About 20 Indian whiz kids will showcase their innovations in
diverse fields, including a special shoe for the visually
impaired, at the fourth Emerging Technologies (EmTech) India event
in this tech hub beginning Tuesday.
"The innovations to be demonstrated by the geeks below 35 years at
the event are in the areas of web, computers, biomedicine, energy,
materials and transportation," CyberMedia publisher Pradeep Gupta,
who is hosting the two-day conference, said in a statement.
Among the innovators, the 24-year-old Bangalorean Anirudh Sharma
will demo his Haptic shoe for the visually impaired, while
28-year-old Chennai-based social activist Venkatesan Oosur
Vinayagam will unleash his mobile 'antakshari' (singing
competition) and 35-year-old Delhi-based Somnath Ray will display
a recreated para-transit mode of mobility for the physically
In recognition of the craze for cricket in the Indian
sub-continent, the organisers (MIT's Technology Review) have
dedicated a session to 'Technology in Cricket'.
"Siddharth Khullar, a doctoral candidate in imaging science from
Rochester Institute of Technology, MIT Media Lab, and Chinmaya
Joshi from Pune College of Engineering will flag advances in
cricketing technology that will hopefully reduce appeals and
controversies in the sport," Gupta said.
In view of the rising crude oil prices, special sessions will be
held on biofuels, clean-tech, renewable energy and energy
Sessions on sustainable development, innovation in engineering and
design and technology ventures will explore solutions to spread
the culture of innovation in India.
Six top scientists and research scholars from the Massachusetts
Institute of Technology (MIT) will also share their insights into
the work in digital transformation; network designs of the future
and the innovation ecosystem at the conference.
The noted scientists, including two Indian Americans -- Shiladitya
Sengupta and Rahul Sarpeshkar -- will speak on concepts and
interplay between medical imaging, manufacturing inspection and
video analytics, energy efficient systems in biology and the
emerging nervous system of ubiquitous sensing.
The other four scientists are George Westerman of the MIT centre
for digital business, Marie-Jose Montpetit of the MIT research lab
of electronics, Brian Anthony of MIT's engineering in
manufacturing programme and Joseph Paradiso of the MIT media
Sengupta works at the Harvard-MIT division of health sciences and
technology and Sarpeshkar at the MIT department of electrical
engineering and computer science.
Global head of General Electric (GE) research and development Mark
M. Little will deliver a keynote address on emerging technologies
in computing to communication, clean-tech and materials to
"Mark, who guides research efforts of 3,000 technologists at the
$147-billion industrial behemoth, will share his mantras for
achieving success in innovation in India," Gupta noted.
Technology evangelist Narayanan Suresh will hold an informal
session with National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS)
director V.S. Ramamurthy on technology development in India and
mapping of the country's technology needs.
Eminent scientist Y.S. Rajan will share details of India's
technology mission and spin-offs from space and nuclear programmes
with about 500 innovators at the event.