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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Welcome 2009 year of million creative ideas from India

Innovation is manifestation of a socio economic system and in India, a critical factor would be parental support. Are Indian middle class parents ready to drive their children towards the uncertain path of creativity & innovation? This is story one such a parent, who now represents the aspiring class of Indians- aspiring to see India as Innovative India.

T.A.Vijayan is a successful physician practicing in Chennai. He had a daughter Aparna and son Anandvishnu, both engineering college students. He encouraged his children to take the path of creativity and innovation.

Aparna is developing inhaler for insulin. She has a dream of developing insulin inhaler better than Pfizer’s exubra, a dry powder inhaler. She feels that this Pfizer’s product suffers from poor efficiency, long size and is patient unfriendly. What has she got to prove that she can do better job than Pfizer? She participated in Intel science discovery fair and won prizes. That made her confident to take challenge of solving complex problems in a simple way. With encouragement from her father , she and her brother developed an Asthma inhaler. They learnt that patenting is a first step and there is long way to go before product commercialization. She developed a prototype of a insulin spray and is prepared for the long haul. The sprayed insulin was chromatographically found to be active as normal insulin. She is clear what a good inhaler should be- it should be simple for illiterates & women, it should be compact so that one can hold it in hand and inhale and it should propel insulin in a free mist to reach the lungs without much mouth deposit. Animal trials have been completed and the innovator backed by her father is ready to invest in clinical trials.

Brother Anandvisnu is not keeping quiet. He is focused on developing a mosquito free air cooler. His dream is to make Delhi and other areas dengue free. He also participated in Intel Discovery fair in school, won awards in IIT Chennai.He developed a prototype of healthy Air cooler, filed for patents under PCT and is all set to test the cooler in coming summer.

2008 Year of Unknown Innovator Part4

This is story of Sanjay Vijay Kumar.

I belong to a middle class family hailing from the sleepy town of Trivandrum in God's Own Country Kerala. My entire childhood was at Jesuit Run Loyola School at Trivandrum where I spend 13 formative years of my life. This is where I found best of the friends in the same wave lengths, who now accompany me as I start an entrepreneurial journey. Creative Freedom at Loyola was very high and in 9th standard, we launched a school news paper christened - The Times of Loyola. Being an avid sport enthusiast, I also captained the school Basketball team and Played State Level Basketball and excelled in the sport that gained me an admission at Sports Authority of India (SAI) training center to take up professional basketball. While in fifth semester in college, we did a direct marketing initiative for BPL Mobile that earned us 8lacs in 3 months. That formed the seed capital to build up a company even while in college.

MobME - A TePP funded company is today one of India's leading startups and one amongst the many startups that will lead to a day when the sun will rise to see the Dawn of a Silicon Coast in India. MobME has a slew of Innovative Products ranging from SMS to Voice to a Media Factory churning out Mobile Content. The company is focused on developing its Mobile Content Sharing Platform christened Mobshare. Mobshare is the leading and preferred platform by leading Mobile operators, Media Companies and Marketing agencies for Mobile Community, Photo and Video Sharing Solutions.

TePP is an amazing project that gives wings to dreams. The Seed Capital is what is always lacking in entrepreneur eco-system and in most cases - the amount of funds required is between 5 to 10 lacs where you need capital to take an idea into a pilot or test stage. Where Venture Capitalists shy away - TePP is a shining example of the vision of the scientific community in India who realized this gap and thus spurring Innovation across the country. Thinking out of the box – innovation became the bread and butter of MobME and that brought in Industry recognition from leading Organizations as well as National and International Media.

Monday, December 29, 2008

2008 Year of Unknown Innovators Part 3

This is story of Kiran Kranti Vistakula.

From my childhood I was interested in science and technology. In my schooling days I was active doing experiments at my house. I even caused fire while creating an electromagnet and blew up a box creating oxy acetylene flame. This interest in science has always leaded me to explore new ideas.

I have explored many ideas and took them to success all through my life. One such example is in my masters at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), I had come up with an idea of generating electrical energy using proteins as transducers. NASA funded this idea with me as a principle investigator (PI) and this PI status is rarely given to students. The project was successfully completed. Additionally, this experience moved my interest to running my own projects and this lead to my interest in entrepreneurship.

One day at MIT, I had a class in half hour and it was snowing out. I put on three layers of clothing to attend the class. I had to walk inside and outside buildings to reach my class. This was a very uncomfortable walk and I was late to the class. While I was inside in building, the temperature was maintained and it got hot inside with three layers and had to remove them. While outside I had put on the layers and I was delayed for the class. Being frustrated I decided to get some thermal regulating apparel but I could not find any in the market. Then I decided to solve this problem and devise a garment for my self. From the next day I started working on it and hoped to finish in a week being over confident. But this turned out to be a very complex thermodynamic problem. So my first prototype (PT1) was very heavy and was not very aesthetic.

