The 5th eINDIA2009, co-organised by the Department of Information Technology, Ministry of Communications and IT, Government of India was a great success, achieving record attendance and further establishing eINDIA a reputation as India’s largest ICT conference and exhibition. It took place at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Hyderabad, from 25th-27th August 2009. The event was hosted by the Department of Information Technology and Communications, Government of Andhra Pradesh and supported by the Ministry of Panchayati Raj and the Department of Administration and Reforms and Public Grievances, Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions, Government of India, in partnership with several Government agencies and departments, civil society organisations, international bilateral and multi-lateral agencies, the academia, and private sector companies.
eINDIA2009, through its five seminal conferences, focussed on the various application domains of ICT for Development – e-Governance, Digital Learning, Telecentres, ICT enabled Health services and e-Agriculture. The eINDIA conference saw around 320 speakers across seven thematic tracks and more than 3,000 delegates representing more than 35 countries. Partakers soaked up the latest opinions, trends, and insights from the government, academia and industry thought leaders, shared experiences with colleagues, made new contacts and strengthened existing relationships, and honed their ideas and knowledge.
The eINDIA exhibition showcased a wide array of the latest technology, IT, telecom, technology products and solutions especially designed for the government, businesses and end-users. The visitors were awed by the sheer size and magnitude of the exhibition, which had India’s top 100 IT companies exhibiting at eINDIA.
The eINDIA Awards programme was held alongside the eINDIA 2009 conference proceedings. The awards were conferred to the distinguished professionals and institutions working in the domains of: e-Agriculture, e-Governance, Digital Learning, e-Health, Municipal IT and Telecentre. The event also saw three thematic workshops organised in collaboration with various international organizations such as Internet Society, United Nations Solution Exchange and Euro-India ICT Cooperation.
In this issue of the magazine, we are covering the event reports of e-Gov, e-Agriculture and Telecentre Forum Conferences, which captures the deliberations of the panelists and their recommendation for the future ahead. This issue also covers the award winners in different categories with a brief introduction and achievements of the award winning initiatives. Our aim is to share the wealth of knowledge accumulated in the three-days of active conferencing, with all our readers.