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Kiren Rijiju, MoS, Home Affairs felicitates winners of Networked India 2015

Ericsson & CNN-IBN today announced the winners of ‘Networked India 2015’ at The Oberoi in New Delhi. The two winning projects were: Arterial Pulse Analyzer – a low cost innovation that helps clinicians diagnose CardioVascular Diseases (CVDs) in a more effective manner developed by Sushanth Poojari and Pradeep Gatkine and Immunize India – the world’s largest free SMS service that gives parents vaccination reminders, developed by Dr. Ranjan Kumar Pejaver and Gopala Krishnan. The winning Projects were given cash rewards of Rs. 5 Lacs each.

The Grand Finale of Networked India 2015 included a keynote address by Dr. M Annadurai, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre & Programme Director of Mars Orbiter Mission (ISRO) followed by brief presentations by the finalists showcasing their projects and a power dialogue with India’s leading thought leaders on ‘Networked India: Are we there yet?’.

The awards were presented to the winning teams by the Chief Guest for the evening    by Mr. Kiren Rijiju, Minister of State for Home Affairs, Govt of India.

Synopsis of the Top 5 projects:

1.Arterial Pulse Analyzer – The innovation is a low cost arterial pulse analyzer which can help clinicians diagnose CardioVascular Diseases (CVDs) cases in a more effective manner as well as automate the process of CVD diagnosis to enable medical camps and mobile medical vans to diagnose CVDs without the need of trained healthcare professionals, especially in a rural setup. The device is a low cost non-invasive diagnostic instrument with onboard analysis being performed on a Mobile phone/tablet.

2. ImmunizeIndia - This is the world’s largest free sms service that gives parent vaccination reminders for your child. It aims to prevent 500,000 child deaths and disabilities by the end of year 2018.

3. Constapark - Constapark is  a parking on demand solution app which lets users pick and drop cars at the tap of a button anywhere in the service location.

4.  WiFi Trash Bin – This innovation offers free wifi to people who dispose trash in these bins. The WIFI Trash bin gives out a unique passcode for users to access the WiFi network every time they put the trash in the bin. The idea helps in keeping the surroundings clean, aided by the availability of free WiFi access.

5. Helping Faceless – The Helping Faceless app is a social initiative that helps combat child trafficking using state-of-the-art technology. The app tracks vulnerable children and helps restore them back to their homes.

Chris Houghton, Head of Region India, Ericsson, said, “Ericsson is the driving force behind the Networked Society where we believe that everything that benefits from a connection will be connected.We endeavour to enable the change makers, who are using mobility and the internet to make a positive impact on society. Networked India is a platform to encourage the real change-makers and motivate others by sharing their inspring stories.”

Speaking on the occasion, Avinash Kaul, CEO, IBN Network said, “It has been our privilege to felicitate people who have innovated inimitable ideas in the field of technology and I hope their innovations bring a positive change in the world someday. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to all the winners of Networked India.”

Radhakrishnan Nair, Managing Editor, CNN-IBN, said, “It is our great pride and pleasure to have received such an overwhelming response from our audience. The award is our earnest effort to appreciate the outstanding contribution of the brilliant minds behind these innovations. I wish all the winners hearty congratulations.”

The nominations were invited from innovators all across the country through the campaign portal

Over 140 entries were received in the period 8th June to 12th July, 2015 and top five projects were selected by an eminent jury comprising of industry experts. The shortlisted projects were on diverse subjects and sectors such as Healthcare, Environment, Transport and Human Rights. Out of the top 5 projects, the jury announced these top two winners.

The Jury Panel included:

Kiran Karnik - Former President, NASSCOM

Harkesh Mittal – Head of Innovation, National S & T Entrepreneurship Development Board (NSTEDB), DST, Govt of India

Nishant Rao - Country Manager, LinkedIn & Chairman, IAMAI

Alok Goel – MD, SAIF Partners & Former CEO, Freecharge

Sonam Wangchuk – Innovator & Founder – SECMOL

Saturday, 08 August 2015 00:00

AACA presents AACA Media Awards 2015

Ahmedabad Advertising Circle’s Association proudly presents AACA Media Awards 2015

At the onset of our glorious Silver Jubilee year, we are taking a revolutionary initiative of organizing AACA MEDIA AWARDS 2015 in Gujarat State for the first time ever.

The awards will be given in four main categories: Print, TV, Radio and Outdoor.

There will be few distinguished Media Celebrities& as well as celebrities from various other sectors like Bollywood, Golly-wood will honor this exclusive Event.

Dynamic media persons of Gujarat State will judge all the creative artworks confidentially & will choose the winners.This event is exclusively for an Advertising Agencies of Ahmedabad & is associated with AACA.

Apart from Media awards, there will be Designing competition among top-notched Institutes of Ahmedabad like National Institute of Design (NID), C.N. Institute of Designing etc. The winner will be awarded by a Sp. Trophy & rest will get a consolation prize or a certificate.This is not the end, we have also asked our member ad agencies to make a purposeful Creative on a social cause like Traffic Awareness. The best Creative will be honored by a Trophy.

This event will be on 3rd of October 2015 at 6 P.M. followed by Dinner at the venue below.

YMCA Club,S. G. Highway, Ahmedabad

For more details click HERE

A pertinent issue for the news media industry!

With the growing number of television channels, the critical issue facing the news media industry today is about ownership and security licenses of these mushrooming channels. The industry is in dire need of a proper regulatory framework, to create stricter entry checks.

