Saturday, August 28, 2010

Two Bangaloreans on MIT list of outstanding innovators

Two employees of Microsoft Research in Bangalore, one of whom has since left the company to start an NGO, are among 35 people hailed as outstanding innovators under the age of 35 by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's prestigious publication Technology Review. Indrani Medhi (31), was recognized for her development of text-free user interfaces (UIs) that allow any illiterate person, on first contact with a computer, to immediately deploy it to find jobs, get medical information, and perform banking transactions with minimal or no assistance. Rikin B. Gandhi (28), now with the NGO Digital Green, created a solution to help farmers adopt better practices. The solution, first piloted in Hubli and now implemented in several locations in the country, has been demonstrated to be 10 times more effective, per rupee spent, in converting farmers to better farming practices than classical approaches.

Narayanan Suresh, Group Editor of Technology Review India, told TOI this selection indicated that young innovators in India were doing cutting-edge work like their counterparts worldwide. Its also a sign of things to come. Many global experts have predicted that Indians in India will play a major role in the technologies of tomorrow, he said. The last time an Indian in India featured in this TR35 list was in 2002.

Source: The Times of India, August 28, 2010

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