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Thursday, 1 November 2018

Tech Mahindra and BioNEST to Drive Research & Co-Innovation in Pharmaceutical and Biotechnology

Tech Mahindra, a leading provider of digital transformation, consulting and business re-engineering services and solutions, and BioNEST, a bio-incubator formed with the support of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Government of India enterprise under the Department of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology – “UoH-BIONEST”, have today announced collaboration to drive research and co-innovation in pharmaceutical and biotechnology space.

The enterprises have signed a MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) to enable development of new technology platforms, and to foster the pharmaceutical and biotechnology innovation ecosystem in the country.  The MoU was signed in the presence of Prof. Podile Appa Rao, Vice Chancellor, University of Hyderabad, Prof. Gandham Prasad, Director, TIE-U, Prof. Pallu Reddanna, Project investigator, UoH-BioNEST, Mr.  Kandimalla Venugopal, Global Head Healthcare and Life Sciences, Tech Mahindra, Dr. Palakodeti, Ratnakar, Head Life sciences and Healthcare, Tech Mahindra, and other dignitaries.

Tech Mahindra’s collaboration with BioNEST will also enable industry and academia partnership, and ensure efficient exchange of knowledge in the area. Tech Mahindra will also provide technical and business mentorship for IP (Intellectual Property) and technology management, legal and contract, resource mobilization and networking platform.

Venugopal Kandimalla, Global Head, Healthcare & Life Sciences, said, “Tech Mahindra has delivered excellence in Healthcare and Life Sciences ecosystem. We have a comprehensive understanding of research and innovation in the biotechnology space, especially towards bringing the latest technologies to the fore and commercializing the concepts to solutions.”

Healthcare and Life Sciences vertical at Tech Mahindra works on new ideas and concepts by leveraging digital technologies. As the technology partner of BioNEST, Tech Mahindra will assist in providing all the technology support for the incubates within the center, along with joint go-to-market opportunities .

Dr. P. Ratnakar, Practice Head-  Life sciences, said, “This perfect blend of scientific research and technology stimulates the growth of the new process and products for the global Pharmaceutical and Biotech markets. Tech Mahindra’s partnership with BioNEST will further strengthen the innovations required for the Life Sciences ecosystem.”

With state of the art facilities, the bio-incubator with a size of 20000 sq. ft., is located at the School of Life Sciences, University of Hyderabad. 

Prof. P. Reddanna, Principal Investigator, BioNEST, said, “BioNEST at University of Hyderabad was set-up in 2018 with the Support of the Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), a Government of India Enterprise under Dept. of Biotechnology, Ministry of Science & Technology. BioNEST has the vision to support and nurture an environment conducive for start-ups in the areas of Biology and Biotechnology and promote bio-entrepreneurship. It provides incubation facilities for budding entrepreneurs, anywhere in the country, to transform their innovative ideas into products.”

Prof. Podile Appa Rao, considers this memorandum of understanding between UoH-BioNEST and Tech Mahindra will bring high-motivation among young entrepreneurs, and hoped for better translational outcomes through the culmination of information technology and artificial intelligence to the Life Sciences arena.

Tech Mahindra’s TechMNxt charter is all about “Collaborative Disruption”, and focuses on creating an ecosystem that supports collaboration in the real sense. As a step in this direction, Tech Mahindra has collaborated with some of the most exceptional start-ups, academia, drawing from the millennial workforce, and jointly creating cutting-edge technology solutions with partners.

Realme partners with Reliance digital for exclusive offline sales

OPPO's sub brand Realme has entered into exclusive partnership with Reliance digital for offline sales of their products. Earlier the brand was available only on online platforms hence the company said that this is a part of the brand’s commitment towards ‘Realme for every India’, bringing products packed with power and style closer to the consumers.

In the first phase of the partnership, Realme smartphones will be available at more than 130 cities across 600 Reliance Digital & My Jio stores starting from this Diwali for the customers.

Expressing delight on the partnership, Madhav Sheth, Chief Executive Officer, Realme India, said, “Realme as young brand is committed to delivering a differentiated experience to our customers with our products that deliver power and style. With this partnership with Reliance stores, we are proud to have more locations to deliver this experience and welcome customers to the Realme family. While the market responded well, we are expanding our sales channels to reach out to the growing demands which is a testimony to our approach ‘Realme for every Indian’”.

 “Through this partnership, we want to cater to the audience who does not have an access to the online platform and who want to compare and understand before making any decisions”, he added.

Speaking on this development, Brain Bade, CEO - Reliance Digital said, “We at Reliance Digital believe in personalizing technology supported by world class retail experience. With the addition of Realme to our portfolio, we will be enabling our consumers to experience conventional online brands at our stores complemented with high quality customer service.”

Realme in India adopted an online first approach as India is the most emerging online market in the world. With overwhelming response from consumers towards Realme offerings, it becomes imperative for the company to expand sales channels to reach out to more customers. Realme will focus on providing seamless service, maintaining the ‘Power and Style’ standard through associating with selected partners who can provide powerful service and stylized experience. Starting from January 2019, Realme will be expanding its footprints to top 10 cities to look for exclusive distribution partners.

Since its launch in May 2018, Realme products have been receiving immense popularity topping the charts. Recently the young brand created a milestone by selling 2 million units during the Big Billion Day and Festive Dhamaka sale on Flipkart. Furthermore, according to a worldwide report by Strategy Analytics, Realme has been ranked as the top leader in consumer satisfaction.

