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Innovations 2009 Award - Ideas in practice

Innovations 2009

The Innovations forum aims to help innovators and entrepreneurs of India, by helping them to create and expand ecosystem around them. The forum runs an annual event to showcase the select few innovators to elite gathering of VCs and experts.

The event stands out as the only one - with crisp delivery from innovators, expert talk from a distingushed Keynote speaker, a high profile networking dinner and a mentoring session. While the prize offered to the innovator is a platform, it is the selection process and feedback from the panel, that prompts the innovator to excel.

The forum is promoted by the Pune Chapter of IIT Bombay Alumni Association.

Important dates and the details of program

Date and time January 10-11 2009, 9:00 AM to 6:30 PM
Venue Dewang Mehta Auditorium, Persistent Systems,
402, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune, 411 016.

Innovations 2009 will be a two day event
Day 1 Day 1 will start with keynote speech, followed by 16 fast-paced presentations by the innovators, a visit to the exhibits, and Q&A with all the innovators.
In the evening, there will be a networking dinner for innovators with special invitees.

Day 2 Day 2 will be Mentoring Session(Innovation to IPO) Workshop.
Mentoring Session is a concentrated learning capsule of 4-5 hours on the vital aspects of starting a new enterprise. The innovators and would be entrepreneurs are exposed to ‘how to’ – create a business plan, explore funding options, create a go to market strategy, deal with legal/regulatory aspects and more. Renowned experts from diverse fields share their experiences & expertise in 45 min sessions (3-4 of such sessions are planned) and help innovators create their own roadmap to success.

On Day 1 of the event, innovators will be provided with a stall at the event venue to exhibit and showcase their innovations. In addition, innovators can distribute literature at the stall and interact with the visitors.

How will your innovation be selected for showcasing
The overall process of innovation selection will be done by a panel of experts covering a broad range of experience. Throughout the selection and presentation process, you may maintain a level of secrecy as desired by you, or as necessary by the IPR process you are following.

Phase I: Inviting entries through entry form
Individual innovators / organizations are requested to fill in the online entry form available at Optionally, if internet connection is intermittent, the attached entry form (as word document) can be filled and sent to As a last option, the entry form may be mailed to Dr. S. G. Kane at
1, Indradhanushya Apartments, Agarkar Road, 827/A Shivaji Nagar, Pune 411004.

Last Date for submission of entries: 1st October 2008.
Your entry may be a process, product, design, method, application or even a business model or a model of social entrepreneurship. Innovations from all fields are welcome. Entries are sought from individuals, research/academic institutions, NGOs, or corporate entities (with an annual turnover less than Rs. 50 Crore).

The current panel members are Co-ordinator:
Dr. Shantaram Kane, ex-Vice President (R & D), NOCIL
Members (in alphabetical order)
Dr. Ashok Joshi, ex-Managing Director, Approva Systems
Atul Narkhede, VP Engineering, GS Lab
Harshwardhan Gupta, Founder, Neubauplan Machine Design
Satish Gokhale, Managing Director, Design Directions

Dr. Shantaram Kane
Dr. S. G. Kane, Panel Co-ordinator, is an expert in the field of Chemical and Agro/Bio Technology.

Dr. Kane presently is Adjunct Professor of Chemical Engineering, IIT Bombay. He has held several senior positions and as functional head in Indian and MNC companies like NOCIL, Swadeshi Polytex, Gharda Chemicals and Amoco Chemicals U.S.A.). He has lead and established R & D centers and set up processes for formulation & development of products and processes. As a researcher in traditional medicine, he developed a novel patented technology to make super-active extracts, which find applications in all Life Sciences. Dr. Kane has won several accolades including the Distingushed Alumnus Award and the Distingushed Service Award from IIT Bombay. He is an IIT Bombay B. Tech. Chemical Engineering and MIT (USA), M. S., and Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Ashok Joshi
Ashok Joshi is an expert in the field of Software and IT.

Dr. Ashok Joshi recently retired as a Managing Director of Aprova Systems. As a founding director, he was responsible to set up the organization. In his previous role, as a head of R&D (India) Dr. Ashok Joshi drove the growth of the Indian subsidiary of Entevo Corporation. As a founding Director of C-DAC, he formulated the technical and marketing strategy of India's Supercomputing Initiative. He also provided technical leadership in developing hardware and software solutions in weather modeling, seismic data processing and space vehicle design. While as a Director of Systech, he designed and developed innovative electronic products for industrial and defense applications. Dr Joshi is a B. Tech. from IIT Bombay; an M. S. from Illinois Institute of Technology and a Ph. D. from Syracuse University.

Atul Narkhede
Atul Narkhede is an expert in Networking, Electronics & Communications.

Atul Narkhede works as VP Engineering at GS Lab. Atul has over eleven years of experience in software product design. As a Fellow at Strand Genomics, Atul has architected data-mining and data visualization software. Prior to Strand, Atul was the Chief Architect at Tessera Systems where he developed infrastructure products with distributed web services. While at Silicon Graphics Inc, Atul worked on Geometry and developed microcode and vector compilers for high end graphics-accelerator ASICs. He is a B. Tech. CS from IIT Bombay and a M. S. CS from University of North Carolina.

