“Co-Innovtion key to Digital India” – IBM

Bangalore, August 30th,2016 – IBM emphasized the significance of ‘Co-innovation’ in building a Digital India, at IBM India Labs Engage 2016, the two day annual innovation summit hosted by IBM in Bangalore. Out of many Indian startups who have leveraged IBM’s cloud platform and/or cognitive solutions, five select start-ups demonstrated their innovative, industry specific offerings at the event. In addition to adopting IBM technology, these start-ups have benefitted by getting access to various IBM initiatives including IBM GEP/ SmartCamp India – programs that allow them to build, launch and scale their business.

Speaking at the event, Kaushik Bhaskar, Vice President, IBM India Software Labs said, ‘With Cognitive technologies becoming a key differentiator in the global technology landscape, India need cognitive business models to leapfrog into the lead innovator ranks. There is also a fundamental shift required from ‘siloed’ innovation to ‘co-innovation’ to rapidly drive this transformation. IBM is increasingly focused on nurturing the ecosystem to drive this change. By providing start-ups with access to technical expertise, executive mentoring, software infrastructure credits, co-marketing programs, sales and VC leads – IBM is committed to working with new age, born-on-the cloud companiesto drive innovation that will build a Digital India.’’

The event provided an opportunity for start-ups, ecosystem leaders, enterprises and investors to discover ideas that would breach technology frontiers and build disruptive applications for the Cloud and Cognitive Era. By participating in an immersive Design Thinking and Garage experience, participants also had a unique opportunity to unearth emerging client needs and rapidly create market- focused solutions.

The IBM India Labs Engage 2016 is part of IBM’s continuing commitment to support the Indian startup ecosystem by orchestrating the collaboration between enterprises, investors and start-up companies through various digital and physical platforms through the year. IBM engages with startups across sectors including fin-tech, health-tech and retail and provides access to key IBM programs and investments including IBM Global Entrepreneurship program; IBM physical and virtual Garages; IBM Labs; Digital Communities (Watson, Bluemix, IoT, Cloud etc.) to fuel ecosystem innovation.

The top five Start-ups who demonstrated their solutions at the event included:

1. AllizHealth: This Pune based preventive health start-up, has built a consumer focused health and wellness platform for early identification, tracking and management of health risk and conditions. It leverages IBM cloud platform to enable users to track various health risks and parameters, store digitized medical documents and also connect with doctors, caregivers etc.

Gaurav Vij, Founder and Chief Architect: “There is an increasing challenge of non -communicable and lifestyle related diseases in India. At AllizHealth, we are trying to address this problem by working on an innovative Health Management Platform. The goal of this platform is to make people aware of their health risks early and help them with various resources to track and manage such risks. Through our efforts, we are now managing the health of over 500,000 users and working with some of the leading insurance and healthcare groups in India. In this journey, we are fortunate to have a partner in IBM cloud. Harnessing the power of cloud is central to our plans and the support, help and guidance we have received from IBM team, has been quite remarkable. We hope to continue with this association and make it a win-win.”

2. Tagalys : This Chennai based start-up has developed an e-commerce personalization engine on IBM cloud to help online retailers improve visitor-product engagement and revenues. The platform studies visitor and segment shopping behavior, to deliver products most relevant to that visitor(s) across product discovery channels like Site Search, Merchandising, and Recommendations within the online retailer.

Antony Kattukaran, Co-founder and CEO: ‘Personalization of the complete visitor experience across category pages, recommendations widgets and search results is a requirement in today’s digital commerce experience. IBM’s cloud infrastructure is a secure, scalable, and helps us meet the most rigorous demands for our online business. Our partnership with IBM has helped a team like ours focus on product innovation instead of infrastructure and compete on merit with the best in the world.’’

3. Signzy : Recently awarded as the most innovative solution by RBI, this Bangalore –based start-up, uses IBM’s cognitive and cloud solutions to make the digital regulatory processes simpler, secure and more compliant. Their unique online contracting solution uses the latest technology like biometric signature and blockchain to complete the entire online digital trust system.

Ankit Ratan, Co-founder and CEO: “Digital On-boarding is a painful problem for the financial sector and the broader industry. Signzy is using a Cloud API based approach to make this simple, yet secure and compliant. Using IBM Watson’s cognitive capabilities we have ensured that our AI technology is enterprise-ready from day one, accelerating our go to market and delighting clients.”

