Author: Govpreneur India

Is this tweet by Narendra Modi when he won, the most Retweeted one?

On 16th May 2009 at 12.09 PM Narendra Modi the then PM candidate of BJP and now to-be sworn in PM tweeted that India has Won. He is the first person to who was born after independence to become PM. This elections set  records in many ways. The live tweet is embedded below.

When Barack Obama was re-elected his social media team sent out a tweet which Govpreneur covered. The tweet is embedded below.

While he is social media savvy Narendra Modi still has a long way to go in making retweet records. Going forward we can see many more historic moments on twitter. May you live in interesting times.

 

Make a Drone for Good and win One Million Dollars – UAE Govt

This entry is part 2 of 7 in the series Future of Gov

drone for good

Gone are the days when Drones were used for killing in conflict areas. Civilian applications for drones have come of age and the UAE Government offers USD 1 Mn to promising prototypes that may benefit humanity.

There is a also prize of one millon AED for UAE nationals in the national competition.

Here is the details.

The International competition is dedicated to rewarding the most promising prototypes of future services that may benefit humanity at large.

Submissions must be able to demonstrate a working prototype that could conceivably be developed into a working system within the next 1 to 3 years.

The goal of the international competition is to highlight the most advanced research into UAVs and drones and accelerate their application in humanitarian, development and public service applications.

Eligibility
  • The International competition is open to anyone in the world.
  • Individuals, teams, or companies are eligible.
  • An individual, team or company may submit up to three (3) separate entries.
  • Eligible participants from the National competition may also enter the International competition as well.
Criteria

Submissions must:

  • Be forward looking and use the most advanced civilian UAV technology available
  • Describe the human need
  • Describe the proposed solution for meeting that need
  • Describe how it will be done

Submissions can suggest new ways of improving an existing service using drones, or new kinds of services that could be practically and economically implemented through these technologies.

Submissions must also be:

  • Fully autonomous
  • Safe
  • Effective
  • Economical
Categories

Submissions to the International competition can address any human need, service improvement or public good. This could include:

  • Disaster relief
  • Humanitarian aid
  • Economic development
  • Public health
  • Education
  • Civil defense
  • Logistics
  • Environment
  • Etc.

Concepts need not be 100% ready to deploy today, but must push the boundaries of what may be possible in the coming 1 to 3 years.

This could include applications to disaster relief, humanitarian aid, or any number of government services or useful applications.

Timeline & Key Dates

The International competition has three phases:

  • Phase 1: Open Call – 11th of May to 1st of August, 2014
  • Phase 2: Semi-finals – 15th of August to 15th of November, 2014
  • Phase 3: Finals – 1st of December, 2015 to 1st of January, 2015
Phase 1: Open Call

Phase 1 begins on the 11th of May. The goal of Phase 1 is to come up with the best idea for improving human lives through drone-based services. Participants have until the 1st of May to complete their registration, create a 2 minute video describing their idea, and submit a video to the competition website. A long-list of semi-finalists will be announced by the 1st of August.

Phase 2: Semi-finals

Phase 2 begins on the 15th of August, with the announcement of the long-list of semi-finalists. The goal of Phase 2 is to describe a complete technical solution for your service idea. Semi-finalists will need to submit a detailed technical proposal describing how their service idea will be delivered. Full technical documentation must be upload to the competition website by the 15th of November, 2014.

Phase 3: Finals

The final round of the International competition begins on the 1st of December, 2014 with the announcement of the short-list of finalists. The goal of the Final Phase is to address concerns raised in Phase 2 and demonstrate the actual service. Finalists must prepare a short presentation outlining the technical, functional and economic aspects of their service, as well as perform a live demonstration in front of a panel of judges in Dubai on January 1st, 2015. The winner will be selected and announced one month later at the Government Summit in Dubai, February 8th, 2015.

Award
  • All semi-finalists of the International competition will receive $5,000 USD to develop and improve their prototype.
  • All finalists for the International competition will be flown to Dubai, UAE for the final presentation and award, with their accommodation and other expenses covered.
  • The 1st place winner of the International competition will receive $1 million USD.
How to Submit

To submit, participants must do the following:

Phase 1: Open Call
  • Step 1: Register on this website
  • Step 2: Upload a 1 to 2 minute video describing your service concept
    Your Video submission should:

    • Describe the service need
    • Describe the proposed solution for meeting that need
    • Describe how it will be done
    • Be uploaded to YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video-sharing website, set to private, and the link should be pasted into the submission form.
  • Step 3: Describe your service idea in 500 words or less
Phase 2: Semi-Finalists

A group of candidates from the open call will then be selected as semi-finalists. They will be selected based on the quality of their idea, the importance of their service, and the feasibility of their concept.

