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Happy to share a brief about our CEATEC, Tokyo conference participation last week. CEATEC is Asia’s largest IOT conference that attracts over 150K visitors each year. This edition was special as we had India showcase at CEATEC where 27 companies from India participated. 10 Indian startup companies that got free pass to attend conference with all travel related expenses paid for (these were selected from 92 nominations). And 17 Indian companies that paid to be part of India showcase.


  • India’s showcase with 27 companies was largest from foreign countries at CEATEC this year
  • Opening ceremony saw METI and Home Minister of Japan make mention of India show case at this year’s event
  • During this ceremony they invited Indian Ambassador to be on stage for a commemorative photo with the Ministers
  • This ceremony was attended by CxO’s of Honda, Toyota, Sony, Panasonic, Mitsubishi, Hitachi, and many other Japanese giants
  • Ceremony had Hindi translation on the live screen besides English – which I think was very good gesture and huge boost for India at this high stage
  • We did a India day on 4th Oct that saw opening ceremony where H.E. Indian Ambassador to Japan made the speech along with Chairman Panasonic and Director General (DG), METI
    • DG METI was wonderfully articulate about Japanese hardware and Indian Software marriage - a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ ; he spoke from heart and was the star

  • A special roundtable where Indian companies sat with Japanese companies discussing partnership opportunities with Society 5.0 initiative from Japan
    • Session was moderated by Mckinsey, Japan
    • Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM), Indian Embassy in Japan also participated and spoke at the event
  • India showcase:
    • We had Bosch and NEC India also part of India showcase adding foreign element to India story
    • Feedback and interest from participating companies was very good some reporting very nice foot fall and good leads ; some companies reported more than 200+ footfalls
  • Networking dinner hosted by CEATEC ; India showcase was a star at the event
  • Media interest was very high with one Nikkei business paper publishing a full page story about India show case that is extremely reputed and well-read paper ; with many other online stories


Our main aim from this participation was to break the stereotype associated with the industry as a low cost supplier of  human bodies to the west. And, I think it turned out to be a very wise decision on that count as it promoted Indian IT to be at a centre stage in Japan biggest show’s in tech with CxO & Chairman level people in attendance. For a change it felt nice to be part of Indian IT in Japan last week.

I am pleased to update you all with the progress made with China – Dalian province on our cooperation arrangement. We hosted a daylong conference on 20th Sep with Govt of Dalian on IoT cooperation after we signed MOU inking the intent a day before.



IoT Conference:

  • Theme was to Co-develop for the global markets leveraging our respective strengths.
  • 32 companies from Chinese side participated with about 17 companies from Indian side
  • The event was hosted by NASSCOM and Govt of Dalian in association with Embassy of India, Beijing
  • There were 4 presentations from Chinese side and 4 from Indian side
  • 5 Chinese companies from manufacturing space unequivocally said that they feel threatened as manufacturing is fast becoming low value additive job and they realise that they would have to become smarter else will be out of business
  • Almost all companies echoed that they are ready to partner with Indian companies to make their offerings smarter
  • Even though Robotics firm could not show their bot Mitra in action as they were not allowed to carry the battery by airlines - still stole the limelight as it became an easy example to show how Chinese hardware and Indian software could gel well together
  • Event was covered by Chinese and Indian media with several stories emanating out of it (link below)
  • Local TV news also covered the conference :


MOU with Dalian:

  • A day before the conference we signed MOU with Dalian Govt to promote IOT collaboration between the two ecosystem
  • The signing ceremony was attended by the Mayor and Vice Mayor of Dalian signed the MOU (pic enclosed)
  • Later they hosted a dinner for the Indian contingent


About Dalian:

  • Is no# 1 place for doing IT-BPO in China
  • Indian companies have 8000 employees based in Dalian out of their total strength of 20K in China
  • Dalian is tipped by Beijing to be AI hub China and we want to cooperate with them on the same topic


B2B cooperation with BEST city:

  • BEST city is a smart city or one of the district in Dalian that has sprawling IT campus that houses many global companies including Wipro base
  • This city has mountains, lakes, beach, sea, International school, hospital, and adorable housing, etc.
  • BEST city wants to build AI park and seeks NASSCOM cooperation in realising this dream
  • Wipro has built an envious campus and ramped up 800 people in 2 years with very proactive support from the BEST city
  • All other chapter members who visited Wipro campus wished they were also based here


Cooperation terms with BEST City:

  1. NASSCOM will try and consolidate all its members to BEST city under NASSCOM IT Park ;
    1. companies present in this meeting gave principal nod to NASSCOM with their interest ;
    2. NASSCOM will negotiate package that can be extended to all its members
    3. Whereas, Indian industry is scattered all over the place and in turn pays 5 times the cost for lower amenities


  1. Offer for the SME + Startup companies (not present in China)
    1. Will be available to companies who are ready to invest the theme for which we have signed the MOU
    2. Best city will help locate customers with whom they can partner from the manufacturing space to co-develop on IoT stack
    3. We will negotiate to make them offer plug and play office, with residences, tax breaks, training grants, etc. These terms are being negotiated with them
    4. They will also offer assistance in the form of long term low interest loan for starting up expenses


3. Seed fund

  1. BEST city will offer seed fund by pooling in investors from China who are ready to invest in Indian startup




Short term business opportunities:

  1. Mitra robot:
    1. BEST city will buy Robots for its own use after successful POC
    2. BEST city will help Inventico set up and boot strap in BEST city
    3. They will offer loan for startup assistance
    4. Next steps: Actual demo and POC to be setup and thereafter discussion plan ; they have okayed initial investment for this venture
  2. AI collaborative platform for Chinese buyer and Indian seller
    1. This platform will be developed by Zeta V a startup ; initial investment has been assured
    2. They seek some share from NASSCOM and we’ll have to evaluate the options
    3. Project plan and business plan discussion to boot strap have been setup for mid Oct with Zeta V
    4. They will provide office and house for Zeta V executives
  3. Smart parking solution
    1. PoC to be conducted by Wipro
    2. On successful conduct of POC idea will be invested in by BEST City for its own use


Our endeavour would be to close in on the above opportunity and take them to conclusion in next couple of months.


Chinese media stories.

Video link:


Stories in Indian media


NASSCOM inks pact with China HTML
The Hindu Business Line
National, 21 Sep 2017

NASSCOM inks deal with Chinese city govt to push AI
Financial Chronicle
Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, 21 Sep 2017


Indian, Chinese IT companies discuss avenues in artificial intelligence
The Economic Times
Online, 20 Sep 2017


Indian, Chinese tech firms explore tie-ups
Business Standard
Online, 20 Sep 2017

Indian, Chinese IT companies discuss avenues in artificial intelligence

Financial Express
Online, 20 Sep 2017

NASSCOM signs agreement with local Chinese government to push for AI and IoT

Online, 20 Sep 2017


NASSCOM signs agreement with local Chinese govt to push for AI
Online, 20 Sep 2017


Articles stating that NASSCOM has signed a major agreement with an influential local Chinese government to provide a head start for Indian firms in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things. On the side lines of the first India-China Dalian IoT (Internet of Things) Conference, NASSCOM signed a framework agreement with Dalian Municipal People’s Government, allowing more Indian companies to penetrate huge Chinese software market. Mr. Gagan Sabharwal, Senior Director, Global Trade Development, NASSCOM is quoted as saying that India and China have both leveraged our human capital to become world leaders and are heralded as the fastest growing economies. He states that with the new digital wave, both countries today have a unique opportunity to merge hardware and software together to create smart solutions for the world.


