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K-DISC launches major training programme in Blockchain tech

Kerala State Development and Innovation Strategic Council (K-DISC), a key State Government initiative, has launched an ambitious programme for imparting training in Blockchain technology to students, providing them with an early-mover advantage and positioning the state as the largest supplier of  Blockchain technologists in the country.

Dr KM Abraham, Chairman K-DISC, who launched the Accelerated Blockchain Competency Development (ABCD) programme at a function here on Tuesday, said that the initiative is aimed at creating Kerala as a national hub for talent in Blockchain and related technologies.

“It’s meant to position the State as the largest supplier of Blockchain technologists,” Dr Abraham said.

“K-DISC has set an ambitious target of producing 25,000 Blockchain  technologists in three years.  It is expected that over 5,000 certified students can be trained in the first twelve months,” he said.

Commenting on the current challenge the State is facing, Dr Abraham said, “In order to survive, the State has to regain its ability to export and create manpower. The government has taken the Blockchain opportunity as a challenge and K-DISC is just an instrument in the process.”

With the launch of the programme, K-DISC aims at creating a large pool of trained students, which can intercept the Blockchain technology wave at the right time.

Santhosh Kurup, CEO, ICT Academy of Kerala welcomed the gathering atthe launch ceremony. Dr. P.V. Unnikrishnan, Strategic Consultant, K-DISC, chaired the function. Dr. Saji Gopinath, Director, IIITMK and Dr. Asharaf, Professor, Kerala Blockchain Academy also spoke on the occasion.

The ABCD programme is open for diploma holders, graduated youths and graduating students from Engineering and Science backgrounds. Through an online outreach, the programme has been extended to working professionals as well.

The Blockchain training programme has three modules – Blockchain Associate programme (30 Hrs.), Blockchain Developer Programme (90 Hrs.) and Blockchain Architect Programme (330 Hrs.). The programme is developed and delivered by the Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA), which is an advanced R & D department within IIITMK.

The programme offers two-part certification, where the participants will obtain a Foundation Skills certificate in Full-stack and intermediate level skills on Blockchain technology. The programme for Full-stack is of 124 hours of duration, developed and delivered by ICT Academy of Kerala.

The second partof the programme is developed and delivered by the Kerala Blockchain Academy (KBA), which is an advanced R & D department within IIITMK.

The entrance test will be held in July and the classes will begin in August.

For the graduates, the Foundation Skills in Full-stack programme will be run in 15 Learning Centres of ICT Academy as full time programme and for students it will be organised by ASAP, through its Skills Centers in the interested Colleges, where teachers trained in the technology will conduct the courses.

Students will be required to complete the Full-stack certification with certain grades, to qualify for Blockchain training programme. Blockchain Developer certification programme delivery and certification will be conducted in partnership with Blockchain Education Network (BEN), the international body for Blockchain.

K-Disc has been mandated to promote unique developmental initiatives of strategic implications for the state, cross-cutting multiple sectors, geographies and impacting significant sections of the population.

For more details on training program and entrance test call 0471-2700813 or visit abcd.kdisc.kerala.gov.in 

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South Korean delegation visits Maker Village

A two-member delegation from South Korea visited Maker Village, India’s largest electronic incubator, on Thursday in connection with the K-Startup Grand Challenge 2018 to be held in Seoul in July, which will open a window for startups to compete and win attractive monetary prizes.

The contest, being organised by the National IT Industry Promotion Agency, Korea (NIPA), will give an access to the contestants to Korea’s top tech companies with expertise ranging from smartphones and software to semiconductors. Besides giving immense investment opportunities for the Indian startups, it will also pave the way for Korean startups to come to India and operate.

The delegation, comprising Mr HyoGeun Kim ( Harry), Executive Director, NIPA and Mr Tak Lee, Executive Advisor, NIPA, said they were much impressed by the support and encouragement given by the Kerala Government to boost the startup ecosystem in the state.”Some of the most modern equipment in the maker village are a perfect example of it,” they said.

