Samarthanam’s ATA Introduces India's First 'Assistive Technology Conclave 2019 Focused On Tech Start-Ups For Disability' - GADGETS & INNOVATIONS

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Friday, August 23, 2019

Samarthanam’s ATA Introduces India's First 'Assistive Technology Conclave 2019 Focused On Tech Start-Ups For Disability'


Samarthanam, a 22 year young National Award-winning disability-focused NGO launched India’s first-ever Assistive Technology Conclave (http://www.atalabs.org/program/). The conclave focused on Tech Startups for Disability.

This half-day conclave brought together some of the best assistive technology startups, investors and leaders from the corporate and social sector to discuss the current opportunities and challenges of the ecosystem and discuss ways to collaborate and help the disabled population. Legendary Cricketer, Mr. Rahul Dravid graced the event as the Chief Guest and Mr. Priyank Kharge (Former Minister of Social Welfare, Government of Karnataka) and Mr. Kumar Naik, IAS, Principal Secretary, Department of Social Welfare, GOK was also present at the event.

The second round of panel discussion was on market access and opportunities for Assistive Technology. Jawahar Bekay (Executive Chairman, TAO: The Automation Office) - MODERATOR, Basavaraju Siddalingaiah (State Commissioner Disabilities Karnataka), Madan Padaki (Co-Founder & CEO, 1BRIDGE), Deepa S (Lead Diversity & Inclusion, APJ at EMC), Surabhi Srivastava (Co-founder at Innovision) were the speakers who embraced the second-panel discussion.

Assistive Technology Accelerator (ATA) has been working relentlessly towards creating more awareness about the world of disability and they have been quite successful in their efforts so far. Last month, ATA caught the attention of one of the top podcasters in the tech world – Neil Patel, who featured them in- Indian Startup Show.


The conclave attracted over 150 delegates from leading corporates, NGOs, investment firms and technology startups. ATA also showcased startups from its accelerator program, including __Eye-D, Innovision, Tactopus, Illuminify, BleeTech, Indent Designs, Torchit etc.


“This conclave is a great opportunity for us to interact with so many potential partners and mentors in one day. As a startup with such a niche market, we always struggle to find the right audience that can help us take our product to the right markets. By hosting the conclave, ATA has accelerated that journey significantly”, said Gaurav Mittal, Co-Founder & CEO, Eye-D.


ATA program focuses on product development and market access through ATA’s wide mentor pool and partner NGOs. Through this program, the ATA aims to bring in technology innovation, reduced cost of solutions, increased the availability of Assistive products to the disabled population.




August 23rd, 2019, Bengaluru



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