Indian robot Mitra made in China steals the show at IT event
Mint | K J M Varma
Onlone, 20 Sep 2017


India's robot ‘Mitra’ could be symbol of AI cooperation with China
Hindustan Times | Sutirtho Patranobis
Online, 20 Sep 2017


Meet Mitra, the robot designed by Bengaluru firm and made in China
India Today | Ananth Krishnan
Online, 20 Sep 2017


Mitra, the robot designed by Bengaluru-based start-up, manufactured in China
Financial Express
Online, 20 Sep 2017


Articles stating that Indian robot made in China, which could recognise people by their nationalities and guide customers in a bank, captivated Chinese manufacturers at the first India-China Dalian Internet of Things (IoT) Conference the southern port city of Dalian. The five-feet robot Mitra, which was designed in Bengaluru but manufactured in the Chinese city of Shenzhen was presented as a model of merger of India’s software prowess with China’s hardware, according to Mr. Gagan Sabharwal, Senior Director, Global Trade Development, NASSCOM. He stated that Mitra is a perfect example of how Indian software and China’s hardware can be merged, adding that the agreement helps to bring the small and medium-sized enterprises and startups of both the countries to launch into IOT and AI.





The growth of internet has promoted the digitalization and globalization to a greater extent. India is one of the most prominent destinations for the globe as far as Internet of things (IoT) is concerned. Although the demand of IoT with in India is still to ramp up, meanwhile India is already contributing around 40% as far as global outsourced market in IoT is concerned (as per the research by Zinnov, a leading management consulting firm).

Image: Courtesy Zinnov, a leading management consulting firm

IoT has transferred the global economies. India has become an IT hub and India has promoted the Digital India program to support the IoT. The growth of IoT in Indian context is increasing day by day and according to one market research survey, the IoT in India is expected to grow up to 15 billion USD by the year 2020. The growth is expected across all the industry such as logistic, automotive, manufacturing, transportation etc. to name a few.

The IoT is known as a network that is inter-connected devices that can be accessible through internet. IoT is the bridge between industrial and consumer application that can be utilized in various, diversified verticals such as automotive, healthcare, manufacturing etc. India has contributed to great extent in terms of growth of IOT.

Department of Electronics and Information Technology,(DeiTY) has come out with a draft IOT Policy document which focuses on following objectives:

i. To create an IoT industry in India of USD 15 billion by 2020. It has been assumed that India would have a share of 5-6% of global IoT industry.

ii. To undertake capacity development (Human & Technology) for IoT specific skill-sets for domestic and international markets.

iii. To undertake Research & development for all the assisting technologies.

iv. To develop IoT products specific to Indian needs in all possible domains.

The Policy framework of the IoT Policy has been proposed to be implemented via a multi-pillar approach. The approach comprises of five vertical pillars (Demonstration Centres, Capacity Building & Incubation, R&D and Innovation, Incentives and Engagements, Human Resource Development) and 2 horizontal supports (Standards & Governance structure).

Ministry invites audience attention and comments to further improve the draft policy to create ecosystem for IoT industry in the country.

Draft IoT Policy

The states like Andhra Pradesh have taken a lead with respect to IoT leveraging potential of the country. The state government of Andhra Pradesh has approved the IoT policy for the year 2016-2020 that is aiming to convert the state in the IoT hub by the year 2020. That will be tapping around 10 percent of market share of India. The state government will promote setting up of 10 IoT hubs with active participation of the private sector and create 50,000 direct employment in different IoT verticals.

The IoT is established to drive the next generation services and products. Many Indian industries have linked their growth to IoT. India is now producing & implementing the concept of smart city as well. That has been possible because of the immense growth in terms of information and communication technologies (ICTs). The smart city is the concept of developing the cities that is sustainable, innovative city and that uses the ICTs (information and communication technologies) and other means to improvise efficiency of urban and rural operations & services, the quality of life, competitiveness and many more. It ensures that growth from all the areas such as social, economic, financial and environmental aspects are maintained. Thus, the city that has all the required attributes to contribute in terms of competitiveness is known as “Smart City”.

This is basically a combination of business infrastructure, information technology infrastructure, physical infrastructure, social infrastructure, etc. depending on the cost and technological benefits. It can be a combination of software and hardware capabilities to serve at the best.

The Smart Cities Mission is an innovative and new initiative by the Government of India to drive economic growth and improve the quality of life of people by enabling local development and harnessing technology as a means to create smart outcomes for citizens.

The IoT is a combination of hardware and software capabilities that serves as an effective tool to build the strong ecosystem around the environment. It is basically a network backbone that hosts the billions of devises in terms of ensuring smooth communication. It can come in a variety of tools such as smart phones, sensors (used in vehicle, medical devises, buildings etc.) and all these are coming with a unique identity in terms of network and with the in-built ability of machine talk. Digital India has carved a path way to build and strengthen the competent domains to out India on a global IoT map. The revenue is expected to come from the Industrial sector first and after the same starts, the enterprise sector  then consumer sector shall follow the road.

While following the pathway to IoT, one has to be careful in terms of cyber threat as a lot of data transfer is happening that is vulnerable and can invite cyber related problems. Here, the cloud technology can be helpful and it can provide the correct dimensional framework that can assist the same. Here, the governance, risk management and the compliance (GRC) guidelines can play an effective and important role to make the system work in appropriate manner. India is a market with a great potential and thus, there are ample of opportunities available in this area.

Not only urban area, but rural area is also getting the transformation placed at a larger scale. Through IoT, rural India is taking a transformation leap and it has now started adopting the real life solutions with the help of IoT. The government of India has tremendous faith in the IoT market. The IoT is the part of the broadband highway that helps to deliver a wide and diversified range of the e-governance and citizen services that helps to serve across the country. This brings the field expertize, range of experience, leadership etc. to successfully execute the various projects related to the same. Digital India projects, that has one of the aspects of smart cities that are going to have PPP model that is known as public private partnership that covers all dimensions as far as professional and personal aspects are concerned.  For example, the parking solutions and traffic solutions can be helpful to reduce the traffic congestion.

IoT based solutions are advantageous for rural areas of India as well as they are converting the rural villages to smart villages by providing them access to various technologies. It is empowering millions of rural area in terms of technology.  This is basically working on the concept of empowering millions in rural areas and “connecting humans” to the main stream. This is enabling the citizens, be it rural or urban, to provide the access to basic utilities such as health, governance, financial, educational etc. needs. For example, the medical utilities are the biggest challenge that is being faced by the rural India, for example IoT helps the patients to the necessary information such as nearest hospital, medical shops, list of doctors, telemedicine centers, etc. are concerned.

