Telit adds Wi-Fi and low-power solutions for IoT with acquisition of GainSpan to extend end-to-end IoT solutions reach

Telit, a global enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT), today announced that it has agreed to acquire Silicon Valley-based GainSpan Corporation (“GainSpan”). GainSpan is a wireless connectivity solution provider that specializes in the design and development of ultra-low power Wi-Fi technology. The company manufactures and commercializes chips and modules for battery-powered devices and related intellectual property (IP) with embedded software, including network stacks and application reference designs. GainSpan has over 90 employees, mostly R&D and application and support engineers, spread across an R&D center in Bangalore, India and San Jose, California.

“As we enter an era of maturity for the IoT, we are starting to witness the appearance of spaces within it such as the Internet of Sensors, the Internet of Cars, and the Internet of Digital,” said Oozi Cats, CEO of Telit. “With few exceptions, the ability to cut the power cord is an essential growth engine for all these branches of the IoT.”

According to the September 2016 “IoT Forecasts” from Machina Research, by 2025 about 75% of the more than 27 billion IoT connections will be short range, which is largely comprised of the various types of Wi-Fi. Wi-Fi is a leading technology for applications within the IoT that are battery-dependent, due to the low-power consumption associated with the technology.

The new business addition positions Telit to expand its complete end-to-end IoT solutions portfolio and address the growing market of battery-powered devices that rely on Wi-Fi and other low-power technologies. GainSpan products are situated at the intersection of several emerging segments in IoT such as healthcare, building management, cold-chain logistics, and a wide range of commercial and industrial application areas. GainSpan’s top-tier customer base leverage the company’s IP to deliver seamless integration of Wi-Fi with low-power technologies like BLE and 6LoWPAN for reliable, secure connectivity.

“The acquisition of GainSpan brings to Telit a world-class portfolio and a proven track record of Wi-Fi and low-power module solutions trusted by tier-one customers,” continued Oozi Cats. “Combined with our existing strength in delivering the most comprehensive, relevant portfolio of products and solutions for the IoT, this addition positions us well for future growth in our target segments, including security and surveillance, home automation, healthcare, asset management, and smart cities.”

Assets from GainSpan align well with existing Telit products including cellular, BT/BLE, GNSS modules; IoT connectivity and platform services, strengthening the company’s “sensor-to-cloud” solution proposition. The integration of the unique variety of low-power Wi-Fi technology from GainSpan, with low standby current and fast wake-up time into the Telit portfolio enables customers to extend the battery life of their devices for years*. GainSpan IP also offloads Wi-Fi services and networking functionality from the application. Customer devices can be designed with a simple and inexpensive MCU or without one at all.

Chemtura shareholders approve acquisition by LANXESS

Specialty Chemicals Company LANXESS has taken a significant step forward in the planned acquisition of U.S. chemical company Chemtura. Chemtura’s shareholders approved the merger at a special meeting in Philadelphia, United States. 99.88 percent of the votes cast were in favor of the merger, representing 81.77 percent of Chemtura’s outstanding common stock. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Chemtura shareholders will receive USD 33.50 for each outstanding share in cash at closing of the transaction.

Matthias Zachert, Chairman of the Board of Management of LANXESS AG, welcomed the vote approving the merger taken at the shareholders’ meeting. “We are pleased that Chemtura’s shareholders are so supportive of the planned acquisition. Their approval is an important milestone on LANXESS’s route to becoming one of the major players in the field of additives chemistry.”

Clearance for the acquisition from the U.S. antitrust authorities was already received at the end of December 2016. LANXESS expects to close the transaction in mid-2017 after all remaining regulatory approvals have been received.

Flame retardant and lubricant additives are the main pillars of Chemtura’s business and would complement the current LANXESS portfolio. After closing of the transaction, these two business activities are to be integrated with LANXESS’s Rhein Chemie Additives business unit to form a new segment. Today, Rhein Chemie Additives already supplies a broad range of special additives and service products for the manufacture of plastics, rubber, lubricants and coatings. It employs some 1,600 people at more than 20 sites around the world.

Alongside the additives, Chemtura’s portfolio also includes urethanes and organometallics, which will be integrated into LANXESS as well. Chemtura has about 2,500 employees globally and operates at 20 sites in 11 countries.