4. Artifacia: Erstwhile called Snapshopr, this Silicon Valley and Bangalore based start-up provides an AI based visua discovery platform designed for retailers that helps them improve engagement and conversions on their apps and websites. Using IBM cloud technology, the platform helps their partners provide unique product discovery and personalization experiences to their customers.

Navneet Sharma, Co-founder and CEO: ‘Artifacia is a visual discovery platform powered by Artificial Intelligence. We enable developers and retailers to build and deliver unique product discovery and personalization experiences for their customers in India and the US. We have relied on IBM cloud technology to build a deep learning technology infrastructure. As the winners of IBM’s SmartCamp program in 2015, we garnered a lot of visibility and look forward to the IBM partnership to their support as we expand globally.’

5. Talview : This Bangalore-based start-up is a leading HR technology solution provider which leverages cutting-edge tech like neuro-linguistic programming, machine learning, and psycho-linguistics built leveraging IBM’s cognitive and cloud solutions. The solution provides mobile-video hiring and helps companies to accept applications, conduct automated and live interviews, video supervised written & code tests and complete on boarding formalities remotely on mobile/tablet and PC.

Jobin Jose, Cofounder and COO: ‘Talview is in pursuit of disrupting the USD 500 billion global recruitment industry and had identified a strong market need for a cognitive solution. Talview Talent Insights which leverages multiple IBM Watson APIs and IBM Cloud Service is the world’s first hiring solution that harnesses the power of advanced data science and machine learning algorithms, video-audio analysis, social media analytics, psycholinguistics and speech recognition to help companies build better teams and gain competitive advantage. Using IBM services helped us to go to market faster with a secure, scalable solution.

UCWeb launches New UC Browser and announces strategic partnership with Colors TV

New UC Browser offers direct news feeds from the recently launched UC News and options for personalisation, powered by its big-data technology

Strategic content partnership with Colors TV towards digitizing entertainment on mobile

Mumbai, August 23, 2016: UCWeb Inc., an Alibaba Mobile Business Group Company today launched a New UC Browser and announced its strategic partnership with Colors TV. Driven by big-data technology, the New UC Browser includes news feeds from UC News making it an integral part of UC Browser now, with more customisation options for the users. UC Browser has been updated keeping in mind the user preferences for trending and relevant information at the fingertip.

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The partnership with Colors TV for some of its shows is a reinforcement of the strategy of Alibaba Mobile Business Group, to digitize entertainment content on mobile while transforming itself from tool to content and further offer more comprehensive content options to users who access internet on the go.

UCWeb has evolved from a mobile browser to a mobile media asset, offering mobile search and news feeds to over 420 Million Monthly Active users (MAUs) globally. Today UC Browser is the No. 1 independent browser in India and Indonesia, and is one of the world’s top 3 mobile browsers, according to StatCounter.

In Q1 FY 2016 – 2017 results of Alibaba Group, UCWeb has played a significant role by strengthening company’s competitive positions in digital media and entertainment category. The digital media and entertainment segment of Alibaba Group operates businesses through multiple properties including UCWeb.

Commenting on the growth and new strategy, Jack Huang, President, Overseas Business, Alibaba Mobile Business Group said, “Our new milestone of reaching 420 million MAUs has placed us at par with Twitter and Instagram. Our vision in the coming years after success in India, is to serve half the population of the planet. Our strategy is to focus on Glocalization– which is going global by offering localized solutions in each market. We believe this strategy will lead us to a new digital era, which is GUF – Google, UCWeb and Facebook.”

The New UC Browser

UC Browser is India’s favourite mobile browser, with over 80 Million (MAUs) and a market share of close to 50% (Source StatCounter). The browser has brought faster internet access to millions of people residing in low bandwidth areas across the country. While the old browser just brought people on the internet, the New UC Browser recognizes that now is the right time to offer the right content to the right user.

The New UC Browser embraces adaptability by offering direct news feeds from UC News, an app exclusively launched for India market in June 2016. Once a user selects his favourite topics, the algorithm adapts and offers more information on the topic of his choice. The information is shareable, can be customised and is available in 2 languages – English and Hindi, which will later, also be available in other regional languages, starting with Tamil.