Over a period of next one year still at school I worked on developing and perfecting the technology. In Aug 2007 the technology needed more development and additional funding, I approached Dr AS Rao of TePP with my proposal and returned back to India. TePP funded the project and I was offered incubation at IIT Delhi and NID Ahmedabad. Dr AS Rao and his team were very supporting from the beginning and their moral support was incredible. After careful consideration I chose NID, which provided me more freedom and facilities. The project was proposed to couple of students at NID. Prasenjit, a Post Graduated student in Apparel designs and merchandising was interested in the project. Mahesh Krovidi, COO of National Design Business Incubator at NID was extremely helpful in starting up my operations at NID and hiring Prasenjit to start working with me.

We initiated prototype development in January 2008. I took the technology to Lockheed Martin India Innovation Growth Program. I won a gold medal in the competition they organized. During that process the IC2 institute of UT Austin along with FICCI helped in acquiring business contacts. FICCI was instrumental in providing entrepreneurial training. I also won the first place in India innovation pioneers challenge, champions of champion category organized by Intel, Indo US STF, and DST. My technology represented India at Intel Berkeley Business Entrepreneur Competition (IBTEC). The technology was the finalist there. Dr Smirit Trikha, Arbinada Mitra, Manav Subodh and Neel Bhatia of Indousstf and Intel were extremely helpful. They provided contacts and guidance to participate in IBTEC. In the past one-year we have developed seven jacket prototypes, ten neck cooler prototype and three helmet prototypes.

Overall the Indian ecosystem is ripe for entrepreneurship. Until now my experience as a entrepreneur is extraordinary and every success has been supported by the mentors like Dr AS Rao, Mr HK Mittal and others. I feel this is the golden era for entrepreneurship in India.

Pragyan 09

The students of the National Institute Of Technology(NIT)- Tiruchirappalli (Formerly Regional Engineering College(REC), Tiruchirappalli) are organizing annual international technical convention ,PRAGYAN in February'09. Since its inception in 2004,Pragyan has grown in stature and is today rated one of the best technical fests in India. Pragyan '08 witnessed some of the best known figures in the field of science and technology being a part of this grand event. The list included celebrity names like Dr.Philipe Lebrun(Head, Accelerator Technology Department,CERN),Dr.Noam Chomsky(Prof Emeritus,MIT),Dr.Robert Michelson(GTRI, Cambridge) to name a few.
For details :

Sunday, December 28, 2008

2008 Year of Unknown Innovators Part 2

My name is Ajit, and I am a founder of Invention Labs. I started Invention Labs in June 2007 with three of my friends from college. We felt that the culture of institutionalized Invention, which has contributed so much to the power of countries like the US and Japan, is lacking in India today. We started Invention Labs with the intention of creating innovative products for an Indian market, by building a team of highly talented engineers and business people with a strong India focus.

The concept for Invention Labs has been in my head for many, many years now. As a child, my thinking was shaped by a keen interest in science and mathematics, and a love for science fiction. My father was a scientist, and both my parents encouraged me to experiment at home. My childhood toys included various chemistry sets, a microscope and an electronics kit.

I think it was from science fiction books, movies and TV serials that I developed the dream of becoming an inventor. I had an excellent education in school, where my teachers encouraged and appreciated my interest in science. I briefly considered a career in mathematics, but I decided in favor of Electrical Engineering when into IIT Madras in 1998. In IIT Madras, I found a very warm and conducive atmosphere to fully explore my interest in creating things. I also had a very close circle of friends who were all keen about starting up their own companies. Those were the days when people like Sabeer Bhatia became famous for making a lot of money through entrepreneurship. Many of those friends today have their own companies, or are with leading venture capitalists, or are on the verge of starting up themselves.

I got a job in the US directly after my education in IIT Madras, but while waiting for my visa, I worked under Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala as a project officer. I teamed up with L Kannan, another IIT Madras alumnus and inventor, who had just begun work on a rural ATM. We were a great team, combining my knowledge of electronics with his knowledge of mechanical engineering. The rural ATM we began in 2003 is now being developed by Kannan's company Vortex, and is undergoing pilots in various places around the country. Kannan was also developing a novel spinning machine with TePP funding, and that was the first I heard of Government support for innovation.

When I went to the US, I was very clear that I would return in three years to start up. As it happened, I spent four years there, learning the realities of Engineering. I was very fortunate to have a good manager in the US, who took pains to guide me into becoming a mature engineer. I was also fortunate that the division of the company that I joined in the US had just begun work on a new product. In four years, I experienced first-hand what goes into taking a product from an idea to the market.

I kept my eyes open in the US for a strong team to start up with. Eventually, I found my partners through old IIT contacts. One friend was a batch-mate of mine who went on to do his MBA and was working in Dubai for KPMG. He went on to head the products marketing team at Invention Labs. Another friend was my junior, who was excellent at organizing things and getting things done, and was working for a leading financial company in the US. He is now the CEO of Invention Labs. A third friend is the best mechanical engineer I know, and he shares the responsibilities of engineering new products at Invention Labs with me.

One day, one of my professors in IIT Madras came to us with a request to help an organization called Vidyasagar to develop some innovative teaching aids. Vidyasagar is a school for spastic children. Many spastic children are quadriplegic, that is, they have no control over their limbs below the neck. Many of them are also unable to talk, and more than half of them have visual impairments. These children find communicating with their teachers and caregivers very challenging. Vidyasagar wanted to know if we could find a way of augmenting their communication skills through technology.

