Pebble Time – gets $9M funding in just 24 hours !!!

Just 24 hours after launching a Kickstarter campaign for its new smart watch, Pebble has raised over $9 million with 30 days to go for the project.the Pebble Time features color e-paper with up to seven days of battery life, and a new timeline interface that highlights what’s important in your day. When it is released, the $199 watch will be available in black, white, and red.

Twenty percent thinner than the original Pebble watch, the Pebble Time is fully compatible with all 6,500+ existing Pebble apps and watch faces.

Pebble is accepting Kickstarter pledges for the Pebble Time through March 27. For as little as $179, you can reserve your own watch for $20 off. The first Pebble Time watches are expected to ship in May.

In 2012, nearly 69,000 backers helped raise $10.2 million to bring the first-generation Pebble watch to market. To date, this is the second most funded project on Kickstarter. The record is the $13.3 million raised for the Coolest Cooler in 2014.

INK Conference 2015

The INK Conference is the annual celebration of thinkers and doers from diverse walks of life.

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World’s visionaries – CEOs, entrepreneurs, artists, technologists, scientists & more – gather under one roof for a cross-pollination of ideas and chance encounters for the next big breakthrough.

The annual INK Conference is where a part of this community gathers together for 3 days to celebrate successful milestones of the community’s journey. Here, change-makers from every walk of life also share their stories, ideas and perspectives in between 3-18 minutes – an ‘intellectual Mardi Gras’ if you please.

Immersive experience where thrilling ideas are brewing.  This is where life changing connections and intense conversations occur – a scientist meets an artist; an archaeologist dines with a mountain climber and from discovering the depths of the ocean to exploring outer space to understanding our inner selves, INK takes you on a fascinating journey that expands your horizons.

For more details log on to : http://www.inktalks.com/conferences/ink2015/about

VCCircle Chennai Investment Summit 2015

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In order to boost the zeal of much talented entrepreneurs and provide a neutral platform for the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Chennai, VCCircle is pleased to announce, VCCircle Chennai Investment Summit 2015, the most coveted platform for leading & emerging entrepreneurs, next generation leaders, business families, private equity & venture capital investors betting on the investment opportunities prevailing in the land of Chennai, Tamil Nadu.

The forum will be attended by 200+ entrepreneurs, family business owners, CEOs, private equity & venture capital heads and dealmakers.

For more details log on to http://events.vccircle.com/content/vccircle-chennai-investment-summit-2015#tab2

Livares won the Vodafone Appstar 2014 for the M-Governance Kerala app

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Livares Technologies, an incubate of Technopark TBI has won the Vodafone Appstar award for the mobile application “M Governance Kerala” under the category Best App for Good- India. The Kerala M-Governance system is integrated to a mobile application which is so designed to include all the services and departments under Kerala Government. The application works in offline mode and standard sms rates are applicable for accessing the services.

The objective of the project is to integrate the advancements in mobile technology with various Government departments to create cost effective, efficient and round the clock government information systems.

The system is developed by Livares Technologies in association with Kerala State IT Mission and MobME Wireless Solutions

 

2 projects from Technopark TOCIC gets PRISM approval

The two projects from Technopark Tepp Outreach Cum Cluster Innovation Centre (TOCIC) namely ‘Retrofitted Kit for disabled persons’ by Mr Biju Varghese and DTMF (Dual Tone Multi Frequency) Control Logic for Automobile Windshield Wipers & Washers by Mr Vimal Kumar C R gets approved by Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) Government of India under the PRISM  (Promoting Innovations in Individuals, Startups and MSMEs) Scheme.

Retrofitted Kit for disabled persons’ enables physically challenged person to operate vehicle is a portable device which when fitted to the vehicle enables the operator to control brake, clutch and accelerator using hand.

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In the conventional four wheeled passenger vehicles, brake, clutch and accelerator are activated by means of foot operated pedals, making a person with one or both legs disabled / injured unable to drive. The proposed system can be mounted or dismounted in the vehicle very easily. The innovation is a modification of kit that can be fitted to cars for lower limb physically challenged. With the retrofitting brake, clutch and accelerator controls can be actuated with a single hand. The project has been sanctioned a grant amount of Rs Rs. 9.50 lakhs out of the total project cost of Rs. 10.85 lakhs.

DTMF (Dual Tone Multi Frequency) Control Logic for Automobile Windshield Wipers & Washersrelates to Dual tone multi frequency control based personalized windshield wiper and customized washer device for automobiles.

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DTMF signaling is used for telecommunication signaling over analog telephone lines in the voice frequency band between telephone handsets and other communication devises and switching Centre. The innovator has filed a provisional application for patent.The project has been sanctioned a grant amount of Rs.90,000 out of the total project cost of Rs. 1,13,000.

 

Digital Kerala gets a lift with ‘Learn to Code’ education project

      CM Oommen Chandy launches distribution of Raspberry Pi computers to schoolchildren

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Kerala’s Chief Minister Shri Oommen Chandy today reiterated his vision of a “Digital Kerala” leading India’s technology sector, as more than 2,500 schoolchildren across the state were given Raspberry Pi computer kits and encouraged to start coding under a first-of-its-kind education project in the country.

Shri Chandy formally launched the ‘Learn to Code’ programme on Saturday by handing over the first of the thousands of Raspberry Pi kits that were distributed simultaneously to selected Class VIII students in all 14 districts of the state.

In a first for Kerala, the state-level function held at North Paravur in Ernakulam was telecast live to thousands of schools via the Victers education channel. IT and Industries Minister Shri P K Kunhalikutty addressed the audience via video link from Malappuram and Education Minister Shri P K Abdu Rabb from Kasaragod.