The screening and interview of the competition, which is open to all the South West Asian countries, will be held at Bangalore in July.

Besides India, the contest is open to all South West Asian countries.

Interested startups can begin applying through NIPA’s website, for which the closing date is June 14.

Eighty participants will get the opportunity to take part in the contest which will be held in Seoul. First, second and third prize winners will get 10,0000 USD, 40,000 USD and Rs 20,000 USD respectively, followed by a consolation prize of Rs 6,000 USD.

Those who are selected will get the opportunity to live in Korea for six months . In addition to that, the first 40 startups will get monetary assistance worth Rs 15 lakhs.

To get more details of the contest : https://www.k-startupgc.org/

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Asia's largest startup conclave Huddle Kerala to begin on April 6

Asia’s largest startup ecosystem congregation, Huddle Kerala, will be held at The Leela Beach Resort,  Kovalam here  on April 6 and 7, providing a platform for start-ups to pitch in their products and interact with a wide array of  technology  and industry leaders from around the world.

Chief Minister Shri. Pinarayi Vijayan will inaugurate the conclave, being organised by the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM) in association with Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IAMAI Startup Foundation.

The guests to the conclave at the renowned beach resort in the Kerala capital include Sharjah Digital Transformation Higher Committee Chairman Sheikh Fahim Bin Sultan Al Qasimi and Prince Constantijn of Netherlands.

There will be a beach-side huddle meant for discussions and night stalls as part of the conclave. This is going to be one of the best networking startup events in the country.

For registration, visit www.huddle.net.inRegistration will be closing on by April 3.

 KSUM chief executive officer (CEO) Dr. Saji Gopinath said that the first-of-its-kind global event in the state will ensure maximum connect with technology experts and leaders from countries in Asia and Europe, apart from providing opportunities for close interactive sessions between the participants.

 “The conference would be to pitch in a platform for upcoming startups to showcase their product and business model in front of the entrepreneurs and industry stalwarts”, he added.

Startups, investors, academicians and industry leaders will attend the event, which is expected to have the participation of 2,000 members with 40 speakers in 30 sessions.

 Huddle Kerala will primarily focus on the emerging sectors like blockchain, cryptocurrency, internet of things (IoT), gaming and e-sports, cybersecurity, digital entertainment, augmented reality, virtual reality, e-governance and mobile governance among other latest technologies.

The conference features two days full of stage programmes, in addition to several side events, talks at networking sessions, roundtable discussions and facilitated workshops.

The speakers’ line-up includes successful founders, serial entrepreneurs and investors.

The philosophy behind Huddle Kerala is to help the next generation  world-conquering companies move forward.  At the very core of the event is to facilitate founder and investor meetings and build up a huge start-up community.

The Huddle 100 Competition will kick off on the first day with 100 companies pitching in the first round. The next day 10 best companies will continue pitching and they will be mentored by the top-notch industry leaders and coaches. Out of these, semi-finalists are chosen, further narrowing down to finalist.

Start-ups will have the opportunity to showcase their products at designated start-up Zone (demo booth) at the venue.

The KSUM is the nodal agency of the Kerala Government for entrepreneurship development and incubation activities in the State.

World’s leading location-based marketing specialist Posterscope and mobile app builder Zoho Corporation are the sponsors of the event.

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HLL gives away Pratheeksha scholarships to students

HLL Lifecare Limited (HLL) has distributed Pratheeksha Scholarships, instituted by its CSR initiative Pratheeksha Charitable Society, to 26 academically outstanding students seeking admissions in professional and technical courses for the academic year 2017-18.  The CSR initiative is meant for supporting students belonging to the BPL category.

The scholarships were distributed by Shri E.A. Subramanian, Director (Technical & Operations) at a function held at HLL Corporate Head Office here on January 31.

“The HLL received 146 scholarship applications from the capital city, from which we selected 26 students based on their merit,” said  Mr E.A. Subramanian.

