Author: Jagdish Kumar, India
In order to bring radical changes in public service with the help of emerging technologies, including Blockchain, India’s heavily forested state in central India, Chhattisgarh has completed its first global Blockchain challenge.
The state had called for a global challenge on using Blockchain technology for e-governance in which 118 candidates from India, the UK, the US, and Australia participated.
The challenge was organized by states information technology agency, CHiPS (Chhattisgarh Infotech Promotion Society).
Addressing the event, CHiPS CEO Alex Paul Menon said that its organization is already working with India’s planning think tank, NITI (National Institution for Transforming India) Aayog and also with a number of global experts who have taken a keen interest in collaborating with us to come up with the best ideas for the state.
The state has taken bold initiatives to deliver proactive e-governance to the citizens of Chhattisgarh.
Under this, four finalists were shortlisted after a series of intermediate tasks that included data exchange between departments, e-health records, land records, and an open slot where the participants were asked to submit their own problem statements and solutions.
The selected participants are GovBlocks (Somish Solutions Limited) for data exchange; Medichain (iNamaste Solutions and Services Pvt Ltd) for health records; SmileBots (WisdomTree EduTech LLP) for health records; and Trimtab Innovation Pvt Ltd for open innovation.
At the event it was announced that the state is working on similar projects that includes e-Health records, land records management, etc., which CHiPS is doing in collaboration with NITI Aayog.
Menon also said that Chhattisgarh is following the example of countries like Estonia, a young country that has been in a forefront of encouraging emerging technologies to deliver public services.
The participants were given four use-cases in data exchange between departments, e-health records, land records, and an open slot. They were asked to submit their own problem statements and solutions.
The winner was selected by deliberations of four panel of judges comprised technical experts, functional experts from their respective domains, and government officials.
UK’s Agriledger CEO and founder Genevieve Leveille, a globally well-renowned Blockchain technologist; Primechain Technologies Chief Blockchain Architect Rohas Nagpal who is now working with Indian banks to test Blockchain solutions among others decided the winner.
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