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Panel Discussion: From Jugaad to System Innovation – May 21

What: MCCIA & KPIT Cummins presents a panel discussion on “From jugaad to systematic innovation”
When: Friday 21 May 2010 at 6:00 p.m.
Where: Hall no. 6 & 7, A wing-5th floor, MCCIA Trade Tower, ICC Complex, SB Road, Pune
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all to attend. However prior confirmation is desired. Mrs. Vinaya Ingale (email : vinayai@mcciapune.com, tel : 25709180) Mrs. Madhura Chipade (email : madhurac@mcciapune.com, tel : 25709213) Mr. S. H. Kopardekar (email : sudhanwak@mcciapune.com, tel : 25709211)

(Note: NCL also has a seminar by Prof. Krishnan on this same topic on 20th May. See the PuneTech calendar for details.)

From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation

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MCCIA Pune is the premier business organization in Pune. For more PuneTech articles about MCCIA, click the logo

Grassroots innovation that adds value for many has emerged as the strongest theme driving innovation initiatives in India. This has resulted in some outstanding examples of frugally engineered products, that impact many people across a wider area. It is indeed a reason to be proud that many of these have been steered from Pune.

To foster the culture of innovation among businesses in Pune, MCCIA the apex trade body in Pune and KPIT Cummins – a leading product engineering and IT consulting company with a strong commitment to innovation have come together to present an exclusive opportunity to meet thought leaders who have played a key role in driving innovation.

MCCIA and KPIT Cummins invite you to a panel discussion ‘From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation’ based on a book by Mr. Rishikesha Krishnan, Professor of Corporate Strategy & Policy and Jamuna Raghavan Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB). The panel discussion will explore the innovation paradigm in India and its implications.

Speakers at the Panel Discussion are :

  • Mr. M. S. Unnikrishnan, Managing Director of Thermax Limited
  • Mr. Shrinivas Sharangpani, former Head of Knowledge Centre, Teardown & Benchmarking Centre and Innovation Centre at Tata Motors.
  • Mr. Kiran Deshpande, President, Airtight Networks (Winner of the NASSCOM Innovation Award 2009)
  • Mr. Rishikesh Krishnan, Professor of Coprorate Strategy at IIM Bangalore and author of the book ‘From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation’
  • Mr. Anup Sable, Senior Vice President, Automotive Engineering, KPIT Cummins

About the Speakers

M S Unnikrishnan

M S Unnikrishnan is the Managing Director of Thermax Limited, the Rs. 3200-crore energy and environment solutions company, headquartered in Pune, India. The company operates in the areas of heating, cooling, power, water and waste management, air pollution control and chemicals. The company has been consistently listed by Forbes as one of Asia’s best under a billion dollar companies. Prior to Thermax he has worked in companies like EID Parry, Terrazzo Inc, U.A.E.He is a Member of the Development Council constituted by the Ministry of Heavy Industries, Government of India, towards creating strategies for the Industrial development of the country. Apart from that he is actively involved with Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) as a National Committee Member for (i) Power and (ii) Capital Goods. He also served as a Member of the special Sub-committee created by the CII for enabling the Civilian Nuclear Agreement between India and USA. He is also co-opted as a Member of the Advisory Committee co-chaired by the Chief Minister of Jammu & Kashmir for creating a 2020 vision and plan for the state. Mr. Unnikrishnan is known for his strategic and human relations skills and is a keen champion of green technologies. He is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Programme.

Shrinivas Sharangpani

Shrinivas is the former Head of Knowledge Centre, Teardown & Benchmarking Centre and Innovation Centre at Tata Motors. An author and researcher, Shrinivas has a patent on process of making mirror like reflective coating on large bodies and has 3 more patents pending. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Metallurgy and is an expert in the area of Innovation, Benchmarking, Product Development, Value Engineering, Cost Reduction and Creativity. Prior to Tata Motors he has worked with Bajaj Tempo Ltd (now Force Motors).

