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  • Raj Reddy Center At IIITH Hosts Inaugural Conference On Technology And Society

    'Annual Conference on Technology & Society' to promote greater understanding and utilization of the latest emerging technologies, as well as foster widespread adoption and innovation; especially for those at the bottom of the pyramid.

    Social scientists, NGOs, technologists, research groups, innovators, policy makers, impact funders and CSR organizations deliberated on how emerging technologies can assist and enable rural education and healthcare.

    Keynote speakers included Prof Raj Reddy, Chairman, GC, IIITH; G V Prasad, Co-Chairman, Dr Reddy's Laboratories Ltd and Dr K Srikanth Reddy, President, PHFI.

    The conference included plenary panel discussions themed on AI and Society, with special focus on how AI can enable social outcomes with Viiveck Varma, Former Advisor-Social Innovation, Telangana; Dr Ganesh Natarajan, Founder & Chairman, 5F World; Vivek Raghavan, Chief AI Evangelist, EkStep and Dr C S Murthy, Group Director, ISRO. They were positive that the convergence of many on-ground low-cost technologies, combined with AI; is helping bring about a positive impact in upskilling and employability of the youth as well as in the agriculture value chain.

    Another session on Healthcare at the BoP, specifically discussed how healthcare can be taken effectively to rural doorsteps with a panel consisting of Ramji Raghavan, Founder, Agastya Foundation; Manoj Gopalakrishnan, CEO, Care India; Meera Shenoy, Founder, Youth4Jobs & Amirullah Khan, CDPP & formerly with UNDP. They emphasised cause-effect thinking to get to the base of grassroot problems and solutions, and why its important to acknowledge the interlink between education and livelihood.

    Closed door roundtable discussions among social tech leaders, change makers and industry experts deliberated on how CSR can fund social change, and how collaborations can amplify tech-led impact. It also included a startup showcase highlighting the successes of startups that have used tech for social impact.
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    The Raj Reddy Center at IIITH is hosting its inaugural conference on technology and society this October. The conference, entitled "The Future of Technology: Implications for Society and Policy," will explore the implications of new technologies on society and policy, with a special focus on the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Keynote speakers include Ira Magaziner, founder and president of the Clinton Foundation, and Virginia Rometty, CEO of IBM.