Registered in March 2014, Pratheeksha Charitable Society has been offering financial assistance to students from Thiruvananthapuram and Belgaum districts.

Another set of 23 applications were received at HLL’s manufacturing unit in Belgaum, Karnataka, out of which 10 students were selected.

There has been a steady increase in the number of beneficiaries for the Pratheeksha scholarships. In Thiruvananthapuram, it rose from seven students in 2014-2015 to 17 in 2015-2016. In 2016-2017, it increased to 28.

The scholarship which started in 2014 with 30 students is now sponsoring 118 students out of which 78 are from Thiruvananthapuram and 40 from Belgaum.

An annual grant of Rs 30,000 each will be given to five selected MBBS students, Rs 20,000 will be offered to students pursuing Engineering and B-Pharm, and students taking diploma and nursing courses will get Rs 10,000 each. Students pursuing ITI will receive Rs 5,000 annually, until they complete the course successfully.

Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President (Finance) Shri. R. Ganesan; HLL Company Secretary Shri. P. Sreekumar; Vice President (HR) Shri. Vinaya Kumar; Associate Vice President (HR) Smt. Saraswathi Devi; and Associate Vice President (CC&SP) Shri. S.M. Unnikrishnan also were present.

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National Banana Festival 2018: Papers Invited for National Seminar

Thiruvananthapuram:

A five-day National Banana Festival (NBF -2018), to be organised by the Thiruvananthapuram-based Centre for Innovation in Science & Social Action (CISSA) at the Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, from February 17 to 21, 2018, has called for papers to be presented at the national seminar that will be held as part of the festival.  Abstract of the papers to be presented are to be submitted before January 15.

According to Dr C K Peethambaran, Chairman, Seminar Committee,

“The NBF aims to provide a platform to disseminate latest knowledge and developments in the Banana sector through the national seminar that will held as part of the National Banana Festival. The focal theme of the festival would be Conserving Diversity, Preserving Identity and Promoting Value Addition”.

The sub themes would be:

Understanding, conserving and using banana genetic diversity; Impact of climate change on banana productivity, pests and diseases; Medicinal and nutritional importance of banana; Biofortification; Value addition of banana and by products; Organic bananas challenges and opportunities; GM  bananas – exciting opportunities or disaster; Crop and pest management; Soil Health Management; Tissue culture banana and quality planting materials; Post-harvest issues, alternative uses, marketing and commercialization; Banana for ornamental purposes; Wild banana species in India; Emerging technologies and mechanization in Banana sector; and Indigenous Technical Knowledge (ITK) in Banana.

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Papers can be submitted on any of the focal themes or the sub themes of the festival. Though the presenters can opt for oral or poster presentations, the review committee will decide the mode after review of the abstracts. For details on the festival, fee details and abstract submission log on to www.bananafest.in. The review committee will make the final decision on the mode of presentation. Academicians, scientists, students and others from the related sector can send in their abstracts.

The Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE) acknowledged by United Nations University; ICAR-National Centre for Banana, Tiruchirapalli; UNESCO New Delhi, Central and State Government institutions involved in Banana Research and Promotion, as well as NGOs working in this sector, will collaborate with CISSA to organise the mega festival at the  Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat. The Kalliyoor Grama Panchayat, which has been adopted by Sri Suresh Gopi, MP, under the Prime Minister’s Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana (SAGY), has already made a name for its intensive farming of diversified varieties of banana.

Apart from the experts from Kerala, scientists and experts from Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, National Research Centre for Banana – Trichy, Indian Institute for Horticulture Research- Bangalore, JNU Delhi, Assam Agricultural University, Gandhigram Rural Institute- Madurai, Mahatma Gandhi Institute for Rural Industrialization, Maharashtra;  YSR Hoticultural University, Andhra Pradesh; ICAR Research Complex for NEH region, Meghalaya, CSIR and APEDA  will be delivering lectures.