LANXESS is a leading specialty chemicals company with sales of EUR 7.9 billion in 2015 and about 16,700 employees in 29 countries. The company is currently represented at 55 production sites worldwide. The core business of LANXESS is the development, manufacturing and marketing of chemical intermediates, specialty chemicals and plastics. Through ARLANXEO, the joint venture with Saudi Aramco, LANXESS is also a leading supplier of synthetic rubber. LANXESS is listed in the leading sustainability indices Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI World) and FTSE4Good.

The Document Foundation announces feature-rich LibreOffice 5.3

The Document Foundation announces LibreOffice 5.3, one of the most feature-rich releases in the history of the application. The office suite is immediately available for Windows, macOS, and Linux, and for the first time also for the private cloud.

LibreOffice 5.3 represents a significant step forward in the evolution of the software: it offers an introduction to new features such as online with collaborative editing, which increase the competitive positioning of the application, and at the same time provides incremental improvements, to make the program more reliable, interoperable and user-friendly.

“LibreOffice is backed by a fantastic community of developers”, says Michael Meeks, a member of the board of The Document Foundation. “In 2010, only a few people were betting on our capability of attracting a large number of code contributors, which are instrumental for the success of a large code base. In six years we have attracted over 1,100 new developers and, thanks to this large community, during the last two years we have had an average of 300 people active on the source code”.

LibreOffice 5.3 highlights

LibreOffice 5.3 offers a number of interesting new features in every area: a new cross-platform text layout engine that uses HarfBuzz for consistent text layout on all platforms, with significant advantages across languages and alphabets; a revised Help menu, with new quick links to user guides and community support forums, for an improved user experience; and better import/export filters to new and legacy MS Office documents.

Writer now supports Table Styles, for applying formatting to a table which is preserved when you make edits to it; a new Page Deck in the sidebar lets the user quickly customise page settings without having to go through a separate dialog box; and a new Go to Page Box makes it possible to jump to another page in the document with just a few keystrokes.

Calc provides a new set of default cell styles, with greater variety and better names than in previous releases; in fresh installations, “Enable wildcards in formulas” is now the default option, rather than regular expressions, to improve compatibility with other spreadsheet software; and a new text entry box lets the user narrow down the functions he is looking for, and simplifies the search for the right one.

Impress now opens with a template selector, to get the user off to a quick start; and a new Slide Properties Deck is now available in the sidebar while in slide master mode.

A list of the most significant new features is available in a separate document (http://tdf.io/lo53features) and is presented in a series of short videos (http://tdf.io/53vids). A page with the top new features is also available on the website at http://www.libreoffice.org/discover/new-features/.

LibreOffice 5.3 has also been improved “under the hood,” thanks to the work of hundreds of volunteers. This translates into an open source office suite which is easier to develop, maintain and debug. Although this is not visible to users, it is extremely important for enterprise deployments.

LibreOffice is deployed by large organizations in every continent. A list of the most significant migrations announced in the media is available here: https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/LibreOffice_Migrations.

LibreOffice Online

LibreOffice 5.3 features the first source release of LibreOffice Online, a cloud office suite which provides basic collaborative editing of documents in a browser by re-using the LibreOffice “core engine”. Rendering fidelity is excellent, and interoperability matches that of LibreOffice.

LibreOffice Online is fundamentally a server service and should be installed and configured by adding a cloud storage and an SSL certificate, which are not included in the solution. It might be considered an enabling technology for the public cloud of ISPs or the private cloud of enterprises and large organizations.

Builds of the latest LibreOffice Online source code are available as Docker images: https://hub.docker.com/r/libreoffice/online/.

A background document providing the positioning of LibreOffice Online is available here: http://tdf.io/loonlineback.

Experimental UI features

Starting from the 5.3 family, LibreOffice UI has been extended with the addition of an experimental Notebookbar, which offers another UI option in addition to the Default UI (with two toolbars), the Single Toolbar UI and the Sidebar with a Single Toolbar. Each UI layout has been thought to serve a different cluster of LibreOffice users.

LibreOffice UI is code named MUFFIN, an acronym for My User-Friendly & Flexible INterface. A background document explaining the UI concept is available here: http://tdf.io/muffinback.

Availability and enterprise deployments

LibreOffice 5.3 represents the bleeding edge in term of features for open source office suites, and as such is targeted at technology enthusiasts, early adopters and power users.

