Telangana’s government inaugurated its first space-tech framework on Monday, April 19, with the goal of making the state a “globally recognised one-stop destination for space technology.”
In keeping with the Union government’s recent reforms, the framework aims to foster private participation in the space industry. The event was the first of its kind in India, and it was hosted on Metaverse.
Telangana’s Minister for IT and Industries, KT Rama Rao, noted that space technology is the state’s next emphasis area, and that with national reforms enabling increasing private sector participation in the spacetech industry, Telangana will be “supporting the innovation that is bound to occur.”
For the inaugural ceremony, a space-themed metaverse setting was created, along with custom avatars of the important dignitaries. Attendees joined the event using standard avatars on the site and engaged with neighbouring participants while simultaneously watching the proceedings — exactly as they would at a physical event.
The blockchain technology for the event was developed by Hyderabad-based tech firm Gamitronics, and the metaverse platform was established by PartyNite.
The occasion was attended by Amitabh Kant, CEO of NITI Aayog, Somanath S, Chairman of ISRO, and Dr. Pawan Goenka, Chairman of IN-SPACe. At the end of the event, an NFT collection was opened, with revenues going to support one of the state government’s technology-enabled social impact projects.