May 24, 2018

TCS and US Chamber of Commerce Foundation assemble leaders to discuss digital technology's impact on the future of philanthropy

Tata Consultancy Services and other experts discuss how to incorporate AI, automation, blockchain, and Cloud technologies to solve problems affecting health, education and the environment

WASHINGTON DC | MUMBAI: Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), (BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organisation, in partnership with the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation (USCCF), is convening today for Digital Empowers: Accelerating Innovation for Business and Social Good at the Chamber of Commerce in Washington DC. The forum connects leaders across business, technology, government, policy, and citizenship areas with on-the-ground partners who are shaping the future of innovation and social impact to discuss with non-profit leaders how technology can solve pressing societal challenges.

Every day, non-profit organisations across the US receive billions in contributions, supporting causes from education, health and the environment, to social wellbeing and arts and humanities. These organisations face challenges, including governance, reporting, impact, and scale. Similar to how digital technology is helping enterprises grow and transform, it can play a pivotal role in alleviating these societal issues and provide an opportunity for social innovation.

The forum’s objective is to increase awareness and understanding around the impact of advancements in technology. Speakers from across industries will share how their organisations leverage new technology and digital innovations, including blockchain, design thinking, virtual reality, robotics, and cloud analytics to increase access and equity to individuals and communities.

Balaji Ganapathy, head, workforce effectiveness, TCS, said, “In the Business 4.0 era, we have the unique opportunity to harness the abundance of digital technologies to leapfrog innovation for business and social good. Having leaders from across sectors involved helps to develop a shared vision, increases awareness, advocacy and public-private partnerships, and creates a paradigm shift towards creating exponential value for our fellow citizens and the community.”

Marc DeCourcey, senior vice president, US Chamber of Commerce Foundation, said, “At the most basic level—businesses are problem solvers. From providing invaluable services to innovating new products, the private sector—by design—finds opportunity and drives solutions. So it only makes sense that leading businesses are also leveraging technology to solve some of the greatest social issues of our time.” 

The event’s program will discuss ways to develop partnerships, funding opportunities and human and technology capital. Featured speakers include Surya Kant, president of North America, UK and Europe, TCS; Kevin Brault, principal and federal health care sector leader at Deloitte & Touche LLP; Dr Kingsley Fregne, group leader of robotics & intelligent systems, advanced technology laboratories at Lockheed Martin; Denise Spell, chief of operations and engineering, field innovation team, and Dr Jeff Weld, senior policy advisor and assistant director for STEM Education at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. TCS and USCCF will also publish a report defining the strategies organisations can utilise to benefit from advanced technology.