Saturday, November 18, 2017

Toyota Kirloskar Motor Inaugurates a Mobile Medical Unit, Conducts Specialized Health Camp at Ramnagara

Toyota Kirloskar Motor inaugurated a Mobile Medical Unit [MMU] and conducted a specialized health camp at Ramnagara. In line with its continuous community development initiatives undertaken in the vicinity of the plant.  The event which was held at Government High School in Sheshagirihalli, also marked the launch of Toyota’s first employee volunteerism engagement ‘ICARE’, aimed at inciting a sense of social responsibility and care towards the society.

The camp which was inaugurated by R. Latha, IAS – Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat [Ramanagara District], Sunanda Venkatesh, President – Manchanayakanahalli Gram Panchayat Dr Arun Kumar, District Tuberculosis Officer and Dr. T. Amaranath, District Health Officer – Ramanagara District in the presence of Naveen Soni, Vice President - Toyota Kirloskar Motor and Sudeep Dalvi, Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor. This primarily aims at providing free medical check-up and healthcare facilities to the communities actively supported by Toyota employees in mobilizing of community members, raising awareness and providing assistance to ensure smooth functioning of the activity.

Mobile Medical unit project was undertaken with an objective to cater to the medical requirements of the inaccessible villages by providing them the preventive & curative health care services and simultaneously strengthening the Government health care system as a sustainable measure. On a pilot basis, we have initiated this activity to provide better health care services to the community in the inaccessible villages. The inaccessible villages are those villages which are not able to reach to the government health care. In addition, specialized health camps will be organized on monthly basis by doctors from different specialties such as Gynecology, Orthopedics, Dental, Pediatrics and General Medicine. Medicines and consultation will be free, medical referrals and regular follow-ups will be done for critical cases. Through MMU, we are aiming to bring down the life style prone diseases [such as Diabetes, Blood pressure, etc] and seasonal diseases [like Chikungunya, Dengue, Malaria, etc]. Also, owing to Byramangala lake contamination, more cases are registered under skin related diseases, which will be effectively addressed through this MMU in the surrounding villages.

Commenting on Toyota’s initiative, R. Latha, IAS – Chief Executive Officer, Zilla Panchayat said, “We thank Toyota Kirloskar Motor for their continuous efforts towards the various community development initiatives undertaken in Ramnagara. We hope that this mobile medical unit and specialized health camps will provide easy access to quality health care services for the health benefits of the villagers, thus well-being of the society at large”.

Speaking on this initiative, Naveen Soni, Vice President, Toyota Kirloskar Motor said, “It has been Toyota’s continuous endeavor to enrich the community we live in, with our CSR initiatives by understanding and catering to the critical needs of the neighboring community. Access to quality and affordable healthcare service for everyone is of paramount importance, and we at Toyota hope that this Mobile Medical Unit and the specialized health camps conducted will address the immediate and critical needs of the community members. 

This program is also special for us at Toyota, as our employees have actively participated by voluntarily coming forth to support towards successful completion of this health camp activity. Toyota has been focusing on impactful embedment of the CSR policies into our business processes, and through employee engagement in our CSR initiatives, we aim to set the core values in our employees’ lives. This will not only inculcate a culture of sustainability and innovation within the company, but will also work as a platform for self-development, by giving a chance to enhance key skills such as teamwork, interpersonal communication etc. This indeed a proud moment and we are excited to build on the success of the first step in engaging our employees under this CSR initiative, which displays our company values and addresses some of the most pressing needs in our local neighborhoods” he added.

As a responsible corporate citizen, Toyota Kirloskar Motor is constantly working towards the development of people, communities, and the earth at large. The company’s efforts over the years include rebuilding a local residential school, construction of water tanks in rural Bangalore benefitting the community in Ramnagara district, setting up water purification units across the country further benefitting 100,000 lives. The company’s focus is on sustainable interventions in the community with flagship programs such as Development of Model School, Lake Rejuvenation, Project ABCD [A Behavioral Change Demonstration] on school sanitation, Toyota Safety Education Programme, Driving Safety Training Programs, etc. 

Under Health & Hygiene, TKM has been actively involved in construction of sanitation units in government schools and educating the children on the usage of the sanitation units and focus on the behavioral aspects in the children & community as whole. Setting up of water purification units to provide safe drinking water to community and launch of Mobile medical unit for the sustained intervention in health care system with focus on providing the basic medical equipments to the Primary Health Centers. Overall through its CSR projects, TKM has touched over 9, 50,000 lives.

Karnataka to Award Winners of India’s First Comprehensive Entrepreneurship Platform, Elevate100

ELEVATE100, India’s first comprehensive entrepreneurship platform, moved into fast lane on Saturday, November 18, 2017, with the Government of Karnataka earmarking Rs 20.03 crore to fund startups who were selected after 4 rigorous rounds in a 2-month long grueling contest.