The New UC Browser has a simple and clean UI and the homepage is a lot more concise with one swipe allowing the option to switch from Browser to News. The personalised channel settings allow the users to choose their favourite news channels and make their own reading sequence, as per their individual preference. The user friendly browser also has a night mode feature that offers a convenient browsing experience during night.

Focus on Entertainment

According to content consumption trends on UC Browser’s base of 80 Million MAUs in India, 8 out of the top 10 English keywords search are related to entertainment. The same number falls to 3 for Hindi keywords. In News related content, 7 out of the top 10 Hindi news consumed is related to entertainment. Amongst Indian states, Maharashtra is, by far, the biggest consumption market in entertainment with over 42% of the daily content consumption. Mumbai justifies as the tag of the Entertainment Capital of India as it ranks ahead of other metros, followed by Delhi and Kolkata.

Partnership with Colors TV

As pioneers in the mobile Internet revolution of India, UCWeb aims to be at the centre of this emerging trend and has collaborated with Colors TV – India’s leading Entertainment TV Channel. The vision is to offer Digitized Entertainment and utilise strengths of volume and power of the browser in content aggregation and to provide quality content to as many users as possible.

The strategic partnership is being built around 4 marquee shows of Colors; Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, 24, Big Boss and Comedy Nights Live. As part of the collaboration, UCWeb will create multiple engagement platforms around these shows for the users of UC Browser, 9Apps and UC News.

After being on-boarded as the “Trending Partner” for Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, fans will have access to an exclusive fan zone on the homepage of UC Browser offering behind the scenes content. The host of the show, Manish Paul will offer his whacky take on the show in the form of an exclusive blog. While the viewers of 24 can have the entire experience replicated for them on a game which will be first launched on 9Apps (UCWeb’s marketplace for mobile apps). The prime attraction is however, Big Boss season 10, where the users of UC Browser will have exclusive access to the footage behind the scenes; they can effectively choose the participants of the show, and much more.

Talking about the partnership, Robert Bu, General Manager, UCWeb India said, “Our partnership with Colors is unique in its own way. The partnership seeks to build long term engagement for the content on

Colors TV through multiple platforms such as blogs and behind the scenes videos, ensuring stickiness and long term engagement for these properties. Digital content consumption is on the rise and the challenge for content creators is to be able to customize, curate and present diverse content to users to strengthen their engagement. The solution that UC Browser is offering is “Digitized Entertainment.

Speaking about the collaboration, Raj Nayak, CEO of Colors TV said, “Alliances are not just for visibility. Sometimes it is about ensuring the best user experience for consumers and enhanced viewer experience. At COLORS, we have always believed in conducting business that meets our consumer’s needs. Today, our viewers are mostly mobile owing to which we can draw synergies with a popular mobile browser like UC Browser, thereby making our content appealing to audiences regardless of the type of screen they’re using. With content on-the-go becoming a lucrative option for today’s viewers, associating with a brand like UC Browser, for shows including Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa, Bigg Boss 10, Comedy Nights Live and 24: Season 2, allows us to explore different promotional strategies that make it a beneficial proposition for us.”

We-Media program

After success in China, UCWeb has now launched We-Media program in India. We-Media program offers a common platform for all viewpoints to be present together in one place, whether from a celebrity, blogger, key influencer or a common man. As a part of the Content strategy, We-Media aims to provide the users with a mix of both regular and niche content. We-Media program has already onboarded Manish Paul, host of Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa as a celebrity blogger along with Chetan Bhagat – celebrity author, Lauren Gottlieb – celebrity dancer and many more.

more details:  www.ucweb.com

Mouser Electronics Further expands its India operation

August 17, 2016 – Emphasizing its commitment to the Indian market, Mouser Electronics, the global authorized distributor with the newest semiconductors and electronic components, is very pleased to announce the grand opening of its new and larger customer service center and back office support location in Bangalore. The new full-service office underscores Mouser’s steadfast dedication to serving the world’s top design engineers and buyers with the highest degree of customer service and technical support, as well as offering local marketing support to its suppliers and media partners in the region. 

Sales throughout India are up by more than 20 percent this year, with no sign of slowing down, said Mark Burr-Lonnon, Mouser’s Senior Vice President of APAC and EMEA Business. 