The IOT connectivity offers the diversified opportunities in terms of tapping to the untapped areas. That includes e-commerce, manufacturing market in terms of traditional and products as well.  This entire network empowers communication network that connects different regions. Relevant information is provided in the local languages as well so language does not become a barrier too. This way it connects urban and rural India. Powerful network of IoT connects regions, cities, towns etc. and makes the way to the urbanization.

In one of the use case, Government of India’s National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) seeking help from Engineering and Science Community, IET India IoT Panel for Clean Ganga Project.With an aim to support NMCG to put an end to the growing problem, the IET India IoT Panel, that focuses not only on technology but the application aspect of IoT in various segments, formed a Ganga Rejuvenation Working Group which aims to device a high level plan on how the panel could contribute towards alleviating these pain points. The working group will also create a pavilion at the IoT India Congress 2017, which is an annual event organised by the IET, with a special focus on the National Clean Ganga Mission.

Ganga Rejuvenation Track of IoT India Congress 2017 will explore the readiness of the Internet of Things can help clean India’s largest river – Ganga.

One of the most talked about initiatives by the Indian government, IoT will play a pivotal role in the Smart City project. The government has dedicated an investment of INR 7,060 crores crore on smart cities.

Some of the key aspects shared by Indian Government’s draft policy on IoT pertaining to smart city are:

  • Smart parking
  • Intelligent Transport System
  • Smart urban lighting.
  • Waste management.
  • Smart city maintenance
  • Tele-care
  • Citizen safety
  • Smart Grid
  • Smart Energy
  • Water Management

It is clear that India is fast emerging as a hotbed of IoT Solutions nowadays. Only time will tell if this is a promise that fails to realize its full potential. But possibilities of how IoT can make life easier are enormous.

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Language is probably one of the toughest challenges for modern technology and the most critical barrier to it's propagation. A lot of interesting work is being done in the sector and we decided to take a peak into the Indian scenario. We have the Co-Founder & CEO at DheeYantra Research Labs, Vidhu Bennie with us to explain how they are using AI for regional Indian language support. 


  1. How important is the role of regional languages in digital transformation?

India is a country with 1.3billion population and, as of now only 12% ( ~150 million) speaks English.  More of these non-English speaking crowd can turn into netizens only if the online use of its regional languages is a reality. As per the study by KPMG & Google, by 2021, there would be 201million Hindi language internet users & another 324 million combining other regional language internet users.  This means, having access to digital information in Indic language, opens up another 500 million digital users by 2021, who otherwise wouldn’t have access to these information’s & technology.


DheeYantra is envisioning an India where all Indians, irrespective of the language they speak, can have access to the information they need & use the latest technologies such as IoT products, which are currently driven by the Mobile Apps, which supports only English.


We see that, the very user Interface has to be changed. AI is the new UI. One need to have conversational UI, which would be the basis for all communication. In the pre digital era, customers used to walk in to a local shop and ask the shop keeper about the product they are looking at., “ do you have a another shade with the same design ?” etc.  The current user interface for internet is all about, you go in to the website or App & explore all by yourself. With conversational UI, you get back that freedom of asking and getting what you want. With the Indian language conversational UI, DheeYantra brings in an opportunity to non-English speaking crowd to make most of the technology, who otherwise was left with no options.  It’s not far that we can see, non English speaking Housewives & Farmers enjoying the benefits of IoT & Internet.


  1. Tell us about DheeYantra, how is it unique?

DheeYantra is focused on regional language conversational AI. With DheeYantra’s patent pending technologies in Deep Learning & Natural Language Processing in regional languages, (a) the product will help end users by giving them an option to communicate, get information & tasks done in their own preferred language, there by bringing more native language users to India’s Digital Grid, being at the core of Digital India initiatives. (b) Our product helps enterprises to improve the productivity of Customer support, Sales & Marketing teams – by automating most of the monotonous and repetitive jobs. This will also result in cost optimization for these enterprises. (c) This product also helps to be the communication brain of IoT devices, where the end users would be able to communicate with these products in their own native language. We see that, this is going to bring in a new paradigm shift with respect to changing the user interfaces we currently see & will start to see our AI taking over as new UI.


  1. Conventional translation tools have fallen short in a few areas, for example colloquial terms and slangs. How would AI make a difference in this?

Adapting to the new uses of a language, word or slangs has been the limitations of earlier approaches. The meaning of a word changes over a period of time, depending on the circumstances they are being used & the slangs getting developed. AI with it’s advancements in Natural Language Processing helps to curtail this problem.  handles these issues. It learns those small changes in meaning over time by examining language as it is used by people.

Coming to conversational translation, there has been a big leap in technology through Deep Learning / Neural Machine translational approaches. While the results are good, it still is not a completely solved problem. This is another ongoing research in DheeYantra Research Labs.


  1. There are chatbots on one end and personal assistants on the other. Where does DheeYantra lie in that spectrum and how does it compare to the other two?

Though there are lot of “Chatbots” available in market, most of them are not real chatbots. A real Chatbot should be able to understand the questions asked by user in natural language, either in voice or text format. The bot should be able to understand the meaning of what user asked. Whereas most of the available ones expect us to click on a pre-defined question / product link to take the input, revealing their inability for semantic understanding. Chatbot & AI are an highly abused word in recent times. We do see few good Chatbot platforms, which has good conversational skills.  Most of these Chatbots are tuned towards concierge services / personal assistants supporting only English language.

DheeYantra’s conversational agent “”, is aimed at enterprises to use in their functions such as customer support, Sales & Marketing, so that the end users can communicate with the enterprise on their products and services. Many Banks & Financial Services companies are in talks with us to get this technology piloted. This enables a multichannel communication medium to the end users, through the integration of conversational agent on businesses website, App, and social media sites such as Facebook pages. Since what DheeYantra provides is an intelligent conversational stack with regional language support, this is also getting piloted as IoT communication stack by few IoT companies.


  1. Given that AIs can have incremental learning, would it be possible for DheeYantra to be a solution for international languages as well? 

Our current focus is Indian language NLP and Indian market. This is a large enough problem - the solution to which  has great scope for enrichment with multiple approaches and modules. So, international language expansion wouldn't be our immediate focus.


  1. Given the multiplicity of platforms and content, is DheeYantra feasible for small businesses?

“”, DheeYantra’s conversational AI agent supports small, medium & large enterprises based on the plans each business are subscribed to. “” comes pre-trained on few domains . Finer learnings happen once has been fed with details pertaining to specifics of products and services & the past data, if any. We have plans which are suitable for start-up’s and local business to large enterprises.


  1. With bigger players such as Google, Microsoft etc pursuing the same goals, what is the scope for startups in this niche technologies like this? 

Today, the focus of bigger players are to solve bigger problems such as an AI agent which knows everything under the sky. They are trying for domain agonistic AI. This is a larger problem & solving it in one language “English” itself is a big task. With the kind of data these bigger players have, it’s a good problem for them to solve.


