Bangalore and Kochi Engineers win Lenovo’s DO Network challenge to take away the prize of USD 25,000
‘India Engineered’ emerges Winner amongst 10 finalists shortlisted from more than 1200 projects from across the country
Kochi, 13 March 2012: The results are out! ‘India Engineered’, a project led by Krishna Raj SR, and his team Jyothi Jennifer Kurian, Manu Mukundan and Abulize MV, have been voted the winner of the first phase of Lenovo’s Do Network. The winners battled it out against 9 participating teams to emerge as India’s most promising technology inventors for their project on empowering Engineering students through online tutorials and sponsorships. The team will receive the grand prize of USD 25,000 from Lenovo.
Speaking on the occasion, Amar Babu, Managing Director, Lenovo India said “We are pleased to announce ‘India Engineered’ as the winner for the first phase of Do Network in India. I also congratulate the other top 9 teams for their stellar performance. I would like to thank all the participants and the youth of the country for the excellent response that Do Network has received”.
Started on December 8, 2011, the 3 month long competition saw over 1200 extraordinary projects going head-to-head. A team of 8 high-profile mentors such as Rajan Anandan (MD Google India), Rajiv Makhni (Managing Editor, Technology at NDTV, India), Mahesh Murthy (Managing Partner, Pinstorm & Seedfund), Kishore AK(CEO & Co-Founder, Althea system), Narvir C Sud (Retired Scientist G & Lead Auditor, ISO 9000, Aeronautical Development Establishment, Defence Research & Development Organisation), Maxwell Pereira (Ex-Commissioner, Delhi Traffic Police), Prof. Shiva Prasad (Dean- Academics, IIT Bombay) and Shantanu Prakash (Chairman & MD Educomp solutions, Founder and Managing Trustee of the Learning Leadership Foundation (LLF), evaluated, shortlisted and selected the top 10 teams. Post the selection, the mentors helped the teams to fine-tune their projects before they faced the ultimate test of online voting. The winner emerged after more than 1 lakh votes were cast by the Indian public across projects.
“The over-whelming response that Do Network received reinforces the fact that each of us nurtures an idea of a better India and Lenovo has endeavoured to create this platform to bring those ideas to life. Do Network is an initiative that provides an opportunity to enable the youth to be the agents of change through the use of technology”, Amar Babu added.
“It has been a long road for these very passionate Doers and it’s been fantastic to see such a worthy project evolve and emerge”, said Rajan Anandan, MD, Google India. “The Do Network has provided us with the rare opportunity to support, guide and nurture some really innovative and brilliant Indians and I am sure it will continue to inspire many more great projects in future.”
‘India Engineered’ aims to set up a mobile workshop, which will conduct online sessions and focus on imparting practical education to engineering students by established Engineers.
“The past three months have been intense but hugely rewarding”, said Krishna Raj SR, Project Lead, India Engineered. “We were excited to have a platform like The Do Network to share our ideas, highly respected mentors and resources to develop them, and we now look forward to implementing the idea in India. It has been a privilege to be part of such a meaningful campaign and to be selected the winner out of so many other deserving projects!”
The Do Network comprises a series of four 90-day contest cycles, with different themes and thematic challenges introduced for each cycle. The second cycle of the competition is due to start later in the year.
The Do Network is an online platform designed to inspire people to share their ideas with a larger community of like-minded Doers, subsequently forming project teams and developing these ideas into tangible actions to improve the community. Resources and tools were provided to the project teams, including the guidance of respected and influential mentors. A total of 1, 07,221 votes were cast before ‘India Engineered’ emerged as the winner in India.
For more information about the Do Network, including the official rules, please visit http://donetwork.lenovo.com.
Lenovo (HKSE:992) 9ADR:LNVGY) is a $US21 billion personal technology company – and the second largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.