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Students Club for Augmenting Innovation

Students Club for Grassroots InnovationOrganization: National Innovation Foundation (Website)

Students’ Club for Augmenting Innovations (SCAI) at grassroots is a body of students from India’s best management and technological institutes. National Innovation Foundation (NIF) is encouraging students to set up SCAI chapters at various schools, colleges and universities in order to provide Product Development, Business Development (setting up of ventures), Mentoring and Monitoring support to entrepreneurs/innovators/traditional knowledge holders at grassroots level in the country.

Professor Anil K. Gupta, President SRISTI and Professor Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, is the Executive Vice Chairperson of NIF.

The most significant outcome of SCAI would be that students from different Business Schools and Technical Institutes would come together for advancing the cause of grassroots innovators. This is an effort to link the informal knowledge system (grassroots genius) with formal knowledge system and thereby have a distributed knowledge system in place. Such an attempt would ensure the reach of economically poor-knowledge rich people to the masses and will also prevent the erosion of indigenous knowledge base.

This is an unprecedented event and has enormous potential to change the development paradigm. Contact scai at nifindia dot org to contribute to grassroots innovation.

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Code for Freedom

Suggested by Ashwin Bhat

Open SolarisSun MicrosystemsEvent: Code for Freedom Contest (Website)

Organised by: Sun Microsystems India

Key Dates:
Contest Period: August 15, 2007-February 14, 2008
Results: March 2008

For Whom:
You can participate in this contest if you are a student from a recognized university in India.

  1. Read the rules and the FAQs.
  2. Register for the contest.
  3. Choose your open source project and know how to contribute: (OpenSolaris,Project GlassFish, NetBeans, Apache Derby, OpenPortal)
  4. Join the http://groups.google.com/group/CodeForFreedom forum. You can post all your technical queries to this alias and participate in the Code For Freedom contest discussions.
  5. Once you have installed the software and compiled the source code, you can request for a mentor from Sun. The mentor will help you thru the rest of the code contribution process.
  6. Submit your contribution.
  7. For any non-technical queries on code for freedom contact codeforfreedom@sun.com

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ISB Retail Club Paper Writing Competition

TiE-ISB Connect 2007Event: Paper Writing Competition and Leadership Summit (Website)

Organised by: Retail Club, The Indian School of Business – Hyderabad

Key Dates:
Submission Deadline: November 21, 2007
Leadership Summit and Announcement of Winners: December 1, 2007

For Whom:
Open to all B-School students. Each team should constitute a maximum of 2 persons from the same institute.

The Retail Club at The Indian School of Business, Hyderabad invites papers for its paper presentation competition ‘Aurora 2007’ as part of its annual leadership summit ‘ILS 2007’.


  1. Learning from China’s success in organized retailing
  2. Taking the franchised route to growth in retailing
  3. Bridging the HR gap in Retail
  4. The New Rules of Value Distribution
  5. Organised retailing serving the bottom of the pyramid

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India Student Mathematica Competition 2008

India Student Mathematica Competition 2008Event: India Student Mathematica Competition 2008 (Website)

Organised by: Wolfram Research

Key Dates:
Competition: January 14-25, 2008

For Whom:
Resident citizens of India, ages 18 and up, who are currently enrolled in an undergraduate university program.

As part of a new educational initiative in India, Wolfram Research is sponsoring the India Student Mathematica Competition 2008–a unique opportunity to learn more about Mathematica and test your programming skills against other students from across India. We invite all Indian undergraduates to join the challenge and use the revolutionary new capabilities of Mathematica 6 to solve a set of unique real-world problems in mathematics and science.

The problems cover a wide range of disciplines, and each will test your ability to use Mathematica‘s rich programming environment to find the most elegant and efficient solutions possible. If you do not have Mathematica, a free time-limited trial will be provided once you register. For those not familiar with Mathematica 6, free online seminars are available.

The grand prize winner will receive a brand-new laptop computer equipped with Mathematica for Students. Four other winners will each receive a personal copy of Mathematica for Students, and all winners will also be considered for an internship at Wolfram Research, Inc., USA.

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Bangalore Barcamp 5

Suggested by Vikram S

Bangalore BarCamp 5Event: Bangalore BarCamp 5, IIM Bangalore (Website)

Dates: November 17-18, 2007

What’s a BarCamp?
An international network of user generated conferences — open, participatory workshop-events, whose content is provided by participants — often focusing on early-stage web applications, and related open source technologies, social protocols, and open data formats.

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Liberty & Society Seminar 2007

CCSEvent: The Liberty & Society Seminar, Chennai (Website)

Organised by:
Centre for Civil Society

Key Dates:
Application Deadline: November 22, 2007
Seminar: December 13-16, 2007

For Whom:
College students (18-25 yrs of age) may or may not be enrolled in an undergraduate / post-graduate program or recent graduates from any discipline. With an open and curious mind, loads of enthusiasm and a strong desire for change.

The Liberty & Society Seminar is a four-day residential seminar with an aim to engage young people with social and economic issues through an understanding of public policy. LSS provides a greater understanding of the larger world-society, economy and the culture-within the classical liberal framework that emphasises limited government, rule of law, free trade, and individual rights.

It makes you exercise your grey cells where YOU do the talking; get to know reality with your own eyes; watch documentaries; have interactive discussions with experts and chit-chat over coffee and food!

LSS makes you an informed citizen, challenges your beliefs & develops critical thinking and makes you a change agent!

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Mood Indigo 2007

Suggested by Prashanth Dante

Mood Indigo, IIT-Bombay (Website)

Dates: December 26-29, 2007

Mood Indigo, the annual cultural festival of IIT Bombay is the biggest cultural celebration of the country. With a participation of around 60,000 students from over more than 450 colleges spanning the length and breadth of the nation, Four Days and Four Nights with the euphoric start and jubilant ending collaring every aspect of music, drama, dance, exhibitions, films and competitions, that have a distinct flavor and truly embodies the spirit of the youth.

KK, Shaan, Kailash Kher, Lucky Ali , Jagjit Singh, Pankaj Udhas, Parikrama, Indian Ocean, Hema Malini are a few names from the endless list who made this event the mightiest celebration of the year.

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