Kiran Deshpande

Kiran is the President of Airtight Networks, a global leader in wireless intrusion prevention systems, wireless LAN monitoring products and Radio Frequency management. Kiran brings 24 years of management and technology experience in the software industry. At AirTight he oversees sales and operations for the EMEA and Asia Pacific regions. Kiran was formerly the Managing Director and CEO of Mahindra British Telecom (MBT). Kiran grew the company from US $7m in five years achieving over 60% CAGR on revenue and 110% CAGR on net profit. The company became one of the top software services companies from India. Under his leadership Airtight Networks won the NASSCOM India Innovation in the New Technology Advancement category for 2009. Kiran has worked with companies like IMR (later acquired by CGI) and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Kiran has a BSEE from Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani, India and MSEE from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. He is a senior member of IEEE.

Rishikesha T. Krishnan

Rishikesha T. Krishnan is a Professor (and currently Area Chairperson) in the Corporate Strategy & Policy Area, & Jamuna Raghavan Chair Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (IIMB), India. His research interests are in the areas of strategy, innovation and competitiveness. Prof. Krishnan holds degrees from IIT Kanpur, Stanford University and the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. He has been a member of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) National Panel on Intellectual Property, R&D, Technology and Innovation; the Advisory Council of CIIâs National Innovation Mission; and on the jury of Nasscom’s innovation awards. He has been a member of government committees to review the performance of the National Innovation Foundation, and to study âThe Future of Aviation and Aeronautics in India.â He has done external reviews of the plan schemes of Indiaâs Department of Scientific & Industrial Research and the Department of Biotechnologyâs SBIRI scheme. Prof. Krishnan is an independent director on the boards of several companies He is a trustee of the Foundation for Excellence India Trust (www.ffe.org). He was the Fall semester 2008 Visiting Scholar at the Center for the Advanced Study of India, University of Pennsylvania. Professor Krishnanâs first book, From Jugaad to Systematic Innovation: The Challenge for India (see http://jugaadtoinnovation.blogspot.com), was published in February 2010.

Anup Sable

Anup is the head of the automotive line of business at KPIT Cummins. With his commitment to innovation in product engineering and solutions delivery he has built strong relations with customers and has been helping them to globalize & standardize their products and operations efficiently. He has been instrumental in creating a robust delivery ecosystem which supports clients in bringing complex technology products and systems faster to markets. Passionate about technology in cars, Anup began his career as a research engineer at the Automotive Research Association in India (ARAI). With over 15 years of experience in the field of automotive electronics, Anup has played a key role in setting up the Automotive Electronics practice at KPIT Cummins. Anup has done his engineering from Government College of Engineering, Pune where he was awarded the Best Outgoing Mechanical Engineer. Anup has authored numerous articles and frequently speaks at national & international forums on automotive technologies and electronics in particular.

MCCIA Seminar: “Why MBA?” (for students and parents) – 21st May

mccia-pune-logoWhat: A seminar targeted towards graduates and their parents on why they should do an MBA. With Arun Mudbidri, Director SIBM, and Sreeram Geet, Career Counsellor
When: Thursday, 21st May, 10:30am-12:30am
Where: Hall no. 3, 5th Floor, Wing A, MCCIA Trade Towers, ICC Complex, S.B.Road
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all to attend. Please contact Mr. Shriniwas Rairikar / Ms. Sandhya Acharya at MCCIA, Tel: 25709179 / 25709000 Email: shriniwasr@mcciapune.come / sandhyaa@mcciapune.com

Agenda for the Seminar

  • Suitable Timing to Start Necessary Mindset
  • Understanding & Maturity Understanding of Competition
  • Knowing about the Institute What is suitable for me?
  • Basic Future Career Building Career Bricks
  • What is the course & what after that?

Mr. Arun Mudbidri, Director of Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune is the Chief Guest.

About the speaker – Dr. Sreeram Geet

Dr. Shreeram Geet is a professional Career Counsellor associated with Jnana Prabodhini Sanshodhan Sanstha, Pune. He has guided more than 6500 students. He was the Guest Speaker for career fairs held by Director of Technical Education, Maharashtra State. Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation also invited him as a Guest Speaker for 2006-2007 and also He has written 4 books on ‘Career Guidance’ and has conducted several ‘Career Guidance Seminar / lectures.

