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Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Third option for making aero planes in India

Like in automobiles the pay offs are significant in aeroplane design to manufacture.Among the BRIC nations Brazil has taken a lead in this area.In India HAL had been manufacturing aircraft with Russian collaboration. NAL has been working to develop indegeneous technology. The third option is now explored by Mahindra by acquiring two Australian firms.Mahindra Systech, the component arm of Mahindra & Mahindra, has struck a deal to acquire 75.1% stake in two Australian aerospace companies -- Aerostaff Australia (AA) and Gippsland Aeronautics (GA).The acquisitions have been jointly made by Mahindra Aerospace Pvt Ltd (MAPL) and Kotak Private Equity entailing a total commitment of Rs 175 crore.AA is a manufacturer of high precision close-tolerance aircraft components and assemblies for large OEMs such as Boeing and Airbus, while GA is an established brand in general aviation, which manufactures 2-20 seater aircraft and turboprop engines.With the acquisitions in place, Mahindra will have aircraft portfolio comprising GA200, GA8 AIRVAN, GA8 (turbocharge), GA24 (turboprop), and NM5, which has been jointly built with National Aeronautics Laboratory.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

EU Study Centre at SPJIMR, Mumbai

Reutlingen University (FH / Hochschule Reutlingen), ESB Business School in partnership with SPJain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, India and in association with Knowledge Foundation, Germany was recently selected for establishing an EU study centre in India at SPJain Institute of Management & Research, Mumbai, India.

The inaguration of the Centre took place on the 19th November 2009 at the institute The inaguration was attended by Head of Operations Mr. Hans Schoof, from the Delegation of the European Commission in India, Team Leader of the India-EU Study Centres Programme Mr. Ulrich Podewils and the representatives of the Reutlingen University, Germany apart from the faculty of the Business school.

We can expect to see more of Europe at Mumbai in the year 2010.

Gadget Flops of the Decade

We learn more from failures. See the list of 10 great flops :

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Villgro stores

Villgro is covering the last mile in rural innovation road map with stores exclusively marketing rural innovations. There are curently 10 stores, selling 18 innovations in Agriculture, Dairy, Water, Energy , Personla care areas. Venus Burner is one of the hot selling product selling over 70,00 units every month.

Emering markets megatrend

MNCs like DuPont operating from several countries have to continuously assess opportunities and select countries to invest. Often, this is a indicator of country's strengths.
In India it is Titanium Technologies,Pioneer Hi-Bred,Crop Protection, Performance Polymers,Packaging & Industrial Polymers. Where as in China Performance Polymers, Electronics & Communications,Performance Coatings,Titanium Technologies, Packaging & Industrial Polymers are active segments.

Mission 10X facilitating Active Learning

India produces thousands of engineers and many of them are not employable. Many have analysed the problem but only few have come with solutions- Wipro is one such. Mission 10X is working to empower 10,000 engineering faculty by 2010 with innovative teaching techniques and tools that would enable them to help learners.Integrated Innovations is a compilation of innovations in the pedogogy of engineering.To facilitate active learning, several examples were listed ranging from mnemonic games to model making.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Innovation Lab, Cochin

Success of technopark sparked interest in entrepreneurship all across Kerala. Innovation lab positioned as pre-incubator is a link in the chain. Beneficiaries of technopark technology business incubator have taken the lead to provide this platform to young entrepreneurs . This is an intermediate stage on the journey from college to technopark- develop and test your ideas with mentors, physical space, bandwidth and a live telecom lab.