We are seeing an impressive gain in unique customers, which makes us a major player in the Indian market,” Burr-Lonnon said. “Our sales success in India means that we need to increase the levels of local support we offer to our customers here. With that in mind, I am very pleased to announce the opening of our new, larger full-service office with even more team members to better serve our customers. With the number of engineers in India rapidly growing, it’s fast becoming a new hub of design.” 

Mouser is dedicated to delivering true value to its customers throughout India and the world by consistently providing the newest and most advanced technologies and best-in-class service. As a worldwide leading authorized distributor of more than 600 manufacturers, Mouser provides 22 service centers spanning the globe to supply more than 500,000 customers worldwide with their semiconductor and electronic component needs. 

As part of its ongoing commitment to strengthening ties with the local industry, Mouser has joined the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier body for electronic system design and manufacturing in the country. In an upcoming program through the IESA, Burr-Lonnon and Kevin Hess, Mouser Electronics Senior Vice President of Marketing, will deliver keynote presentations on “The Changing World of Distribution” and “The Internet and Its Impact on the Electronics Market,” Their presentations will also address how the industry fights counterfeiting as well as the increasing importance of marketing. 

M. N. Vidyashankar, President IESA, further added, “We are delighted to have Mouser Electronics on board. With its unique business proposition and aggressive focus on startups and engineering/ research students, we are hopeful that Mouser will eradicate the complexities in procuring electronics components required for research and development, especially by small units. With more than 260 members, we believe we have the strength in bringing a common thread between Mouser and other members, including universities and research institutions to complement each other and accelerate India’s manufacturing dream.”

With its broad product line and unsurpassed customer service, Mouser caters to design engineers and buyers by delivering What’s Next in advanced technologies. Mouser offers customers 22 global support locations and stocks the world’s widest selection of the latest semiconductors and electronic components for the newest design projects. Mouser Electronics’ website is updated daily and searches more than 10 million products to locate over 4 million orderable part numbers available for easy online purchase. Mouser.com also houses an industry-first interactive catalog, data sheets, supplier-specific reference designs, application notes, technical design information, and engineering tools.

A&D Electronics Market for India Estimated to be $72 Bn. by 2029: Defence Electronics and System Design Policy Recommendations

The Policy Recommendations by IESA, NASSCOM and Roland Berger, launched at DEFTRONICS 2016 uncovered many issues, opportunities and risks that will play significant role in the formation of A&D Electronics Market

Bengaluru, Thursday, August 4, 2016: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the premier trade body representing the Indian Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) industry, The National Association of Software and Services Companies (NASSCOM), along with Roland Berger, a leading global strategy consulting firm with immense expertise in defence, today launched the Defence Electronics and System Design Policy Recommendations at DEFTRONICS 2016, the annual flagship A&D event. The recommendations are based on current aerospace, defense and internal security trends and happenings to provide guidance towards the formulation of Defense policies by the Union ministry.

The chief guest for the event was Dr. V. K. Saraswat, Member NITI Aayog and Former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Indian Minister of Defence & Director General, DRDO. He spoke on the event theme, throwing light on the importance of the need to build India’s Strategic Electronics ecosystem for greater self-reliance and emphasized on its global relevance to areas in fields of Defence, Aerospace and Internal Security.

Dr. V. K. Saraswat said, “India’s electronics market has been witnessing huge market in Consumer Electronics, Industrial, Communication, Strategic Electronics. Today, the size of Strategic Electronics is projected to grow to $72 Bn from the present $1.7 Bn market, and this indicates immense potential as there exists a significant gap between supply and demand.  Though India is considered as a ‘Soft Power’ in the space, we are yet to witness a single Indian company that develops strong end-to-end Aerospace and Defence software solutions. As a result, we keep depending on foreign companies. The only on boarding option for Indian electronics component companies in India is to target Strategic Electronics (Defense) industry, and we should act now. We need to understand that the return on investments in the Defense Electronics industry in India is long term and the players need to have a long-term view.”

“We expect the government to support startups in the Defense Electronics industry in India.  The Defense manufacturing shifts globally has seen the Wave 1 from US to Japan; Wave 2 from Japan to Europe, Wave 3 from South East Asia to China; I want Wave 4 to be from China to India,” he added.

