28th Convergence India 2020 expo joins WTISD in promoting the direct link between ICT and sustainable development. With its Connect 2030 theme, the United Nations has underscored how innovations in the telecom sector can help propel society in the direction of smart, sustainable development. With special attention on ICT-enabled solutions to encourage economic, environmental and social sustainability; the theme demonstrates a shared global vision for development within the ICT industry.
The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the UN specialized agency for ICT, works alongside organisations to deal with issues of climate change, energy efficiency,
e-waste, rapid urbanization; and actively encourages adoption of ICT to achieve Sustainable Development Goals. The SDGs recognize that using ICT to increase global interconnectedness can greatly benefit the progress of mankind and bridge the existing digital & societal divides.
Over the last 28 years, Convergence India expo has continued to bring together innovators, from ICT, IT, internet, IoT, mobile, embedded technology and other related industries to deliberate the latest trends and disruptions impacting various industry verticals. With the theme of 'Digital India - Connecting the Unconnected', Convergence India expo provides a platform for players to promote Brand India, and extend the impact of 'Make in India' and 'Digital India' campaigns globally.
However, as global landscapes shift under the prevalence of COVID-19, like all industries the technology sector must reinvent and reorganize in order to thrive. Broadband technology is literally and figuratively a lifeline for global citizenry right now, as most people adapt to working from home, home-schooling, and staying connected to loved ones via various technological tools. The ICT industry has a crucial role to play as the world reconsolidates to emerge from this crisis. Governments, Venture Capitalists, Academic Institutions, Incubators, Start-ups, and businesses across the globe are investing in tech-enabled solutions to combat the COVID-19 outbreak.
India is developing policies to promote rapid development of technologies that can help eliminate the novel coronavirus. Salient initiatives include the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA) permitting companies to channel their mandatory Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) spending towards funding new and innovative technologies that will aid the fight against the pandemic. Invest India is supporting the efforts of the MCA by garnering a bank of CSR eligible innovations that can help in testing, curing and prevention of the disease. Convergence India expo commends the spirit of World Telecommunication and Information Society Day as technological innovations lead the battle against COVID-19.