One of the most impressive parts of the show floor at CES over the past few years has been Eureka Park. Startups from around the world come together to show off the amazing projects that they are working on. As you walk around the exhibit area, you can see companies representing many of the big tech countries, each with an area of the floor dedicated to them. There is one country that has been conspicuously missing: India. This year, the Motwani Jadeja Foundation has worked to change that.
The foundation was created by Rajeev Motwani, the original Google advisor and creator of the initial Google algorithm, and his wife, Asha Jadeja Motwani. The organization's purpose is to help startups move from concept to change-makers. During CES 2019, Motwani noticed what the rest of us had noticed, a lack of representation from India. So, she spoke with the teams who put together some of the other pavilions, in particular the large French pavilion, about what it took to accomplish their large presence.
After deciding to take on the challenge, the foundation set about to create the India pavilion for CES 2020. They managed to accomplish just that, bringing a small contingency of exhibitors to the show for the first time. The India pavilion is represented by seven startups, and their presence is entirely funded by the foundation, making it easier for a small company to travel to the other side of the world. Her goal is to expand the country's representation in the future, as the new Prime Minister believes that India can and should be a major player in the tech marketplace.
To learn more about the Motwani Jadeja Foundation and its extensive programs, check out the organization's website.
Scott is a developer who has worked on projects of varying sizes, including all of the PLUGHITZ Corporation properties. He is also known in the gaming world for his time supporting the rhythm game community, through DDRLover and hosting tournaments throughout the Tampa Bay Area. Currently, when he is not working on software projects or hosting F5 Live: Refreshing Technology, Scott can often be found returning to his high school days working with the Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST), mentoring teams and helping with ROBOTICON Tampa Bay. He has also helped found a student software learning group, the ASCII Warriors, currently housed at AMRoC Fab Lab.