DheeYantra is trying to solve issues in specific domains. The challenge that we are taking on is to solve these problems in multiple languages. So, I guess we are not chasing the same goals. Even in the event of bigger players pursing the same goals, India is a huge market. We are aiming at bringing in an untapped market ( non English speaking crowd, who will start using Internet, once we have regional language support). The digital success India has seen so far are only from 12% of Indian population ( ~150 million) who knew English.  There is a huge market waiting out there untapped - 88% of 1.3billion!


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We have been writing about big IT companies, such as Microsoft and Alphabet fighting mosquitoes with latest innovations. Here is the story an Indian company using IOT to fight vector borne diseases. We have the CEO of TrakitNow, Satish Cherukumalli with us to explain how the technology works. 


  1. How did the idea of using IOT to track mosquitoes come about? Even the most imaginative would consider the task daunting.

 We started our IoT journey in Connected Vehicles vertical.   We later challenged ourselves to use IoT to improve quality of life.  With this goal, we came up with Emergency Response platform for Police, Public Transit and Cab Safety applications.  In early 2016, we approached MoUD to present our applications and see the fit in Smart cities strategy.  As part of these discussions, we were informed about vector borne disease impact in Smart cities and we were challenged to see if we could use our IoT knowledge to address this problem.  We took up this challenge even though it is a risky proposition as our team strongly felt that this will give us an opportunity to make difference in public health space. 


In second phase, we plan to use drones to identify larvae density in water bodies which will help a great deal to control mosquitoes. 


  1. How does the technology work? What sort of success have you seen so far?


 Smart Mosquito Density Monitoring System operates autonomously, and use state-of-the-art IoT (Internet of Things) technology to provide real time mosquito population data by location and species.  Smart Trap uses sensors to measure wing beat frequency of mosquitoes which is then used to identify the species.   This data along with location and time is sent to our cloud real time.  We use real time data to provide the following benefits,


  • Mosquito density heat maps by location, gender and species
  • Prioritize areas to spray based on mosquito density, gender and species
  • Analytics to monitor effectiveness of sprays
  • Predictive analytics on growth of mosquito borne diseases based on current mosquito count, humidity, temperature, water bodies etc
  • Citizen app for social integration
  • Collect and analyse disease occurrences


  1. Given the diverse geography of India, what challenges do you foresee in implementing the technology?


Real time transfer of data requires reasonable network connection.    Availability of good network in remote areas might be a challenge. 


 4. Earlier this year, genetically modified male mosquitoes were tested in Maharashtra to control mosquito population. How does your solution compare with the GM one?

 Our solution provides means of verifying the need and effectiveness of vector controls.   Vector control methods can be pesticides or genetically modified mosquitoes or other any other combination of approaches, our system will help to track mosquito population changes.   Real time information provided by our platform is critical in designing effective vector control strategies irrespective of vector control methods used. 


5. What other applications can you foresee apart from fighting vector borne diseases?

 We are planning to use similar technology to identify agricultural pests in future.   This will help in synchronizing pesticide application by farmers thereby improving chance of better control.


 6. What are the environmental implications of your solution?

 There are no negative impacts from the solution on environment.  This solution helps to make the fumigation process efficient thereby reducing the impact of widespread application of pesticides on environment.  In addition to this, impact of pesticides on human health is also reduced.


You can see the attached document for details of the solution. 



Additional Info


Mosquito borne diseases like Malaria, Dengue, Chickengunya, Zika etc are posing a great challenge to quality of life in cities and leading to loss of life.  These diseases are causing a strain on public health system and also impacting local economy.  Currently cities do not have real time data to identify the areas that need spraying and pesticides that needs to be sprayed.  Usual practice is to use a broad spectrum of pesticides to cover several species of mosquitoes.  This leads to adverse impact on the environment resulting from side effects of pesticides.  In addition to this, mosquitoes develop resistance to pesticides.  Cities do not have real time data to monitor the effectiveness of sprays which may lead to pilferage.  Our innovative technology will enable the cities to get real time mosquito data by area, species and gender.  This data will be used to prioritize the areas to spray and subsequent monitoring effectiveness of sprays.  We are developing a new, affordable Smart Mosquito Density Monitoring System that would operate autonomously, and use state-of-the-art IoT (Internet of Things) technology to alert health and human services agencies of the need to treat geographic areas, in an effort to control the mosquito populations responsible for the spread of vector-borne diseases. This system is cost effective and has a good rate of return.  Market potential is worldwide which helps us to offer it at lower costs with volume.  We are the first company in the world to launch at city levels.


What is the problem we are solving?

Vector borne diseases are having adverse impact on life, public health system and local economies.  Mosquitoes are the best known disease vector.  Eradication of mosquitoes is a crucial step in controlling vector borne diseases.  It is crucial to understand the extent of the problem (population density of mosquitoes by location & species) to effectively manage vector borne diseases.  Currently we do not have real time mosquito population data by location and species.  Government agencies and NGOs have several programs to eradicate vector borne diseases but they are not using real time data


What is the uniqueness of our solution?

Currently manual methods are used across the world to get mosquito populations and these methods are expensive.  Our smart trap is first in the world which can provide real time data of mosquito population by species and location.  This product uses sensors to measure wing beat frequency of mosquitoes and use this to identify species. This product is also scalable which help to local governments to efficiently use their resources.  Platform is designed to capture data across several areas like epidemiology, entomology, socioeconomic, location and weather to help in effective management of diseases.


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According to AAAAI (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology), there are around 300 million asthma patients and 65 million COPD patients all around the world and an estimated 250,000 deaths attributed to asthma and 3 million deaths attributed to COPD, cumulatively more than 5% of global deaths are attributed to Asthma and COPD.  Before we discuss the problems faced by asthma and COPD patients, a quick look at some facts can be helpful :

  • 3rd main reason for emergency department visits.
  • Costs ₹480 billion annually in India.
  • Almost 90% of COPD deaths occur in low-income and middle-income households.


Many of these deaths occur because of the mismanagement of asthma. According to WHO,

"Asthma cannot be cured, but could be controlled."


RespirON aims to help asthma and COPD patients to control their illness by using technology as a boon. It is a smart MDI to manage Asthma and COPD efficiently.



RespirON Inhaler is a smart MDI (Metered Dose Inhaler), which connects itself to the smartphone of the patient. There is a companion app which tracks the usage of the inhaler. The companion app also displays the information regarding the inhaler and the canister it holds, the puffs left, tips regarding the proper usage of inhaler, low medicine alert, etc.



The usage information is visually analysed and is shown in the dashboard (web and mobile app). There is a dashboard for doctors where they can see the visual analysis of the inhaler usage of their patients which would help them to treat their patients better. 


The details of the product are in attachment. 


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The opportunity for #IoT in Healthcare is estimated to be $2.5 trillion by 2025. How are we embracing this change? The Types of Opportunities that present themselves to the Startups, Healthcare IT organisations are tremendous.

During the #PhilipsChat, on the 10th April 2017, HCITExpert asked the experts what they thought about the current trends and focus areas that the IT Industry, Medical Device Manufacturers, Hospitals and Start-ups will need to keep in view, in the near and short-term, while making their organisation ready for the Digital Transformation that can be and will be enabled by #IoT in Healthcare. Click here to see what was discussed in #PhilipsChat!

