To make cities in India smart, there is a need of an integrated approach to modernize infrastructure, and leverage technology to improve efficiency and capacity of city services.
PM Narendra Modi had announced his vision to set up 100 smart cities across the country in 2014. The mission intends to promote adoption of smart solutions for efficient use of available assets, resources and infrastructure. From providing a decent quality of life, a clean and sustainable environment, to robust IT connectivity, or e-governance, a smart city will be equipped with these amenities provided through smart solutions.
Taking a step ahead, Microsoft Ventures, DLabs at the Indian School of Business, and Ashoka University have joined hands to launch “AIM Smart City accelerator programme” to identify, invest in and support the best startups focused on making cities a better place.
“This is a unique initiative in the spirit of translating the Government’s focus on smart cities into action. Beyond funding and mentoring, we also going to liaise with the Government to consider the solutions proposed by our startups.” says Priyank Narayan, Director – Entrepreneurship Programmes, Ashoka University.
A smart city is the one which uses technology and intelligent urban systems to enhance quality of life and encourage sustainable utilisation of resources while actively engaging with it’s citizens and environment, is the need of future.
AIM Smart City Accelerator Programme has come up with a concept to identify startups or entrepreneurs who use connected solutions, technology and systems to productise ideas and bring these solutions to the market for rapid and mass adoption.