For enterprise class deployments, TDF maintains the more mature 5.2.5 version, which should be supported by certified professionals according to best practices recognized worldwide (http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

LibreOffice 5.3 is immediately available from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/. LibreOffice users, free software advocates, and all community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Press Kit and Screenshots

The press kit, with background documents and high-resolution images, can be downloaded from http://tdf.io/lo53presskit. Screenshots can be downloaded from http://tdf.io/lo53screenshots.

AMIDT Group ties up with Okaidi, leading luxury French brand for children’s clothing

· AMIDT Group will have total franchise rights over the retail stores in the Middle East countries
· AMIDT Group plans to open up various brands in South Asia and India in the near future with their group company, I Retail.
· AMIDT Group ventures in the apparels business

The AMIDT Group today announced its strategic tie-up with leading French brand for children’s clothing, Okaidi. The AMIDT group which has diverse business sectors will be opening up retail stores for Okaidi across the Middle East where they are not present. The business model will be through a franchise route for these retail stores.

Under this agreement, the AMIDT group will open 6 stores by the end of the first year and 12 stores by the end of the second year. The retail stores would be strategically placed in various Middle Eastern countries where Okaidi is not present. Okaidi, the French luxury brand, specializes in children’s clothing and provides a wide range of comfortable, creative, innovative, sustainable and contemporary fashion to over 52 countries in the world.

Mr. Alireza Moghaddam, Chairman, AMIDT Group said, “Setting up retail outlets in strategic locations will give us a competitive edge in the Middle East market. With this tie-up, we will offer contemporary ranges of high-quality items at affordable prices. This will give a boost to the apparel industry and will offer a variety of trendy clothing for the younger generation.”

Mr. Feyruz, International Business Director, Okaidi said, “With this partnership, we are looking forward to expanding our business in the Middle Eastern countries. We are very focused on this association and will ensure a good business relationship with AMIDT Group.”

AMIDT group is a diversified conglomerate in the field of infrastructure, automobile components, retail, packaging, consulting and minerals and metals and with this tie-up, the AMIDT Group has ventured into the apparels business, adding one more asset in its diverse business sectors.

Viu Unveils New Lineup of Originals with Vikram Bhatt’s ‘Gehraiyaan’ and ‘Spotlight’

Television A-listers Sanjeeda Sheikh and Tridha Choudhury to star in these shows

Shows co-produced by Viu, Bhatt and Culture Machine

Vuclip, a PCCW Media Company, has today announced the names and the star cast of two premium shows that will be launched on its OTT service Viu next month as part of ‘Viu Originals’. This announcement comes close on the heels of the success of recent Viu original series, including What the Duck, a cricket comedy show and Viru Ke Funde, which was hosted by Virender Sehwag.

Presented by Viu and Bollywood ace Vikram Bhatt, ‘Gehraiyaan’ and ‘Spotlight’ will air in February and are expected to delight consumers in markets such as India, Middle East and South East Asia serviced by Viu.

Written by Bhatt, these two shows are co-produced by Viu, Bhatt and Culture Machine. Gehraiyaan is directed by Sidhant Sachdev and Spotlight is directed by Suhail Tatari.

‘Gehraiyaan’ will be an urban supernatural thriller with television A-listers Sanjeeda Sheikh and Vatsal Sheth reigniting their unconventional on-screen chemistry for a digital audience. The show will also star Trishaan Maini and Kajal Pisal.

The other show, with a working title of ‘Spotlight,’ is the story of a small-town girl who overcomes all odds to make it big in the glitz and glamor of Bollywood. Tridha Choudhury, who has acted in Bengali and Telugu films and has won audience appreciation for her TV shows, has been roped in to play the lead. Actors Arif Zakaria, Sid Makkar, Krunal Pandit and Rajesh Khera also star in the show.

Arun Prakash, President and COO for Vuclip said, “Our approach to Viu Originals is anchored in a deep-rooted philosophy that creativity is best delivered direct to consumers undiluted, which is very unlike conventional movie production or broadcaster shows. People will see Vikram’s compelling storytelling, visualization, boundary-pushing and unique flair in both Gehraiyaan and Spotlight. We believe Viu’s youthful audience around the world will find this refreshing and engaging. We have a number of exciting local Original line-ups this year for our global markets, including Indonesia, Malaysia, India and the rest of South East Asia.”