The National Banana Festival 2018 would showcase the wide diversity of bananas in India and the varied uses of this unique fruit. The five day festival will include National exhibition, national seminar, farmers meet, training programmes, buyer seller meet, documentary shows, cultural programmes, photography contest and various other competitions.

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Folklores must be safeguarded through education and business: Dr Robert Baron

“Folklore is emergent. It changes each time it is performed, varying in form and context, with innovation by individuals within the convention of the community,” Dr Robert Baron, director of the Folk Arts Programme, New York State Council on the Arts, said here.

“The existence of folklores is not only confined in preserving it. Inclusion of folklore education in school curriculum will give a new dimension in grasping the roots of tradition, culture and heritage,” said Dr Baron, who is a professor at Goucher College, Baltimore, USA.

He was delivering a lecture at a programme titled ‘Abhimukham, organised by Sahapedia, an open online resource on the arts, cultures and heritage of India, at the Kerala Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday.

During his stimulating talk, Dr Robert Baron, who specialises in ‘Cultural Sustainability’,  spoke about the importance and power of traditional cultures, skills and art forms in a society, and how these can be not only promoted to protect skills of artisans and artists, but also to create new industries of economic gain.

Explaining his work in New York and how cultural brokerage can take place, he emphasized that public, apart from curators and museum directors, can also become channels to protect and promote culture.

Dr Baron spoke about cultural broking being a transaction between societies and the skilled, the knowledge of new skills and art forms expended to society in return for support to these skilled artists to preserve and practice their skills.

“India has got a very rich cultural and traditional heritage but the shields protecting them are frangible,” he observed while giving an overview of American Public Folklore and ‘Folklorists as Cultural Brokers’.

Dr Baron said effective safeguarding steps must start from educational institutions, where folklore educations need to be given equal importance as other academic subjects. Giving some examples about how they save cultural tradition in the US, he stressed that tradition and culture can be reconciled in India.

Describing folklores as ‘a living tradition’, he suggested that India should host something similar to the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, where the world’s largest cultural conversation takes place.    

On cultural tourism in Kerala, Dr Baron said, the state is a role model when it comes to a sustainable way of Cultural Tourism but he raised his brows talking on commercialising folk arts. In a way where, tourism leads to employment generation and economic growth but the commercialisation of art leads to the distortion of its ethnic intrinsic values.

The talk was followed by a panel discussion on the subject by experts including Dr. Rajan Chedambath, The Centre for Heritage Environment and Development, Kochi Muncipal Corporation, and Ms. Indu Menon, Social anthropologist and Co-founder at Kara Weaves.

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Multitasking makes us ‘superwomen’, say women entrepreneurs

Women entrepreneurs who have to juggle between the demands of home life and workplace pressures are truly “superwomen” whose singular multitasking abilities make them both unique and successful — the sentiment is echoed by three mothers who have made their mark in the business world.

At the 4th edition of Meetup Café organized by the Kerala Startup Mission on Tuesday, Ms. Pamela Anna Mathew, the Managing Director of O/E/N India Limited; Ms. Sheela Kochouseph, Chairperson and Managing Director of V Star Creations Pvt Limited; and Ms. Lekha Balachandran, Managing Partner of Resitech Electricals, described their experience of battling personal and social challenges and excelling in their chosen fields.

They shared their success stories and gave advice to aspiring entrepreneurs at the hardware products incubator Maker Village in Kalamassery (Kerala Technology Innovation Zone campus).

“Entrepreneurs are always a bit crazy, and they tend to ignore the society; however an entrepreneur should be aware of what is happening around,” said Ms Mathew.

Interpersonal skills are a critical requirement for business, she noted, and added that entrepreneurs should “dream nothing less than being a leader”.

The Meetup Café is held as a platform to bring innovators, industry leaders, investors, academicians and government officials together, and reach out to the young players in the startup ecosystem.

Ms Kochouseph spoke about how she and her husband Kochouseph Chittilappilly chose to pursue different business interests; while he led V-Guard Industries to new heights as an electric goods manufacturing company, she branched into the completely unrelated field of fashion.

