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Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Techfest 2010-11

Techfest , organizing science & technology festival at IIT Mumbai has selected following themes for `Technopreneurship'  competition:
  1. Clean Technology: In this category, plans focusing on making existing processes in the industry clean or innovating a new Clean technology/product all together will be entertained.
  2. Cost effectiveness: This is the most important factor which a new product should consist of. The participants need to explain how their product or innovation can reduce the costs for the society.
  3. Defy Convention: This category invites entries which by virtue of their brilliance can revolutionize a particular sector of industries or can have a social benefit.
  4. for e.g:- A B-Plan which involves an exceptionally brilliant technological innovation like an artificial heart that could revolutionize the current market scene.
    last date for submission of Executive report is 10th Sept 2010.


The Edison Challenge this year is to design an innovative technological solution to address healthcare challenges faced in rural areas. Full time Bachelors / Masters / Doctoral students of accredited Indian educational institutions are eligible to participate. They need to come up with the solution for a specific problem faced by a Public Health Center (PHC) or Non-Government Organization (NGO) setup in rural India, which caters to about five hundred to one thousand houses. Major healthcare challenges identified are:

Monday, August 30, 2010


The X PRIZE Foundation, an educational non-profit that designs and administers competitions with prizes of up to $30 million, the Government of India’s Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and the Indian Institute of Technology Delhi have formed a partnership to create a global competition to develop and deploy clean and efficient cookstoves. The competition will focus on the development of affordable and clean-burning cookstove technologies (and possibly delivery models) and is a part of the MNRE’s National Biomass Cookstoves Initiative, which was launched in December 2009. Details of the competition, including the announcement of the launch date, prize purse and competition guidelines are forthcoming.

Time Temperature Indicators

Time Temperature Indicators, or TTIs, are printed labels that display a colored visual summary of the elapsed time-temperature history of a product in the cold chain. OnVuTM TTIs from BASF are low-cost, easy-to-use indicators that can be applied to food packages and medical products. They monitor the integrity of the cold chain, helping to ensure that refrigerated products keep fresh. Cold chain monitoring can be done that:
  • Allow food producers and retailers to guarantee the freshness of their products
  • Reduce food wastage along the cold chain
  • Can reduce the occurrence of illness related to insufficiently refrigerated food
  • Improve the safety of medical products like vaccines and blood products
  • Reduce the number of medical products that have to be discarded because of a disruption in the cold chain.
Packaging firms can contact Martin Angehrn

BASF Venture capital

BASF Venture Capital invests between one and five million Euros per venture in young start-up companies who stand out due to their ground-breaking technology.Start-ups working in these areas can contact them:
  • Energy management: new materials and technologies to transform, safeguard or store energy
  • Energy management: organic electronics for flexible displays, OLED-Lighting, Batteries, Organic photovoltaic (OPV), printable eletronics
  • MedTech: surface treatment for medical systems
  • Green Biotechnology
  • Industrial Biotechnology for new products
  • Raw Material Change: sustainable production of chemical intermediates based on renewable resources
  • Nanotechnology: material with novel properties and applications.
They concluded 573 deals in 2008 and Indian start-ups had a share of 3%.
Read the equity story.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Grand Challenges in Global Health

Grand Challenges Explorations fosters innovation in global health research. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has committed $100 million to encourage scientists worldwide to expand the pipeline of ideas to fight our greatest health challenges. The grant program is open to anyone from any discipline, from student to tenured professor, and from any organization – colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations and for-profit companies. Round 6 is now open.The topics for Round 6 are:

  • Design New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection;
  • Create the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies;
  • The Poliovirus Endgame: Create Ways to Accelerate, Sustain and Monitor Eradication;
  • Create Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Applications for Priority Health Conditions;
  • Create New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns. 
Lat date November 2,2010

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Reverse Osmosis Subsurface Drip Irrigation

The Reverse Osmosis Subsurface Drip Irrigation System developed in Australia lets plants draw water through salt filters in irrigation pipes at their roots, using the tiny amounts of energy naturally createdby evaporation at their leaves.The genius of the system is that it can determine if there is enough suction energy created at the roots of plants by natural evaporation to draw the water through a reverse osmosis (semi-permeable) filter. While farmers already use reverse osmosis filters to remove salt from brackish water, until now the water has had to be pushed through the filter using high pressure. For the first time, there is a potential passive biological alternative to the existing high-cost, high-energy desalination options.For this Leslie and Sutton were awarded Eureka Prize. For Technology transfer contact: University of Sydney

