Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Stockholm Challenge - Common Man Benefits from the Best Global IT Projects

www.GovTech.net is a website that aims to identify and promote Information Technology solutions for governments at both the local and state level. This Stockholm based site also holds an annual worldwide competition that invites candidates to present their Information Technology based solutions that make us of the benefits of Information and Communication Technology to help the masses and the governments.

The 2006 version of the competition received a wide variety of entries that were placed under categories of Health, Public Administration, Education, Environment, Culture and Economic Development.

The public administration category has 23 finalists from 15 countries, that range in scope from Mexico's Digital Government Strategy and the U.S. Government's FirstGov.gov Web portal, to Computers on Wheels, a project from India that delivers wireless Internet connectivity by motorcycle to 21 remote villages, and Dialog With the Grassroots, a combination of radio and Internet connectivity between isolated communities in the Himalayas.

Guess which country had the maximum projects in the pipeline....Not the US....It was INDIA.

The following is a list of the Indian projects. ( For a full list of finalists - Click here)

AKASHGANGA
ITC eChoupal
Knowledge Networking for Rural Development in Asia/Pacific Region (ENRAP), Phase II
Rajeev Internet Village - e-Commerce model for poor people
AGMARKNET
GIRI PRAGNA
HISP India
OpenMED@NIC
AIDS-Awareness: Patent Wars on AIDS Drugs
NIRPHAD
Setu
Lokvani(Voice of People)-An E-ffort to Empower citizen through E-Governance.
HimBhoomi(Land Records Computerisation)
Computers on Wheels (COW)
Information Kerala Mission (IKM) for strengthening decentralisation and local democracy in Kerala.
Parishkruthi

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