“India’s IT exports total more than Rs 5,40,000 crores, Kerala’s contribution is a mere Rs 4,000 crores despite the fact that a large proportion IT professionals are young, talented Malayalis, mostly working outside the stae,” the Chief Minister said. “We missed the IT bus when the first technology wave hit India, now is the time to regain those lost years.”

He said the idea of ‘Digital Kerala’ was not just that of a technology powerhouse built on IT education and entrepreneurship, but a governance system that brought IT and enabled services, through panchayats and local bodies, right to the doorsteps of citizens.

The Raspberry Pi distribution is currently the only state-sponsored programme of its kind in the world. It is being implemented by the Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI) in association with Kerala’s IT@School project and Kochi-based mobile-internet technology incubator Startup Village.

The Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer than can carry out most functions of a regular desktop besides allowing users to learn programming languages such as Scratch and Python.

The selected students will first be given basic training and encouraged to experiment with the Pi by trained faculty from IT@School. Focused coding sessions will start after the examinations in March. Starting April, each student will be assigned a mentor to guide them through the learning process.

The concept of the ‘Learn to Code’ was first introduced by Infosys co-founder Kris Gopalakrishnan, a very strong supporter of Kerala’s technology initiatives, and taken up enthusiastically by the government.

Mr Gopalakrishnan, who was present at the inaugural function, announced a programming competition for the schoolchildren who received the Raspberry Pi kits.

He said the contest would start in April-May and will require the students to develop a programme or a computer game. These will be demonstrated at the Startup Village between May 21 and 30. The best programmer from each district will get a cash prize of Rs 20,000 and the state-level winner will take home Rs 2,00,000.

Shri P H Kurian, Principal Secretary, IT and Industries, said the government intends to run a similar programme to introduce children to electronics and equip them to make products in the future.

“The gadgets and appliances we use in daily life are increasingly coming with embedded software. The world will need large numbers of skilled people to develop these systems. The employment and entrepreneurship opportunities are massive,” he said.

Startup Village Chairman Sanjay Vijayakumar said Kerala’s youth today have opportunities that were never available to the previous generations who were forced to look for employment outside the state. “Kerala has some of the smartest brains in the country. If we teach our children about the opportunities they have from the age of 14-15, we will have them building world-class companies right here.”

Adv V D Satheesan, MLA; Municipal Chairperson Smt Valsala Prasannakumar, T-TBI CEO Dr Jayasankar Prasad and Shri K P Noufal, Executive Director, IT@School were present at the state-level function. A host of other dignitaries including Youth Affairs Minister Smt P K Jayalakshmi, MPs and MLAs led the district level programmes.

Each kit consists of a Raspberry Pi B+ board, Enclosure, 8 GB SD card, HDMI cable, HDMI to VGA cable, USB keyboard and USB Mouse.

The Government plans, under the scheme, to distribute 10,000 kits annually to students, primarily in 8th Standard, and follow it up with focused training/mentoring sessions and competitions.

CM to launch ‘Learn to Code’ project and Raspberry Pi distribution on Saturday

Thousands of schoolchildren across Kerala will be given (#Raspberry Pi)computer programming kits and taught to code in a pioneering new project designed to create a resource pool of skilled future IT professionals and entrepreneurs.

On Saturday (February 21), Chief Minister #Oommen Chandy will launch the pilot phase of the Kerala government’s ‘Learn to Code’ project under which 2,500 selected school students will be given the Raspberry Pi computer kits and trained by IT experts to program.

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The Raspberry Pi distribution is the first such project in India and currently the only state-sponsored programme of its kind in the world. It is being implemented by the Technopark Technology Business Incubator (T-TBI) in association with Kerala’s #IT@School programme and Kochi-based mobile-internet technology incubator #Startup Village.

Industries and IT Minister Shri P K Kunhalikutty, Education Minister Shri P K Abdu Rabb and IT Principal Secretary Shri P H Kurian will be among the dignitaries at the state-level inauguration of the project at 9am at Vyapara Bhavan, North Paravur.

The computers will be distributed simultaneously to the selected students in all districts of the state and the will be followed by a training session handled by the faculty of IT@School. It will be telecast live to all district venues of IT@School via the VICTERS education channel.

The Government plans, under the scheme, to distribute 10,000 kits annually to students, primarily in 8th Standard, and follow it up with focused training/mentoring sessions and competitions.

“IT is one of the growth engines of Kerala’s economy and the project has been launched with the long-term goal of making our state a global technology hub in the coming years,” said Industries and IT Minister Shri P K Kunhalikutty. “We have a very strong education system and exceptionally talented youngsters, so we want to ‘Catch them Young’ and instil in them a culture of experimentation and innovation.”

“For India to be a manufacturing powerhouse, we require skilled employees who can build products for sunrise industries such as electronics and ICT,” said IT Principal Secretary Shri P H Kurian. “To build these products, we need excellent coders and they are the key to building startups which will turn into billion dollar companies in the future.”

The TTBI has spent more than Rs 1 crore on procuring the Raspberry Pi kits. Each kit costs Rs 4,324 and consists of a Raspberry Pi B+ board, Enclosure, 8 GB SD card, HDMI cable, HDMI to VGA cable, USB keyboard and USB Mouse.

The Raspberry Pi is a low cost, credit-card sized computer that plugs into a display unit (computer monitor or TV) and uses a standard keyboard and mouse. It can carry out most functions of a regular desktop, including word processing, playing games and videos, and internet surfing, besides enabling users to learn programming in languages such as Scratch and Python.

The selected students will first be given basic training and encouraged to experiment with the Pi. Focused coding sessions will start after the examinations in March. Starting April, each student will be assigned with a mentor to guide them through the learning process.