Citi announced the award recipients of Tech for Integrity (T4I) Challenge in India.
In Hyderabad, 19 shortlisted technology companies presented their solutions to the esteemed jury at the Demo Day on June 13. The initiative from Citi, in collaboration with private and public sector partners, offered technology companies an opportunity to innovate in the areas of financial transactions, cyber security, financial education, grievance redressal, cutting red tape, and other such spaces.
The award recipients included:
Citi T4I Award - Transparency International Ukraine Prozorro.Sale is an e-auction system that enables Governments to auction and sell state-owned assets in a transparent, effective and fair manner. This solution was built in partnership with the international anti-corruption organization, Transparency International.
Audience Choice Award - Janaagraha Centre for Citizenship and Democracy IPaidABribe.com is a citizen-driven reporting platform for tracking bribe payment activity, as well as a channel for dissemination of information related to citizen services.
Telangana State Government Special Award, announced by IT Secretary, Mr. Jayesh Ranjan ? Crediwatch Information Analytics Pvt. Limited
Peer Choice Award - Crediwatch Information Analytics Pvt. Limited Crediwatch platform helps businesses and Governments make data-driven procurement decisions about potential vendors and partners. The platform curates data from distributed and unstructured sources, and uses computational techniques like machine learning, NLP (natural language processing) and visualization to enable these decisions.
In India, T4I was supported by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), the Digital India Foundation, and several leading private sector companies including IBM, PwC, Microsoft, Mastercard, Facebook, Let's Talk Payments and Wipro. The tech solutions received were evaluated by a jury and the selected finalists then showcased their innovations to a wide and knowledgeable audience at the ‘Demo Day' in Hyderabad. Out of the 19 shortlisted teams, 16 teams that presented were from India, two from Kenya and one from Ukraine. They were judged on six criteria - Global Reach, Innovation, Scalability, Integrity Impact, Functionality, and Implementation Feasibility.
"T4I successfully brought all stakeholders onto one common platform in a bid to accelerate solutions that are required in today's increasingly digital environment. This initiative gave our partners and the Government the opportunity to tap into new ideas and projects for public services," said Anand Chopra, Head of Operations and Technology, Citi South Asia, at the press conference that presented the shortlisted finalists.
Out of the 1,000+ applications received from across the world, 213 teams qualified for the accelerator program and 103 finalists presented across the six demo days hosted in Mexico, Buenos Aires, Dublin, Singapore and Abu Dhabi, besides Hyderabad. India received 309 entries.