The final list of Elevate100 Startups covers the entire gamut of the startup ecosystem in Karnataka. In all, 38 IT/ITES startups were sanctioned a grant of Rs 5.50 crores, 27 MedTech startups were sanctioned Rs 4.30 crores, 17 ESDM startups were allotted Rs 3.6 crores, 12 BT startups got Rs 2.80 crores, Rs 1.33 crore was earmarked for 6 AVGC startups, 4 Agriculture startups were sanctioned Rs 1 crore, Rs 40 lakh for 3 CleanTech startups and 4 startups working in the field of Aerospace & Aviation were sanctioned Rs 1.10Crore.

“Ideas transform cultures and ecosystems, and it's incredible to be a part of that,” said Priyank Kharge, Karnataka minister for IT, BT & Tourism.

“The efforts of Karnataka government don’t stop at elevating these chosen 100. We see ELEVATE 100 as a continuing process where the best ideas from the state gets the support and guidance it deserves,” the minister said.

“The incredible journey of Elevate100 through the length and breadth of the state also changed my perspective on the quality of talent we have here. Even the smallest lanes of an interior town in Karnataka has something offer which can truly change the world. Elevate100 shines night on our incredible social capital,” Kharge said.

“I’m fond of this quote by Leo Tolstoy — “Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing themselves.” People are connected, informed, empowered and demand a more responsive governance. Elevate100 sets the stage for a new era of governance that’s more human, purposeful and adaptive,” the minister said.

ELEVATE 100 programme, an initiative of the Department of Information Technology and Biotechnology, Government of Karnataka, traversed the length and breadth of the state in a rigorous hunt to pick the top 100 startups and help them turn their ideas into successful businesses. The Pitching Sessions were held in Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Mangaluru, Hubballi and Bengaluru, where around 1,700 startups pitched to elevate their ideas to successful ventures. The initiative also attracted 350 women entrepreneurs and 400 applicants from the rural areas. The selected startups will have access to Karnataka Government’s Rs 400 crore start-up fund besides access to Government VC funds, pilots, private VC funds, world class accelerators and mentors.

Thanks to the 8 MoUs inked by Karnataka government on the sidelines of the ‘Elevate 100 Conference’ in Bangalore on August 30, the selected 111 startups will receive additional support and assistance from a host of private players.

While Google will provide $3000 worth of cloud credits for startups registered with Startup Cell, PricewaterhouseCoopers will provide mentorship and consulting services for sustainable growth of registered startups. Yes Bank will offer banking services, API Integration and customized solutions and Kotak Bank will help startups set up business by providing assistance in registration processes, accounting, income tax returns, GST returns and tax audits among other support. TiE, Assocham and 3M to mentor startups in different areas and Growth Enabler to help in profiling the startups for provide greater visibility on digital space.

Amazon Activate which will provide $3000 worth of cloud credits for startups registered with Startup Cell and Indian Law Practices will provide legal consultancy services for the identified startups. Digital Ocean will also provide a $100 one-time credit for all startups registered with Startup Cell and a $1000 one-time credit for startups which are being funded under Karnataka Startup Cell. Zoho will provide the startups an unprecedented 35+ integrated applications on one account with complete administrative control and complementary mobile apps.

Bengaluru Partners with DataCity to Develop Innovative Solutions to Urban Sustainability


Climate change is no small issue and has been a hot topic on a global scale. Cities are the cause as well as the biggest victims of this all-encompassing issue, so why can’t they also be the biggest hope to bring about a change?

It is with this belief that DataCity was created by leading French innovation hub NUMA in 2015, to help cities test and implement solutions quickly, with the potential to be replicated to other cities for large-scale and fast impact.

An open innovation programme for smart cities based on 2 core beliefs: Data is key to identify challenges, design solutions and ensure scalability and that change can only happen through a multi-actor co-design approach, the programme brings together corporations, public authorities and startups, from challenge definition to co-developing innovative solutions. Drawing on the expertise and datasets provided by partners and with advice from DataCity experts, start-ups test and co-develop concrete solutions to build more sustainable, inclusive and livable cities.

The programme has been successfully implemented in Paris and Casablanca. It is now expanding internationally through a partnership between NUMA and C40 cities – a network of 91 of the world’s greatest cities committed to tackling climate change. The international development of DataCity includes 3 new cities joining the programme : Singapore with Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA) and Government Technology Agency (GovTech) through a partnership with Impact Hub Singapore, Bengaluru with the Government of Karnataka (Ministry of Information and Technology) and Barcelona with the support of Barcelona City Council.

Priyank Kharge, Minister for IT/BT and Tourism, Government of Karnataka says of Bengaluru’s inititation into the DataCity programme, “A smart city ideally should look to be citizen friendly and help the city grow in a sustainable manner. The meaning of smart cities is not fulfilled unless there is a greener or more eco-friendly way of doing things.”

Mark Watts, C40, Executive Director was also looking forward to Bengaluru’s participation in the programme. “Cities in every part of the world are seeking innovative, data-driven solution to the threat of climate change, because they recognize the urgency of the challenges we face. Bengaluru will provide and invaluable contribution to the DataCity project,” he says.

The DataCity Programme is supported at a global level by technical partners who provide expertise and technology, including Carto, OpenDataSoft and Dataiku.

GoK, UK-based GrowthEnabler Signs MoU to Support 4,000 Start-Ups in Karnataka

The state government today signed an MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) with GrowthEnabler Global, a UK-based company, to foster an environment of support for start-up companies in Karnataka.