“Unlike Kochouseph, I was least interested in engineering. Though, I spent initial days at V Guard, I decided to start my own business in the fashion sector. That was how V Star took off. Although I faced number of hurdles, I remained unfazed and moved forward,” she said.

Her advice to the young leaders was that they should listen to subordinates, but never be carried away by their words.

Ms Balachadran hailed the state government’s change in industrial policy and the emergence of ‘ease of doing business’ as a big mantra.

“The government is set to implement a single window system and the policy has changed ‘from red tape to red carpet’. Thirty years ago, the scenario was totally different and we had to make our own way through obstacles. What kept me going then was the idea that ‘if someone can, why can’t I?” said Ms. Balachandran.

The session concluded with a Q&A session and Maker Village CEO Shri Prasad Balakrishnan delivered vote of thanks.

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Kerala aims to become electronics manufacturing hub using skills and startup strength

·         Hardware Mission submits the Ecosystem Study Report to the state government

·         MoU with Intel to pursue creation of a hardware ecosystem accepted in principle

Kerala is looking to build on its success in software startups by rolling out a new set of policies to create a similar ecosystem for hardware that will leverage the state’s advantages in terms of skilled human resources, entrepreneurial culture and high consumption, to set up a global hardware and electronics manufacturing hub.

The Government of Kerala has already made clear its intent of promoting Electronics Hardware manufacturing in the state through policy initiatives, including budget declarations on setting ups hardware parks and funding for EMCs.

The state government had earlier brought out a ESDM policy to boost the sector in the state. It envisions turning Kerala into preferred destination for ESDM investment and a leader in electronics design and embedded software, through skill development for ready-to-absorb manpower; promoting start-ups and innovation; and creating quality infrastructure for manufacturing.

As a follow up to the Budget declaration and the Electronics and IT policy of 2017, the Electronics and Hardware Mission was set up to coordinate the activities of multiple agencies working in the sector; and to create a single point of contact for various strategic projects and investment proposals.

The Kerala Electronics and Hardware Mission on Monday submitted a well-researched and detailed report to the government outlining the potential, challenges and roadmap for the Electronics System Design & Manufacturing (ESDM) sector.

The “Roadmap for Hardware Manufacturing in Kerala” was handed over to Chief Minister Shri Pinarayi Vijayan by Dr. Jayasankar Prasad C, special officer for the Kerala Hardware Mission. Shri M. Sivasankar, IT Secretary, was present on the occasion.

“Overall, the report indicates a potential for Kerala to leverage its strengths in human resources, startup ecosystem, high consumption and a proactive policy to establish a manufacturing hub in electronics and related hardware” said Shri Sivasankar.

“A wide network of experienced professionals from the state in key positions and their willingness to support the cause is an added advantage. But Kerala needs to make a quick move to grab the first mover advantage and to counter the incentives offered by competing locations in the country,” he added.

Understanding Challenges

The Mission’s first task was to map the Electronics & Hardware companies across the state and survey them to understand challenges and propose schemes based on their real needs. Questionnaire surveys, workshops and consultations with industry experts and associations were carried out to identify the key ‘pain areas’ and potential growth areas.

“The objectives of the study were to identify the key players in the ESDM ecosystem in the state, create the inventory of assets in electronics manufacturing and identify core competencies that can be developed,” said Dr Jayasankar.

Among the concerns that came to the fore were that local projects are not buying from local manufacturers, and that there is a need for a “Kerala First” policy.

Also highlighted were issues such as the lack of proper facilities within Kerala for certification and testing, like NABL accredited labs or test facility for EMI/EMC compliance etc.

The gap between the policy and actual implementation was cited as a concern and demands were put forward for a directory of services related hardware available in Kerala (such as PCB manufacturing, assembling etc).

A quarter (25%) of the companies surveyed urged more investment into infrastructure, 22% requested for innovation/R&D support, 23% wanted govt. orders for their company products and 20% said they need incentives for local manufacturing.