This was a project that excited us immediately, because it had a social impact, involved the latest technology, and contributed tremendously to the economic productivity of spastic people. However, this was not a product that could appeal immediately to a venture capitalist or a private equity shop, because we knew the returns would take a few years to materialize. We contacted TePP for funding, and are pleased to know that they are considering our application favorably. We hope to complete the product in early 2009, and after field trials at Vidyasagar, it will begin sales in mid 2009. The product has been code-named 'KAVI'.

I am determined that KAVI will not be the only product of Invention Labs. India needs Inventors, and Inventors need an environment where they can see their inventions being turned into useful and marketable products. I have dreamt of Invention Labs as being a company that provides that environment. I am lucky to have a team that is well-rounded in its ability to bring out products and take them to market, but as for me, I will always be an engineer first and an entrepreneur second. The thrill that I get from conceptualizing an idea, fleshing it out, constructing prototypes, and finally making it work, is unparalleled. If I am able to get this thrill again and again, and if I am able to see this same thrill in my colleagues at Invention Labs, I think our company will prosper -- and so will our nation.

All of us moved back to Chennai, got in touch with our alma mater, IIT Madras, and took the plunge. We had a few projects to start off with, that some of our contacts had generously offered us. So we were profitable from day 1! The cushion of money that these projects brought us gave us the time to pursue our own product ideas. We kept on the lookout for products that would be highly relevant in India, highly oriented toward technology, and which would make us rich soon.

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Entrepreneurship Summit IIT Kharagpur

Entrepreneurship Summit, a two-day event organised by Entrepreneurship Cell IIT Kharagpur is one of the biggest platforms in India for academicians, new-age entrepreneurs, eminent business personalities, venture capitalists, and students alike, to gather and share their entrepreneurial endeavours and experiences, and to pledge to take Entrepreneurship in India to greater scales.

After the immense success of Summit '07, Summit '09 promises to scale new heights and conquer unexplored horizons. Entrepreneurship Summit '09, the third edition of the Summit, is scheduled for 10th and 11th January, 2009.It aims at promoting entrepreneurial awareness among the students, and will witness varieties of guest lectures by distinguished speakers, panel discussions, focused workshops and a host of events such as Case Study analysis, Business Ideas competition, etc. This year's summit is part of the Entrepreneurship Week that is being celebrated in IIT Kharagpur, starting from the 2nd of January.

The week kick starts with a guest lecture by 3Com and Finisar Director, Dominique Trempont Forbes Profile, accompanied by spouse Sramana Mitra, who is also a Silicon Valley Entrepreneur, has founded 3 companies, and is a strategy consultant for over 70 companies including SAP, Cadence etc.

The summit also includes a Venture Funding Conference, which will showcase the launch of Global Ventures Lab. It is a collaborative effort of IIT Kharagpur, University of California, Berkley(UCB), USA and University of Jyvaskyla, Finland to promote Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

One of the feature of the Summit is the nation wide product design competition ENVISION aimed at catalyzing national innovation for a global impact. Only the most ground-breaking and innovative products are then developed further with the help of reputed individuals from academia, industry and organizations such as TEPP, TIETS, DST and venture capitalists.With the assistance of the TePP, feasible products can get upto 30 lacs worth of funding and mentorship.Whether the products are software novelties or hardware designs, this contest offers you not only academic recognition but also helps you make that idea a reality.The link to Envision website is:

2008 Year of Unknown innovators Part 1

As the year ends, it is time to reflect on the contributions made by independent innovators-most of them unknown yet their contributions are not insignificant. First in this series is story of Dr PT Ajit kumar, incubated at Technopark and supported under TePP.

I am a Ph. D holder in holography with international reputation in technology development and have more than 20 years of R&D experience in advanced areas of holographic imaging. I have conceived, designed and developed commercial holographic systems leading to production of holograms. I was a Senior Research Fellow of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Head of the Holography Team of Centre for Development of Imaging Technology (C-DIT), a Government autonomous Research and Production Centre. I have published many international level research papers and widely invited for paper presentation in Holography by international bodies.

My first entrepreneurial bug bit me when I was a research student in the Cochin University of science and Technology. I designed and optimized a set of tuned Yagi antennae for fringe and super fringe area television reception. An SSI Unit named Pic- Sharp was started under the financial support of my father S. Thankappan. The product was a big success in remote area TV reception. This was in 1986. Later in 2001, I designed several high gain dish antennae for satellite TV reception and initiated fabrication. This lead to the starting of a new SSI Unit named Webs Electronics, in Trivandrum and this unit manufactured the biggest satellite dish ever manufactured in the State of Kerala, as part of a project funded by the Lakshadweep Administration, Government of India.

