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Launch of First Ever Autodesk University

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Autodesk has announced the launch of Autodesk University (AU) in India for the first time ever. The India leg of the world’s largest learning and networking event for Autodesk technology users will be held on Sept. 11-12, 2014 at The Renaissance, Powai, Mumbai. This comes after the success of the Autodesk University Extension event held in Mumbai last year. The theme of AU is ‘Learn. Connect. Explore,’ and the one and half day-long event is expected to have more than 1,500 attendees. AU India will showcase the latest Autodesk technologies for Motion Capture, Reality Computing and 3D Smart Cities, among others.

AU India is the latest addition to the growing list of global cities that host AU annually. AU India offers an opportunity for India’s design ecosystem to learn from some of the world's top technology experts through training and certification sessions. The event will have more than 650 classes to impart advanced training on Autodesk software features, as well as processes, workflow strategies, and career development for design and engineering professionals. Attendees will get a chance to obtain certifications free of cost for the latest versions of Autodesk software like Autodesk AutoCAD 2014, Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D 2014, Autodesk Revit Architecture 2014, Autodesk Inventor 2014, Autodesk 3ds Max 2014, Autodesk Maya 2014, Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite 2014-Road and Highway Solution.

ZTE Partners With Blue Jeans Network

ZTE Corporation, a publicly-listed global provider of telecommunications equipment, network solutions and mobile devices, on Monday (25 August) announced a partnership with Blue Jeans Network, the global leader in interoperable video collaboration services. This partnership will allow ZTE customers to experience Blue Jeans Network’s cloud-based video conferencing services (VCS) and connect easily to one another via their ZTE VCS products, creating a uniform user experience that fosters collaboration. Starting in August, ZTE VCS room system with Blue Jeans video conferencing services will be available in the US, Europe, Australia and Singapore.

Blue Jeans Network extends high-quality video communications beyond the traditional boundaries of virtual conference rooms by allowing individuals, employees, partners and family and friends, to connect and interact with each other seamlessly and effectively. Blue Jeans technology is being used by high profile customers such as: Facebook, Foursquare,, and Stanford University, companies and institutions that have benefited from the anytime, anywhere and from practically any device, capabilities of video collaboration.

"This partnership is another example of sharing our expertise in interoperability and expanding our ecosystem. We look forward to working with ZTE to proliferate easy, open, and affordable video conferencing,” said Stu Aaron, chief commercial officer at Blue Jeans Network

ESY India Launches Wi-fi HDMI Streaming Device
ESY INDIA who brought, ESYINK, the low cost digital printing solutions to India now launches ESYCAST, a WiFi HDMI device for streaming the content from your mobile, Tablet or PC to your HDTV or a projector.

The device is thumb sized and easily gets plugged in through the HDMI port of TV. It is portable enough and fits into your pocket. ESYCAST acts as wireless bridge between your mobile and TV. You can stream the photos, Videos and games from your mobile and also can watch online news & movies.

Speaking on the occasion of the launch V P Sajeevan, CEO of ESY INDIA, “We are extremely excited on the launch of ESYCAST. This is a feature packed WiFi HDMI device with extremely high end technology and specifications which are unique to this product. In today’s world the role of smart phones are very vital. Let it be official, personal or social the smart phone plays a key role and ESYCAST will be a great relief for those who love to watch the images on a large screen”.

Wild Wisdom Quiz 2014
Discovery Kids has partnered with WWF–India to host this years’ Wild Wisdom Quiz 2014, Asia’s largest wildlife quiz for children. An annual event by WWF-India, the quiz aims to increase environmental awareness in India through various themes associated with conservation.

The Wild Wisdom Quiz focuses on ‘Forest Biodiversity’ as the theme for 2014 and is inviting students and schools to register and participate for the same.  The finals, scheduled for 1 October, 2014 will be aired on Discovery Kids, the most distinguished television brand offering learning based entertainment.

Discovery Kids & WWF-India’s Wild Wisdom Quiz 2014 will be conducted in 30 cities in India, reaching out to more than 15,000 schools. The quiz invites participation from children at various levels - Middle School level (Classes 6-8); Junior School quiz (Classes 3-5) and online version for High School students (Classes 9-12).

The National Final (for the Middle School) will be held in New Delhi on the 1st of October during Wildlife Week which will be broadcast on Discovery Kids. The top 3 teams will win a trip to Adventure Nation’s Camp Tusker near Rajaji National Park, in the Shivalik Hills, offering participants an opportunity to deepen their relationship with the natural world and strengthen their respect for the wild. 

Synopsys Announces Results

Synopsys, Inc., a global leader providing software, IP and services used to accelerate innovation in chips and electronic systems, on Monday announced that four students, Xinda Hu of the University of Arizona, and Anthony Vella, Aaron Bauer, and Nicolas Brown, all of the University of Rochester, are the winners of the 2014 Robert S. Hilbert Memorial Optical Design Competition.

