Kerala Engineers Team wins Lenovo’s Do Network challenge Phase I


Kochi: ‘India Engineered’, a project led by Kochi based Krishna Raj S R and his team – Jyothi Jennifer Kurian, Manu Mukundan and Abulize M V, have been voted the winner of the first phase of Lenovo’s Do Network. The winners battled it out against nine 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.

Started on December, 2011, the three month long competition saw over 1,200 extraordinary projects going head-to-head. A team of eight high-profile mentors such as Rajan Anandan, MD, Google India; Rajiv Makhni, Managing Editor – Technology, NDTV; Mahesh Murthy, Managing Partner, Pinstorm & Seedfund; Kishore AK,CEO & Co-Founder, Althea System; Narvir C Sud, Rtd. Scientist & Lead Auditor, ADE, DRDO; Maxwell Pereira, Ex-Commissioner, Delhi Traffic Police; Prof. Shiva Prasad, Dean – Academics, IIT Bombay and Shantanu Prakash, Chairman & MD, Educomp Solutions, evaluated, short listed 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.
Speaking on the occasion, Amar Babu, MD, Lenovo India said, “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”.

‘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. Krishna and Manu are Electronics & Communication Engineers from Kochi and Thrissur while Jyothi and Abulize are Electronics Engineers from Bangalore and Kochi.

Krishna said, “The past three months have been intense but hugely rewarding. 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.

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