fast and agile manner, address problems at scale, and transform public services for citizens.

“Our Cloud Innovation Centers (CIC) program is designed to be a catalyst for innovation in public sector, by bringing together technology experts to address challenges. We are excited to collaborate with NITI Aayog, and support its public sector mission in India,” said Amazon Web Services Vice President, Inc International Sales, Worldwide Public Sector Max Peterson.

Anna Roy

Expressing happiness over the development, NITI Aayog Senior Adviser Anna Roy said the NITI Aayog Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center (CIC) with AWS will bring together government stakeholders, startups, and local organisations in India to innovate and create new approaches to solving problems.

Innovation expertise

“Through the CIC program, we have the opportunity to experiment with the latest technology, and access world-class innovation expertise that will help us advance citizen services, and better understand how frontier technologies can address the unique needs of our country,” said NITI Aayog Senior Adviser Anna Roy.

The NITI Aayog Frontier Technologies CIC addresses a core mission to identify and deploy leading edge technologies to drive continuous innovation in delivering citizen services. The center will work to identify and prioritize projects as well as collaborate with local leaders, including subject matter experts at the state and district level, to solve critical societal challenges. Local enterprises, startups, researchers, and universities in India will experiment and build prototypes on AWS Cloud, and contribute along with the global CIC community dedicated to accelerating societal innovation.

AWS India and South Asia AISPL Public Sector Regional Head Rahul Sharma said with AWS Cloud, public sector organisations get the power of the broadest and deepest cloud services to accelerate their missions and make the world a better place.

Societal impact

“We are deeply committed to help public sector organizations in India achieve transformational economic and societal impact, and look forward to sharing our global experiences to accelerate digital innovation in the country,” said AWS India and South Asia AISPL Public Sector Regional Head Rahul Sharma.

The NITI Aayog Frontier Technologies Cloud Innovation Center joins a global network of AWS Public Sector Cloud Innovation Centers across Australia, Bahrain, Canada, France, Germany, South Korea, and United States. For more information about the Amazon Web Services Cloud Innovation Centers Program, visit https://aws.amazon.com/government-education/cloud-innovation-centers/.

For 14 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 175 fully featured services for compute, storage, databases, networking, analytics, robotics, machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), mobile, security, hybrid, virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) services.

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