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Microsoft brings together startups to offer ‘Smart City’ solutions in Telangana

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From Left: Ravi Narayan – Director Microsoft Ventures in India; K Taraka Rama Rao – Minister for Information Technology, Govt of Telangana; Neeraj Gill – Head, Public Sector – Microsoft India and Jayesh Ranjan – Secretary for Information Technology, Govt of Telangana releasing the Concept Note at the Smart City Startups Conclave in Hyderabad, Telangana.

From Left: Ravi Narayan, Director, Microsoft Ventures in India; KT Rama Rao, Minister for Information Technology, Govt of Telangana; Neeraj Gill , Head, Public Sector – Microsoft India and Jayesh Ranjan, Secretary for Information Technology, Govt of Telangana releasing the Concept Note at the Smart City Startups Conclave in Hyderabad.

Software giant Microsoft joined hands with Telangana Government to map innovative city solutions for cities in the state with involvement of startups.

Microsoft organised a Smart City Startups Conclave, which was attended by Telangana IT Minister KT Rama Rao; IT Secretary Jayesh Ranjan and other senior officials of the State Government. The conclave was within the framework of its CityNext program, which offers an opportunity to harness the enormous potential of entrepreneurs and develop citizen centric solutions using Microsoft technology.

The conclave power-packed with insightful discussions focused on solutions and apps in the areas of transport, healthcare, public safety, water and energy by startups from the Microsoft Ventures’ Portfolio which included Mybustickets.in, Celstream, iBot and FlamencoTech.

KT Rama Rao, Minister for Information Technology, Government of Telangana also launched ‘Accelerate India – Technology for Growth’, a concept note with solutions available for smart cities from a total of 21 startups.

“Developing smart cities is important to drive the state’s growth. With this focus, we are pleased to partner with Microsoft India to leverage its technology offerings and expertise to help transform Telangana into a sustainable and competitive state that cares for its citizens,” Rao said.

“We are committed to the welfare of our citizens by expanding the opportunities for e-governance, citizen services and economic growth in Telangana.”

Emphasising on technology as an enabler of constant modernisation, Jayesh Ranjan, IAS, Secretary for Information Technology, Government of Telangana said, “Over the course of the next few months, we look forward to working with Microsoft and various start-up partners, on solutions across areas that will help us keep the citizen at the center of our development and fulfill our smart city vision.”

Neeraj Gill, General Manager – Public Sector, Microsoft India said, “This platform offers a fresh perspective from entrepreneurs to enable sustainable development and scaling of smart cities with simple, easy to implement and low-cost solutions.”

“Furthermore, with our local data centres which are now live, the Government and solution providers can use the massive computing power now available locally to accelerate e-governance, drive inclusive growth, innovation and digital transformation.”

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