The program dubbed INVITE - Initiative to Nurture a Vibrant Information Technology Ecosystem, calls upon final year engineering students to work on projects for e-Governance that cater to different departments in the government. The government has also given 22 project areas that can be utilized by students as the basis for the projects. Sample areas include G2C (Government to Citizen) and G2B (Government to Business) projects
- Anganawadi - Women & Child Welfare department
- PROFIT - Portal for Regular Faculty Improvement & Training, Department of Collegiate Education
- SSAS - Sarva Sikshana Abyaan Software
- SPTS - Sports Performance Tracking Software, Youth Services Department
- Agriculture Information - Comprehensive Agriculture Information Kiosk (CAIK) - Department of Agriculture & Horticulture
Each project would be evaluated by a panel of judges that would comprise of members of BITES, IBM and Department of IT, Karnataka.
IBM has provided the necessary e-Mentors who the students can consult via e-mail to clarify and overcome technical obstacles. IBM also has thrown open its huge e-Resources that the students can refer to. The official site also lists open source freeware that students can make use of to develop their projects. The entire exercise aims at providing students an opportunity to work on real projects of social and e-governance significance, provide the government with industry validated software to roll out e-Governance projects and finally provide an industry giant like IBM the opportunity to nurture young talent and provide for their career progression.