Announcing this at the three-day Bengaluru Technology Summit 2017, the Minister for IT, BT and Tourism, Shri Priyank Kharge, said that GrowthEnabler will provide global visibility to over 4,000 start-ups in Karnataka by joining the GrowthEnabler Pii (Personalised Intelligence Interface) platform.

“This MoU with GrowthEnabler will not only provide immense opportunity to the Government and and Karnataka-based start-ups by creating a democratic access to global senior leaders of large enterprises, but also an opportunity to collaborate with them using the GrowthEnabler Pii platform,” the Minister added.

The start-ups can join the GrowthEnabler platform for free and build their profile. This will provide every Karnataka based start-up an equal opportunity to get visibility with global Fortune 500 companies and the global VC ecosystem. Once the start-ups have built the profile, they can use the GEPii platform for free and get free leads and collaboration opportunities with Global Enterprises to solve their digital transformation challenges.

Rajiv Banduni, Co-founder and CEO of GrowthEnabler Global, said, “The MoU is a great opportunity for GrowthEnabler to showcase start-up innovation from Karnataka to global Fortune  500 companies and for investors who are keen to tap into the Bangalore start-up ecosystem.”

Worldover, large global enterprises use the GrowthEnabler Pii to find disruptive tech start-ups and solutions based on their business priorities using Solution Search, select relevant tech start-ups using algorithms, customised scoring and comprehensive analysis tools, connect with start-ups most relevant to their business needs using ConnectUp and manage, track and share progress on key startup engagements using workflow tools.

Government of Karnataka in Pact with 3M for Mentoring Start-Ups in State



3M signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Government of Karnataka at the ongoing three-day Bengaluru Technology Summit here today.

As per the MoU, 3M will provide a ‘Booster Service Kit’ and conduct, on a ‘pro-bono’ basis, mentoring sessions to start-ups in the areas of commercialisation process, stage gate discipline, building a business case and accelerating product launch, competitive and pricing analysis, and differential value and options analysis. This will be conducted as per the program and schedule mutually agreed by the parties involved.

Speaking on the occasion, Priyank Kharge, the State Minister for IT, BT and Tourism, said, “We are pleased to announce a partnership with global conglomerate 3M. It is our hope that start-ups in the State will benefit from the wide range of mentoring sessions by industry specialists from 3M in the areas of commercialisation, stage gate discipline, building business cases, competitive pricing analysis and differential value analysis.” Kris Sridhar, Head R&D, 3M, was present at the event.

3M is a multinational conglomerate corporation that transforms technology into solutions. It supplies an array of innovative products across applications such as electronics, healthcare, industrial, safety and security.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Karnataka Govt and Intel Sign Agreement for 'Automotive Safety’ Projects in India

Karnataka Government, in an attempt to boost technology advancements and fostering innovations today announced 'Automotive Safety Innovation' project with Intel India - along with Mobileye, an Intel Company -as its technology advisor.

As technology advisor, Intel will work to create a repository of road and traffic information.

Speaking on the occasion Minister for IT, BT and Tourism Priyank Kharge said, "Automotive Safety Innovation Advancement Project is aimed at making vehicles smart and intelligent, leading to better driving and road safety.

"Nivruti Rai, Country Head, Intel India, Vice President of Data Center Group, said, "Intel India has been committed to accelerate technology innovation through ecosystem collaboration for the last 15 years.

Our innovation expands across design engineering, research by engaging with startups and students.

India and Japan Agree for Joint Lunar Mission at APRSAF Summit


India and Japan will launch a joint lunar   mission to jointly explore the moon.     Announcing this at a press conference, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman A S Kiran Kumar and his Japanese counterpart Dr Naoki Okumura said that an implementation agreement for the collaborative mission will be finalised within the next two months.
Both India and Japan have already conducted separate lunar missions and wanted to further probe the mysteries of moon through joint work.
India’s next lunar mission, Chandrayaan 2 was expected to take off before March next year with a proposal to land a rover on the surface of the moon.
Dr Kiran Kumar and Okumura said that the proposal was still in its infancy and no specific time frame has been set up. However the two countries would move fast and realise a joint mission as soon as  possible.
Apart from the Lunar mission and the mars mission, ISRO has recently set out expression of opportunities for interplanetary explorations, including missions to Venus, a repeat mission to Mars and study of astrides. It has also taken up a solar Mission Astra.
Okumara expressed confidence that the two countries could effectively collaborate in utilising the space for societal benefit of the region. His country was also looking forward for collaboration in the fields of remote sensing and climate change.
Kiran Kumar said that India was also looking into cooperation with Israel on various space segments. An agreement has been signed with that country recently and a definitive move would be made soon.
Israel Space Agency Director Avi Blasberger said that an agreement for space collaborations were signed during the recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his country.
The key areas of joint collaboration identified included electric propulsion for smaller satellites and atomic clocks. Israel was already providing electric propulsion to satellites.
Both Okumura and Blasberger were here in connection with the 24th meeting of the Asia Pacific Region for Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) which concluded in the city.