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Digital Empowers is TCS’ CSR thought leadership initiative aimed at accelerating innovation for social impact. Raising awareness on digital technologies, Digital Empowers provides a platform for organizations and individuals to explore the art of what’s possible thereby fostering cross-sector collaborations and propelling innovation.

Emerging technologies have transformed the way we work—from the way companies do business and engage their value chains to the way governments and nonprofits serve their communities. The greatest opportunity, however, lies in the capabilities new technologies bring to transform society. This new era of technology innovation has the powerful potential to solve real world problems, fulfill human needs, and present new opportunities for innovation and growth, but these tasks cannot be accomplished if entities continue to work in silos.

By leveraging the ingenuity and resources of the private sector, the innovative capacity of entrepreneurs, and the collective assets of governments, NGOs, and civil society—Digital Empowers fosters collaboration and the creation sustainable, scalable solutions to alleviate our most pressing societal and sustainability challenges.

Since inception, Digital Empowers has engaged with thousands of experts to create and expand the knowledge base, explore technology solutions that have exponential impact on the most pressing problems - all of which have cross-sections and applications around the world, and to create an ecosystem of vital cross-sector partnerships leading to collaborative social impact solutions. The program has also opened doors for social entrepreneurs and change-makers to ideate and collaborate with business and technology leaders to bring novel social impact innovations to the community.

In FY 20, the National Forum in Washington DC provided a platform for solutions from Atlanta and Charlotte while we explored tech solutions to local problems in Chicago through a regional forum featuring large organizations such as United Airlines, Whirlpool HSCC; technology consortiums like the Illinois Technology Association and City Tech Collaborative and grassroots organizations like BrightTalk.

The Digital Empowers Awards program honors these innovations in designs, products, partnerships, and technologies - solving critical community issues, bringing greater access and equity to individuals, challenging industry to push the limits on ideas and collaboration—all to make the world a better place.

Past programming was in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation.