CNN-IBN & Ericsson collaborate to foster innovation with ‘Networked India’

MUMBAI: CNN-IBN in partnership with Ericsson has announced the Top 5 finalists for its Networked India initiative after an extensive campaign over the past few months. The campaign aims to identify innovations that employ cloud, broadband and mobility to benefit society. A one-of-its-kind initiative, Networked India aims to give recognition to change makers and help realize the Networked Society in India.


The nominations were invited from innovators all across the country through the campaign portal 140 entries were received in the period 8 June to 12 July, 2015 and top five projects have been selected by an eminent jury comprising of industry experts. The shortlisted projects are on diverse subjects and sectors such as Healthcare, Environment, Transport and Human Rights.


A special episode of Networked India showcasing some of the interesting innovations from across the country will be aired on CNN-IBN on Friday, July 31 @ 6:30 PM & 11:30 PM. The Top 5 finalists will be revealed on CNN-IBN a week later in a special show to be telecast at the same timings.


The grand finale of ‘Networked India’ will see the finalists presenting their unique ideas. The top two winners will be announced at the Grand Finale to be held at New Delhi on 7 August. The Grand Finale of Networked India will include 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 panel discussion on ‘Networked India: Are we there yet? ’.


Avinash Kaul, CEO, IBN News Network said, “The world has come closer because of innovations in the field of communication. We’re proud to be the flag-bearers in promoting and encouraging such remarkable innovations which, in the days to come, help build a better society and a better country.”


Chris Houghton, Head of Region India, Ericsson, said, “Ericsson has long envisioned the arrival of a Networked Society. As this transformation comes to life, we are seeing people use mobility and the internet to make a positive impact on their own situations and their communities. Networked India is a platform wherein the real change-makers can come to the fore and share their stories. At Ericsson, we see ourselves as enablers of change makers.”

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