Accessing critical technology by Chinese car manufacturers

The Chinese Car manufacturers , SAIC and Geely are in the race to build electric cars. And all they need is access to critical technology and it is interesting to see how they are going about accessing the critical technology,.
Yet-Ming Chiang, is Professor of Ceramics in MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Prof. Chiang's research focuses on the design, synthesis, and characterization of advanced inorganic materials and related devices. Current topics include new cathode and anode materials for lithium ion batteries, phase transformations in electroactive materials, electrochemical device design, electrochemical-to-mechanical energy conversion, self-assembling colloids, and the stability and defect chemical properties of interfaces in inorganic materials.
He holds several patents like Nano scale Ion Materials, Reticulated and controlled porosity battery structures, high energy high power electrodes. To take the lab technology to market, he was given an exclusive license for the patents that had been generated in his lab at MIT.
In 2001 he co-founded
A123 Systems with Bart Riley (Bart Riley, got a degree from Cornell in ceramics ) and Ric Fulop. A123 Systems is currently one of the leading advanced-technology battery companies in the United States. The company filed over 160 patents, important among them is U.S. patent 7,338,734 entitled “Conductive Lithium Storage Electrode” one of the industry’s most comprehensive high-power lithium ion patent portfolios. This landmark patent protects A123’s unique Nanophosphate™ battery technology, which offers an advanced combination of power, safety and life.The technology is now enabling the use of lithium ion batteries in automotive applications, such as hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV), extended-range (E-REV), and pure electric vehicles (EV).
SAIC entered into joint venture with A 123 systems ,Shanghai Advanced Traction Battery Systems Co. (ATBS), to develop complete energy storage systems for all hybrid electric and pure electric vehicles manufactured by SAIC Motor and its wholly-owned subsidiaries.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Innovations 2010 , Pune

'Innovations' is an annual event organized by the Pune Chapter of IIT Bombay Alumni Association to foster innovation in the society. The event showcases selected novel ideas in practice, and provides a platform for the innovators to disseminate their ideas to a wider and well-connected audience. The event primarily focus on Innovations originating from Science and Technology. In the past, innovations in the form of processes, products and applications from varied fields such as medicine, agriculture, mechanical/electronic/chemical technology, IT products, etc. have been showcased. The selection of the innovations to be showcased is done through a panel of experts drawn from various application areas.They also work with the selected innovators to fine tune their presentation and bring out the unique features.

Meet the innovators, watch their innovations in action, listen to sucessful innovators who have scaled up their ideas to commercial success! For more information, please visit

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Challenge innovator Mathew

Prototyping is a critical step in converting idea to solution. Not many would welcome the work as it is one of its kind. But Zakarias Mathew welcomes such a challenge.
He entered the Machinery World when he repaired a broken-down tractor while still in his teens. At the age of 20 he moved to Mumbai living by repairing machines. From his bread-and-butter operation of solving machinery problems, he progressed to re-designing machines and finally to manufacturing new machines, many of which replaced imported ones. Success followed him from factory to factory, assignment to assignment. It was a steady journey up the corporate ladder which culminated in the proud ownership of SENZO Engineering & Plastic Company and associating with India’s industrial giants such as Larsen & Toubro (L&T), Siemens, Voltas, Godrej and Pfizer. Today, after 40 years of dedicated labor, Zakarias Mathew is the Chairman & Managing Director of SENZO Group of Companies. Among various others, SENZO products include Octagonal Poles, High Masts, Gantries & Cantilevers, Metal Beam Crash Barriers and a Hot Dip Galvanizing Plant.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Support International Patent Protection in Electronics and IT

