Kris Gopalakrishnan launches ‘Itihaasa’ app – traces India’s IT history

Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder of Infosys, in the presence of industry leaders on Sunday evening launched a new smartphone app called Itihaasa that aims to extensively narrate the history of India’s IT revolution over the past six decades. Available on Android and iOS platform, the app will provide a detailed view of the evolution Indian IT, it’s growth and challenges faced from the initial days till the present. Hear F C Kohli, Prof Rajaraman, Prof. Mahabala, N R Narayana Murthy, Azim Premji, S Ramadorai, Nandan Nilekani, N Vittal and others trace this incredible journey – from the installation of the country’s first modern computer in 1955 to crystal gazing on Indian IT in 2040. The history of Indian IT is an ongoing research and will be updated periodically. The platform will explore and publish historical research on other topics in the future.

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“Indian IT has been integral to the rise of modern industrial India. The Indian IT and BPM industry employs 3.5 million people, contributes 9.5% of our GDP and has redefined the country’s perception globally. From a single modern computer in the early 50s, today the industry generates close to USD 150 billion of revenues. I am fortunate to have been a part of this fascinating journey. With itihaasa, we hope to reach the incredible story of Indian IT to many more people across the world,” said Kris Gopalakrishnan, Co-founder, Infosys.

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Itihaasa includes 600 short videos, including over 37 hours of footage, 350 archived photographs, and articles. The application gives information from the installation of the country’s first modern computer in 1955 to crystal gazing on Indian IT in 2040. With this completely digital app ‘itihaasa’, Gopalakrishnan brings a new form of storytelling of India’s IT history.

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