A snapshot of our 2nd co-creation workshop #Conceive #Collaborate #Create

We held our 2nd co-creation workshop on December 18th in Bangalore, as a part of our continued mission to catalyse the urban innovation ecosystem. We had an extremely productive session with an array of organisation spanning startups and non profits who were in attendance: Oizom, Zippr, Roadcare, Akara research and Praja Foundation with support from our partners Village Capital and Social Alpha.

The session

Based on feedback from our last session and inputs from our attendees we focused on introducing our platform DIGIT and initiating the thought process on how co-creation would look for each attendee. DIGIT can serve as the OS of a city or the backbone for civic focused solutions and has been built for this with it having performance at scale, easy extensions, data security, cloud agnosticism and being mobile first. In fact, three of the companies from the last cohort have already begun the process of co-creation with us, working towards presenting a proof of concept.

Societal Platform Thinking

We began the session with an introduction to Societal Platform thinking by our Strategic Advisor and Chief Curator of Societal Platform, Sanjay Purohit. In addition to introducing Societal Platform thinking as a concept to the attendees,  Sanjay provided examples from our journey and other ventures who are looking to solve complex problems at scale. The key takeaway was the need for a co-creation ecosystem, the process to build one and how to manage it effectively.

Wrapping up

We then began the process of introducing the attendees to our architecture, DIGIT and its capabilities. We were able to brainstorm on use cases that we could collaborate on and also share our experiences of state wide implementations. Insights from our experiences and the domain expertise of our attendees made for a productive discussion with a focus on how to actualise market access at speed and scale.

We look forward to continuing the journey to drive innovation in the urban ecosystem and collaborating with this session’s attendees to transform urban India. Visit digit.org to find out more about our platform and get in touch with us at partner@egovernments.org to be a part of our next session.

An introduction to the attendees

Zippr

Zippr has developed DDN, an end-to-end addressing system which provides a digital street-based addressing system for municipalities and local bodies

Oizom

Oizom delivers Environmental Impact Solutions using IoT Technology. The solution acquires Environmental data and further analyses it for actionable insights.

Akara Research

Akara Research is a  solution provider that removes information asymmetry for governance decisions. They  seek to achieve this through a converged system of information codified as data from myriad sources – internal and external to an organisation

Praja

Praja conducts data driven research and provides information on civic issues to citizens, media, government administration and works with elected representatives (MLAs and Municipal Councillors). We identify and address lacunas in work processes of governance

Roadcare

Roadcare is focused on the domain of Road Quality Monitoring, Mapping & Analytics

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The success of this initiative is driven by how the citizens of the state are enabled to access the services of the Planning Authorities anytime, anywhere. These services will also have a direct impact on the Ease of Doing Business ranking for the state which has been one of our priority focus areas. We believe that DIGIT open platform will be a key enabler in the areas of online building permission system and help Planning Authorities to create a citizen-centric urban governance

Shri.A.Namassivayam, Hon’ble Minister for Town Planning, Govt of Puducherry

During mSeva WhatsApp Launch- Public grievance redressal in a time bound manner is of paramount importance for the Govt of Punjab. As a part of the “Digital Citizen Services First” approach, we digitized citizen-centric municipal services since 2018 and more than 8 modules can be accessed via web portal and mobile app. Extending the services , we now aim at the resolution of civic complaints with the widely used messaging platform, WhatsApp. Driving a paradigm shift from clicks to personalized seamless conversations will result in improved citizen experience and foster belongingness among citizens with speedy resolution of issues

Shri Ajoy Sharma, CEO, PMIDC

eChhawani is inaugurated today with 8 municipal services and I’m confident that this will continue to enhance citizen centric services for residents of our Cantonment Boards. This is a great step towards ‘good governance’ and is a shining example of India’s emergence as a leader in various sectors offering ease of doing business and ease of living for citizens. I congratulate all stakeholders involved in this initiative and I expect that officers will continue to take feedback from the citizens on whether this initiative is fulfilling the aim of citizen centric governance.

Shri Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister, Government of India

eChhawani is an effort towards offering multiple citizen services in a simple and straightforward manner to citizens across all Cantonment Boards and is the result of efforts of eGov Foundation, BEL, NIC and 62 Cantt Board Administrators supervised by DGDE and MoD. It is a new start and a digital milestone for 62 Cantonment Boards across the country.

Smt Deepa Bajwa, Director General, DGDE

eChhawani is an effort towards offering multiple citizen services in a simple and straightforward manner to citizens across all Cantonment Boards and is the result of efforts of eGov Foundation, BEL, NIC and 62 Cantt Board Administrators supervised by DGDE and MoD. It is a new start and a digital milestone for 62 Cantonment Boards across the country.

Smt Deepa Bajwa, Director General, DGDE

Till date we have seen that citizen services are made online either in a single ULB or at district, or state level. This is a beginning where multiple citizen services are simplified, standardised and launched at once pan-country across all 62 Cantonment Boards and eGov Foundation, BEL, NIC, DGDE and MoD teams have played a major role in the speedy implementation of this initiative. I congratulate all of them.

Shri Ajay Kumar, Defense Secretary, Government of India

Ministry Of Defence

Till date we have seen that citizen services are made online either in a single ULB or at district, or state level. This is a beginning where multiple citizen services are simplified, standardised and launched at once pan-country across all 62 Cantonment Boards and eGov Foundation, BEL, NIC, DGDE and MoD teams have played a major role in the speedy implementation of this initiative. I congratulate all of them.

Shri Ajay Kumar, Defense Secretary, Government of India

Ministry Of Defence

Till date we have seen that citizen services are made online either in a single ULB or at district, or state level. This is a beginning where multiple citizen services are simplified, standardised and launched at once pan-country across all 62 Cantonment Boards and eGov Foundation, BEL, NIC, DGDE and MoD teams have played a major role in the speedy implementation of this initiative. I congratulate all of them.

Shri Ajay Kumar, Defense Secretary, Government of India

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“Digitisation of Andhra Pradesh through eGov’s platform has really benefited govt employees by saving almost 19hrs of their time every week. Earlier the citizens used to run around to access municipal services. Today the ULB officers run around to deliver services to the citizens”

-Shri Kanna Babu, Ex. Director, CDMA

Government Of Andhra Pradesh

The AP govt recently rolled out the prestigious Ward Secretariat Program for doorstep delivery of 24 urban services. This was rapidly enabled on the Core Municipal Platform, ensuring easy roll out and consistency of operations.”

Shri GSRKR Vijay Kumar, IAS Commissioner, and Director – Municipal Administration, Andhra Pradesh

Nagpur Municipal Corporation

In 2008, as a part of the comprehensive eGovernance initiative that was meant to provide efficient services to citizens, administrators and corporators by implementing integrated governance solutions, NMC revamped the entire legacy system with eGov’s integrated e-governance system based on open technologies for over 60 functions of the ULB.