It took about three years to start the company from the idea level to the practical realization. Motivation of the colleagues and friends of C-DIT was a great reason and fuelled the starting of the company. Requirement of huge financial commitment as capital investment was a real challenge for the scientist turned entrepreneur like me. In 2007 Light Logics was practically initiated under the financial support from family and a set of NRI friends. Both the Directors are the close relatives of me and my continuous interaction convinced them of the immense potential in this field and the inevitability to have a techno-intensive company that functions in advanced areas of holographic imaging, rather than only in the security label production.

Several times I envied on Chinese and Russian friends for the excellent Governmental support they receive through the Innovation Centers and Incubation Centers. It was a pleasant surprise and a great help for all of us when we came to know about the Technopark Technology Business Incubation programme. The support from Technopark TBI helped the company in having a better positioning for international marketing of our products and services. As a company initiated by a Techno-prenure, our biggest hurdle was the marketing. We get excellent guidance from the Technopark for this and the guidelines that the Technopark strictly adhere to helped us to remold the company in its marketing, leading to result. Our presence in the TBI helped us to know about the TePP Scheme of DSIR, Govt of India and lead to the financial support from TePP scheme. This fuelled our initiative to have the first Holography Studio of the country. Our presence in the Technopark gives us an international reputation and the official and administrative help from the Technopark plays a vital role in our success and our whole functioning.

The Company plans to grow as the most techno-intensive holography company of the globe with a spectrum of unique higher end products. The first phase of growth is planned for three years and during this, the company is planning to accommodate about five Ph.Ds , 12 engineers and fifteen technicians, apart from the marketing and sales team. The company targets a turn over of 75 million USD by the end of the first phase.

Techfest 2009 IITB

Techfest is the Annual Science and Technology Festival of IIT Bombay and is scheduled to be held this time from 24th to 26th January 2009. Techfest began in 1998 and has since made significant efforts towards promoting innovation amongst the students of science and engineering all across the country by way of unique competitions, workshops etc.
This year it being the Golden Jubilee of IIT Bombay, Techfest is being planned on an even more grand scale. Unique initiatives like "Prayaas" focusing on Innovation and Entrepreneurship are already underway and are amongst the flagship events of Techfest 2009. Around 4000 students from all over the country have registered for Prayaas alone (Techfest attracts over
15,000 participants and 45,000 visitors).

Pallav Singh
Overall Coordinator
Techfest 2009
IIT Bombay
Tel. No. : +91 9819024701

International Conference on "Medical Electronics" and Exhibition

FICCI supported by DSIR(Department of Scientific and Industrial Research), Ministry of Science and Technology, is organizing the Second International Conference on "Medical Electronics" and Exhibition 2nd time of its kind in Asia . at Federation House, New Delhi, on 19 & 20 February 2009, The Conference Theme : "Opportunity India the Innovators' Choice and World Destination" .

The Conference and Exhibition, which is held with Government and International Participation, offers opportunity to present Advancements, Breakthroughs and Showcase latest Product developments. Global Medical Electronics Fraternity, use this platform for Focused awareness, Opinion Building and Advantages, with Scientist, Doctors, policy makers, regulators, B2B and interdisciplinary stakeholders.

Select Speakers are Relevant Ministries, Regulators, Doctors, Scientists Academics from BARC, DIT, DSIR, AIIMS, Air Force Hospital , Zurich University Medical School, CEOs and top decision makers from Front line Global Companies in Medical Electronics, IT Telecomm /Software and Finance / Insurance & Banking Sector, Specialty Private Hospitals, Foreign R&D Organisations, and more.

The Conference includes an Exhibition of Technologies and Products at FICCI grounds for showcasing current trends and advancements. The Programme Details are:

Date & Time : 19 & 20 February , 2009, 9.30 AM - 6.30 P.M.

Venue : FICCI, Federation House,Tansen Marg,New Delhi 110001, India

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Finalists of NASSCOM innovation awards

The NASSCOM Innovation Awards, currently in its fifth edition, is a key initiative by NASSCOM to highlight the true innovators in the Indian IT industry. The list of finalists can be seen at NASSCOM blog. Winners will be selected from presentations made at Cheenai, Delhi, Bangalore and Pune.

4G Wireless standard from India

3G has been introduced in India but India is a piggy back rider on this standard platform and till now on all standard platforms. It may change in future if efforts of Prof Ashok Jhunjhunwala and his team bear fruit. To make India a leader in telecom technology TeNet created CeWiT (Centre of Excellenace in Wireless Technology) initially funded by governmnet and industry at 2:1 ratio with the objective to conduct mission oriented reserach in 4G wirelss. This body developed IPR for inclusion in 4G standard taking care of Indian requirement like high system capacity. CeWIT has taken up consortium route and established Broadband Wireless Consortium of India (BWCI).

Friday, December 19, 2008

Government attracts returning students and NRIs with pre-seed capital and incubation support

Capitalizing on the reverse brain drain, Government of India, is offering an attractive package to students and NRIs returning to India to start their own techology ventures. Pre-seed capital is provided under TePP (Technopreneur Promotion Programme) of DSIR to incubate innovation & enterprise. Maximum support is Rs 60/- lakhs in phases. The innovator retains all rights on IP and technology commercialisation. The support is provided as grant without need for any guarentee or collatoral .
Incubation support is also provided in incubators promoted by DST at IITs, NITs and in specail zones like Technopark, Knowledge park.