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MCCIA Seminar on Underwater Technology – 14th May

mccia-pune-logoWhat: MCCIA’s New Emerging Opportunities Committee presents a seminar on “Underwater Technology” by Ian Gallett of the Society for Underwater Technology
When: Thursday, 14th May, 4:30pm
Where: Sumant Moolgaonkar Auditorium, A Wing, MCCIA Trade Tower, ICC Complex, S.B. Road
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all to attend. Please register by contacting
Ms. Snigdha Goliwadekar on email: snigdhag@mcciapune.com, tel # 25709001 or
Mr. Rajiv Kolhe on email: rajivk@mcciapune.com, tel # 25709151

About The Society for Underwater Technology

Underwater Experiment
Image by abduzeedo via Flickr

The SUT was founded to promote the further understanding of the underwater environment and to encourage:

  • Cross-fertilisation and dissemination of ideas, experience and information between workers in academic research, applied research and technology, industry and government
  • Development of techniques and tools to explore, study and exploit the oceans
  • Proper economic and sociological usage of resources in and beneath the oceans
  • Further education of scientists and technologists to maintain high standards in marine science and technology.

Underwater Technology covers the following areas:

  • Diving technology and physiology
  • Submersible design and operation
  • Naval architecture
  • Underwater acoustics
  • Subsea systems
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Marine resource exploitation
  • Oceanography
  • Environmental studies
  • Pollution
  • Marine biology

About the speaker – Ian Gallett

Mr. Ian Gallett is the Chief Executive of the Society for Underwater Technology, an
international society dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge and ideas in all aspects
of subsea technology, ocean science and offshore engineering. After gaining a degree in
Physics and conducting research into electromagnetic propagation, he joined the Royal
Navy in 1973 where he became a metocean specialist. His main concerns were in
operational oceanography and acoustics, particularly the effects of the ocean environment
on long range passive sonar detection. Before leaving the Navy in 1996 with the rank of
Commander, he was responsible for setting Royal Navy policy in the collection and use
of oceanographic data, and their application in acoustic modeling. He has been with the
Society for 12 years.

About MCCIA’s New Emerging Opportunities Committee

The New Emerging Opportunities Committee is a platform created by MCCIA with an
objective to create awareness about New Emerging Opportunities & its applications in
the Industries. It intends to organise Lectures / discussions / seminars on New Emerging

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“My Story” with S.B. Mujumdar, Founder of Symbiosis – 29th April

TiE Pune LogoWhat: TiE Pune and MCCIA Pune invite you to a session with S.B. Mujumdar, founder of Symbiosis
When: Wednesday, 29th April, 6pm
Where: ICC Towers, 5th Floor, Wing A, Senapati Bapat Road, Map
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all to attend. Register by sending an email to namita[dot]shibad[at]gmail[dot]com

About the speaker – S.B. Mujumdar

In 1971 he established the Symbiosis International Cultural & Educational Centre in Pune primarily to promote friendship, co-operation and understanding between foreign and Indian students and to cater to the needs and difficulties of foreign students studying in Pune, mostly Afro-Asian students.

Since then, under the aegis of ‘Symbiosis’ he has established 34 institutions imparting training in 200 different courses ranging from KG, Primary, Secondary education to Law, Human Resource Development, Foreign Trade, Management, Computer, Arts & Commerce, Mass Communication, Telecommunication, Information Technology etc.

Symbiosis today is the premiere educational institute of Pune and a brand equity in providing quality management education. Presently 30,000 students from 80 different countries and all states of India are studying in various institutions of Symbiosis. About 2 lacs students are enrolled in Symbiosis Centre for Distance Learning.

You are invited to hear it from his own perspective.

