Disruptive technological innovations in the areas of mobile apps, sensors, embedded technologies and data analytics are being sought
Management consulting and information technology firm Trianz has teamed up with the University of California, Berkeley (UCB), for its innovation initiative with the aim of prototyping a smart village in India.
The Garwood Centre for Corporate Innovation at UC Berkeley intends developing its first prototype in a small village located in the East Godavari District in Andhra Pradesh under the guidance of its professor Solomon Darwin.
The initiative is part of UC Berkeley’s Smart Village Open Innovation Accelerator and large organisations, innovators and entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley and India are being invited to participate. In particular, the university is seeking disruptive technological innovations in the areas of mobile apps, sensors, embedded technologies, data analytics, low power and low cost that will support building a smart village prototype.
Trianz joins as a sponsor as part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives and backing of social empowerment.
“Partnering with UCB’s innovation initiative reiterates our commitment towards societal empowerment and building better communities across the social strata,” said Sri Manchala, president and CEO of Trianz.
The innovation initiative focuses on developing models that produce “triple bottom line” social, environmental and economic benefits. The intention is also to identify the weakest links and bottlenecks, and address them through technological solutions.
The Garwood Centre for Corporate Innovation focuses on large-enterprise innovation, paying close attention to implementation issues and development of new business models to capture the value of innovative products and services.
The centre houses the Open Innovation Program, Chief Innovation Officer Round Tables, the World Open Innovation Forum and the Berkeley Innovation Forum, a membership organisation dedicated to sharing knowledge about innovation challenges.
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