Among the first to avail this benefit is Kranti Kiran , a doctoral student of MIT, who returned to start a venture to develop Clima Gear, an outer garment with temp controlling circuits. He received funding from TePP and incubation support from NID, Ahmedabad.

For details of TePP support, contact:

Department of Scientific and Industrial Research
Ministry of Science & Technology
Government of India
Technoology Bhawan
New Delhi 110016
e mail:

Applications under TePP can be submitted even before registering a firm.

Contact person for incubation support:

H.K Mittal
Department of Sceince & Technology
Ministry of Science & Technology
Government of India
Technoology Bhawan
New Delhi 110016

Saturday, November 29, 2008

World's first back to back computer monitor from India

Innovator Dr Janardhana Reddy was among the cream of innovators present at Inventors of India workshop.Chennai-based innovators patented the X View, the world's first back-to-back computer monitor technology.The concept makes it possible for two or more users seated on either side of a notebook or desktop computer monitor to simultaneously view, share and digitally interact with the same content,including web content. X View is a collaborative effort, the idea for which came from a cardiothoracic surgeon -- Chennai-based Dr D Janardhana Reddy of Vijaya Heart Foundation -- and has been developed by technocrat-inventor L Narayan, managing director of Silicon Labs Pvt. Ltd. - a Chennai-based bio-medical engineering company and his team of engineers.
Read: CDRinfo, Hindu
Patent : WIPO

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Wonder Whiz Kids

Wonder Whiz Kids- home school online library is a free service. Science is most interesting to learn when students are allowed to experiment. One can start by creating interest in Science by using resources like this one created with passion by Dr.A.Vidyasagar of Avantel.

Avantel Limited

Avantel Limited, Hyderabad is promoted by Dr A.Vidyasagar, technocrat from IIT Kharagpur. The firm forged strategic relationship with ISRO and offers several wireless systems.
MSS Reporting terminals for ship to shore data communication through Indian satellites are configured through a PC based work station with a user friendly GUI. The architecture is scalable and flexible to take care of future requirements. The data communication is highly secure with interface to a range of applications for command and control. These terminals work on a wide beam near omni directional antenna and hence are operational without satellite tracking and stabilization.

To send short messages from ship to main land, these terminals are ideal solution. They are mounted on the ship and use INSAT MSS payload to communicate to the destination through HUB. User in the ship can send the text or GPS messages through serial port to the terminals. Terminals can be configured in aloha, TDMA mode and Auto GPS Mode.

Request for proposals from MRC

The McLaughlin - Rotman Centre for Global Health (MRC) and its Ethical, Social and Cultural Program for the Grand Challenges in Global Health (GCGH) Initiative invite individuals, institutions, organizations and companies from the developing world to submit proposals for:

Develop a prospective cost-effectiveness analysis model that assesses in a specific developing country setting the potential cost-effectiveness of novel point-of-care diagnostic devices designed to detect common infectious diseases in the developing world.

Design and pilot-test a public engagement strategy for the introduction of nutritionally enhanced foods in low- and middle-income countries to counter micronutrient deficiencies in the developing world.

Dead Line for submitting proposals : 16/01/2009

for details :

Thursday, November 20, 2008

R and D Innovation Council

Zinnov launched R&D Innovation Council on August 7th 2008. Zinnov, management consulting firm was promoted by Vijay Swaminathan (KPMG) and Pari Natarajan (Praja).According to Zinnov, the convergence of large R&D talent in the country today, experienced leaders, innovation eco-system created by the MNC companies, network of institutions (providing research backbone) and a strong local market is driving innovation in and to India. Moving up the value chain and being seen as Value centers rather than mere cost centers is the latest mantra of R&D centers in India. This is further substantiated by the promising growth forecast of the R&D sector in India. R&D offshoring to India is now a USD 9.35 Billion industry, with MNC-owned R&D centers accounting for about USD 5.83 Billion of this market. This is expected to grow to be a 21.4 billion industry by 2012.
The council will help Indian centers improve productivity, drive innovation and optimize operations.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Technology wanted- to extend Electrode Life Used for Spot Welding of Galvanized Steel Sheets

NineSigma, representing a major global steel manufacturer, invites proposals for technology that extends the life of electrodes used in spot welding of zinc galvanized steel sheets for automobile panels.

