5th BW Digital India Awards: Jury Speaks

Digital India Awards

Aside from the annual BW Businessworld Digital Awards, BW has also created a few marquee events including “Most Respected Companies Award”, “Magna Awards”, “BW Young Entrepreneurs Award”.

BW Businessworld, an Indian business magazine based in New Delhi founded in 1981, has announced the three thrust areas for the 5th annual BW Businessworld Digital India Summit and Awards, which was held last 28 June at Shangri-La’s Hotel, New Delhi.

  • Infrastructure as a utility to every citizen
  • Digital empowerment of citizens
  • Governance and services on demand

As a flagship program of the Government of India, BW Businessworld Digital India Summit & Awards’ vision is to transform India into a digitally empowered society & knowledge economy. Annually, digital experts in both the government and private sectors meet to celebrate the development of the digital and tech landscape. Digital India, Smart Cities, eGovernance, AI, ML, Analytics, Blockchain, Financial Inclusion, Security, PSUs, Education, And Health are some of the hot topics covered in the event.

Dr. Lovneesh Chanana, Vice President, Digital Government in APJ at SAP said:

“The summit and awards are a means to bring to the forefront such practices for others and it will have a sustainable impact on people learning and getting motivated to replicate their experiences.”

Ajay Chagti, Special Secretary (Information Technology), Government of NCT of Delhi, commented:

“Businessworld has taken an excellent initiative which will help in pointing out in best of best practices in private as well as government and it will increase the scope of replication of these practices. “

Among the eminent jury selected aside from Dr. Chanana and Chagti were – Dr. Charru Malhotra, Associate, Professor (e-Governance & ICT), IIPA; Sourav Mishra, Senior Manager – India Market Development, NASSCOM; Vinit Goenka, Secretary, Centre For Knowledge Sovereignty, Member Governing Council – CRIS Ministry Of Railways Government Of India and Dr. Annurag Batra, Chairman & Editor-in-Chief. BW Businessworld Media Pvt Ltd. Dr. Rashmi Singh, Secretary, New Delhi Municipal Council chaired the jury.

According to Sourav Mishra, there was a transparent and thorough discussion among jury members in selecting winners in evaluating the contenders based on the following parameters: scalability, timeline, measurability, result or impact, accessibility, and innovation.

Dr. Charru Malhotra added:

“The selection process was methodical and structured. The research work was very well done by the BW team, it was easier to select the winner because of that.”

With a digitally transformed India in mind, the jury members expressed their views on the initiatives required to achieve that vision.

“E-solutions are not seen as a panacea to challenges around us. E-solutions and digital mode designed should be adapted with a complete understanding of the process as these solutions are meant to ease the citizen’s user experience. In order to do that, we need to bring all the stakeholders on board as the digital services provided do not reach the target audience,” Dr. Rashmi Singh said.

Award Categories

• Best Initiative in Transport and Mobility

• Best Citizen Engagement Initiative

• Best Data Security Initiative

• Best Safe & Secure Environment Initiative

• Best Infrastructure Initiative

• Best Education and Healthcare Service Initiative

• Best Agriculture and Farming Initiative

• Best Financial Inclusion Initiative

• Best Public Services Initiative

• Leader of the Year (Digital Transformation)

• Leader of the Year (e-Governance)

• Startup of the Year (Digital Transformation)

• Best Governance Initiative

The winners of Digital India Awards were awarded on 28th June 2019.

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