Presenting the insights shared by Manishree Bhattacharya (@ManishreeBhatt1) on #IoT in Healthcare

Q1: In the near term (1-3 years), What are the top 3 innovations in IoT that can benefit healthcare?

Manishree Bhattacharya: 1. Remote monitoring of (cardiac disorders, COPD, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, insomnia, diabetes, elderly, expecting mothers)
2. An integrated/connected surgical room, where devices are interoperable, regularly feeds in data into patient profile in EMR, to streamline post-operative care, both in the hospital and beyond, at patient homes
3. IoT for ensuring drug/treatment adherence, such as sensor-based pills

Q2. Do you see any device, connected via any protocol and with any cloud; as the future, if yes how will that be achieved? Standards?

Manishree Bhattacharya: Right now, developments are quite random and sporadic. To achieve larger goals, moving from connected devices to connected hospitals, some level of standardization and uniformity will be important to ensure an error-free, and secured transmission.

Q3: In India (or your country), what are the Digital Infrastructure requirements for enabling IoT based Innovations in Healthcare?

Manishree Bhattacharya: Seeing Digital Health take off in India in its full bloom is one of my wishes, and the preliminary requisite would be to encourage hospitals go paper-less - have EHR systems implemented, with a timeline set for nation-wide implementation. Just imagine how seamless healthcare delivery will be if primary, secondary and tertiary centres are integrated – data can seamlessly flow from one centre to another. Government has a very strong role to play here, that will help in creating the right infrastructure, timely adoption, establishing standards, lowering costs by promoting local manufacturing, and boosting HealthIT start-ups.

Q4. Please share use cases for Connected Care for: Healthy Living, Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment, Homecare:

Manishree Bhattacharya:

Healthy Living – Most consumer IoT devices aim to do that – tracking exercise regimes, diet plans

Prevention - Say a heart patient puts on a wearable device that continuously monitors and sends signals to nurses/doctors for any aberration - this can ensure timely treatment and prevent a severe episode.

Homecare - A person who has just had a surgery, and is on homecare - his regular vitals, diet plan, outputs are remotely being tracked by the doctor/nurse - who can selectively revise the diet or post-surgery recovery plan. Same goes with elderly who are on home-care.

Treatment - A sensor-based pill that sends a signal to a care-giver on ingestion of the pill.

The bigger purpose - We know that not all medicines work on every patient. Regularly tracking patients not only help in timely interventions, and more personalized treatments, it also opens routes to more clinical research on personalized medicines.

Q5: What are the Healthcare based Smart City components? How can Local, State and National Government’s make #IoT solutions in healthcare economically viable?

Manishree Bhattacharya: Answering to how can government make IoT solutions viable, my thoughts would be:

  • By promoting indigenous manufacturing to curb costs
  • Incentivising IoT adoption in hospitals
  • Prioritizing HealthIT in the overall start-up agenda

Q6: How can private hospitals justify the RoI’s of Smart Hospital Components?

Manishree Bhattacharya: By improving quality of care; reducing hospital re-admissions, yet prolonging the care process that extends to one's home; and finally improving patient engagement/adherence. A patient is more likely to visit a doctor who can provide a more personalized treatment than the one who cannot. Important would be define these key metrics/KPIs right at the beginning of implementation.

Q7. Tell us a 5 Year view of IoT in Healthcare and what would a Patient Experience be in a Smart Hospital?

Manishree Bhattacharya: First, we have to understand the purpose of IoT in healthcare - it is not there just for the sake of it, but to truly enable a coordinated and long-term care, that would eventually reduce mortality, morbidity, and hospital re-admissions. Patient experience is bound to improve. A patient will not have to run from one department to another, narrating the whole problem and showing multiple reports. So when a cancer in-patient enters a psychologist's office, and the doctor already knows the problem, and also has the latest vitals of the patient right in his tablet, he knows that the patient was not able to get any sleep the previous night and has a high BP right now. The doctor would hence probably choose to talk about things that can ease the patient's current situation. Now, that is truly an enriching experience.

Looking ahead in the future, we may also have AI-enabled voice assistants that will make a patient more comfortable in hospital settings.

Q8. Finally: What areas of IoT based innovations are you looking to partner with Startups for? Can you give us two areas?

Manishree Bhattacharya: Would love to connect with any start-up that can provide meaningful solutions for the Indian healthcare landscape. What I would also like to see is how these start-ups are using the tonnes of data that IoT devices generate, in deriving meaningful analysis – big data, AI, and so on.


Stay tuned to the #IoT in Healthcare Blog series. Bookmark this link to follow on the insights being shared by experts on the HCITExpert Blog!

Drones have become increasingly popular and have captured the imagination of one and all. The multiple utilities of Drones coupled with the enormous appeal that Drone making/flying has garnered over the last few years has opened up many avenues for innovations in Drone technology. Drones today are being used for all sorts of purposes ranging from weaponization and surveillance to disaster relief and recreational photography/videography. The great potential of Drone technology and its full ability to influence and impact society is still largely untapped.


NASSCOM Center of Excellence – IoT in partnership with the Facebook Developer Circles, Bhive, TiE & Headstart recently hosted a Drone making workshop in Bangalore on the 22nd of April. The session was the first of a series of potential programs which aim to educate people about Drone Technology and equip ardent enthusiasts with the ability to build their own versions.




The contextual narrations for the session were delivered by Karthikeyan NG, Head of Engineering - Chumbak and Arun, Lead - Arctic Falcon. The opening notes set the tone for a hands-on workshop which incorporated sessions on Introduction to Quadcopters, real time examples, components, configuration, building and troubleshooting.



The session was received with great enthusiasm and interest and was appreciated by the attendees and participants alike to pave the way for many such programs in the future.



The Internet of Things (IoT) is changing our world. This may seem like a bold statement, but consider the impact this revolutionary technology has already had on communications, education, manufacturing, science, business, and many other fields of life. Clearly, the IoT is moving really fast from concept to reality and transforming how industries operate and create value.


As the IoT creeps towards mass adoption, IT giants experiment and innovate with the technology to explore new opportunities and create new revenue streams. I was invited to Genius of Things Summit as a Futurist by Watson IoT and WIRED Insider and attended the long-awaited grand opening of IBM’s headquarters for Watson Internet of Things in Munich. The two-day event provided me an insight into what IBM’s doing to constantly push the boundaries of what’s possible with the IoT.


In this article, I have discussed the major developments that caught my interest and that, in my opinion, will impact and improve customer experience substantially.

IoT capabilities become an integral part of our lifestyle

According to IBM the number of connected devices is expecting to rise as high as 30 billion in the next three years. This increasingly connected culture presents businesses with an opportunity to harness digital connections to improve their products and services and ultimately, foster deeper human connections in order to improve customer experiences and relationships.


IBM, being one of the world’s top innovators in IoT, announced an exciting series of new offerings at The Genius of Things Summit alongside 22 clients and partners. These new IoT capabilities are likely to be the future of the IoT and become an integral part of our lifestyle in the near future.


