Bengalathon 2018 to focus on apps for day-to-day needs

State Information Technology and Electronics (IT&E) Minister on Friday launched Bengalathon 2018, inviting software-based solutions from students, technical professionals and common citizens, particularly for the day-to-day problems of common people.

The minister also announced that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will lay the foundation stone for her dream Silicon Valley project in New Town on August 13.

“We are looking for app-based solutions in a number of areas that include financial advisory app for senior citizens and game-based app for sensitisation of common people so that they do not get fleeced by fraudsters who pose as bank representatives, know the bank details and siphon money from accounts. We are also looking for an app to have a toto on call,” said a senior official of the IT&E department.

The details for registration along with other details of Bengalathon has been made available in the website of the state IT department and a Facebook page titled Bengalathon has also been introduced.

“Bengalathon” is a technology based competition to recognise innovative ideas that would culminate into path-breaking viable solutions for any of the industry sectors or citizen services and at the same time, provide a platform for them to showcase the innovative skills/ideas of the state resources at the national and international arena. The best solutions will be awarded.

Talking about the Silicon Valley project, the minister said: “We will put up IT&E infrastructure here in such a way that the entire country will look towards this place for solutions in these areas.”

The IT&E department also organised a day-long knowledge based workshop on ‘Internet of Things’ (IOT) involving the academia and the industry to work out a strategy for the state on how to embrace this modern technology, at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre.

IT dept bats for digital marketing as career option in districts

The state Information Technology (IT) department is working on making digital marketing a career option in the districts of Bengal as they feel the area will have enormous job potential in days to come.

Business and commerce are heading towards digital marketing or publicity tools and techniques as they provide business owners the best chances for competition, survival and even business growth. So, this could be an area in which small groups particularly the youth could work on.

The State IT department is preparing a concept note on how the state may make digital marketing a career option in the districts of Bengal.

It may be mentioned that Webel, on behalf of the State, has been conducting introductory workshops on Start-Ups throughout their 100 plus district units. The IT department has already fixed the calendar in this regard for the next quarter. Three workshops that are already lined up are: a workshop on Cyber Security on March 16, a workshop on Blockchain on April 13 and another on Artificial Intelligence on May 18.


কর্মসংস্থানের জন্য ডিজিটাল মার্কেটিং কোর্সের ওপর জোর তথ্য প্রযুক্তি দপ্তরের

কর্মসংস্থানের কথা মাথায় রেখে রাজ্য তথ্য প্রযুক্তি দপ্তর আগামী দিনে ডিজিটাল মার্কেটিং কোর্সের ওপর জোর দিতে চাইছে। তথ্য প্রযুক্তি দপ্তর এর জন্য একটি কনসেপ্ট নোট তৈরী করছে।

আজকাল বেশিরভাগ ব্যাবসাই অনলাইন মাধ্যম ব্যবহার করে মার্কেটিং এর জন্য। তাই এই বিষয়ে কোর্স করলে বাংলার ছেলেমেয়েদের কাজের সুযোগ বাড়বে। এই ভাবনা থেকেই ডিজিটাল মার্কেটিং এর কোর্সের উদ্যোগ রাজ্যের।

প্রসঙ্গত, রাজ্যের তরফে ওয়েবেল রাজ্যজুড়ে তাদের ১০০ টি ইউনিটে স্টার্টআপ সংক্রান্ত ওয়ার্কশপের আয়োজন করেছে। আগামী ত্রৈমাসিকের জন্য একটি ক্যালেন্ডারও তৈরী করেছে তারা। ১৬ই মার্চ সাইবার সিকিউরিটির ওপর কর্মশালা হবে, ১৩ই এপ্রিল হবে ব্লকচেনের ওপর। মে মাসের ১৮ তারিখ আর্টিফিশিয়াল ইন্টেলিজেন্সের ওপর কর্মশালা হবে।