PM’s digital vision goes global, India is Country of the Year 2022 VivaTech | Latest News India

India will be the “Country of the Year” at the upcoming VivaTech 2022, the largest technology and digital trade fair in Europe, taking place in Paris from June 15th to 18th. It is the first time that Vivatech has awarded the prestigious designation to a country. The feat comes a year after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s keynote speech, which drew widespread attention in both Europe and India.

The award is a global recognition of India’s contribution to the world of technology, innovation and startups, and also marks 75 years of Indian independence and as many years of diplomatic relations between India and France, the Embassy of India in France said in a statement.

This year, the Indian delegation at VivaTech will be led by Trade Union Minister for Communications, Electronics and IT Ashwini Vaishnaw, Indian Ambassador to France Jawed Ashraf, over 100 officials, CEOs and digital experts. India will showcase to the world its success in public digital infrastructure, including those for digitization of payments, financial inclusion, health and welfare, etc.

The sophisticated products for green and clean mobility such as e-cars and scooters, drones will be on display. Up to 65 startups will be presented, including 15 in the India Pavilion and 51 in the Digital Pavilion.

Alongside Labor Secretary Vaishnaw’s keynote speech, four CEOs and technology leaders will share their insights from the main stages across the four days.

The Indian Pavilion will host 15 Indian startups, each of which can engage with visitors directly or in online mode. Key exhibits at the India Pavilion include TCS’ Jaguar Formula E-Car, an electric aircraft developed by an IIT Mandi-backed company that can operate in hilly terrain and urban areas for zero-carbon, fast, and economical transportation.

The India Pavilion will also showcase innovations including a Spandan wearable EKG machine built by a startup called Sunfox. The portable 12-lead ECG device offers 24/7 ECG monitoring via a compact smartphone app from anywhere. It can detect 21 arrhythmia patterns, 12 cardiac dysfunctions, live ECG monitoring option, etc.

The India Pavilion will also showcase Annie, the world’s first self-learning Braille device for the visually impaired. Developed by startup Thinkerbell Labs, it enables students to learn to read, write and type Braille on their own.


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