Digital Twin

Traditionally, industrial assets are designed, built, and operated using numerous data sources with engineers working in specialized teams that conduct analysis for their specific tasks separately. As a result, the most current information may not be available readily for critical decisions. These silos, in turn, lead to increased costs and inefficiencies, create uncertainties, and require vast amount of time and resources. Digital Twin is a more efficient of working. It is a cloud-based virtual image of an asset maintained throughout the lifecycle and easily accessible at any time. One platform brings all experts together, allowing them to work cost-effectively using a collaboration platform, which helps reduce errors and improve efficiency. Consequently, this enables more profitable, safe, and sustainable operation.


Case — Airbus Makes Digital Twin Come to Life

Airbus and Schaeffler are using digital twin engines and digital twin bearings, respectively, to transform their production process, increasing operation productivity and improving design elements. IBM Watson is the IoT platform through which these two companies are reshaping their corresponding industries. Cognitive cloud based insights augments predictive systems to enable improved safety and efficiency for these two manufacturing organizations. Watch the Digital Twin replay from Genius of Things.


Cognitive Commerce

Cognitive commerce is a revolutionary phenomenon that involves the use of a spectrum of technologies, ranging from speech recognition to a recommendations system based on machine learning. A cognitive commerce journey is based on an in-depth understanding of customers’ behaviors and preferences, both at aggregate and individual level. The knowledge is then applied in a real-time manner to offer a truly personalized experience to the customers in order to improve their satisfaction and drive more revenue to the business.


Case: Visa Embraces the IoT

Visa partnered with IBM to leverage on the cognitive capabilities of IBM’s Watson IoT platform. The collaboration allowed Visa to launch a technology that will allow customers to make payments from any IoT connected device, from an application to a car or a watch. The new technology will not only eliminate the need to use sensitive financial information present on payment cards, but will also introduce a new level of simplicity and convenience to customer journey. See more about Visa and IBM.


Predictive Maintenance

Predictive maintenance is a valuable application of the Internet of Things that helps reduce maintenance costs, increase asset availability, and improve customer satisfaction by issuing an alert before a machine or equipment breaks down. The technology involves analysis of large volumes of sensor data, such as temperature, oil levels, vibration, and voltage to predict maintenance needs before equipment failures happen.


Case: Watson IoT to Help SNCF Railway Run Smoothly

SNCF is a leader in passenger and freight transport services that has a network of over 15,000 trainers covering more than 30,000 kilometers of track. The company recently announced its collaboration with IBM. The collaboration will help SNCF connect its entire rail system, including trains, train stations, and railroad tracks to Watson IoT. Using real-time data collected from sensors, the company will be able to anticipate repair needs and improve the security and availability of its assets. Watch the CTO of SNCF explain more about their approach to better client outcomes with IoT.


Connected Devices

This involves the use of sensors to merge the real world and the digital world. These sensors are used in automobiles, smartphones, and other devices to make the devices web-compatible. These sensors measure humidity, light, temperature, magnetic fields, pressure, and sound. The information collected is programmed, processed, and transmitted using a radio network to the user, allowing them to control their smart devices from a remote location.


Case: Bosch Makes Industrial IoT a Reality

Bosch recently introduced its new and revolutionary ‘Bosch IoT Rollouts’ service for advance device management and cloud-based software updates. Bosch will leverage on its development and manufacturing expertise as well as the IBM’s Watson IoT platform to update connected devices in a seamless manner and deliver personalized services and experience to customers with connected devices. Watch how Bosch and IBM are working together on the glue between IoT and connected products and devices.


The impact of how digitizing the physical infrastructure around us affects customer experiences is an ongoing source of inspiration for me. I will appreciate your comments, insights, and feedback on this article, as well as invite you to follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn to learn more about Big Data and IoT.


This article is published with permission from Ronald van Loon who is a Big Data, Data Science, IoT, BI Influencer and author of the article.

Ronald van Loon

Internet of things (IoT) being the next big wave of capable talent, NASSCOM’s initiative for IoT has jumpstarted the ecosystem for entrepreneurship. The Indian trade association, NASSCOM with its Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things (CoE-IoT) has teamed up with Revvx - a Bangalore based hardware accelerator, to hasten focus on Startups in the realm of IoT. As a part of the association between the two entities, Revvx’s third batch of hardware accelerator will be taken over by NASSCOM’s Centre of Excellence for Internet of things, to actuate corporate advancement which would affect the possibilities significantly – emphasizing on IoT start-ups in areas such as health & wellness, retail & consumer electronics, Industrial IoT, agriculture, energy, smart cities, lifestyle, healthcare, automotive and AI.


Furthermore, NASSCOM’s CoE-IoT facilitates numerous enterprise connects and lanes out diverse mentorship for all of its start-ups, comprising of 300+ virtually connected ones. Revvx, in its hardware accelerator programme runs three separate tracks—prototyping, mass manufacturing and distribution. The program has already incubated 15 start-ups and is currently inviting new ones.


“We want to catalyse rapid innovation and we can do that with the power of co-creation. That’s the idea behind on-boarding Revvx to lead our start-up and corporate accelerator initiatives which are components of our larger vision of co-creation,” as told by Mr. Sanjeev Malhotra, CEO of NASSCOM CoE IoT. The prime objective of the centre is to create innovative applications and bridge domains in their capability. In addition to this, the centre will help build industry proficient talent, start-up community and an entrepreneurial ecosystem for IoT.


A formal public statement was made at the hardware massive – a global platform for hardware start-ups to meet and collaborate through events around the world and online where it was pronounced. Exclusive innovation campaigns, workshops, mentorships will run as part of the initiative to co-innovate with start-ups.

As per a resource, Revvx works with corporate teams to structure innovation campaigns as per their mandates and then facilitate investments, co-distribution and co-creation tracks for corporate houses to build, buy, and partner with start-ups.


Mr. Kaushik, Founder of Revvx, said IoT products currently seem to solve trivial, ‘first world’ problems. Indian start-ups that work on software-as-a-service and IoT or artificial intelligence and IoT could be “game changers by solving emerging economy challenges”. He founded Revvx in 2015. This initiative also involves Department of Electronics & IT to promote the Indian IoT ecosystem. In addition, Revvx has also revealed plans to drive the NASSCOM Corporate Accelerator Program (NCAP) to catalyze corporate innovation.

January 31, 2016 - We kicked-off 2016 with our first meetup at IITM Research Park. This meetup we've talked about #IoT and #3D Printing. Building Raspberry Pi powered tablet from the scratch - how to Convert ones idea into product. It was a great keynote session from Karan Nayan. I also talked about building a fablab for IoT Geeks and supporting makers movement through an active community of practice. As usual it was great meetup to kick-off the year.


March 20, 2016 - It was the second meetup for 2016 year and I Invited  Karan Nayan to give a keynote on "Things to know before building your hardware Startup" This session was more valuable to participants. Everyone got an idea about building a hardware startup. Karan also did a live demo of Raspberry Pi controlled "strandbeest" robot and it was so cool to see that robot walking. We thought of starting an ad-hoc hands-on part of this meetup but we were running out time and moved our agenda to next workshop as big one.


