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Thursday, May 29, 2008

Ten disruptive technologies 2009--2012

Gartner identified 10 disruptive technologies for the next 4 years. They are:
  • Multicore and hybrid processors
  • Virtualisation and fabric computing
  • Social networks and social software
  • Cloud computing and cloud/Web platforms
  • Web mashups
  • User Interface
  • Ubiquitous computing
  • Contextual computing
  • Augmented reality
  • Semantics

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Nature's 100 best innovations

With support from UNEP and many other bodies, Anine Benyus and Gunter Pauli shortlisted one hundred technologies that are all inspired by proven design systems from Nature. For details of book and list see:

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Triple Helix VII conference

The Triple Helix is about innovation systems based on university-industry-government relations. The biennial Triple Helix conferences started twelve years ago to analyze the interaction between University, Government and Industry, and its influence on the economic development of specific regions.The Seventh International Triple Helix Conference (Triple Helix VII) to be held from 17-19 June 2009 at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.

Innova Materials

Innova Materials is a materials technology company spun out of the University of Pennsylvania. At Wharton Business Plan Competition
Innova wins 3 of 5 prizes awarded in competition, including 2nd Place, the People's Choice Award, the Gloeckner Award, and nearly $30,000 in cash and services.
Innova Materials lets manufacturers impart the surface of polymer products with new properties and functionalities via conventional spray-painting equipment.Innlay requires no changes to existing manufacturing processes and allows manufacturers to cost-effectively incorporate nanoscale or microscale active materials into the surface of their products.Alex Mittal, Priyanka Agarwal, Arjun Srinivas are promoters.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Technology Day awards 2008

Dr APJ Kalam gave away Technology day awards on 11th May 2008. TDB gave 3 awards, National award for Natco Pharma ltd, awards to SSI units went to Lifecare Innovations Pvt ltd, and Prime Telesystems ltd, Delhi.Hyderabad-based Natco Pharma Limited was conferred the National Award for developing and commercialising five innovative anti-cancer drugs.Lifecare Innovations Pvt. Ltd. received the national award for commercialising highly economic formulation for treatment of systemic mycosis and Kala Azar.Prime Telesystems Limited, Delhi received the award for developing and commercialising the High Definition Video over Subscriber Line standard and supporting technology stack for the delivery of interactive video over emerging cable, telephony and internet networks. DBT gave award to Dr Banwarilal of TERI for developing Microbial enhanced oil recovery .
Click to read inspiring speech given by Dr Kalam.

Where Are India’s Innovative Companies, Products and Solutions?

Thought provoking article from Mark Fidelman. Must read for all stakeholders of Indian innovation system.

Any comments?

Too many funding programs

Earlier there was paucity of funds from government for research & innovation, now many complain there are too many windows and what is needed is a single window. Well, this single window may never emerge as American experience shows. I got a mail about `The American Grants and Loans Book' priced at $149.95 containing list of about 1700 financial programs, subsidies, scholarships, grants and loans offered by the United States federal government. Is it a pointer to future in India?

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Technology Pioneers 2009

World Economic Forum invites proposals for Technology pioneers 2009. The categories for Technology Pioneers are:
1. Biotechnology and Health
2. Information Technology
3. Energy and Environmental Technologies
Innovative company can self nominate or it can be nominated by others. Last date 30 June 2008. Companies seeking nomination can contact me for guidance. See details at :

Monday, May 05, 2008

TiE-ISB connect 2008

The TiE-ISB Connect '08 will be held on November 5th, 6th and 7th, 2008 at the ISB campus in Hyderabad. Important dates:
Executive summaries due : 15th June 2008
Mentoring sessions: 1st August 2008
Business plans due:15th October 2008
Business plan presentation:5th November 2008

Lockheed Marting innovation awards 2008

The 2008 Winners of Lockheed Martin India Innovation growth program were announced on May 2nd. Gold medal winners include Kranti Vistakula, a MIT researcher who decided to promote a start-up in Hyderabad to develop Clima Gear, temperature regulating apparel, currently incubated at NID, Ahmedabad and supported under TePP. Slow release micro nutrient fertilizer by Dr Chandrika Varadachari, novel extendable pedal crank mechanism by Prof Manoj Kumar Mandal of IIT Kharagpur, Surya Kiran of Col JJ Singh were some of the other winners.
This program will continue for another 2 years and all finalists will be mentored at ICsquare Institute