Kerala gets UN Technology Innovation Lab

The Kerala Government and UN's Office of Information and Communication Technology are teaming up to set up the country’s first UN Technology Innovation Lab.

The Kerala Startup Mission will be spearheading the initiative on behalf of the Kerala government. Water, sanitation, mobility and agriculture are areas identified as best suited for this innovation centre, as it would not only address the needs of the state but also can be a collaboration lever with other UN member states experiencing similar issues.

The startups in the state will be working closely with the Innovation lab to build products addressing these issues.

The proposed centre would be a United Nations technology project led by the Office of Information and Communication Technology and staffed with members from both the technology and substantive programme areas of the UN.

"Water and sanitation is one of the State's biggest concerns and we are involved in as many initiatives to resolve this. This association with United Nations will bring to us right project interventions, global technology, expertise, network through which startups and companies in Kerala can work on a sustainable solution, meaningful development and deployment for these pressing concerns which may also become a solution for other countries or regions as well," said State IT Secretary Sivasankar.

According to Kerala Startup Mission CEO Saji Gopinath, this initiative is a great opportunity for startups in Kerala to involve in creating path-breaking technologies that can address and resolve real-life concerns of common people.