Business, Government and Non-Profit Leaders will Discuss Role of Technologies like Blockchain, AI, IoT to Solve Issues Related to Cyber-Bullying, Healthcare Access, and Smart City Investments, at the Summit Co-organized by Tata Consultancy Services
WASHINGTON DC: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, in partnership with the U.S. Chamber Foundation, is convening for the second annual digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good Summit in Washington D.C. This event brings together business leaders, technical experts, and government and community partners that are shaping the future of innovation and social impact.
Digital innovations and emerging technologies, networks, and services are transforming society—from the way companies do business and engage their value chains to the way governments and nonprofits reach and empower communities. This year’s Digital Empowers summit will look to increase the understanding of technological innovations, such as blockchain, data analytics, virtual simulations, IoT, and AI in solving societal issues. It will also seek to bring greater awareness to how organizations of all sizes can leverage their capabilities to reshape entire industries and compound social impact within communities around the world.
Societal issues that will be addressed include The future of work, health, wellness, and accessibility; Supply chain diversity and ethics; Smart cities; Digital citizenship; and Entrepreneurial ecosystems.
More importantly, leaders across diverse industries will be able to openly engage with speakers and thought leaders to gain a better understanding of next-generation technologies, best practices for cross-sector partnerships and how sustainable progress is possible through collaboration.
Additionally, at the Summit, the U.S. Chamber Foundation and TCS will release two reports sharing insights and trends from the first two regional forums in Atlanta, GA, and Charlotte, NC. The partners will also announce the Digital Empowers Awards that honor partnerships and innovations that harness technology to make a positive social impact.
“Next generation community engagement is possible if we build multi-sector partnerships that simultaneously integrate technology,” said Balaji Ganapathy, Head of Workforce Effectiveness, TCS. “Through Digital Empowers, we are raising awareness of new technologies and their role in solving societal issues, exploring the art of the possible through real-world examples of technology-led innovations, and providing a common ground to foster cross-sector partnerships at a local, regional and national level.”
“We are excited to see this partnership grow and the caliber of leaders coming together to build more inclusive, smart and technologically driven communities,” said Marc DeCourcey, Senior Vice President, U.S. Chamber Foundation. “Human inventions and technologies cannot change the world alone—they require collective knowledge and rethinking, a shared vision, pooling of resources, and collaboration between businesses, nonprofits, and government agencies, and Digital Empowers is creating that platform.”
Programming will include discussions on ways to develop partnerships, funding opportunities and human and technology capital. Featured speakers include Balaji Ganapathy, Head, Workforce Effectiveness, Tata Consultancy Services; Seeta Hariharan, GM and Group Head, Digital Software & Solutions Group, Tata Consultancy Services; Jennifer Smith, Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer, Zions Bancorp; Abha Kumar, Principal and Head, Global IT, The Vanguard Group, Inc.; Jacqueline Beauchere, Chief Online Safety Officer, Microsoft Corporation; Frank Yianna, Deputy Commissioner, Food Policy and Response, U.S. Food and Drug Administration; Nneka Norville, Senior Director, Corporate Social Responsibility, BET Networks; Althea Erickson, Head of Advocacy and Impact, Etsy; Lauren Culbertson, Public Policy Manager, Twitter Inc.; Tim Day, Senior Vice President, Chamber Technology Engagement Center, U.S. Chamber of Commerce; and more. TCS and the U.S. Chamber Foundation will also publish a report defining the strategies organizations can utilize to benefit from advanced technology.
Last year’s first Digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good Summit was a culmination of curated discussions, where participants learned how organizations in various industries can leverage new technologies and establish innovative collaborations to increase access and equity to individuals and communities worldwide. The summit led to a deeper, localized collaboration between TCS and the Chamber Foundation in the form of regional forums taking place across the country aimed to further explore the social and technological challenges affecting local communities. Learn more about last year’s key takeaways, here.
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