The/Nudge Institute is convening its fourth edition of a tech-driven livelihoods summit, charcha ‘23, under the G20|Start-up banner to bring together all stakeholders working to create resilient livelihood opportunities for all Indians. The convening is being held across two days on August 23 and 24 at ISB Hyderabad.
Market leaders in the development sector and technology will host their respective events at charcha ‘23. Google will lead conversations on ‘Tech-4-Good’ and a hackathon for tech students and professionals. LinkedIn will convene sessions related to skills-first thinking for livelihoods.
Reliance Foundation is hosting dialogues on the future of livelihoods, including 21st century skills in education, skilling for the sport sector, agri innovations and entrepreneurship in the wake of the fourth Industrial Revolution.
The other tracks related to building resilient livelihoods by leveraging technology and supporting social entrepreneurship are being hosted by prominent organisations such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Gender), KPMG (Ending Ultra-poverty), Generation India (Employment and Retention), G.A.M.E. (Entrepreneurship) and Masterclasses in Livelihoods from the Lens of Identity by Tata Steel Foundation, Collaborative Philanthropy by The Bridgespan Group, Large-scale Social Transformation by The/Nudge Institute and Catalytic Funding for Social Innovations by ACT.
Discussing why charcha ‘23 is a G20 | Startup20 event, Dr. Chintan Vaishnav, Chair, Startup20 and Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission-NITI Aayog, stated, “charcha ‘23 is a livelihood convening under the aegis of the G20 | Startup 20 platform for entrepreneurs, start-ups and practitioners innovating to create resilient livelihoods for India and the world. charcha is bringing together a strong lineup of speakers and partners this year, including thought and business leaders, problem solvers and policy makers. charcha ‘23 is definitely a compelling convening for those in the livelihood ecosystem."
charcha ‘23 will be an exclusive in-person gathering of over 100 speakers and 700 livelihood professionals and distinguished members from civil society, policymakers, changemakers, philanthropists, academicians, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate leaders.
The event features a stellar lineup of speakers, including Padma Shri Dr Abhay Bang (SEARCH), Atul Kumar Tiwari, IAS (Secretary, Min of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship - Govt. of India), Satish Reddy (chairman, Dr. Reddy’s Laboratories, N S Parthasarathy (co-founder, Mindtree), Ghazal Alagh (co-founder of MamaEarth), Dr. R S Sharma, IAS (Ayushman Bharat and UIDAI), Ajai Chowdhry (co-founder, HCL), Dipali Goenka (MD and CEO, Welspun Industries), Dr. Chintan Vaishnav (Mission Director, Atal Innovation Mission), Kalpana Morparia (ex-CEO-South Asia, J.P Morgan), Sharad Sharma (founder, iSPIRT), Jwala Gutta (athlete and two-time Olympian) among others.
Emphasising the need for a platform like charcha, Sudha Srinivasan, CEO of The/ Nudge Centre for Social Innovation, said, “India’s investments in digital public infrastructure and innovation ecosystems have created economic opportunities for millions, not just in India, but across the world. In the year of India’s G20 Presidency, charcha will bring thinkers, doers, policymakers, funders and academia together to foster the spirit of #bettertogether, and commit to a development agenda that leaves nobody behind.”
Talking about co-hosting charcha’23, Ashutosh Gupta, India country manager, LinkedIn, said, “With India’s economic vision anchored on its youth, the need of the hour is to empower the new generation of professionals with employable skills for the future. A skills-first mindset must guide our approach to talent to help connect the right people to the right opportunity. With LinkedIn’s unique view on workforce trends, the partnership with charcha'23 will bring together a diverse community of leaders to deliberate and bring forth actionable insights to create a more inclusive and effective workforce of tomorrow.”
Besides the panel discussions and keynote talks, charcha ’23 features a 24-hour nonstop hackathon to solve problems faced by small and marginal farmers, a live concert by a Shor Police, an announcement by LinkedIn investing in The/Nudge’s Centre for Skill Development, release of a report on ‘Agri Ikigai: Tech Solutions for the Small-farmer to Increase Income while having 'Positive Climate Impact’ by The/Nudge Institute.
The/Nudge Forum is a convening platform to bring together stakeholders from governments, markets and civil society to accelerate India's development journey. First introduced in 2020 as a virtual initiative to collectively respond to the pandemic, charcha has hosted over 550 practitioners and an audience of over one million.
The association partners with governments, markets and civil society to build resilient livelihoods for all through its Centre for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (CSDE), Centre for Rural Development(CRD) and Centre for Social Innovation(CSI).