Bollywood director, producer and scriptwriter Vikram Bhatt said, “To entertain the millennials of today, you need a concept that is refreshingly different, a script that is gripping and talent that can bring the script to life, making the audience come back for more. Both of these productions, which will be launched next month on Viu, are unique and aim to strike a chord with the digital audience.”

Viu will also be launching an array of short form originals next month.

All the shows will be available exclusively on Viu which can be accessed from www.viu.com or by downloading the Android app from Google Play or the iOS app from the Apple App Store.

STMicroelectronics Boosts Feature Integration, Efficiency, and Flexibility of Next-Generation Intelligent Power Modules up to 100W

STMicroelectronics has extended its SLLIMM™ nano series of Intelligent Power Modules (IPMs) for motor drives with more package options that help minimize overall size and complexity, extra integrated features, and greater efficiency leveraging the latest-generation 500V MOSFETs.

With a current rating of 1A or 2A, the new IPMs target applications up to 100 Watts, such as refrigerator compressors, washing-machine or dishwasher motors, draining and recirculation pumps, fans, and other drives running at less than 20kHz in hard-switching circuitries. Operation up to 150°C allows use in harsh environments.

The modules integrate a three-phase MOSFET bridge and gate-driver HVICs, with value-added features including an unassigned op-amp and comparator for functions such as over-current protection and current sensing. Additional built-in safety features include interlocking to prevent shoot-through currents from damaging MOSFETs of the bridge, a fault-status output, shutdown input, and smart-shutdown capability. An optional built-in thermistor helps simplify over-temperature protection.

In addition to the zig-zag lead option, the new series is also available in a line-lead package. These give designers extra flexibility to simplify the board layout and minimize controller size in mechatronic assemblies and other space-constrained applications.

The high thermal performance of the packages, combined with the superior efficiency of ST’s latest 500V MOSFETs, enhances designers’ freedom to minimize heatsink size or create heatsink-free solutions for lower-power applications. The low MOSFET on-resistance of 3.6Ω and 1.7Ω, in 2A and 1A variants, respectively, combines with low switching losses to ensure high overall energy efficiency. The MOSFETs have separate open-emitter connections to module pins, which simplifies use of three-shunt current sensing for field-oriented motor control (FOC) or single-shunt sensing for trapezoidal control. The modules also integrate the bootstrap diodes needed to control the high-side MOSFET gates, further minimizing demand for external components.

The STIPN1M50T-H, STIPN1M50-H, STIPN2M50T-H (L), and STIPN2M50-H are in production now, priced from $4.50 in the Dual Inline Package for orders of 1000 pieces.

For further information please visit www.st.com/ipm

One Globe Forum Announces Expansion of its Advisory Board

Inducts global experts to shape a vision for the 21st century knowledge economy in India and South Asia

One Globe Forum, India’s leading platform for thought leaders and industry experts to deliberate on transformation of India and South Asia into a 21st century knowledge economy, has announced expansion of its Advisory Board. The 6th edition of the One Globe Forum will be held on February 10th and 11th, 2017 in New Delhi and will bring together leaders from business, government, think tanks, industry associations as well as ministers, bureaucrats, policy makers and influencers, entrepreneurs, educators and academia from around the world.

UK-based Founder & Chairman Trustee of The Loomba Foundation, Lord Raj Loomba CBE; US-based Founder & Chairman of Infinite Computer Solutions Mr. Sanjay Govil; US-based Founder and President of Alpha Advisory Partners, Ms. Sheila Hooda; and US-based Managing Director of Dr. Chips Consulting LLC, Dr. Makarand “Chips” Chipalkatti have been inducted into the One Globe Forum’s advisory board.

The existing advisory board members include Anurag Thakur, BJP Member of Parliament and Chairman of India’s Parliamentary Committee on IT; Jerry Hultin, Chairman, Global Smart City Council, Barcelona, Senior Presidential Fellow New York University and President Emeritus Polytechnic Institute of NYU; Dr. Shailaja Fennell, Centre of Development Studies, University of Cambridge; Mukul Pandya, Editor-in-Chief, Knowledge@Wharton; Mahendra Bapna, Harvard Advanced Leadership Fellow and industry-academia interface advisor to IIT Jodhpur; Dr. Siddharth Saxena, Chairperson, Cambridge Central Asia Forum, University of Cambridge; and Gaurav Verma, Executive Vice President, U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC).