Monday, August 23, 2010

Dr Shantaram Kane offers technology to prepare low cost Herbal formulations

Dr Shantaram Kane is a Chemical Engineer (B.Tech.-IITBombay, Sc.D. - MIT-USA) and has come up with an innovation backed by two Indian Process Patents which reduces the daily dose requirement of any natural product by a factor of 100 to 1000. The process is a simple kitchen technology and consists of chopping the herbs, mixing them with water and sesame oil and cooking to boil off water. The mass is then filtered to get the super-active oil extract. He made such extracts from more than 100 herbs and other biomass. These oils have been successfully tested in over 1000 volunteers for a wide variety of ailments including G.I. Tract problems, Lipid lowering, Insulin dose lowering, joint inflammations, skin inflammations and neurological systems. The average annual herbal requirement for a person will be just 30 gm per year. A small kitchen can easily make in one year 1500 kg of super-active oil containing 150 kg of starting herbal material. This will be sufficient to provide complete annual requirements of 5000 persons.
            Dr Kane now wish to make this invention available to millions of people. Interested- See:

Renewables 2010: Global Status Report

The report prepared by Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century, 2010 can be downloaded from:
This report was commissioned by REN21 and produced in collaboration with a global network of research partners. Financing was provided by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ); the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU); and the U.S. Department of State.
The Delhi international Renewable Energy Conference (DIREC 2010) will take place in New Delhi 27-29th October 2010.Details:

“Promoting Innovative Cluster” – TECH TRANSFER 2010,

Foundation for MSME Clusters and Skyquest Technology Group are organizing Technologies Road-show “Promoting Innovative Cluster” – TECH TRANSFER 2010 with information on several technology offers in Life Science Industry (Pharmaceutical, Biotechnology, Medical Device and Diagnostics). This event is scheduled on August 28, 2010 at PERD Centre in Ahmedabad.
For more information please visit
No participation fees for event but prior registration is essential.
Email:, Contact No. :  +91 79 4005 4111/ +91 79 40088142

Thursday, August 19, 2010

CABTOP innovator looking for investors and business partners

The name CABTOP means “Cabinet on Top”. The CABTOP’s cabinet is modified version of the existing PC Cabinets. It is also called PC in suitcase.Some of the advantages of CABTOP are:
• Easy to Clean,
• Inbuilt Monitor,
• Self locking system,
• Unique design in PCs,
• Easy to Carry / Transport,
• Easy to Position or Storage,
• Easy to move while switch on,
• As single Unit PC like All-in-One PC,
• No Need of separate customized furniture,
• Easy to Handle on Floor / Bed / Sopha / Chair / Table,
• Value for money (More features with the Desktop price),
• Inbuilt indusial SMPS systems for the System and Monitor,
• Conversion of the existing any types of Desktop PCs to CABTOP,
• Inbuilt air cooling technology for the processor and SMPS,
• Inbuilt speakers for the System’s Audio, TV Audio, DTH Audio & S-Video

Interested? Contact: Bhragavi ,

Flight data recorder (FDR)

MADHAN GANESAN, working as Avionics Mechanic in Middle East has this idea:
In all existing FDR models, we can see a ULB- UNDER WATER LOCATOR BEACON, which helps for finding the FDR when aircraft crashes over water. If flight crashes over land this will do nothing unless there is water on top the ULB. By adding the G-Switch with the ULB, we can solve this problem. Emergency locator transmitters in the aircrafts works in this principle. G-Switch trigger the radio signal as soon as aircraft gone into the high impact. There is no doubt, finding FDR will become easier if the FDR manufacturer install this new type ULB, i.e. G-ULB.
Madhan is making his idea open for exploitation by anyone interested. Contact him

Accelerated Commercialization of Technology and InnoVation (ACTIV) workshops

ACTIV workshops seek to transfer the experience and key lessons learnt in science-based entrepreneurship from Cambridge, UK to India. Run over 2-days, each ACTIV workshop has a sharp focus on science & technology entrepreneurship and the nucleation and creation of new enterprises. ACTIV workshops seek to equip scientists and researchers, technology entrepreneurs, managers and key staff members of Business Incubators and STEPs with key skills and practical insights to help take technology based ideas to market.First workshop is planned on 27th &28th Sept at Venture Centre, NCL, Pune. For details see:

Thursday, August 05, 2010


This innovation from Germany brings a low cost potable water generation from sea water or brackish water. Details:


Techkriti  is  the Annual International Technical and Entrepreneurship
Festival of IIT Kanpur and will be organized  from February  17-20, 2011. 
For details contact:
Ms. Swetali Nimje
Head, Public Relations

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Indian Innovator Gopalakrishnan questions the integrity of USPTO

Gopalaksrishnan (
has been sending mails to one and all alleging that USPTO is holding his application which has 13/3/2002 as date of priority . He gives reference of web site
which also says several energy related innovations were kept with USPTO.

What is the truth?

TRI Grand Challenge for India

TRI selected 10 challenges and invites `ideas'. The challenges are  :
1. making rural health care thro medicine affordable and accessible.
2.Improve the usefulness of maternal healthcare thro portable diagnostics and smart system.