Editorial

Celebration of excellence

Last month we had our fifth annual Indian ICT event ‘eINDIA 2009’, at the magnificent Hyderabad International Convention Centre.

Acclaimed as one of the largest ICT event in the country (with five thematic conferences on eGovernance, eEducation, eHealth, eAgriculture and Telecentres, along with a full-blown exhibition) it drew more than 3500 participants and visitors from across the country and beyond. A plethora of activities ranging from keynote speeches, panel discussions, roundtables, workshops and technology showcase filled the three days to the brim but for sure, nobody was complaining!

Enthusiastic participation of speakers and audience alike made for a great rendezvous at the conference halls, while the expo was a teeming with visitors looking for the latest that technology can offer.
For those who couldn’t join us in this technological revelry, we bring you an exclusive and exhaustive report of what came out of this event and how the practitioners and industry experts are charting the path of future development of ehealth in India.

eINDIA 2009 also recognised some of the best projects, initiatives and practitioners of ICT-driven development across government, education, healthcare, agriculture and rural sectors, through the ‘eINDIA 09 Awards’. With the purpose of bringing better transparency and fairness in the award process, we introduced two categories under each award segment, namely, the ‘jury awards’ and the ‘public opinion awards’ (through online voting). We were delighted by the overwhelming response for the online public poll – a whooping 14,000+ votes. Look into this issue for a detailed report of our awards ceremony, along with a brief profile of each awardees.

Make sure you fill in your nomination next year.

I’ll be unfair if I don’t acknowledge our sponsors, supporting partners and delegates who actually helped the event to become what it is. I extend my sincere appreciation and gratitude for their support in this endeavor and look forward to work again in many such initiatives in future.

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