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Thursday, July 29, 2010

STEM annual event

STEM ( Society for Technology Management ) with support of ICMR, ICAR, CSIR ,DBT and in cooperation with the US-based Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM), is organizing the annual event from 28th Sept to 1st October at Gurgaon.
The three-day event is for senior technology transfer and IP personnel to meet, share insights, discuss and explore ways to maximize their revenue through IP and technology transfer, and network with one another to creatively and effectively improve their technology management culture.
Register online at

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

mBillion awards

m-Billionth  Award is a dedicated platform to explore the latent potential of mobile sector across South Asia. These Media phones/mobile, handy gadgets can now do anything from allow physicians to review patient records on-the-go, to alert drivers in any city of nearby parking spaces while looking for spot, in addition to the texting, surfing and calling on many of today's phones.
See the award winners: mbillionth

Automatic High Security Tamper Proof Vending Machine for water

Innovator Srinivas Mahesh Reddy of Tirupathi addressed the problem of  tap water getting sold in sealed containers as clean water. He developed a system for dispenser which will not accept water coming from an unidentified source, patented and demonstrated it. Foundation for MSME Clusters supported the innovation. Interested parties may contact:

Niriha Security Systems Private Limited, B-22, 6th Floor, Appasamy Towers, No 16 & 17, Theyagaraya Road, T.Nagar, Chennai – 600 017,
Contact Person… Srinivas Mahesh Reddy M,  Mo: +91(0) 970 322 9311,  +91(0) 900 309 6969,   +91(0) 938 333 6996, Email:,   URL:

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Wireless Power Consortium

The Wireless Power Consortium is working to develop an international standard for compatible wireless charging stations. Compatible products will be recognized by a logo. Phones, cameras, remote controls, and all mobile electronics carrying the logo will work with all charging stations that carry the logo.
Membership of the wireless power consortium is open for every company.

AgriPlas-wheat straw fiber in a polypropylene compound

The development process to commercialize an agricultural BioMass natural fiber began through a consortium set up by the Onatrio BioCar Initiative. This consortium was started and led by the University of Waterloo and included the Ford Motor Company, A. Schulman, Inc. and Omtec Inc.. The commercialization resulted in the first ever injection moldable automotive application utilizing .Read:

Kevin Stone: The bio-future of joint replacement | Video on

Kevin Stone: The bio-future of joint replacement | Video on

Sixth International Fab lab Conference

This year`s international gathering of field practitioners and laboratory researchers from the Fab Lab network and beyond, for a week of hands-on workshops and a one day academic symposium on the principles and applications of digital fabrication, FAB6 will be held in Amsterdam, August 15-20, 2010.

Technology on Offer; variable displacement compressor

TePP funded innovator Sankha Subhra Datta is now ready with a prototype with the following specs:
Number of cylinders - 4 Nos. Total swept volume - 133cc, Compressor power - 4 BHP, maximum compressor rpm - 3000. Refrigerant - R-134a. Delivery pressure of refrigerant - 15kg/, Suction pressure - 2kg/

He is looking for business partners. contact


Monday, July 26, 2010

Villgro Tech Transfer Workshop

Villgro with Skyquest Consulting has designed a hands-on Workshop to help Inventors for Technology Transfer / Licensing deal making to be conducted on a quarterly basis.

The Workshop details are as follows: -

1.       Target Audience: Academic & Grass Root Inventors
2.       Stage: Prototype to Marketing with intention to license out technology
3.       Technology focus: AGRICULTURE (including Diary & Animal Husbandry), ENERGY & WATER targeted at Rural Markets  
4.       Language: ENGLISH
5.       Dates: Thurs.-12th & Fri.-13th August 2010 (2 days)
6.       Location: IITM Research Park, Taramani, CHENNAI
7.       Instructors:
·         Rajeev Surana (Head-Tech Transfer & Co-incubation, Villgro Innovations Foundation)
·         Shriya Damani (Director-Skyquest Consulting)
·         An Inventor successful with Technology Transfer / Licensing
8.       Workshop Fees: NIL
9.       Travel & Stay: To be borne by Inventor
10.   Expected outcome from Workshop:
·         Creating SMART (techno commercial) Report in crisp format developed by Villgro
·         Perspective on valuation methodologies to be followed for your technology
·         Profiling prospective Entrepreneurs / Industry for your invention / technology
·         Devising a strategy to reach out to Entrepreneurs
·         Mock preparation on negotiation & deal closing with Entrepreneurs
·         Understanding different types of documentation to be entered at various stages of deal making
·         Adding value to deal & post deal monitoring
11.   No. of participants: 8

Please call Rajeev on 09381755790 to confirm participation in Workshop.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Fair Trade certification for clothing

Trans Fair USA introduced standards for certification of clothing. 
Requirements:  A company can either purchase the seed cotton directly from a certified producer group or require that their manufacturer source Fair Trade cotton from those groups. Produce the garments in a factory that meets Fair Trade Certified standards and has been approved by TransFair USA. Purchase products according to Fair Trade terms and agree to pay a 1-10% Fair Trade premium to a worker-controlled fund.

