Product to be retailed through 400 stores
Telmoco Development Labs, a start-up company incubated at Technopark, is foraying into the retail segment with their latest offering, a 7-inch Android tablet phone named Attitude Next 6339.
Minister for IT P.K. Kunhalikutty unveiled the product here on Tuesday. The product will be available in over 400 retail stores in Kerala and over 100 online stores from May 26 at a cost of Rs.7,999.
Mr. Kunhalikutty said the government was happy to see a consumer electronics company from Technopark developing state-of-the-art products. Telmoco has plans to expand to other South Indian markets later.
Log on to http://www.telmoco.com for more details.
These 20 Teenagers Are Getting $100,000 Each to Drop Out of School and Become Entrepreneurs BY Megan Rose Dickey | FROM Business Insider| May 9, 2013May 16, 2013 at 10:39 am | Posted in General | Leave a comment
Peter Thiel, famous for being Facebook’s first investor and the co-founder and former CEO at PayPal, is giving 20 teenagers $100,000 to drop out of college.
Here’s the catch: They have to start a company.
During the two-year program, fellows cannot work or be enrolled in school. Instead, they receive mentorship from the Thiel Foundation’s network of tech entrepreneurs, investors, scientists, futurists, and innovators.
In the last two years, Thiel fellows have launched over 30 companies, and raised more than $34 million from outside investors.
“When we created the fellowship more than two years ago, our intention was to help a small number of creative people learn and accomplish more than they might have otherwise,” Thiel said in a statement. “To their great credit, they have exceeded our expectations, and inspired people of all ages by reminding them that qualities like intellectual curiosity, grit, and determination are more important than a degree in determining success in life.”
For some of these young entrepreneurs, it’s not their first company.
Note: All descriptions are courtesy of the Thiel Foundation.
India’s biggest discovery platform for product technology, TechSparks is all set to repeat the success of their previous editions, this year in big way. The event being hosted in 7 cities across the nation includes Kochi in their list.
TechSparks 2013 aims to energize the local start-up eco-system of every city and connect them with the best of the start-up world.
An initiative of Yourstory.in, India’s biggest digital media platform, TechSparks 2013 provides a meeting ground for start-ups, entrepreneurs, investors, mentors, incubators, accelerators and corporates for networking, discussions and business collaboration.
The theme of TechSparks 2013 is “Connecting to Your Markets“, which focuses on identifying target markets and facilitating interactions and discussions required for business collaboration and revenue growth of technology ventures. TechSparks 2013 is being supported by giants like Sequoia Capital, Microsoft, Google, Cisco, VeriSign and Godaddy.
From May to October TechSparks will be hosting their events at Kochi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Delhi, Chennai, Pune and Bangalore. It is expected that over 10,000 entrepreneurs will participate in the event.
Techsparks’13 at Kochi, will be held on 18th May at Gokulam Park Hotel & Convention Center, Kaloor. At Kochi, TechSparks will join hands with Start-up Village for conducting the event. One can look forward to informative speeches by pros like Gautam Mago of Sequoia Capital, Pravin Srinivasan of Cisco and Rubia Braun of Metro Brava.
Startups developing innovative products will be given an ideal opportunity to showcase their product. So if you are interested, don’t miss out on this big event and be sure to register right away.
Date: 18th May, 2013
Time: 2PM – 6:30pm
Venue: Gokulam Park Hotel & Convention Center, Kaloor, Kochi
The 1st Edition of IN50HRS.COM / Kerala is scheduled to be held in Technopark Trivandrum on 3rd May Evening at 5.30 PM to 5th May 2013 5.30 pm non- stop pitching.
In50hrs is the Idea-to-Prototype Platform for IdeaSmiths, Developers, and Product Designers to come together to work on audacious ideas that solve real problems and build working prototypes (MVP) over a weekend. The Prototypes are demoed in the Demo Evening to Peers and a Panel of Jury.
In50hrs, is the first step in bringing a Startup Idea to life.
The agenda is simple. Form teams around awesome ideas, and build a Prototype over 50 hours. Learn to build. Build Friendships. Have fun.
For registration and more details log on to http://www.in50hrs.com/
18th April 2013
A Wi-Fi Connectivity for entire Technopark Campus, Open work spaces (Open Innovation Space), and High Data Farm to Support SME‘s and MSME‘s will operational as part of this project from Technopark TBI. This will be a joint initiative of T-TBI and RIW(Rajadhani Technologies- Istrian Technologies- Waybeo Ventures).
Open-i-spaces are Start-up Huts which will create an eco-friendly working environment within campus for startups; Innovators and students will offer seamless internet connectivity. T-TBI envision to brand these huts as entrepreneurship centres and inspire students to start up on their own from anywhere in Technopark campus. This will offer more Startup Opportunities, Ecosystem for Innovations, Enhanced Productivity and Seamless connectivity from anywhere in Technopark .The project will offer 50 Free Email IDs (which is recently stopped by Google and no such systems available in India for start-ups), software licenses, virtual work spaces, servers, cloud infrastructures and other hardware requirements of start-ups will be met with monthly minimal cost. Concepts like BYOD (Bring your own device) and SAAS(Software as a Service) will also be promoted. Through SAAS incubated companies with be supported with available software in an affordable cost and monthly billing.
Mobile Camp – jointly organised by Mobile Monday Technopark Chapter and Technopark TBI on 27th Saturday 9AM to 5 PM at Park centre. All Mobile Technology / Application Enthusiasts / Startups in the Technology Business Incubators in Kerala are cordially invited! I
Technopark TBI request all the Mobility companies in Technopark Incubator , Startup Village and NIT TBI may please take this workshop as a must attend! MoMo Bengaluru and TBIG are actively supporting this programme and senior colleagues in Mobile Monday all over the country are participating. Cellapp Technologies, Technopark is the joint organiser of the workshop.
