Most Indians believe technology, including AI to boost economic growth: HP Study

New Delhi, June 13, 2024 – Most Indians (89%) believe technology is a key enabler in integrating traditionally excluded populations into the economy. This is significantly higher than the global average of 76%, according to an HP global study. HP today unveiled a new study along with HP’s Sustainable Impact Report 2023, detailing the company’s progress toward comprehensive and bold environmental and social goals.

HP to cultivate AI skills in India

76% of global leaders believe that AI will help drive progress towards sustainability and social impact goals. To promote responsible and effective use of AI, HP will soon integrate AI training to its HP LIFE program. These AI trainings will be offered free of cost under the Digital Business Skills initiative globally, including in India. In line with this mission, HP will soon introduce Next-Gen AI PCs in India, a new category of powerful PCs for work and creation.

“Everyone deserves an opportunity to access the tools needed to thrive in the digital economy,” said Michele Malejki, HP Global Head of Social Impact and Director, HP Foundation. “We know technology can be a great equalizer and a powerful tool to drive progress. Yet, to truly narrow the digital divide in our rapidly evolving world, we must also equip individuals with the skills to use technology.”

Additionally, HP is expanding its goal to enroll 27.5 lakh users in the HP LIFE free skills-building program by 2030. This program is run by the HP Foundation. It has already enrolled over 12 lakh users since 2016 globally, enabling them to access job opportunities or start businesses. Notably, India boasts the highest influx of new users, emphasizing the urgent need for skills development.

Accelerating digital equity for 150 million people by 2030

In its latest Sustainable Impact report, HP announced it has accelerated digital equity for over 45 million people since 2021, nearly a third of its goal to reach 150 million by 2030. This progress is due to innovative partnerships and tailored community solutions, prioritizing those most likely to experience the digital divide.

HP World on Wheels (WoW) program: In 2023, the WoW program helped 6.13 lakh individuals, nearly 55% of whom were women and girls. These solar-powered mobile learning labs have so far reached 1,200 villages in 14 Indian states, benefiting over 17 lakh people since 2020.

 HP Continued Learning Access Program (CLAP): In 2023, this initiative reached approximately 1.58 lakh students in India providing continued learning opportunities, especially during disruptions caused by natural disasters or pandemics.

 The HP Accessible Learning for All (ALFA): In 2023, the HP ALFA program significantly helped 5.05 lakh students by providing access to digital classrooms across India.

 HP aspires to be the most sustainable and just technology company. HP is committed to continually examining its progress and evaluating further actions to achieve a more equitable and sustainable future. For more information on the study and HP’s Sustainable Impact Report, please visit the HP Newsroom.