Harshwardhan Gupta
is an expert in the area of Mechanical Engineering and Product Design.

Harshwardhan Gupta is founder of Neubauplan Machine Design Studio, one of India’s few, and the oldest Machine Design House. Over the last 31 years, he has been involved in designing large number of India’s first and some of the World's first complex machines. Most of his work has proved to be runaway success and has often been displayed in IMTEX (India), INTERPACK (Germany), etc. He has recently been named as a co-inventor in a U.S. Patent Application for Banknote Counting, Validating and Storage system for use on Gaming Tables in Casinos. Harshwardhan Gupta holds a B. Tech (Mech) from IIT Bombay (1976) and has written many articles on design and technology issues, including the popular column, ‘Harshwardhan Gupta's Design Tips’ in the IPF for 20 issues.

Satish Gokhale
Satish Gokhale is an expert in Industrial Product Design.

Satish has successfully designed and launched over 450 products in the Indian and international markets. During his career, he has received several awards in product design including Industrial Design Excellence award by IDSA and Businessweek – USA and Industrial Design Excellence awards for medical equipment, industrial equipment design. Satish is a graduate of National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, and manages his own firm Design Directions.

A 'not-to-be-missed' Opportunity
Innovations 2009 builds on the resounding success of last year's show and brings not-to-be-missed opportunity for the innovator. The event promises close interaction with financial community, mentorship from industry experts and nation-wide publicity. Some of the benefits that could be realized by participating in Innovations 2008 are listed below.

Advantages to Innovators
  1. Present your innovation to 'those who matter
    • Attendees for the event will be a highly select list consisting of VCs, senior executives from banks, financial institutions, R & D institutes, media, government representatives and other invited registrations. This is a once in a life-time opportunity to meet all the ecosystem participants at one location.
    • Selected innovators will be invited for a networking dinner with select special invitees from industry and financial community. This will provide each innovator a rare opportunity of one-to-one discussion with those who matter to him.
  2. National publicity
    • The resounding success of Innovations 2007 and efforts made by organizers
      for this year will provide publicity at no expense to the innovator.
  3. Get mentored
    • Day 2 will be an Mentoring Session (Innovation to IPO) Workshop.
      Mentoring Session is a concentrated learning capsule of 4-5 hours on the vital aspects of starting a new enterprise. The innovators and would be entrepreneurs are exposed to ‘how to’ – create a business plan, explore funding options, create a go to market strategy, deal with legal/regulatory aspects and more. Renowned experts from diverse fields share their experiences & expertise in 45 min sessions (3-4 of such sessions are planned) and help innovators create their own roadmap to success.
    • The selection process is rigorous. Even if an innovator is not selected, a month-long interaction with a panel of experts will certainly provide high value . The panel will provide substantive input about how to pitch as well as how to exhibit. In addition, difficult questions from the experts will help in improving positioning of your innovation.
  4. Invite target prospects
    • Each selected innovator will get two additional complimentary invitations for the event. Innovators can invite audience of their choice through these invitation passes.
    • Organizers will seek inputs from the selected innovators to invite audience for the event and networking dinner.
  5. Learn from co-innovators
    • The format of the show is such that each selected nominee will be able to witness the manner in which other innovators pitch their innovations and listen & learn from the questions being asked to them.
Be one among a select few - each final selected innovator will be showcased with only 15 other innovators.

One among the many awardees:

e-Administration: e-Platform for e-Governance
GopalKrishnan Devanathan (Kris Dev), Life Line to Business-LL2B, Chennai / +91-44-42115995 / 9840852132

Life Line to Business (LL2B), Chennai, India, an ICT & e-Gov organization that was selected for the 'Innovations 2009' (Ideas in practice) Award for implementing 'e-Administration: e-platform for e-Governance' (certificate attached).

The award is instituted by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay Alumni Association, Pune Chapter, India and The IndUS Entrepreneurs (TiE), Pune Chapter, India.

The selection was based on three rounds of screening by expert committee consisting of professors and professionals.The final presentation was made at the National Exhibition and Seminar on Innovations 2009 held at Pune on Jan 10, 2009.

The award is based on implementation of the tool in the Union Territory of Pondicherry and the State of Tamil Nadu in India; and the recognition given by Lt. Governor of Pondicherry and Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances, Government of India, for implementing e-Administration paperless office solution.

More details on Innovations 2009 can be seen at:

e-Administration Tool for e-Governance is built using Open Source tools and is platform neutral. It is now available as an OPEN SOURCE. The source code can be accessed from:

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The e-Administration e-Platform for e-Governance would be the right tool to integrate the entire vertical and horizontal hierarchy of any government or organization and help introduce the much needed Government / Organization Process re-engineering for improved service levels to citizens / customers by introducing transparency and accountability in all G2C, G2G, B2C, B2B, etc. communications / transactions of all public authorities and service organizations, as envisaged in the Right to Know / Right to Information Act.

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