The event is open to all with no fee applicable. However as seats are limited, it is preferred if you register your presence by sending an email to: namita[dot]shibad[at]gmail[dot]com

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MCCIA workshop: Intellectual property Right awarness, acquisition and commercialization – 24 April

mccia-pune-logoWhat: Workshop on ‘Intellectual property Right awarness, acquisition and commercialization’ arranged by MCCIA on the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day
When: 3pm, Friday, 24 April
Where: Hall no. 6, 5th Floor, Wing A, MCCIA Trade Tower, S.B. Road
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all to attend. No registration required.

On the occasion of World Intellectual Property Day, MCCIA is organizing a workshop on ‘Intellectual property Right awarness, acquisition and commercialization”. The workshop aims to provide an interface between the Industry and IP professionals so that the participants can leverage IP as a better business tool in their Corporate Wealth Creation. The topics of discussion will include cost effective way to protect IP, IP as a successful business tool, licensing stratergies, IP valuation doring public issues, IPR policy acquisition, invention disclosure etc.

The three hour workshop will commence at 3pm on Friday, April 24 at Hall No. 6, 5th Floor, A Wing, MCCIA, Senapati Bapat Road, Pune 16. There will be no participation fees for this workshop.

For more information about other tech events happening in Pune, see the PuneTech Calendar.

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GameStorm – Opportunities in the Gaming Industry – March 28

animexampleanimexample3editWhat: A half-day event organized by MCCIA to increase awareness about the gaming and animation industry
When: Saturday, 28th March, 2pm to 8pm
Where: ICC Towers, MCCIA Hall #4 and #5, Wing A, Senapati Bapat Marg, Map
Registration and Fees: This event is free for all. No registration required.

This is an event to promote awareness of the gaming industry. According to the event organizer: “We have organized sessions on the game industry and careers, game concept and content development, sound design and game testing, amongst others. We are targeting gaming enthusiasts, professionals and parents as well as these are going to help us in spreading the awareness about the career opportunities in the industry”

For the detailed schedule, see http://www.mcciapune.com/Gamestorm09.aspx

This event is targeted towards students and professionals interested in the gaming and animation software industry.

Also, remember that there are 6 tech events competing for your attention this weekend, including Dhananjay Nene‘s talk on strengths and weaknesses of programming languages, and Atul Chitnis on How the world is changing, and what startups should do about it. For details see the PuneTech calendar.

Seminar on Understanding Wi-Fi Cyber attacks

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What: Free Seminar on Wi-Fi security and understanding wi-fi cyber attacks conducted by AirTight Networks and MCCI
When: Tuesday, Jan 13, 6pm-8:30pm
Where: Hall No. 6 & 7, B Wing, 5th Floor MCCIA Trade Tower, ICC Complex Senapati Bapat Road
Registration and Fees: This seminar is free for all. Register at: http://www.airtightnetworks.com/seminar/mccia.

WiFi is fast becoming popular in India – among home users, business travelers, and corporates. While WiFi provides the benefits of wireless and mobile access, unsecured WiFi provides an easy target for hit-and-run style attacks allowing hackers to cause severe damage while remaining invisible and undetected. The crimes range from cyber extortion, downloading illegal content, to theft of credit card numbers and other private corporate information. Most importantly, the recent incidents of cyber terrorism in India showed that an unsecured WiFi connection poses danger to national security.

WiFi cyber-attacks can be used to hack into your network to steal confidential data, steal usernames and passwords, steal user identities or to plan terror attacks. Your WiFi network can become a huge liability if not secured properly.

To create public awareness, MCCIA in association with AirTight Networks Pvt. Ltd., the global leader in wireless security, is conducting a free introductory seminar titled “Understanding WiFi Cyber-attacks”.

This seminar will be followed by a panel discussion titled “Legal and Financial Exposure from WiFi Cyber-attacks”. Panel members include top experts such as Deepak Shikarpur, Chairman, IT Committee, MCCIA, Vaishali Bhagwat, Top Cyber-crime Lawyer and Pravin Bhagwat, Wireless Networking Pioneer.

This seminar is free for all. Register at: http://www.airtightnetworks.com/seminar/mccia

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