Hope to see you all on 27th at Park Centre.
A free-of-cost portal, which promises to support the teaching, communication and evaluation systems in schools, has been launched by a Technopark-incubated firm here on Tuesday.
The firm, Inometrics Technology, said its portal,www.keralavidyalayam.com, was an easy-to-manage website for schools, on which teachers, students and parents could make use of the computer-aided instructional methods. It provided advanced educational technologies integrated with an algorithm to offer guidelines and educational backup. While parents and teachers could use this to evaluate the progress of each student, students could download study material and also contribute to an online school magazine, just to mention a few of the potential usages.
Inometrics CEO Chindukrishna, the portal’s basic version, which was being offered free, had all that was offered by conventional educational management software that were currently available in the market. The paid packages, if schools required more than the conventional, included GPS school bus tracking system, RFID attendance and library management systems, document digitization, live class rooms, online fee payment systems and so on.
Technopark Technology Business Incubator (TBI) Secretary and Registrar K. C. Chandrasekharan Nair, launching the portal here, said plenty of school management systems were available, but Kerala Vidyalayam was the first one offering a free of cost service, which would be of immense help, particularly to government schools. The initiative could in future even link various schools in a district and help get unified updates on the schools in the State for parents, students and teachers.
The portal’s basic version, which is free, has all that is currently available in the market.
There’s no better place than the Internet for minimal damage to swirl into an epic disaster. A skirmish between the anti-spam organization Spamhaus and a Dutch web-hosting firm has ranked as the biggest known distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack, and reportedly slowed down global internet speeds. Anyone that has had difficulty getting to familiar websites recently may have been caught up in the cross fire.
DDoS attacks are among the most common attacks to take place between cyber punks with an axe to grind, and involve overloading a target site with so much traffic that it is taken offline. This latest attack however, is unique in taking up an extraordinary amount of bandwidth. Five national police forces are already investigating it, according to BBC News, and the attack is still ongoing.
To put some numbers to that, average-sized DDoS attacks observed by cyber security researchers at Kaspersky Labs in 2011 saw data speeds of 70 megabits per second. The latest attacks on Spamhaus saw speeds hundreds of times that, at 300 billion bits per second, or 300 Gbps. Prolexic, the biggest anti-DDoS company out there, has said it can halt attacks that reach a maximum 100 Gbps. CloudFlare, the hosting company that helped mitigate the attack, calls it “the DDoS that almost broke the Internet.”
What’s surprising is that carrying out an attack of this magnitude does not require expensive resources or even significant programming expertise. A laptop and internet connection can be all you need. The method is known as DNS amplification, and is something that cyber security experts have known about for some time.
“I’m surprised it’s taken this long,” says Alan Woodward, a cyber security professor at the University of Surrey. “The technique of DNS amplification has been around since 2006.”
Chester Wisniewski of security firm Sophos agrees. “We’ve all been speculating about this for 10 years, wondering why no one had done it and crossing our fingers.”
The attack works by pinging, or making an enquiry, to a DNS, or name server. The server then sends back an answer with perhaps 100 times more data than the original query. The trick comes in spoofing your computer as originator so that the “answer” goes to a different target. That data can then be amplified by 1,000 or if those original enquiries are made through a botnet, or network of infected computers. ”
Attackers would most likely exploit the DNS servers of hosting companies because they have a bigger data pipe. As such, big hosting companies like RackSpace and Amazon will almost certainly boost their monitoring to ensure their virtual servers aren’t participating in the Spamhaus attack. “
Anyone that rents out virtual servers could be inadvertently participating,” says Wisniewski.
The attack on Spamhaus was so big because the organization had spread its infrastructure over 20 countries. On March 18 it called CloudFlare to help bring its site back online. CloudFlare has since blamed open DNS resolvers for the attack being successful, by being open to manipulation:
“Open DNS resolvers are the scourge of the Internet and these attacks will become more common and large until service providers take serious efforts to close them,” the company’s CEO Matthew Prince said in a blog post.
Cyber security experts are calling the attack a “wake-up call” for service providers to fix the world’s vulnerable DNS servers. “What it shows is that if this was ever done in a really concerted way, it could have an effect on the web’s infrastructure itself,” said Woodward.
CloudFlare’s observations of the attack showed that the perpetrators were harnessing the power of several servers, but with relatively small botnets. “If you had a really large botnet, you could throw everything at this,” said Wisniewski. “You could take down the whole Internet.”
This doesn’t seem to be the intention of Cyberbunker, the Dutch web hosting firm that has taken credit for launching the attack. It appears to be taking revenge against Spamhaus because the organization recently added Cyberbunker to its blacklist of spammers. Spamhaus’ blacklists are well-regarded by the industry and adding Cyberbunker could spell a big drop in traffic for the hosting firm.
How to stop an attack like this? If police manage to get into Cyberbunker’s bunker (it really is housed in a former nuclear bunker), the attack could continue so long as the perpetrators have an Internet connection. This could mean it is up to Internet service providers like TeliaSonera or Verizon take action by cutting their connection — this has happened in the past, but apparently not yet in this case.
As for the vulnerable underpinnings of the web, there are hundreds of thousands of DNS servers being manned across the world by corporations, government agencies and other organizations, and more than half are mis-configured, says Wisniewski. These means they are vulnerable to abuse, or being roped into an DNA amplification attack just like this one.
“I believe the scale of this could be much larger now that this is happened,” he adds. “It’s proof of concept. I wouldn’t be surprised if it were to happen again.”