Semi-finalists will be invited to submit a detailed technical proposal that must include:

  • Detailed description of the service including:
    • 3 to 5 minute video
    • 2,000 to 5,000 word write-up describing the full service
  • A technical report detailing:
    • Plans & schematics of how it will work
    • Components used
    • Flight time, speed and range
    • Operating system
    • Take off and landing
    • Power source
    • Avionics, sensors / optics
    • Cargo system
    • Tracking / management system
    • Etc
  • Estimated cost
  • Safety, security and regularity issues raised
  • Other limitations of the service and proposed solutions

Semi-finalists will be judged by a dedicated Technical Committee from around the world, based on their assessment of the feasibility and technical aspects of the proposed service.

Phase 3: Finalists

A small group of finalists will then be selected from the semi-final proposals. Finalists will be flown to Dubai in January to give a live presentation and demonstration of their service in front of a panel of final judges. The winner will be chosen and announced one month later, on February 8th, 2015, at the Government Summit in Dubai.

In their presentation Finalists must:

  • Describe the service
  • Describe the need
  • Describe the technical system
  • Describe the feasibility of the approach
  • Address any technical concerns raised by the Technical Committee

Points will be awarded based on the importance of the service, the feasibility of the proposal, the strength of the presentation, and the results of the live demonstration. The winner will be selected by the Judging Panel and announced at the Government Summit 2015.

Coming Soon – An Insurance Agent in Every Village of India

Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority (Irda) has issued new guidelines allowing insurers to use licensed Common Service Centres (CSCs) as distribution networks in rural areas. Insurance companies can market certain categories of retail policies through a special-purpose vehicle with the help of a Rural Authorised Person (RAP), who, in turn, will act as an insurance agent.

The RAPs will have to undergo 20 hours of mandatory training and register on the Learning Management System website. The online examination of RAPs will be conducted by the National Institute of Electronics and Information Technology, which is an autonomous scientific society of the government’s Department of Electronics and Information Technology.

The CSC model is an initiative of the National e-Governance Plan and will operate in rural areas without access to internet. The plan provides services like e-governance, education and utility payments and works on the public-private partnership model.

Read More at http://m.financialexpress.com/news/rural-blitz/1166753/

GovCloud – Maharashtra shows the way with MahaGov Cloud

Cloud Computing Government

Have you ever imagined a government acting like a commercial service provider. That too in the IT arena. Mahagov Cloud is such an offering by the state government of Maharashtra. The Mahagov Cloud offers a scalable Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), Software as a Service (Saas) and other miscellaneous services on a clear rate chart.

Security concerns associated with cloud adoption was the limiting factor in government sector. Especially since the government applications are likely to have sensitive data a specialized offering dedicated to governments became the need of the hour. Mahagov Cloud becomes the first mover in the gCloud space and certainly others will follow suit.

Cloud Computing was the buzzword since 2010 and adoption in companies have proved to reduce costs, increase efficiency and over the past two years the security concerns that always dominated the discussion on adoption of cloud computing services have been largely addressed. A cloud offering on clear terms similar to commercial vendors by a government service provider exclusively to government departments fills a critical gap.

The State Data Centres (SDCs) established as part of the National eGovernance Plan (NeGP) created the launchpad for the first gCloud offering in India. The service of data centre in Government has been transformed by making it a Pay-as-You-Go service. Gone are the days when mere automation was considered eGovernance. The emergence of gCloud is likely help the movement for interoperability fuelled by the Open Data Initiative. Reduced costs and reduced barrier to entry is likely to fuel innovation at grassroots.

The Government department operating in silos will feel the need and possibility of collaboration with other departments. eGovernance providers  and Social startups are provided with a new opportunity to create a lasting and relevant impact. IT in Government is moving from a expenditure paradigm to impact paradigm.

Paper on Social Media in District Administration

I wrote a paper on using social media in District Administration. The summary is that Government should go where its constituents are. If Citizens are Customers, then Government should definitely engage with citizens on social media.

This paper was written for eIndia 2011 Conference. Social media has gained more prominence in the Governmental set up ever since. If you need a background on why/how to use social media in the field administration this paper will provide some pointers.

An approach to use of Social Media in District Administration

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