Innovation, technology park to come up at Andhra University

DECCAN CHRONICLE.
Published Jun 21, 2016, 7:27 am IST
Updated Jun 21, 2016, 7:30 am IST
Mr. Chowdary said in the future, jobs would be taken away by the artificial intelligence and robots.
Chairman of the Innovation Society of Andhra Pradesh government, J.A. Chowdary, addresses during a seminar on ‘Smart Village Open Innovation Challenge-2016’ at AU in Visakhapatnam on Monday.
 Chairman of the Innovation Society of Andhra Pradesh government, J.A. Chowdary, addresses during a seminar on ‘Smart Village Open Innovation Challenge-2016’ at AU in Visakhapatnam on Monday.

Visakhapatnam: Innovation Society of AP government, chairman, J.A. Chowdary stressed to need for out-of-the-box thinking. “We are going through an innovation era and it is imperative for the companies and human beings to innovate or perish,” he said.

On Monday, Mr Chowdary attended the inauguration of the Smart Village Open Innovation Challenge-2016. The three-day workshop is being jointly organised by the Centre for Open Innovation of Andhra University and Garwood Centre for Corporate Innovation of University of California, Berkley.

 

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Chowdary said in the future, jobs would be taken away by the artificial intelligence and robots. Centre for Open Innovation at Andhra University would be the beginning towards the next era of innovation,he added.

About 100 students from various IIMs, IITs and other institutions were shortlisted to participate in this three-day workshop and produce their prototype Smart Village plans on the last day, Wednesday.

The idea is to develop technology-powered solutions at the village levels, using IoT, mobile apps, sensors, embedded technologies, wearables, data analytics and others. The top 10 teams would implement their ideas in the proposed Smart Village -Mori in East Godavari - and tweak their ideas according to the needs of the village. He further informed that they would establish an International Institute of Digital Technology in Tirupati - having schools of excellence in Internet of Things and Cloud, Cyber Security, Big Data Analytics, Model Computing and Digital User Experience.

AU Registrar Prof. V. Umamaheswara Rao, informed that an Innovation and Technology Park would soon come up at Andhra University and the project would materialise in the next few weeks, which would serve as an incubation, innovation and technology centre on the lines of Stanford University.

APSCHE Secretary Prof. Varadarajan stressed the need of transforming the villages into Smart Villages to reduce the gap between urban and rural areas in terms of technology.

Dr. Sandeep Chatterjee and Prof. Solomon Darwin from University of California, Berkley, gave  PowerPoint presentations  and explained changing dynamics of industry.

MP Dubey of STPI, AU interim V-C Prof. E.A.  Narayana, Director of Centre for Open Innovation Prof. Valli Kumari and many others were present at the meeting.

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