The competition was established in 2000 by Optical Research Associates (ORA®), now Synopsys’ Optical Solutions Group, and was named in honor of ORA’s former president and chief executive officer, Robert S. Hilbert. The annual competition is open to students in North America working toward a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree who utilize Synopsys’ CODE V® or LightTools® software to perform optical design and engineering research. The awards are granted to students who have submitted papers that demonstrate optical design excellence.

Deshpande Foundation, Microsoft Ventures Come Together
Deshpande Foundation and Microsoft Ventures in India announced a partnership to launch Sandbox Startups, an incubator focused on nurturing startups in tier two and three cities of India. The three-year collaboration was formalized with the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) here on Saturday, August 23, in the presence of Dr Gururaj ‘Desh’ Deshpande, Founder, Deshpande Foundation, Jairam Ramesh, Former Minister, Government of India, Rajinish Menon, Director, Microsoft Ventures in India, Naveen Jha, CEO, Deshpande Foundation, Phanindra Sama, CEO, and other industry leaders.

Rajinish Menon, Director, Microsoft Ventures in India, said: “Indian startups from across the country are building products that are addressing global and local challenges. As the culture of innovation spreads, it’s fascinating to see the kind of problems that startups from smaller towns are trying to solve. Our partnership with Deshpande Foundation aims to engage with entrepreneurs from smaller towns at every stage of their journey from ideation to maturity."
Metigon Appoints David Francis As Director South
Metigon Enterprises, the youngest entrant to Public Relations and Public Affairs industry, has started its South operations with offices in Chennai and Bangalore. The agency has also appointed David Francis as Director South to head the south India operations. Former Chennai head of Ketchum Sampark, David will spearhead Metigon’s public relations and public affairs business in the southern markets.

David brings more than 16 years of experience in strategic communications, having worked as corporate and brand communication heads in companies and PR agencies. Having successfully managed campaigns for clients in corporate, technology, healthcare, automobile, real estate and lifestyle sector, David will spearhead Metigon’s business development operations in the southern markets of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telagana and Kerala.

Says Aarif Malik, Chief Operating Officer, Metigon Enterprises, “We’ve waited for us to find the right time and person to shoulder the responsibility of south India operations. David has proven capabilities in establishing profitable branch operations, and has demonstrated team development and client handling skills. We think he is the right person for the job. As Metigon sees dynamic growth from the northern and western markets, we’re sure David will help Metigon develop the southern markets.”

XOLO Releases Android Update 
XOLO, the premium smart devices brand, has released the beta version of the Android 4.4 (KitKat) update for its flagship device Q3000. Earlier, the company also rolled out beta version of KitKat update for Q700S back in July and final version was made available over-the-air (OTA) for the users once post integrating users’ feedback.

The release reinforces XOLO’s commitment to offering its users best and latest technology upgrade and seamless Android experience. XOLO has been proactive in releasing Android updates across devices in all price range. Thanks to the dedicated engineering team who has been continuously working with the chipset manufacturers to ensure users gets the best software support. 

In the past, updates for XOLO Q1010i, Q1010, Q700s and Q1000 Opus have already been released via OTA and is also available on XOLO official website for users to download. In future, more devices including Q1200, Q900s, A500 Club, A600 and A550 are scheduled to receive the updates.

Ashish Kumar To Lead Technology At AskmeBazaar
AskmeBazaar,India’s largest managed marketplace that recreates the great Indian shopping experience online, has roped in/appointed Ashish Kumar to lead technology and increase its focus on optimizing buyer acquisition. Ashish is a serial entrepreneur and has started multiple tech companies in the last decade, with a couple of successful exits to his name. Prior to starting his engagement with askmeBazaar, Ashish was CEO (India) at BSE listed Kellton Tech, a software services firm that acquired his last company.

Talking about Ashish joining the company, Kiran Murthi, CEO, askmeBazaar, said, “askmeBazaar is focused on a team that can meet its goals of bringing more and more SMEs on the ecommerce marketplace and enable it to move ahead in its second phase of growth. Ashish’s joining askmeBazaar as the technology head is move in this direction. Ashish is an alumnus of IIT Kanpur and someone who has worked across multiple countries with varied sized companies. His indepth understanding of the ecommerce industry will be of vital importance to the company and its growth.”

"I am deeply impressed with askmeBazaar's team and vision of using technology to reach out to 900 million users of this country - something that even very well funded e-commerce players aren't focusing too much on. I have spent enough years in small-town India to realize the value a company like askmeBazaar can add to sellers in a country like ours, and that excites me,” said Ashish Kumar, Head of Technology, askmeBazaar.