Lord Loomba, Founder and Chairman Trustee, The Loomba Foundation, said, “We must include and empower people at the grassroots in order to realize the vision of a 21st century knowledge economy. The Loomba Foundation has been providing skills training and livelihoods to tens of thousands of poor widows in India, and sponsoring education for their children. One Globe Forum had earlier recognized our work through an Award for Excellence in Creating Social Impact, and I now look forward to working more closely as part of its advisory board.”

Sanjay Govil, Founder & Chairman, Infinite Computer Solutions, said, “I’m honored to be a part of the advisory board of the One Globe Forum and being involved in this diverse community of leaders. Given its strong role in global affairs, I’m excited about being able to provide input towards the 21st century knowledge economy, driven by technology and innovation.” Sanjay is credited with growing Infinite to being the ‘NASSCOM Top 20 Company’ it is today, with 6,000+ employees and eight global delivery centers across three continents. He is on the Graduate Board at Wharton. He is the owner of Delhi Acers badminton team, and has been actively working towards strengthening India-U.S. ties through sports such as cricket.

One Globe Forum has also announced that the World is One News (WION), an English news platform from Zee Media that focuses on covering global news from a South Asian perspective, will be the ‘Global Channel Partner’ for One Globe 2017.

Over the last five years, One Globe has provided delegates an opportunity to hear, meet, and network with top decision makers including ministers and politicians, such as India’s Minister of State (I/C) for Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Piyush Goyal; Minister of State for Skill Development & Entrepreneurship (I/C) and Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy; Minister of State for Information & Broadcasting, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore; Minister of State for Urban Development, Babul Supriyo; Member of Parliament and Chairman of India’s Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT, Anurag Thakur; DIPP Secretary (and now NITI Aayog CEO) Amitabh Kant; Former Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia; and World Bank’s India Country Director, Mr. Onno Rühl, among several other experts & industry leaders from across the globe. The One Globe Forum is organized in partnership with the US-India Business Council (USIBC), Knowledge@Wharton and BrainGain Magazine.

Announcement of LibreOffice 5.2.5

The Document Foundation (TDF) announces LibreOffice 5.2.5 “still”, the fifth minor release of the LibreOffice 5.2 family. Based on the upcoming announcement of LibreOffice 5.3, all users are invited to update to LibreOffice 5.2.5 from LibreOffice 5.1.6 or previous versions.

TDF suggests deploying LibreOffice in large organizations, public administrations and enterprises with the backing of professional support by certified people (a list is available at http://www.libreoffice.org/get-help/professional-support/).

Road to LibreOffice 5.3

LibreOffice 5.3 will be announced in less than a week, on February 1st, 2017. Users can start learning about the new features on LibreOffice 5.3 Release Notes page (https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/5.3).

Download LibreOffice

LibreOffice 5.2.5 is immediately available for download from the following link: http://www.libreoffice.org/download/libreoffice-fresh/. LibreOffice users, free software advocates and community members can support The Document Foundation with a donation at http://donate.libreoffice.org.

Several companies sitting in TDF Advisory Board (http://www.documentfoundation.org/governance/advisory-board/) are providing either value added Long Term Supported versions of LibreOffice or consultancy services for migrations and training, based on best practices distilled by The Document Foundation.

RS Components sets up a new Electronic Center in Bangalore

§ The company plans to invest close to $ 15 million over the next two to five years at the Bangalore centre

§ The company also plans to setup a warehouse to enable “next day delivery” to its customers

§ The manufacturing sector and electronic design engineers can now source innovative products, technical information and other design resources more conveniently

§ Electronic Center to focus on industry verticals like IoT, Medical Electronics, Aeronautics, Automotive etc

§ The Expansion of Bangalore operations will drive company’s electronics business in India which is targeted for high double-digit growth in near future

RS Components, the world’s largest distributor of electronics and maintenance products today announced the opening of their innovation hub, a new ‘Electronic Centre’ in Bangalore. The high service level supplier of electronic components and tools plans to invest close to $15 million over the next two to five years at the Bangalore centre.

The new 2000 Sq feet office in the heart of Bangalore has been set up to support electronic design engineers and manufacturers in the region. The company also plans to set up a warehouse which will enable RS Components to undertake “next day delivery” to its customers.