Twitter India asks users to vote for chosing favorite Emoji design for #HappyDiwali

Diwali is less than a week away and markets are flooded with all sort of products, sales, discounts etc. Indian markets have always catered to the festive season well, taking note of which multi national companies such as Amazon, Samsung, Honor, LG and every other small or big brand has come out with their best products and best discount offers. Sensing that Diwali is no less than Christmas of the west, MNCs are busy now a days in making most of the season.

Joining the wagon, Twitter India has announced Twitter India announced today a special Twitter Poll for people to select their favourite Diwali emoji design and the most voted design will activate as the #HappyDiwali emoji for this year

There are three options to choose from :

  1. Animated Rangoli Design
  2. Lantern
  3. Diya
So what are you waiting for, follow below twitter post and vote for the emoji you would like to see next to #HappyDiwali.

Honor president George Zhao shares Honor's ‘Fearless Technology, Infinite Innovations’ at TEDx CaohejingParkSalon

George Zhao, President of Honor, delivered his first TEDx talk at Caohejing Park, Shanghai today where he shared his vision for perfection and technological innovation. Zhao also revealed how Honor received global success by becoming the top smartphone e-brand in China for four consecutive years.

At TEDx CaohejingParkSalon Zhao explained to a young audience of budding entrepreneurs that “in 2015, I travelled back to my homeland to lead Honor. Although I only had B2B experience back then, I knew that I only had one option – to make Honor succeed. Over the past few years, in a ‘Fearless Technology, Infinite Innovations’ environment, Honor never ceases to enhance its technology or product quality and raise its core competitiveness. Innovation, quality and service have always been and always will be our top priorities. By continuously exploring these three areas, our upcoming ‘Honor Magic 2’, will be officially unveiled next week in Beijing and is bound to take smartphones to a whole new level. We believe that a company can only rise above the rest and stay relevant by delivering the best product with ultimate user experience.”

Mr. George at his first TEDx

“As a fastest-growing mobile phone brand, Honor never adopts an opportunistic approach in devising strategies. In 2015, Honor insisted on pooling their resources to deliver the best product and service quality, instead of relying on the ‘spur-of-the-moment’. In 2016, when the global smartphone market suffered a steep decline, Honor persevered and was resolute in its vision. In 2017, when the industry was skeptical about their prospects, Honor insisted that its enterprises keep their vision focused on the future and boost momentum. In 2018, despite the smartphone market in China hitting a severe slump, Honor sailed through the storm. Not only did they record positive sales growth, they also remained China’s top smartphone e-brand for the year,” he added.

As a leading smartphone e-brand, Honor encourages young people to achieve their life dreams every day and always stay true to themselves, with a commitment to innovation that changes people’s lives. The aim of today’s TEDx talk was to share this passion and confidence with young people directly, helping them to fulfill their aspirations and change the world.

By empowering human beings to foresee the future, AI has always been a core strategic technology for Honor. Long before the industry came to realize the importance of AI, Honor had already invested heavily in AI R&D and built an AI ecosystem.

Zhao started his career with Huawei in 1998, working with them for 20 years in China and around the world. This experience gave him a great insight into how we use technology in our everyday lives and how it can change our lives for the better. As the President of Honor, he is responsible for the overall business management and growth of the Honor brand.

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Coca-Cola partners with Vodafone Idea & eBest IoT to introduce Connected Coolers to understand consumer behavior

Coca-Cola India, one of the country’s leading beverage companies, has collaborated with Vodafone Idea Business Services, the enterprise arm of Vodafone Idea Limited, the largest telecommunications service provider in India and eBest IoT, to introduce state-of-the-art Connected Coolers across the country. The IoT enabled fleet of Connected Coolers will enable Coca-Cola to understand consumer behaviour and use the insights to enhance consumer experience.

Under the partnership, Connected Coolers will be powered by Vodafone SuperIoT – an industry-first solution that enables end-to-end management of device, application, connectivity, service platform, support and security. The technology will also equip Coca-Cola’s partners to manage inventory, sales tracking, monitor usage pattern and track locations, thus enabling them to increase sales and enhance customer experience.

Commenting on the collaboration, Sanjay Rawal, Chief Information Officer for Coca-Cola India and South-West Asia said, “Coca-Cola’s portfolio is expanding, and we are harnessing the power of technology to get consumer insights which can help us engage better with our consumers and provide choices tailored to their location and behaviour. The connected cooler is the next milestone in our journey towards digitizing the marketplace and establishing a connected environment with our consumers. We are delighted to have partners like Vodafone Idea Business Services and eBest IoT.”

To ensure that customers get the best taste, this IoT solution has turned static cabinets into intelligent assets through a sensor that detects temperature, humidity and door closing/opening and helps maintain the quality of the bottle of Coke delivered to the customer.

Announcing the partnership with Coca-Cola India, Nick Gliddon, Chief Enterprise Business Offer, Vodafone Idea Business Services said, “Vodafone Idea Limited is extremely pleased to partner with a global leader like Coca-Cola India to bring the benefits of Internet of Things closer to the consumers. As organisations embark on their digital journey, collaborations like this will enable them to harness the power of IoT, driving innovation and growth. I am confident that the introduction of Connected Coolers is the beginning of Coca-Cola’s journey in building a digital ecosystem for deepening their engagement with the Indian consumers.”

Karan Bakshi, Chief Executive Officer at ebest IoT said, “We are extremely happy to partner with Coca-Cola India for our Connected Retail Solution. We are confident that our solution will provide relevant insights to Coca-Cola and help them realize better ROI on their Cooling assets”
The pilot for the Connected Coolers has been successfully completed and they will be introduced in phased manner across the country.