Key Advantages

Kerala’s import-dependent, consumption-driven economy could potentially leverage the high aggregated domestic demand to grow its internal manufacturing system, the report noted.

Kerala has a natural advantage over other states in terms of relatively more equitable wealth distribution, excellent social infrastructure and social safety programs that support the creation of a regional manufacturing hub.

It also has higher wages and worker related costs compared to other regions, but the availability of skilled manpower and better socio-political climates favours high-end manufacturing in niche areas. If such units are given an initial boost by providing early market in government-driven projects, they could reach the threshold to achieve a sustainable model, the report said.

Exploring Opportunities

Kerala is betting heavily on electric mobility and this gives a huge opportunity for attracting manufacturing to the state. The projects linked with converting state-owned Kerala Automobiles Limited (KAL) to an Electric Vehicle (EV) manufacturing line for two and three wheelers have evinced good response from the industry.

ICT hardware and peripherals are also a good option as the state is investing heavily on improving its digital presence in e-governance and related activities.

There have been extensive consultations in the area of EVs, IT hardware and components with industrial bodies, OEMs and experts from Japan and Taiwan, and the indications are encouraging, said Dr Jayasankar.

The possibility of leveraging the existing strengths to enable a power electronics cluster in the state is also being explored. There are large players who have shown interest in relocating the manufacturing operations to the state taking a cue from the successes of companies such as SFO, Amphenol FCI OEN, OEN Connectors and V Guard. 

Companies like UST Global who have been supporting large OEMs in testing and validation have indicated interest in joining hands with the government to enable the ecosystem.

An MoU with Intel and UST for exploring the potential for PC and Server manufacturing in the state is on the anvil. Once the feasibility is established, a joint venture with government and private players could be a possibility.

Creating the Ecosystem

Since manufacturing units cannot function in isolation, the Kerala government hoping to develop and enable a holistic ecosystem for ESDM.  Ongoing initiatives target improving the macro-infrastructure of the state, ensuring quality and skilled manpower availability, encouraging and inculcating start-up culture and entrepreneurship in the high-tech areas of ESDM.

For capacity building the state is launching skilling programs under Additional Skill Acquisition Programme (ASAP), Kerala Academy for Skills Excellence (KASE) and ICT Academy of Kerala (ICTAK).

The Kerala Start-up Mission and other incubators including the electronics incubator Maker Village and Medical devices Incubator TImEd are laying roadmaps for entrepreneurial development in this area. The maker culture in Kerala as a whole has been strengthened by the Fab Lab network set up with the support of MIT.

Some of the hardware start-ups from Kerala have been getting international recognition and acclaim, giving an overall boost to the ecosystem.

KELTRON

The report identifies KELTRON, India’s first and the largest electronics corporation in the state sector, as having a pivotal role in the process.

Its active involvement will ensure that there is sufficient government backing for the project and it will provide a great opportunity for KELTRON to regain its position as a key player in the electronics manufacturing in the state as well as in the country.

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'Technology offers world of opportunities for women entrepreneurs'

The technology domain is no longer a male-dominated space, and women with vision and grit have every chance of taking leadership roles and building successful companies — this was the message to budding women entrepreneurs from experts in the field at the three-day ‘SHE-2017’ tech meet hosted by Maker Village.

Organised in association with the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Women in Engineering (WIE) Congress- Kochi Hub at the Federal Institute of Science and Technology (FISAT), Angamaly, the meet showcased the possibilities in the world of technology for young women entrepreneurs and offered them guidance and mentorship from professionals.

Maker Village extended support to SHE-2017 as part of its ambitious vision to develop a meaningful community for women in technology and positively change the landscape of the Indian economy.

Inaugurating the event, SujataMadhavChandran, Global Head, Asset Leveraged Solutions Analytics and Insight Unit, TCS Ltd, said that there was no gender specification for any career in the corporate world today; and neither was there male domination like before, which meant anyone passionate about being an entrepreneur had a chance of becoming one.