The Bangalore Centre will have technical marketing and support teams, specialized sales force that will focus on specific industry verticals like IoT, Medical Electronics, Aeronautics, Automotive and R&D sector.

Speaking at the launch of the Electronic Centre, Mr.Keith Rice, Head of Emerging Markets, RS Components Worldwide said,“Our Electronic Centre at Bangalore is a great opportunity to bespeak RS’ strong value proposition in the light of our technical expertise and tailor made solutions that create a huge difference in the day-to-day life of a design engineer.”

Talking about the potential of the Indian market and RS India’s growth Mr Keith Rice added, “RS envisages India as one of the most promising and high potential markets. The pace at which the RS India story is accelerating will soon turn out to be a significant advantage for them on a global landscape.”

Mr. Shiv Bhambri, CEO RS Components India, further added, “The Bangalore Electronic Centre is a reflection of the strong Indian ESDM market, as well as the continued growth of the Indian operations of RS Components, which has been a part of the electronics design and manufacturing story in India for the past 20 years.”

Explaining the reason for setting up such a large operation in the city Mr. Shiv Bhambri said, “Bangalore has emerged as a major global EDSM hub and recognised as the R&D capital of India. Most of the Global Industries and PSUs in strategic electronics have their manufacturing facilities and R&D centres in Karnataka. Therefore it was important for RS Components in India to further expand it’s Electronics focused set-up in Bangalore.”

On the role of the Bangalore office in supporting the local ESDM community, Mr.Shiv Bhambrisaid, “The Electronic Centre at Bangalore will be key to RS Components goal of providing technical training and assistance to Design engineers and students.The engagements with design engineers will influence and drive our electronics business which is targeted for high double digit growth in near future”

RS will offer value added services to the design community in and around Bangalore including:

· Organizing workshops on new technologies and solutions

· Running training programs for EDE & Academia

· Holding engineer meet ups

· New product launches in collaboration with suppliers, among others

The team at the Bangalore office will also be actively involved in building up the design engineering community through DesignSpark.com. DesignSpark provides its community of over five lakh engineers with free access to design tools like DesignSparkPCB, DesignSparkMechanical and DesignSparkElectrical.

RS In India
Elaborating on RS Components unique value proposition to Indian manufacturers Mr. Shiv Bhambri says, “The key to our strategy is that we are a high-service level distributor. No order is too small, as we believe in supporting every aspect of the business from concept to preproduction. He further says, “We offer our customers a choice over 500,000 products from 2500 leading brands along with technical datasheets to help them make an informed buying decision.”

With e-commerce at the heart of its business strategy, RS India has one of the most advanced transactional website offering benefits like parametric search and around 5000 new product introductions every month.

“We offer the broadest range of semis, passives, electromechanical components, test & measurement equipment and quintessential tools to support every design engineers’ job. We are committed to provide value add solutions to electronic design engineers at every stage of design life cycle from concept to pre-production,” said Mr. Shiv Bhambri.

Nominations for One Globe Forum Awards 2017 close on 1 Feb

Honoring excellence for initiatives in digital, R&D, smart cities, entrepreneurship and CSR to help build India into a 21st century knowledge economy

India’s leading platform for building a 21st century knowledge economy in the country and South Asia, the One Globe Forum, has announced that the last day for the submission of applications for the One Globe Forum Awards 2017 has been extended to February 1st,2017. The nominations are judged based on activities undertaken in India in the last two years (1 October 2014 through 30 September 2016), which can also be a part of a longer-term strategy. One Globe Awards will be given to individuals to honor their excellence in building a 21st century knowledge economy in India in the following five categories:

One Globe Award for Excellence in Enabling a Digital Economy
For app, website, intranet, e-learning platform, game, multimedia channel or any other digital ecosystem that is helping build a knowledge economy

One Globe Award for Excellence in Research and Development
For R&D activities that help transform India into a global manufacturing/scientific hub

One Globe Award for Smart Cities to build a 21st Century Knowledge Economy
For initiatives taken that ensure Indian cities get smarter by improving efficiencies, introducing citizen-centric solutions, improving quality of life, ensuring sustainability or promoting economic viability

One Globe Award for Entrepreneurship to build a 21st Century Knowledge Economy
For entrepreneurial ventures that contribute towards building a 21st century knowledge economy

One Globe Award for Social Impact to build a 21st Century Knowledge Economy
For social enterprises or organizations that have led social initiatives contributing towards building a 21st century knowledge economy in fields such as skills development and healthcare