NineSigma Request #11267-1

Innovators bidding for this request can mark copy to me for tracking.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Offshoring Patent Service to India

Patent services outsourcing to India is still in its infancy with a history of only about 3 to 4 years behind it. There are about 50 vendors in the industry with an estimated 1,550 professionals employed as of end 2007. While a few vendors have been in this business longer, this industry has gained momentum only in the last few years.Revenues from the Indian patent services offshoring industry are estimated at $46 m for the calendar year 2007 and are expected to reach $206 m by end 2012.
Report available from Research and Markets.

elephantversity- one day workshop on 5th December

Elephantversity is organising this Product Innovation Process workshop with facilitators from Continuum, USADan Buchner, VP of Innovation and Design, Tom Burchard, VP of Brand Experience and Elephant Strategy + Design, IndiaAshish Deshpande, Director and Partho Guha, Director. The details of the workshop are as follows:

Date Friday, 05th December 2008

Time 9.00 AM to 5.30 PM

Venue Hotel Deccan Rendezvous,
1202 /3, Apte Road, Deccan Gymkhana, Pune, 411004

Monday, November 17, 2008

Indian R&D Eco-system

Report prepared by Evalueserve `A study of R&D ecosystem in India' , commissioned by British High commission is available at:

Thursday, November 13, 2008

TATA NEN Hottest Startups

This great event brought into lime light several start-ups. Some , that caught my fancy are:
Alpha Imaging Systems promoted by Ujwal Nirgudkar. He is one of rare breed of innovators with patents for online quality control of motion picture film processing. He was present at Inventors of India workshop ,2006 at CIIE,IIMA. Read his patented claims 6849366 and 7254324.
Medsphere market leader in teleradiology expanded market with low demand on bandwidth was a finalist at proto. For that they developed a different type of compression algorithm more suitable for medical images- the software is called INSTARAD. TDB funded OmniActive health technologies , part of Kancor group, comes with patented process for extracting xanthophyll esters from marigold flowers. Robotics start-up TRI Technosolutions has grown out of SINE and is an example of converting hobby into a business -a successful one. Mango Technologies incubated at IIM Bangalore developed Application package for handsets that empowers OEM s/ODM s/Chipset Vendors/ Operators with the flexibility to churn out handsets with varied flavors of UI and applications in considerably short time. Manthan Semiconductors is a fab less design start-up from Bangalore with IP for USB3.0. Saankya Labs another fab less start-up is developing software defined universal demodulator IC for analog and digital TV reception. Sanjay of MobMe incubated at Technopark, Trivendrum, while still in college, was a source of inspiration to hundreds of engineering studebts in Kerala. PERFINT Healthcare an innovative mediacl device company offers tools for image guided minimally invasive procedures such as Biopsy, RFA. GeneFlux takes up collaboration R&D projects
with primary focus on the integration of genomics and clinical proteomics to develop technologies that will enhance drug discovery research.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

MAD-Make A Difference wins Staples Youth Social Entrepreneuship competition

MAD, NGO, started by Jithin Nedumala won this Ashoka Change Maker competition. They teach children living in orphanages and street shelters. Currently they are 300 active volunteers. Better story to read than financial uphevels crowding paper headlines.

INPEX 2009

Oragnisers of INPEX welcome Indian Innovators to showcase their innovations.Last year, INPEX® had almost 300 booths, inventors from 17 countries and welcomed large companies like Hasbro, Everlast, Full Life Products, Tupperware, Bosch Tools and Irwin Industrial Tools to the show to conduct private product reviews. The cost to exhibit per inventor would be around eight hundred US dollars. Contact:Livia Bebing, 412-288-2523

Design workshops

National Institute of Design (NID), will be organising a Design workshop on "Understanding Design" during 17th – 19th Nov, 08, at NID campus, Ahmedabad. The key focus of this programme is to develop a sense of "out of the box thinking" to the participants, which would develop an innovative thought process. It will establish a design link between product and market, besides the use of design as a strategic tool for staying ahead in the fiercely competitive market scenario. Contact person: Mr. Mansukh Patel (M) 09426329633, Ms. Rupali Rai (M) 09328136526

CII, NID and Pune Design Foundation along with DIPP, Government of India are organizing the first India Design Festival 2008 (IDF 2008) from 1- 7 December 2008 in Pune. The key event of India Design Festival is the 8th CII-NID Design Summit from 1-3 December 2008 at YASHADA, Pune, India.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Open Innovation takes root in India

Seema Singh in Mint carried this article `INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS - Firms, students turn to tech contests for talent, recognition'. Three competitions are referred in this article:

The GE Edison Challenge
Schneider Electric Innovation Challenge 2008
Cisco's Global Talent Acceleration Program

Nasscom blog carried an invitation for collaboration for a game changing software.

Encouraged by this trend, TePP is working to create `TePP Open Innovation Network' to make capabilities of independent innovators / start-ups accessible to other firms.

Sunday, November 02, 2008

Yahoo gets the first sound mark in India

The sound mark was filed by California-based Internet firm Yahoo! Inc. for its three-note Yahoo yodel. The Indian Trademark Registry finally granted its first ever sound mark for the Yahoo yodel on 18 August, 2008.
source: Brain League

Friday, October 31, 2008

Bharat Operating Systems Solutions

BOSS (Bharat Operating System Solutions) GNU/Linux distribution developed by C-DAC (Centre for Development of Advanced Computing) released version3.0.BOSS GNU/Linux Desktop is available in almost all the Indian Languages such as Assamese, Bengali, Gujarati, Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam, Marathi, Oriya, Punjabi, Sanskrit, Tamil, Telugu, Bodo, Urdu, Kashmiri, Maithili, Konkani, Manipuri. Down load or get CD.