June 04, 2016 - 3rd meetup and two days hands-on workshop with Raspberry Pi. It was very big than ever hosted. 150+ participants including students, working professionals and startup guys were involved in hands-on learning about Internet of things.  Muhammed Ilyas did a keynote on #InternetofThings. Invited  Nayan Mujadiya to host two days workshop from Bangalore and he did it fantastic with IoT Geeks core team help.


June 11, 2016 #IoTGeeks community always belives in building a great Eco System for makerspace in chennai. Part of that vision we started collaborating with like minded people around. We invited "Rent & Make" startup to host their first makerspace workshop with "Arduino Powerd CNC" hands-on event at IITM Research Park



July 17, 2016 - #IoTGeeks 5th meetup and 3rd hands-on #IoT workshop at Thoughtworks. Magesh lead the floor and did a great job conducting day workshop with ESP8266+NodeMCU. Core team members and volunteers supported to make it successful. Another big workshop from IoT Geeks community.


September 18, 2016 - #IoTGeeks 6th meetup in a row and 4th hands-on IoT workshop. This on was great reach and we invited industry recognized Pros and speakers Balaji Viswanathan  Dorai ThodlaRavishankar Palaniappan run a awesome keynote on MakerSpace, IoT startup with their great experience.


Magesh and core team worked hard to make this robot building workshop great and successful. People learned to build and program the robots. Participants teams did a demo of line follower robot. It was a great milestone for IoT Geeks this year on making stuff.



November 26, 2016 - Invited Nayan one more time this year to conduct two days workshop. This workshop focused on RaspberryPi + SenseHat hans-on. It was great to hear from participants about the experience. Abirami and Sambath helped Rs.10,000 donation for IoT Geeks community during this month - that was great support to keep our community active.


November 27, 2016 - This is last workshop from #IoTGeeks for this year. Again the floor filled with 100+ participants. Satish Ramachandran was giving a great overview about autonomous and its landscape. Artificial Intelligence etc. This workshop focused on RaspberryPi + IoT Platform integrations like IBM Watson. Nayan & Core team did a fantastic Job one more time and made this final workshop great. Participants learned how to use IoT Boards, Sensors and Cloud platform to build end-to-end IoT Prototype.


Wait, one more things to quote. We have built a fantastic Makerspace Lab for #IoTGeeks community. Now its filled with all #IoT and #Makerspace hardware. Almost you will able to find every boards, sensors, going beyond we do have a 4 3D Printers, Drone and we are adding more coming year. We want to keep technology accessible for everyone! You will hear more from us through next year goals. Till then stay tuned and provide your great support.


Stay Tuned and more coming!

After Saturday event, We've accommodated Nayan at oT Geeks Lab, Also I invited IoT Geeks UI/UX designer Nirmal from Madurai. Sunday morning Nirmal accompanied Nayan at IoT Geeks Lab. Sambhav and Sampath accompanied further to get things ready for the workshop

09:00 Am - The door opened and participants started coming to the venue. This time we eliminated the spot registration and it was the huge relief. Naren one of the core team members crosschecked the tickets at the Ascendas entrance and guided the participants get in. Initial set up on RPI was done by Nirmal, Sambhav, Sureshkumar, Karan and Sathiya

10:00 AM - Nayan initiated the hosting. Participants were asked to complete the s/w installations and core members helped the participants with the installation doubts .

10:30 AM - We've invited Satish Ramachandran as a Guest speaker. Satish always brings big laughter from audience. Satish's humor gave a great kick start to the event. He delivered a attentive keynote on IoT + Autonomous and its landscape. It was really thought provoking and he enlightened the participants with his real time work experiences.

11:30 AM - Nayan was back to stage., after a small intro about core team. Nayan interacted with participants (Students & Professionals) about - why they want to attend workshop & what IoT project they are doing or they want to do. Once everyone settle down - Participants were split into groups. IoT Kits numbered by Abirami and core team started distribution of Raspberrypi kits. We gave around 25+ kits. Abirami took note of each group number and total participants in each group.

11:50 AM - Tea Break

12.30 PM - Nayan started workshop with intro to IoT & Raspberry Pi. . 21 groups were verified for LED glowing and Raspberry Pi hosting

02:00 PM - Lunch Break

03:00 PM - Nayan introduced participants about - mydevices it is quick IoT prototyping platform. Participants tried LED, BMP180, PIR & ultrasonic sensors using my devices. Nayan also covered about initial state - it is also nice IoT platform. LED glowing and mobile app glowing,

04:00 PM - The Participants were thought about IBM blueMix , NodeRed & IBM wastion IoT platform and we also run through IoT+Cloud Computing videos for participants

05:30 PM - Abirami introduced about IoT Geeks Lab and how people can use it and people were networking.

06:00 PM - Wrap-up

Our sincere thanks to…

ThoughtWorks India Pvt Ltd is generously supporting our community by offering a wonderful place. Our core team members came together and supported each other to make this event successful. Nipun Kanade – your warm and great support towards our community always greatly appreciated.


Inspiring Keynote from Satish Ramachandran. We welcome you to be a mentor for IoT Geeks forever

Nayan Mujadiya was instrumental to make November workshops great and useful for everyone. Magesh is also iRaspberry Pi meetup organizer in Bangalore. His energy and passion towards the IoT community growth and nurturing it further greatly appreciated.


The core team - Sathiyaraj, Sureshkumar Sabapathi, Karan Ganesan, Sambav, Narendra Santhosh, Abirami, Sampath, Nirmal GL, Sampath Kumar, Sambhav Jain

IoT Geeks skipped October month workshop and we planned two workshops for November month. One on 26 November at IITM Research Park - more of funding raising event but we still kept the ticket price way minimum for everyone's accessibility. Another one on 27 November, usual monthly workshop at ThoughtWorks. Workshop content tailored around Raspberry Pi, SenseHat and IBM Watson IoT Platform. I've invited Nayan from Bangalore to host both days workshops.

2:15 PM - It was Saturday afternoon, The organizing team (Sathiya, Sampath, Sambath, Sambhav, Abirami and Gowtham) started from IoT Geeks Lab to IITM Research Park in Gowtham's car. This time I welcomed Abiramai to be part of the core team members. She dont have any idea about IoT but still asked her to mingle with core team and visit the lab see things around to get a exposure. My interest is always empowering women in Technology and develop Technology leaders for the future.

2:45 PM - Nayan is also an organizer of Swift Chennai Meetup and he hosted his first event morning at PayPal office in OMR. Afternoon he commuted to IITM Research to host IoT Geeks workshops with "Raspberry Pi + Sense Hat".

