On July 5, India's Honorable Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu virtually launched Elyments – an indigenous Social Media Super App. The launch of the app was streamed live with over 2.48 million people from over 147 countries gracing the event. The developers of the app in an insightful presentation highlighted the key features of Elyments. Notable personalities from varied fields who joined remotely for this momentous occasion hailed the App as India's next big milestone in the social media space. Inaugurating the app virtually, Honorable Vice President Shri Venkaiah Naidu dedicated the App to the nation saying, "Innovation is the watchword for today and calls for a pragmatic development strategy that would enable the country to capitalise on its inherent strength." Praising the team he added," I am glad to note that the 1080 young IT professionals are involved in innovating Elyments. Such initiatives showcase our strengths in creating a self-reliant Bharat."
Inspired by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, the App was conceived and developed primarily to provide a completely home-grown alternative to the 500 million strong-base of Indian users on social media. Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar praised the team's effort and said" I congratulate the young team which has created the app. Such is the spirit of youth of India that they can think of the impossible and make it possible. Technology in itself is not good or bad but we should use it judiciously. Technology without humanity is a disaster. Humanism and humanity should be an essential part of technology to enable better communication and pave the way for a compassionate society and a better world."
Among the key dignitaries who attended the event and were all praise for the app include Ayodhya Rami Reddy, Rajya Sabha MP; Hema Malini, actress & Rajya Sabha MP; Thiru K. Pandiarajan, Minister for Tamil Official Language, Tamil Culture and Archaeology (Government of Tamil Nadu); Suresh Prabhu, formerly the Minister of Commerce & Industry and Civil Aviation; RV Deshpande, former Minister of Revenue, Government of Karnataka; S Y Quraishi, former Chief Election Commissioner; Aftab Ahmad Khan, former IPS officer; Ashok P Hinduja, Chairman Hinduja Group of Companies (India); G M Rao, Founder Chairman GM Group; Ramoji Rao, Head Ramoji Group; Anand L Rai, Hindi film director and producer; Fakkir Mohamed Ibrahim Kalifulla, former judge of Supreme Court of India, Chairperson of the Ayodhya Mediation Committee.
"Privacy by design and default" is the cornerstone of the app and the developers have paid utmost attention to the sovereignty of Indian cyberspace and have taken guidance from top privacy consultants on matters of confidentiality. The USP of the app is its high emphasis on data privacy wherein users' data will be stored in India and would never be shared with a third party without the user's explicit consent.
Elyments demonstrates that the Indian IT Infrastructure is also capable of coming up with world-class apps with a sleek user interface and performance. Elyments combines the concept of Contact, Friend and Follow found in various social media apps into a single, unified app. The varied features of the app give it an edge in the app ecosystem. Right now, users can chat, make audio/video calls, share and like each other's posts, follow and discover influencers, and also play Games. In months to come, the team is also set to add features like audio/ video conference meeting calls, secure payments via Elyments Pay, curated commerce platform to promote local Indian brands and regional voice commands.
The app can be downloaded from the iOS App Store and Google Play Store. It is available in 8 Indian languages - Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Kannada and Gujarati, in addition to English and Spanish.
The virtual launch of the event gained wide traction on social media too with #SuperappElyments on Twitter and Instagram.