Concerned about the issue, Dr. Subhash Chandra, Chairman, Essel Group opines, “The media houses were started by our freedom fighters, like Raja Ram Mohan Roy to inform and empower people. However today, a few entities have started news media businesses as a shield for their illegal activities. Regulatory complexities are a concern for the industry and with skewed business models, no serious corporate wants to invest in this industry. It is high time we realize the need for a defined framework of rules under the media regulator in order to screen out these illegal players.”

Media is a soft power which in a large democracy like ours creates public opinion so that the other pillars of the society like the executive, legislature, judiciary and even business, do not use the democracy for their own gains. The TV medium is different from the print medium, as newspapers are read only by the educated class. But television being a mass medium has a far deeper penetration, reaching even the remote rural areas of the country and in their respective regional languages. Hence, television as a medium has a far greater impact on the society.

The Reserve Bank of India applies ‘fit and proper’ criteria before issuing any permission for entities entering into the financial services. The criteria unveils the corporate whole and searches for sources of funds as well as the relationship of the promoters in a vertical and horizontal manner, as these services impact the finances of the common man. So the question to be asked is, ‘Is protecting the common man’s mind from getting misled and polluted less important than protecting one’s money?’

Elaborating further, Dr. Chandra said, “Today, ownership of media, particularly of news channels is opaque. We should not be surprised if some of these news channels are owned by underworld elements. The need of the hour is to have a media council with robust media ethics and code of conduct, similar to the due diligence as provided in the Banking sector by the RBI.”

Re-iterating the need for transparent media operations, Dr. Chandra emphasized “the criticality of the industry players coming together to raise a joint voice on these crucial issues.”

Recently, Zee Business channel brought this issue to light with a compelling discussion on media ownership and transparency. Please find the link here for your reference

Starting, 23rd August, Sundays at 9:00pm

After the overwhelming response to the first season of the candid celebrity chat show, Zee Café is now back with season 2 of Look Who’s Talking With Niranjan. Watch him #CatchUp with his old celebrity friends over new conversations, starting 23rd August, 2015, Sundays at 9:00pm

The second season will present a new set of Niranjan’s friends, and each episode is sure to make you feel a little closer to the celebrities, as they reveal a side of them you haven’t seen before! The conversations will revolve around their lives, relationships, regrets and work.

Speaking on the launch, Ali Zaidi, Deputy Business Head, Zee Café & Zee Studio, says, “Look Who’s Talking With Niranjan is one of our flagship properties, which  has helped our viewers establish a connection with their favourite celebrities. With this show we have entered original programming complementing our line-up of shows. We are all set to bring in the new season and are confident that our viewers will enjoy it thoroughly.”

Commenting on the new season, host Niranjan Iyengar says, “Catching up with old friends is like reopening your favourite gift. I am very excited to present this gift to my fans. I would like to thank Zee Café and my friends who are part of this season for being extremely passionate towards making this show interesting. I am going to get my friends to share some stories and anecdotes, like never heard before.”

So get ready to witness the other side of your favourite big-screen celebrities with the new season of Look Who’s Talking With Niranjan only on Zee Café.

Tune into every Sunday with Look Who’s Talking With Niranjan, starting 23rd August at 9:00 PM only on Zee Cafe

Rainbows were splashed across brand logos from Coke to American Airlines following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to affirm same-sex marriage. Univision and NBC dropped the Miss Universe Pageant after racist comments by pageant co-owner Donald Trump. Retailers from Wal-Mart to eBay removed Confederate flags from their stores following a fatal shooting in an African-American church in Charleston, S.C.

It looks like many popular brands are scrambling to jump on the bandwagon and be publicly noted for their responses and positions on what they consider to be the “right side” of an important issue, but it hasn’t always been this way. There was a time when a good brand manager would do everything in his or her power to stay away from these big news stories, avoiding anything that was topical and could potentially be controversial. But in today’s world, we have not only real-time awareness of news and key issues, but also the expectation that organizations will respond appropriately in a real-time fashion.

Today’s marketer needs to be focused on content, conversations and community, which means not only interjecting marketing-related content into conversations with customers and prospects, but also authentically being part of general conversations that are top of mind with customers and prospects.

The companies that took an active response to these issues understood that their reactions were relevant beyond a specific demographic group and would be judged by their overall customer bases. They were aware that what they said and did would be noted by all of their customers.

Not every brand will get on board for any particular issue. Some companies likely found these actions inappropriate or even offensive. What’s important is that brands take the action that will resonate with their key audiences—including customers, employees, vendors, partners, etc.—rather than stay silent. What does this mean for you as a marketer?

Know your customers. Understand what’s important to them and how to ensure that they know where you stand.

Know what your brand stands for, and make sure that it’s clearly communicated in all that you say and do.

Enlist your employees. Employees raise the volume for organizations. Make sure that brand initiatives are fully understood and internalized by employees because they are the ones representing the brand to the outside world.

Be prepared. We can’t always know what issues will hit the news tomorrow, but we know that something will. It’s important that marketers are agile and ready to move quickly when that something happens.

The real question is, what happens next? After the flags are removed from the shelves, and the rainbows fade from Facebook posts and store windows, what actions will organizations take to further the discussion and encourage customer engagement? The brand values of fairness, inclusion and equal treatment need to be communicated every day, all day—not just paraded around on special occasions. Is your organization prepared for this new challenge?


Authored by Linda J. Popky,founder of Redwood City, Calif.-based marketing strategy firm Leverage2Market Associates and author of Marketing Above the Noise: Achieve Strategic Advantage With Marketing That Matters.


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