Following the US-China trade disputes, the Indian government has taken the #vocalforlocal approach more seriously even in the localisation of technology-based services and products. The government has already banned top Chinese apps, creating room for Indian developers to create their alternatives. The App Innovation Challenge has produced a number of innovative apps.
The 24 winners in the App Innovation Challenge are:
- Meme Chat
- FTC Talent
- Hitwicket Superstars
- ScarFall: The Royale Combat
- World Cricket Championship 2 (WCC2)
- Zoho Workplace & Cliq
- Kutuki Kids Learning App
- Hello English: Learn English
- Zoho Invoice, Books & Expense.
- YourQuote and Koa
- MapmyIndia Move
- Ask Sarkar
Each category winner received prizes of $25,000 (approx. INR. 18,50,000) to help them further improve the product. While the foreign companies are allowed to operate in India, they will need to alter their approach similar to the one taken by Xiaomi. The foreign gadget makers are welcome to manufacture and distribute their gadgets and products in India.
Some of the Xiaomi apps were part of the list of apps that have been banned by the Indian government. The gadget maker has announced that it will remove the apps banned by the government and relaunch them after they are developed and deployed locally.
The self-reliance driven further includes military equipment. The government has made it clear that it will not import after December 2020. Military IT is a big export item for companies around the world. Indian government’s decision to get the requirements fulfilled locally is a big welcoming move.