Friday, March 4, 2011

NASSCOM Foundation Honours Social Transformers

NASSCOM HONOURS FOR BEST BUSINESS MODEL on 08 Feb 2011. Lt Gen Prakash Gokarn, PVSM, AVSM former Signal Officer in Chief receiving plaque from Minister of HR and Telecom Shri Kapil Sibal on behalf of Luna Ergonomics Pvt Ltd.
Tuesday 8 February 2011
NASSCOM Foundation, the leading Indian development organization that works towards galvanizing the corporate social responsibility (CSR) space in the IT industry in India; and the social development arm of NASSCOM, in association with Genpact today announced the winners of its third annual NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours 2011. The Honours were given to deserving projects that strive to bring about social change and development through Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) at the NASSCOM India Leadership Summit 2011.

The Honours were judged by an eminent jury of Dilip Chenoy, Managing Director & CEO of the National Skill Development Corporation, (NSDC); Jaithirth (Jerry) Rao (Chairman, NASSCOM Foundation); Kiran Karnik, ex President, NASSCOM ; Narayana Murthy (Founder-Chairman, Infosys Technologies Limited; Dr. Vasanthi Srinivasan, Associate Professor, Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources Management, IIM Bangalore, Chairperson, Centre for Corporate Governance and Citizenship
Mr. Jaithirth (Jerry) Rao, Chairman, NASSCOM Foundation said, "This year, every entry has been distinct and innovative. I am glad to say that all winners have lived up to the challenge of showcasing innovations with exemplary use of ICT. These would definitely contribute towards bringing sustainable and inclusive growth.We hope that many more would now be inspired to innovate!"
"Many of the finalists this year focused on assistive technologies to include People with Disabilities in the workplace, in academia and in everyday life. This is a critical step towards inclusive growth, a cause close to NASSCOM Foundation. The winners have come up with brilliant innovations and we hope that many more are inspired to do the same next year" said Rita Soni, CEO, and NASSCOM Foundation.
Genpact President & CEO Mr. Pramod Bhasin said, "NASSCOM Social Innovation Honours (NSIH) is a unique platform that aims to foster innovation in social development within organizations and individuals. The objective of our collaboration with NSIH is to act as a catalyst to drive growth and prosperity in the not so privileged sections of society. Through our association with NSIH, we aim to highlight the significant changes that technological innovations can bring about in improving the social landscape."

ICT led Innovation as a Business Model
Panini Keypad Luna Ergonomics Noida
Webpage- Panini Keyboard
Panini Keypad is an application that allows an individual to type in an Indian language on the phone faster than one can write in English on an equivalent phone. The technologies are alreadydeployed on the phone for Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi, Tamil, Gujarati, Kannada, Malayalam, Punjabi and work continues to include many others.
The Future
  • The first phones enabled with the Panini Keypad are entering the markets. And thousands of users all over India are already using the Panini Keypad to write in Indian languages freely on their phones
  • In the course of a year, millions of people of India are expected to be writing on their phones using the Panini Keypad

    About Luna Ergonomics Pvt Ltd
    A spinout from the startup myMobile Phone is based out of JSS Science and Technology Entrepreneurs Park at Noida. The technology incubator is sponsored by the Dept of Science and Technology of the Govt of India. The startup is founded by Major Abhijit Bhattacharjee, an electronics engineer and a keen technologist, a former Signaller from the Indian Army and who along with a small team is invested into development of technologies, applications and services which address painpoints relevant to large population of India.

    Luna Ergonomics is currently into development of texting technologies for the mobile phone. They have developed the Panini Keypad which supports composition and sending of SMS in 11 major languages of India and 10 other global languages. Panini Keypad also supports transliteration between all the languages of India. It also offers SMS compression for the first time in the world increasing the payload of a SMS in an Indian language by over 300 percent.

    Luna Ergonomics also developed the first dictionary less statistical predictive texting technology which uses a dynamic allocation of keys and hence does not rely on printed keys on the keypad. This offers the possibility of supporting multiple languages on the same keypad. Also this is single key press typing. This technology called CleverTexting has also been developed for all the major languages of the world including Arabic and Hebrew. We have won many national and international awards for our path-breaking technology.
    NASSCOM Honours for best Business Model
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