India and Sweden will organise the 8th Innovation Day on 26th October. The one-day event will be divided into nine parts to discuss various aspects of climate change and the possible solutions to bring green transition. The sessions will include an exchange of ideas over the implementation of digital technology and Artificial Intelligence to introduce climate-friendly solutions. The power of technology could not be overstated in combating the pandemic and resuming multiple operations to reach some level of normality. Hence harnessing it further in a creative manner will boost growth and development of any country, providing them with the much-needed help to recover and move on in the post-pandemic era. Hence, the forum will lead discussions to analyse various aspects of technology concerning the two nations, including Sweden-India Tech Startup Ecosystems, Joint Investments in Technology, Healthcare, Energy, Transportation, Industry 4.0, Technology Parks, Sweden-India Future Trends and the scope of Artificial Intelligence.
The Office of Science and Innovation India will be participating in the event, and we have also been engaged in planning with some of the sessions. The event will be packed with interesting speakers. It all starts with a welcoming note from Tanmaya Lal, Hon Ambassador of India to Sweden and Latvia. The inaugural speech will be delivered by Dr. Jitendra Singh, Hon Minister for Science and Technology, Government of India and Ibrahim Baylan, Hon Minister for Business, Industry and Innovation, Government of Sweden, Dr. Renu Swarup Secretary, Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India, Darja Isaksson, Director General, Vinnova; Sweden’s Innovation Agency. Other distinguished speakers at the event will be include Klas Molin Hon Ambassador of Sweden to India, TV Narendran President, Confederation of Indian Industry; Amit Chadha CEO & MD, L&T Technology Services; Robert Andren, Director General, Swedish Energy Agency; Martin Lundstedt CEO, Volvo Group.
The foundation of the Innovation Day is strong. When Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Stefan Löfven announced the Sweden India Innovation Partnership in 2018, they put the enabling power of innovation at the heart of our bilateral relationship.
The Sweden-India Innovation Partnership has gone from strength to strength in the last couple of years, and several high-level diplomatic visits have boosted interest in bilateral collaboration between the two countries. Since then, multiple joint calls have been launched and co-funding to the tune of SEK 150 million matched by the Indian side has been committed by funding agencies such as Vinnova, Swedish Energy Agency and Swedish Research Council in collaboration with Indian counterparts such as Department of Science and Technology and Department of Biotechnology.
The innovation partnership received further impetus during the State visit to India in 2019 by Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia at the first ever India-Sweden High-Level Dialogue on Innovation Policy. The dialogue was jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and His Majesty the King in New Delhi.
Later this year, we will also see the outcome from the joint calls between DST-Vinnova on AI and Smart Cities and DST-Swedish Energy Agency on Smart Grids and E-mobility.
The governments of both countries have been remarkably supportive of the event and have worked together in the past as well to help each other achieve wellness and economic growth through eco-friendly strategies. Both the governments will also talk about the impact and efforts of the private players in pacing up the technology and combating the challenges posed by the pandemic
Innovation Day will strengthen the relations of the two countries and will bring new opportunities for the public and private sectors to boost prosperity in the nations. It is expected that it will help both the countries to evolve new and common strategic goals in terms of environmental policies, the role of startups in economic development, and the adoption of technology. We are particularly looking forward to hearing more about the impact of the Sweden India Innovation Partnership at the event.
If you haven’t registered yet, here is the link to join the discussions – India Sweden Innovation Day 2021 (confetti.events)