Network Format

The Network is designed to generate catalytic and scalable impact resulting from the application of technological innovation to products, processes, policy-making, organizational practices, and financing. Over its planned three-year period and including programs in both Japan and India, it will focus on three areas of rapid technological development and the ways such technological innovations can drive transformations across three inter-related challenge areas. The Network will consider immediate challenges facing Japan and India, and also consider the issues that will be most urgent for generations to come. The planned technology focus for each year of the Japan-India Transformative Technology Network is as follows:

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Blockchain and Financial Innovation 

Each annual technology focus will be addressed by a bilateral pair of workshops held in Japan and India, and NIF Fellows will be encouraged (but not required) to participate in both. This continuity is intended to strengthen Fellows knowledge of the contexts in which other Fellows are working, deepen relationships between members of the NIF network, and encourage longer-term follow up on ideas born in the workshops.

Workshops will highlight existing and emerging applications of the focus technology in three inter-related challenge areas. These three challenge areas are ripe for disruptions from new technologies, partnerships, and innovations that can deliver benefits relevant for Japan, India, and the world as a whole:

Health Systems 

Healthcare systems around the world are under increased pressure to deliver high-quality and efficient care to growing and ageing populations under conditions of limited and often strained resources. How can new technologies help address the expanding needs of transforming populations, while at the same time meet the growing demand for customized and personal care? What are the concrete immediate and long-term challenges then can help to solve?


Accessibility, Mobility, and Inclusion 

Recent advances in technology have made available information, products, services, and markets to the elderly, disabled, and other disadvantaged groups. Can further advances help create equitable societies, in which everyone can participate fully? Furthermore, what possibilities does technology hold to enhance the existing abilities of the population and overcome individuals’ specific access challenges?

Living and Livable Cities

Smart cities promise greatly increased efficiency and connectedness in urban environments. Can these technologies help the world’s most rapidly urbanizing countries ensure their cities achieve carbon-neutrality while tackling systematic inequality and providing quality housing, clean air and water, and efficient and effective transport solutions? 

To maximize the potential of technology, we need agility, innovation, and collaboration. By focusing on innovative applications of artificial intelligence, robotics and autonomous systems, and blockchain and financial innovation across these interconnected areas related to human and planetary health, the Japan-India Transformative Technology Network will leverage interdisciplinary and cross-sector collaboration to spur new solutions and encourage partnerships.