3:00 PM - The workshop kicked-off around 3:00 pm and organizing team helped to set up the Pis for the participant. This time we used PIXEL (desktop environment) ( ). There were 22 participants actively engaged on IoT Hands-on. Participants go paperless since we share the workshop notes from Evernote - thats a cool hack. Sense HAT ( ) is really nice HAT for raspberry Pi. This was used in Astro Pi projects (

Nayan started with Intro to Pi - which includes 1) How to install OS 2) What is GPIO 3) Hello World of Hardware - LED blinking and later he started Sense HAT which was our main hands-on for this workshop.

The Sense HAT has an 8×8 RGB LED matrix, a five-button joystick and includes the following sensors:

Gyroscope | Accelerometer | Magnetometer | Temperature | Barometric pressure | Humidity

There were 2 physical Sense HAT and the Participants used Raspberry Pi: the Sense HAT emulator! from to get feel of Sense HAT. Once participant were happy with emulator we gave them actual Sense HAT to do hands-on. Overall Raspbeery + Sense HAT workshop was really nice & useful for participant and everyone gave a feedback about it. The workshop ended session at 6:00 pm and The organizing team back to Lab to get ready for next day workshop.

My special thanks! the organizing team. Sathiyaraj, Sureshkumar, Sambath D , Sampath K, Sambhav and Karan were great help organizing things and making this workshop successful.

It was last June month, Nirmal did message me in FB and asked about IoT Geeks community. Also expressed his interest to be part of the core team. Nirmal is final year BSc IT student from Madurai and he was good at Hand and Digital arts - that was my first sense. I thought he could be a UI/UX person for IoT Geeks team, started giving design work and also guided him UI/UX trends in the industry. He was quick to catch-up things. Included him part of the core team.

Nirmal wanted travel Chennai to attend workshops, In appreciation towards his work I started sponsoring bus/train tickets and Sathiyaraj Sampath accommodate him when he come to chennai. He was able to attend the last three workshops and will attend future ones too . Nirmal also expressed his interest in learning Internet of Things (IoT) and month back I gave him hardware from IoT Geeks lab and today morning he sent me this hacking photo from his home. Its truly amazing transformation A college student turning as a UI/UX designer and Geek.

What makes me happy is making people blossom in their life. I hope Nirmal will make the difference in his career. Look forward to write more stories with IoT Geeks community effort.

If you wonder what or who is IoT Geeks, then refer this link -

It was a 23rd workshop from IoT Geeks in last two years and 4th consecutive workshop at ThoughtWorks office in chennai. This time we did teach students and professionals about building robots and informed entrepreneurs about it the emerging technology. Also inspired everyone with great keynotes from industry leaders. IoT Geeks community is a non-profit movement and we look forward great like-minded sponsors supporting us around.

Day#01 – September 17, Saturday

It was 10:00 – am, the core team members & volunteering team assembled at IoT Geeks Lab in Pallikaranani. Together, they have spent great amount of time and energy to make all the kits ready for next day workshop. Almost after spending 6 hours, the team made the 24 kits lined up, 3 versions of line follower robot done, planned the agenda, divided the work and assigned among core and volunteers teams. All set for the next big day!

Day#02 – September 18, Sunday

We opened the door at ThoughtWorks at 9:00 in the morning and registration started around

9:30 am – The participants, organizing teams, volunteering teams and Speakers arrived by the time. Core members & Volunteers teams had a quick meeting about role and responsibilities for this event. They formed a volunteering team among them.

10:30 am – Nipun who is the co-organizer & Software consultant at ThoughtWorks kicked-off the event by giving brief history about how IoT Geeks evolvement over the period of time and the objectives of the community (refer meetup “About” section for more info

10:40 am – After Nipun intro, Ravishankar Palaniappan (Technology Leader @ Cognizant) who is the first keynote speaker took a stage and opened up “IoT Startup & Survival rules” Ravishankar has a great amount IoT experience from the earlier startup he worked and key provided lot of insights. - IoT Geeks September 2016 Robotics IoT Workshop - Part 1 - YouTube

11:45 am – Balaji Viswanathan who is the founder of Invento made his 15 minute speech about Makerspace and IoT movement. It was a bliss to hear Balaji’s insights and he is a great contributor in Quora. IoT Geeks September 2016 Robotics Workshop - Part2 - YouTube 

12:00 pm – Everyone took a little break for Networking & Tea.

12:15 pm – We resumed again and one of our volunteering team member shown the drone POC built for solving agriculture problems.

12:15 pm – Sree Rathna Lakshmi who is the professor, who took an energetic theory session “An Introduction Arduino Board” meanwhile the team also distributed the required Arduino libraries to the participants for hands-on


01:00 pm – Everyone did break for Lunch

1:45 pm – The Line-follower robot building exercise began and Magesh started the presentation on building robots. The teams actively participated in the works and did the demo at the end and it was fun learning.  IoT Geeks September 2016 Robotics Workshop - Part 3 - YouTube 

IoT Geeks September 2016 Robotics Workshop - Line Follower Demo - 1 - YouTube

4:30 pm - Dorai Thodla who is the founder of iMorph Pvt Ltd did an unconference sessions with participants in IoT topic there were great topics like 1) After prototyping a product, how can we manufacture in a small number of units? 2) Regulatory bodies for IOT session 3) Drip irrigation 4) Micro Farming 5) precision farming etc. . Watch his speech here. IoT Geeks September 2016 Robotics Workshop - Part 4 - YouTube

We had a twitter hastag contest for IoT Geeks and the person who bagged the Rs.1000 from Dorai

5:30 pm – One more time great workshop and everyone wrapped up for the day


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IoT Geeks core team members articles about this event:

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Bhavani Ravi -

Our sincere thanks to…

ThoughtWorks India Pvt Ltd is generously supporting our community by offering a wonderful place. Our core team members came together and supported each other to make this event successful. Nipun Kanade – your warm and great support towards our community always greatly appreciated.

IoT Geeks women’s core team - Meyyammai, Subashree, Pavithra, Bhavani Ravi, Buvana Sudhakar. We want to empower women in tech. Bhavani and Buvana will help organize future workshops for girls in schools and colleges.

Inspiring Leaders, Ravishankar, Balaji and Dorai for your great keynote on IoT Start-up, Makerspace and IoT Unconference sessions. We welcome you to be a mentor for IoT Geeks forever

Magesh Jayakumar and his volunteering team from Agni College. Magesh and team was instrumental to make last two workshops great and useful for everyone. Magesh is also IoT Geeks core team and his energy and passion towards the community growth and nurturing it further greatly appreciated.

Sree Rathna Lakshmi professor ECE, Agni College by covering “An Introduction Arduino Board” theory session to the entire audience before the hands-on.

Sathiyaraj, who is co-organizer of IoT Geeks. His leadership helps to taking IoT Geeks team forward. He won’t be in front of the camera but who is always behind it and running the show! by coordinating with everyone around.

Sureshkumar Sabapathi, Karan Ganesan – by live coverage of this workshop with your mobile and camera. It helped to archive sweet memories

Rest of our Core team who made this event successful by their great support always - Abinash Sahu, Narendra Santhosh Nagarajan, Nirmal GL, Sambhav Jain, Sampath Kumar, Santosh Eswaran, Süresh AK, Vibhor Agarval

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Stay Tuned, We will have more updates from next workshop!