Winners of the 2016 One Globe Awards included Lord Raj Loomba, Founder & Chairman, The Loomba Foundation; Amitabh Kant, CEO, Niti Aayog; David Plouffe, Chief Advisor & Board member, Uber; Shikhar Agrawal, Jaipur Development Commissioner; State of Madhya Pradesh – Avinash Lavania, Ujjain Municipal Corporation Commissioner; Ravi Pandit, Co-founder, Chairman and Group CEO, KPIT Technologies Ltd.; and, Ashok Trivedi, Former Co-Chairman, IGATE Corporation (currently Managing Director, SWAT Capital).

Some of the companies that have participated at One Globe in the past include Microsoft, Facebook, Oracle, Coursera, Cisco, Tata Group, Ericsson, Adobe, McKinsey, Uber, Fortis Healthcare, Xerox, DataWind, Steria, Cambridge Technology Inc., Air Asia, MLS Chase and others, apart from several cabinet ministers, parliamentarians, government departments such as DIPP and Niti Aayog, World Bank, USIBC, UKIBC, German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH), Brookings India, ANZIBA, SCCI, EBG, NewsCorp, International New York Times, WISE, Nasscom, FICCI, MAIT, CCIFI, TiE, National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC), National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA), top universities and institutes in India and other countries, as well as several global leaders.

The annual One Globe Forum is India’s leading platform that explores the intersection of technology, innovation, smart cities, skills, education and their role in building a 21st century knowledge economy. It focuses on the ideas, issues and impact of Indian government’s agendas to transform the country into a knowledge-based economy with initiatives such as “Digital India”, “Make in India” and “Smart Cities.”

In addition to the Awards for the corporate and social sector, One Globe Forum also offers several opportunities of participation for educational institutes in India and globally, including:

Principal’s Breakfast Roundtable hosted by BrainGain Magazine: Some of the schools that have already confirmed participation include Delhi Public School; GD Goenka Public School; HDFC School; Pathways School; Salwan Public School; Scottish High International School; The British School; The Heritage School; ITL Public School; Ramjas School; Ahlcon International School; The Global Education & Leadership Foundation (TGELF); DPS World Foundation; Mayo College Ajmer; and, Canadian International School. These distinguished school principals will interact with global academic experts from New York University, Harvard, University of Cambridge, Knowledge@Wharton, International Baccalaureate Organization, U.S. India Education Foundation (USIEF), Institute of International Education (IIE) and St. John’s University to jointly deliberate on addressing the challenges of a 21st century education. The nominations are currently open.

BGM – Care for Air Essay Competition: The last date for submitting entries is 27 January, 2017 and several students have already participated from institutes such as D.G. Ruparel College; Presidium; Delhi Public School; DRS International; Innocent Hearts School, Bolan Medical College and others.

Knowledge@Wharton Investment Competition: More than 200 schools have submitted entries including Lotus Valley International School; Cathedral and John Connon School; Amity International School; Mount Carmel School; K.R.Mangalam World School; Tagore International School; Ryan International School; Modern School; Christ Junior College; Air Force Bal Bharti School; Oberoi International School; American International School; National Academy For Learning; Suncity World School; Dhirubhai Ambani International School; Sat Paul Mittal School; St. Kabir Public School; and, Neerja Modi School. Teams from other countries outside India that are participating in the competition include Sekolah Pelita Harapan, Indonesia; Global Jaya School, Indonesia; Bali International School, Indonesia; Robert College, Turkey; Salahaldin International Schools, Egypt; Vientiane International School, Laos; Dubai English Speaking College, UAE; Delhi Private School, Dubai; Saigon South International School, Vietnam; Overseas Family School, Singapore; Canadian International School, Singapore; Prem Tinsulanonda International School, Thailand; Yadavindra Public School, Mohali; and St. Christopher’s School, Bahrain. Entries for this year’s Investment Competition are closed. The regional finals will be held at One Globe Forum 2017.

Speaker opportunities are almost nearly full, although some sponsorship opportunities are available, with just three more weeks to go for the One Globe Forum 2017, which will take place on February 10 & 11, 2017 in New Delhi. Delegates can avail of the early bird discount till 27 January by registering online. They will also be able to register on the spot at the event.

For more details, please contact:
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