WASHINGTON: Leading US-based entrepreneur and policymaker Sam Pitroda will soon lead nearly 100 young social innovators to India to discuss how technology can make social enterprises more effective. The event, organised by non-profit body 'Action for India', will see leading entrepreneurs and innovators taking part in day-long discussions in New Delhi on January 21.
Prominent among them include Ed Cutrell, unit head of Microsoft Research's Technology for Emerging Markets and Sushmita Ghosh, President Emeritus of Ashoka, a working community of nearly 3000 leading social entrepreneurs. Pitroda, who is currently advisor to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on public information infrastructure and innovations, said deliberations on ways to tap the innovation potential of youngsters in the country would be held at the event. "To unleash the innovation potential in the country we need to tap into the creative energy of our young entrepreneurs," said Pitroda, who guides Action For India (AFI) as the honorary chairman. During the event, young social innovators who have made significant impact with their innovations in Agriculture, Education, Energy, Livelihoods and Healthcare will place their specific needs before technology providers such as Nokia, Intel and Microsoft.
Source: ET, 12 Jan, 2012