Many start-ups have shown interest in this scheme. Brain league provided many details ;
Department of Information Technology, MCIT has introduced a scheme, known as SIP-EIT (Support International Patent Protection in Electronics and IT),in order to provide financial support to Small and Medium Enterprises /Technology Start-Up companies for international patent filing in the area of information technology and electronics. International patent filing includes the PCT(Patent Cooperation Treaty) route or direct filing of the application in any country. However, the applicant has to justify his reasons for choosing a particular country.The prosecution costs involved in international patent filings such as attorney fee, professional fee, statutory fee of patent office, examination fee, search fee etc shall be reimbursed upto Rs.15 lakhs or 50% of the total expenses incurred on filing each invention whichever is less.The Department of Information Technology, MCIT has provided the details for applying for the scheme in SIP-EIT brochure.Few of the prerequisites to apply for the scheme as mentioned in the SIP-EIT brochure are as follows:
Small or micro small and medium enterprises / Technology Start-Up unites registered in India
The investment in plant and machinery should not exceed INR 10 corers in case the enterprises are engaged in the manufacture or production of goods OR if the enterprises are a service provider investment in plant and machinery should not exceed INR 5 corers.
The enterprises applying for the scheme has to provide In house R&D certificate from Division of Services and Intervention Research (DSIR) Technology OR Technology Incubation enterprises registered as companies with support under some government scheme.
In order to apply for the said scheme the inventions must be filed in India prior to foreign filing of the application and the inventions should be in the area of information technology and electronics only.The applicant can apply for the scheme at the time of international filing or after the filing. However, reimbursement will be provided only after the application is selected for the support. In case the application is selected, the reimbursement money shall to e transferred to the bank account of the company as provided by the applicant in the application form.The application for the scheme shall be acceptable only if the patent application is filed and prosecuted by a registered patent agent having 5 year experience in the handling international patent applications. Following are the Documents that need to be submitted by the company:
- Prescribed application form
- Copy of registration certificate of the company
- Company brochure
- Latest Annual audit report
- Proof of In house R&D certification by DSIR
- Patent prior art search report
- Indian patent office filing receipt
- Reimbursement Details (the format is provided with application form)
- Copy of Invoices cleared by the company towards the international patent filing
- A declaration by the applicant in the format is provided with application form.
The applicant must provide all the required information in the application forms with relevant documents as proof. If the application satisfies the acceptance criteria the Reimbursement amount shall to e- transfer as per the details provided in the application form.The applicant may also be requested to present his inventions by the Department of Information Technology, MCIT in the allocated centers to explain the Technical features of invention, commercialization plans or commercialization status of the invention, anticipated revenues from commercializing and potential markets for this invention.Contact Smt. J Khurana / Dr AK Garg, HoD, Patent and IPR Division, Department of Information Technology, Electronics Niketan, 6, C.G.O.Complex, New Delhi 110003, Phone: 24301284/24301398, Email - or for more details.Note: For assistance in applying for the said scheme, please feel free to contact Brain League IP Services Pvt. Limited
No. 18, 2nd floor, 5th A Cross Road,24th Main,
J.P.Nagar 2nd phase, Bangalore-560078.
Phone: 91-80-41489502

Manipal University to host International BoP Summit 2009 at Manipal

A two day International Base of Pyramid Summit (BoP) 2009 will be organised by Manipal University from December 17 & 18, 2009 at Chaitya Hall, Fortune Inn Valley View, Manipal involving partners of BoP in the areas of Innovation, Incubation and investment. For more information contact:
Prof. Harish Chandra Hebbar – 9880504014
(BOP – Chair)
Mr. Manjunath Maiya - 9845822443
(Philips- Project Manager)

Saturday, December 05, 2009

Asian Young Inventors Exibition (AYIE)

Young innovators, below 20 years as on 1st January 2010 are invited to participate in the ITEX 2010 (International Invention, Innovation and technology Exhibition ) from 14 - 16 May 2010 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre, Malaysia. AYIE is jointly-organised by ACIA (Asian Caucus of Inventions Associations) and MINDS (Malaysian Invention and Design Society). AYIE aims to provide a platform to showcase and promote creativity and inventions by young inventors.
Indian Innovators Association is invited to coordinate with young Indian innovators and invites interested innovators to contact me at

TR 35 : inviting nominations from young innovators

Nominations invited from young innovators ( less than 35 years as on October 1, 2010). MIT Technology Review's prestigious TR35 awards recognizing the world's top young innovators have been a great success in recent years. Established in 1999 as the TR100, the TR35 list of Technology Review published by Technology Review Inc., an independent media company owned by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, recognizes the outstanding innovators under the age of 35 each year. The awards span a wide range of fields, including biotechnology, materials, computer hardware, energy, transportation, and the Internet.

Technology Review's first “INDIA TR35” list of 35 young innovators will appear in March 2010. It is a list that would now recognize the outstanding innovators under the age of 35 from India. MIT TR is now seeking nominations for the 2010 class of INDIA TR35 winners. The final deadline for the nominations is on December 31, 2009!

Indian Innovators Association has been invited to nominate young innovators and young innovators seeking nomination may contact me at other details see