Another Non-tariff Barrier or protecting workers in developing economies?

Pater Alwin's snail is in the final list of Electrolux Design Lab 2010 competition

The finalists of 8 include one from India. i.e Peter Alwin creator of Snail- based on micro induction heating.
The Snail is a portable heating and cooking device based on magnetic induction processes. Such is the size and versatility of the Snail, it can be stuck directly on to a pot, a pan, a mug etc. to heat the contents.This reduces the amount of space required for conventional cooking whilst adding portability to the process. Powered by a high density sugar crystal battery, the Snail converts the energy from the sugar, heating up a coil to conduct the magnetic induction process to the utensil. Integrated sensors detect the food type being heated so as to automatically adjust the time and temperature. A simple touch sensitive display with interface helps to monitor the process.

Hyper Realistic Mannequin

Mahesh invited me to meet innovator in his incubator at NID. Went, saw the innovator, extended my hand....realised it was not human. It was a creation by the start-up Dirty Hands.

Alex J. Severinsky

Alex J. Severinsky developed the Hyperdrive power-amplified internal combustion engine power train, a more fuel-efficient successor to the conventional internal combustion engine power train, and founded PAICE Corporation to license Hyperdrive to hybrid vehicle manufacturers. 
Alex Severinsky received his M.S. degree in electrical engineering from Kharkov College of Radioelectronics in Kharkov, Ukraine, in 1967, and his Ph.D. in electrical engineering from the Institute for Precision Measurements in Radioelectronics and Physics in Moscow in 1975. He came to the United States in 1978 as a refugee. In 1986 he contacted the Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute (Mtech) at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering and enrolled Viteq, a company that developed uninterruptable power supplies for computer systems, in Mtech’s Technology Advancement Program; in 1992 he enrolled PAICE Corporation, which licenses the Hyperdrive technology, in the same Mtech program. 
Paice's U.S. Patent No. 5,343,970 ('970 Patent) is the centre of legal battles and finally all big guys Ford,Toyota had to agree to take license from PAICE.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Innovator X

InnovatorX is an endeavour by IIM Ahmedabad’s Centre for Innovation, Incubation and Entrepreneurship and Marico Innovation Foundation and supported by Department of Science and Technology (Government of India) to create a platform to bring together all stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem - bridging a gap which currently exists in India. 
The Innovatorx aims at accomplishing the following -
1. Enable the innovators to showcase their innovations to the industry and aspiring entrepreneurs - Innovators often find it difficult to reach out to industry to license their technology.
2. Enable the industry to identify viable technologies which can solve the problems being faced by them or target an opportunity area. Industry would also be able to post challenges to Indian innovators - thus helping innovation process become more market-led.
3. Showcase interesting research and innovation happening across the country and the world. Provide visibility to innovations and innovators through dedicated articles regarding them.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Solar powered portable water purification system-Sunspring

Innovative Water Technologies has developed this product and one of it is operating in Cochin. See:
The system uses GE water purifier and it appears performance is dependent on temp of water. How does it function in summer?

Partnering with KLD Technologies

KLD Technologies offers high frequency low RPM technology for electric 2/3 wheelers.Manufacturers want to try their technology can get in touch.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Eastman Innovation Lab

Eastman has supplied the world with chemicals, plastics and fibers since 1920.Eastman Innovation Lab supports innovators by providing them material and developing material where needed.Two innovatoions facilitated this way are, KOR Water and Rapid Deployment Flood wall. Will they respond in a similar way to requests from Indian Innovators?

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Sustainable Brands Innovation Open (SB Innovation Open)

The winners of the second round has innovations of interest to India. BioLite stove, Tremont Electric's (kinetic energy to electrical energy,) bring innovations we are familiar with seems to have been engineered better.

Friday, July 02, 2010

the Growth Economy Venture Challenge

The winner of Nokia’s Growth Economy Venture Challenge will receive a $1 million (USD) venture capital investment and support from Nokia to help turn the idea into reality.
Criteria for the winning proposal
The winning proposal in the Growth Economy Venture Challenge will meet the following criteria:
  • It must include a clear mission statement; and provide a product or service plan that will undeniably raise the standard of living, and/or enhance the lives of people living in emerging market countries today.
  • The initial target market must be located in a region with per capita income significantly lower than what is found in industrialized nations today (e.g., sub-$5 per day).
  • It must include a viable business model that has a high likelihood of providing a strong return on investment for the venture funding provided.
Submissions for this unique investment opportunity will be accepted through 11:59 pm PST 31 July 2010. The winner will be announced on 15 September 2010 at Nokia Developer Summit in London.