50 Best Innovations from TIME

TIME's picks for the top innovations of 2008 range from a genetic testing service to an invisibility cloak to an ingenious public bike system to the world's first moving skyscraper. See the list

9 web tools to kickstart your creativity

Lyndi Lawson lists 9 web tools to kick start creativity. Details at gottaquirk.

Openness of western nations to adopt creativity tools is perplexing considering our belief Creativity is given (comes with birth), which cannot be improved by training, tools, techniques.
After seeing about 10,000 ideas I was disappointed at the quality of our creative thinking. It is easier to come to the conclusion that there are great stock of creative ideas , hidden somewhere, only people like us entrusted with the responsibility of nurturing those creative ideas are unable to reach them. It goes against national pride to accept that we are not creative enough to build an innovative nation. I am trying to push a proposal to establish a center for training trainers in creativity.

If you feel that country desperately needs one such an institute, write to me.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Bharat Biotech’s REVAC-B+TM – Hepatitis B Vaccine Crosses 150 million Mark

Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL/Bharat Biotech) the multi-dimensional biotechnology company specializing in product-oriented research, development and manufacturing of vaccines and bio-therapeutics announced today that it has crossed production and delivery of morethanthan 150 million doses of REVAC-B+TM, recombinant hepatitis B vaccine since its launch in October 1998. REVAC-B+TM has been marketed and sold in more than 30 countries worldwide with manufacturing and quality standards on par with USFDA, EMEA and WHO guidelines. The Vaccine has established an excellent safety and efficacy profile since its launch 10 years ago.
In his comments, Dr. Krishna Ella, Chairman and Managing Director of Bharat Biotech said, “The success of REVAC-B+TM bears testimony to our solid emphasis on R&D to develop vaccines that carry excellent safety and efficacy profiles. The Next Generation REVAC-Bmcf (Thiomersol and Cesium Chloride Free*) Recombinant Hepatitis-B Vaccine manufactured by us are cost-effective and address the safety concerns expressed by parents and members of the medical profession.” He added.

Bharat Biotech is a major supplier of the Cesium Chloride Free Hepatitis-B Vaccines, It has taken steps to ensure a smooth transition for customers from the traditional Hepatitis-B vaccine to the new preservative-free REVAC-Bmcf (Thiomersol and Cesium Chloride Free*) vaccine apart from effectively upgrading and optimizing production technologies to ensure the phasing out of thiomersol as preservative in some of BBIL products.

REVAC-Bmcf (Thiomersol and Cesium Chloride Free*) vaccine contains the same components utilized in BBIL’s previous Hepatitis-B vaccine, but now it is supplied preservative-free in a single-dose vial. Bharat Biotech had successfully manufactured a preservative-free pediatric vaccine of a highly reputed MNC on a contract basis and the product was exported to a regulated market in Far East.

A great success story of an Indian innovator who returned to India to make India the global centre for affordable heath care.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Eco Chamber

The travails of innovators begin after end of innovation process-i.e. adoption. The biggest challenge is how to get early adopters. An interesting article on marketing to the Eco Chamber from techcrunch. Convincing customers is more difficult for physical/ embedded products as there is no alpha version. This blog is one such Eco Chamber for embedded products.

Globalisation of knowledge development and delivery

International conference on `Globalisation of Knowledge Development and Delivery' was held on 16-17th October. Papers can be downloaded from Forum for Global Knowledge Sharing.

Friday, October 24, 2008


The INDEX: award is the world’s largest monetary design award (five prizes each 100,000 euroes) and recognizes design that improves life for people. INDEX: AWARD accepts nominations from all design disciplines, including industrial design, service design, architecture and graphic design. Everybody can nominate designs for INDEX: AWARD 2009 through the online nomination site at The deadline for submissions is December 8, 2008.
For information contact:
Niels Jarler, Information officer,

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Carbon advisory services

Agrinergy Counsultancy Pvt ltd, Mumbai and Emergent Ventures India Pvt Ltd, Gurgaon provide carbon advisory services. Agrinergy has a successful track record in registering and transacting CDM projects. The company has developed successful methodology submissions, registered the first bagasse CDM project. Services from Emergent Ventures India include facilitation for CDM registration, financing based on certified emissions reduction (CER), verified emissions reduction (VER), carbon trading, carbon assets management and evaluation and selection of appropriate clean technologies.

IP management in Health and agriculture innovation

This online resource offers up-to-date information and strategies for utilizing the power of both intellectual property and the public domain. Emphasis is placed on advancing innovation in health and agriculture, though many of the principles outlined here are broadly applicable across technology fields. All documents can be downloaded free.

Play quotient of children

Play Quotient reflects the child's ability to get the most enjoyment and enrichment out of play time. Dr Toy, a frequent visitor to India, is an authority on this subject. Her book `Smart Play Smart Toys' is published in India too.