The guest of honor, H.E. Ms. Yael Hashavit, Consul General of Israel, Consulate General of the State Israel also provided her insights into the Indian defense, aerospace and the innovation in the ESDM sector with respect to her expertise relating to the Israel Defence Force.

Incidentally, IESA and NASSCOM have been given the responsibility to draft recommendations for the policy paper for Defence Electronics and System Design by the Ministry of Defence. Roland Berger has played an advisory and consultant role in the formation of the draft policy paper. The Defence Electronics and System Design Policy Recommendations symbolises the recommendations made to the Ministry of Defence.

The policy recommendations indicate that India not only needs to create world-class companies, but it is imperative to bring them in the global value chain of OEMs. It suggests that the government needs to have the vision to provide the Indian companies the required visibility, timely closure of contracts, ensure technology transfer and provide the manufacturing push through certain initiatives and incentivisation.

In order to promote exports of Defence Electronics, the policy recommendations have stated the need for an introduction of a multiplier that will ensure export base of defence electronics around valid technologies. Moreover, the draft has suggested that DPSUs need to leave control of the supply chain and the government needs to ensure more opportunities in the private industry. Another key issue that the government and the industry need to address together is the shortage of key infrastructure and talent.

Speaking at the event, Sri. K. Krishna Moorthy, Chairman-IESA, said “Defense, Aerospace and Internal Security “ are not only most important for National Security perspective but also can be the biggest job generator in an economy which is growing faster than the rest of the world. With global companies investing in India and leveraging the R&D talent here to create globally competitive products amplifies the fact that we can innovate and develop products and solutions that will meet our growing demands in these verticals. We need to have polices and processes which can accelerate this through skill development, enabling a strong start up eco system which innovates and also absorbs technology which come as part of technology transfers and then develops the next generation technology here, as well as create the infrastructure for defence manufacturing powerhouse. We are glad that we are playing an important role in making India’s defence ecosystem self-reliant and independent with policy recommendations for Defence Electronics and System Design Policy.”

Speaking about the policy, R. Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM added, We are required to keep pace with the innovation happening across the globe and need to start providing a stimulus to the companies in the defence electronics domain. Hence, it is really important for us to create an arrangement for technology transfer with more advanced nations and the role of the government will be significant here. They should create an environment for the domestic players to cross-pollinate knowledge and technologies with other countries.”

Commenting on the occasion, M. N. Vidyashankar, President, India Electronics & Semiconductor Association said, “India has the third largest Army, the fourth largest Air force and the seventh largest Navy in the world. We are the 7th largest A&D market globally. And, we are still dependent on imports to fulfil our defence needs. Therefore, achieving self-reliance and reducing dependence on foreign countries for defence is a necessity today rather than a choice, both for strategic and economic reasons. We have a visionary Prime Minister to bring ‘Make in India’ policy for this sector that aims at facilitating investments and fostering innovations for the manufacturing sector in India. Hence, we believe Defence Electronics and System Design Policy will be instrumental in helping A&D Electronics segment in India, thus ensuring increased self-reliance for the Indian Defence Sector.

The defense and aerospace sector has seen considerable growth in recent years. But the shift from buyer to manufacturer will be challenging. Speaking about India’s multi-billion defense market, Manfred Hader, Senior Partner and Global Head for Aerospace and Defence, Roland Berger said, “The government’s effort to boost the A&D sector can be measured with its seriousness in handling the prevailing issues. The government’s determination in streamlining the sector by forming a policy focused on A&D electronics segment is really commendable. Though the industry is struggling with multiple issues, we believe that with the right policy impetus, India’s A&D electronics can be the driver for the sector’s success story in India. We congratulate IESA and NASSCOM in taking the leap in the form of DEFTRONICS 2016.”

DEFTRONICS 2016 promises to draft a new vision for the defence space through a constructive discussion over two days, led by government officials and industry thought leaders. The first day of the event was graced by dignitaries such as Ms. Yael Hashavit, Consul General of Israel, Dr. V. K. Saraswat, and Former Chief Scientific Advisor to the Indian Minister of Defence & Director General, DRDO, international experts in Cyber Security and also Defense service personnel who are responsible for policy initiatives.

For more details on IESA, visit http://www.iesaonline.org