“If you learn to unearth problems that can have business solutions, then there are tremendous opportunities waiting for you. The projects ideally should have a social impact; IT is now applicable for all fields of engineering,” she said.

Maker Village representatives Kiran Krishna and SreejithVenugopal addressed the students and elaborated on the vast possibilities at their Electronics Incubator. Paul Mundadan, chairman, FISAT, presided over the function.

Four workshops were conducted on the second day with participation of around 300 students.

The workshop on Big Thinking in IoT gavethe students insights into this exciting new field,and its vast and seamless applications in various fields of study. Project Development using Microcontrollerselaborated on how to develop various tasks and projects with the help of small, low-cost computers.

Firing up the Clouds with AWS (Amazon Web Services)discussedcloud computing in detail and a Managerial Workshop was held to help the students improve their management skills.

The workshops were followed by a cultural night which gave the participants and volunteers a platform to showcase their skills. The concluding day of the event witnessed a talk series which included inspiring talks by Kiran Krishna andSreejithVenugopal and EeshaPriya, Assistant Collector, Ernakulam; astand up comedy and open mic session by VinayMenon.

A project presentation competition was held as a part of the event for tech-enthusiasts in Kerala to put their brains together to solve the accessibility challenge faced by mankind. Maker Village recognised the best of these projects with an offer to provide the teams with pre-incubation facility and mentorship.

 ABOUT:

Maker Village, a project funded by the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MeitY), Govt of India, and the Government of Kerala, has facilities in Cochin and Trivandrum to incubate and supports startup companies in electronics such as in IoT, robotics and wearables. It is administered by IIITMK, a leading post graduate educational institute established by the Government of Kerala to impart higher education in the area of Information Technology and Management.

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Ozone Day Celebrations Organised by CISSA; Awareness Seminar, Quiz Held

The Centre for Innovation in Science and Social Action (CISSA), supported by the Kerala State Council for Science, Technology and Environment (KSCSTE), today (Friday) organised the Ozone Day 2017 celebrations at Parassala.

The Ozone day 2017 celebrations were inaugurated by the Parassala Block Panchayat President Salooja V R, at a function held at the Bharatheeya Vidyapeedom Central School, Parassala, in Thiruvananthapuram district.  Dr C Suresh Kumar, General Secretary, CISSA, presided.

Pointing out that the Montreal Protocol is the best example of a successful international collaboration for the protection of ozone layer that protects all beings in earth, Salooja V R said that, for making it more meaningful, there should be local action. Efforts should be to couple environmental awareness to fight human diseases caused due to environmental degradation, combating poverty and preserving our food chain, she added.

The student and youth of the country, representing more than half of India’s population, should play a pro-active role in creating awareness on ozone depletion and climate change. Further, social media should be effectively used to carry forward the message of environmental conservation for a larger masses, Salooja said.

An awareness seminar with technical sessions by Dr. A. Bijukumar, Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Kerala; Prof. C. P. Aravindakshan, Former Director, Sramik Vidya Peeth and Member, Science Popularisation Committee, KSCSTE; and Dr. C. K. Peethambaran, Former Director of Research, Kerala Agricultural University, was part of the Ozone Day celebrations.

A Quiz Competition for High School and Higher Secondary School students of Neyyattinkara Educational District was also organised. Dr A K Sivakumar, Educational Officer, WWF, Kerala, was the Quiz Master.

While the first prize for the quiz competition was bagged by Betty Mariya B.V and Anandha Padmanabhan A.S of Janardhanapuram Higher Secondary School, Ottasekaramangalam; the second prize was won by Silpa Vijayan V.S and Sooraj S.S of Little Flower HS, Anthiyoorkonam. Ananthu P.S and Arya S of Vrindavan HS, Vlathankara won the third prize. Consolation Prizes were given away to Abhijith and A.C. Aravind, Govt. HSS, Poovachal; and Alfiya R and Sinja Nair of HSS for Girls, Venganoor.

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