Chandrayan and Indian engineering

Spin-offs from space technology to industry and military are well known. The Indian moon mission also provided an opportunity to several engineering units in India to come out with state-of-art capabilities. L&T is one of the prominent suppliers. Motor case was manufactured at Aero space shop of Heavy Engineering Division.Honeycomb panels used as heat shield are manufactured by L&Ts advanced composite facility. Tracking Antenna Mount structure and C-band precision Monopulse tracking radar are other supplies from L&T.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


A new service from a new start-up. Ratemyideas is founded by Tommy Nguyen. Take a look:

Monday, October 20, 2008

NVI finalists 2008

Several clean technologies were exhibited during the Investor Forum 2008 organised by New Ventures India. Ecoreco Eco_recycling Limted is an e-waste management company. Eco Vehicles is electric bike manufacturer, Accura Bikes is another one. Calcium Silicate insulation is manufactured by Megha Insulations Private Limited.
Start-up Polymeric Sensors Private Limited developed sensors to test potability of water.Pro Nature produces a comprehnsive range of branded certified organic food products.skyshade brings day light to indoors. Unidyne Energy Environment offers systems for aste heat recovery. Discarded marine contaiers are modified into portable offices, toilets etc by Visakha Trades. Autoboxx provides smart building management systems for small area site from 100 square feet onwards.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

TI Beagle Board for Indian open source developers and hobbyists

Texas Instruments recently introduced the pocket-size, USB-powered Beagle Board based on TI's OMAP3530 applications processor. It features an ARM Cortex-A8 core, 2D/3D graphics engine and high-performance TMS320C64x+ digital signal processor (DSP) core.This will help open source developers and hobbyists in India to realize their creative design ideas without being restricted by expensive hardware development tools, lackluster performance capabilities, high power consumption or stifled design environments.
Source: Pradeep Chakraborty blog

Sunday, October 12, 2008

EMPI Indian Express Indian Innovation awards

EMPI Group of Institutions along with The Indian Express Group invites Organisations operating in India to participate in the Awards Programme aimed at promoting a ‘culture of innovation’ in India by showcasing their innovative actions.

Important Dates:

Closing Date for Submission of Participation Form: 30th October, 2008
Awards Ceremony: 3rd December, 2008

awards page:

Techfest 2009

Techfest is the annual international Science & Technology festival of IIT Mumbai. There will be competitions,lectures, exhibitions etc. Some 20,000 students are expected to visit. Innovators can take exhibition space. Contact: Someshwar ,Manager, Events,Techfest 2009,IIT Bombay
+91 98338 25645

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Hical Technologies

Hical was established in 1988 and became a 100% EOU from 1997. It is the partner of choice for leading corporations across Europe, USA and Asia, supplying professional grade transformers and other complex wound components. Commenced electronic manufacturing services in response to customer demand for a single, accountable source and successfully transferred complete manufacturing lines to Hical for cameras, telecom modules, telecom components and power converters.
The firm is also working with engineering colleges to develop curriculum for Magnetic Engineering.

Maker Faire

Celebrating creativity is at the heart of innovation eco system in USA. Maker Faire is one such an event.Maker Faire is a two-day, family-friendly event that celebrates the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) mindset. It's for creative, resourceful people of all ages and backgrounds who like to tinker and love to make things. When can we see similar celebrations in India?

Movico Technologies

Pratap Vikram Singh profiles start-up Movico Technologies in Express Computer. Movico offers digital asset management solutions , a software to manage and distribute video assets, called Media Baron, which runs on a Pentium PC in a normal LAN environment, allowing all users to access a low-resolution database to identify the pieces that they want to add to their current project, and helps them take it back and forth from the editing station. This can free up the expensive editing station by up to 80%, and hence reduces the need for numerous editing stations.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Cool Jacket for traffic police

Road rage, a common symptom in Delhi, describes violent reaction from persons driving AC cars on traffic violations by fellow car drivers. Mute witness is traffic police standing in sun and heat. One innovator Kranti Kiran is working to provide a cool jacket for traffic police. Read the story in Mint by Jacob Koshy. Photo from

SIIPM, Chennai, Deember 2-5, 2008

WIPO is organising seminar ' Strategic Innovation, Product Design & Development and Intellectual Property Management' at Chennai from 2nd December to 5th December 2008. This four-day intensive program is designed for middle to senior level executives who wish to learn how to strategically use the intellectual property regime to fuel innovation, maximize return on investment in R&D and move their firm up the technology ladder.

Thursday, October 09, 2008


The Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT announced it is awarding $700,000 in grants to nine MIT research teams currently working on early-stage discoveries. These projects have the potential to make a significant impact on our quality of life by revolutionizing disease therapies, allergy diagnosis, HIV care in the developing world , drug discovery, energy efficient displays, energy storage, and nano-scale imaging.

L-Ramp Awards 2008

The 4th L-RAMP Award of Excellence seeks to recognise achievers in the following categories:

Grassroot Innovator (For innovators who have no access to technology, funds and markets);Young Innovator (for innovator below 21years of age) ;Woman Innovator (for women innovators);Enterprise (for innovation-based and commercially viable enterprise);Investor (for extending financial support to convert an outstanding innovation(s) into a successful enterprise);Media (for encouraging/ featuring issues related to innovators and innovations in print and electronic media);Lifetime Achievement (for a lifetime of contribution to innovation and entrepreneurship development sector in the country). Applications close on November 5 2008