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“Doing well by doing good”: New opportunities for Indo-German cooperation?

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Report in Germany Contact India, 5/2011, p. 17:

“Doing well by doing good”: New opportunities for Indo-German cooperation?

Last few years have seen the rise of several new and dynamic paradigms in innovation management, especially at the bottom of the population pyramid. These seek to motivate companies to develop affordable and good-quality products for rural and poor customers especially in developing economies.
Such ideas, though admirable in their own right, have in many instances failed to fully appreciate and utilize the power of innovative ideas and the rich heritage of traditional knowledge passed down the generations and are lying largely untapped.
Many local users in rural areas come up with inventions that are not only innovative and useful but also less expensive than the usual solutions available in the market. Other important features of these so called grassroot innovations are that they are environment friendly and in sync with the given infrastructural conditions. Examples of such innovations include water-based cooling systems that do not require electricity or non-sticky frying pans made of earth (clay).
The idea of grassroot innovations has been popularized by Professor Anil Gupta of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad. Grassroot innovations are being fostered by institutions like the National Innovation Foundation (NIF) and the Honey Bee Network in India. The Institute of Technology and Innovation Management at Hamburg University of Technology (TIM/TUHH) has recognized the potential of this paradigm, both, for the practice of innovation management in firms and for giving an impetus to Indo-German cooperation in fields of science, technology and business. There are several studies currently under progress at TIM/TUHH to survey the potential implications of grassroots innovations.

TIM/TUHH, together with the German-Indian Round Table (GIRT), will hold a workshop during the India Week Hamburg 2011 to explore and demonstrate the vast cooperation opportunities for German companies, especially small and medium-sized ones, to assist the inventors with technical and marketing know-how. Mutual benefit can be found, for instance, in the giant domestic Indian market as well as in international marketing of such products in other corresponding markets of Africa, Latin America and Asia. Anil Gupta is scheduled to deliver the keynote address and to participate in a panel discussion. Other cooperation partners include India’s National Innovation Foundation (NIF) and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce.

(Source: Germany Contact India, 5/2011, p. 17)

See a local copy as PDF: clipping-gc-tuhh (76 KB)

TU Hamburg-Harburg: Basisinnovationen sind Forschungsschwerpunkt

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

(Quelle: IndienContact, 05/2011)

»DOINGWELL BY DOING GOOD«

Basisinnovationen sind Forschungsschwerpunkt

Im Rahmen des Forschungsschwerpunktes »Global Innovation« untersucht das Institut für Technologie- und Innovationsmanagement der TU Hamburg-Harburg (TIM/TUHH) seit 2006 die bisherwenig ausgeschöpften Innovationspotenziale von Schwellenländern mit einem Schwerpunkt auf Indien. Die Forscher um Prof. Cornelius Herstatt, Dr. Stephan Buse und Rajnish Tiwari interessieren sich für die Entwicklung kostengünstiger, an die lokalen Gegebenheiten angepasste Produkte für einkommensschwächere Schichten und untersuchen fortlaufend Indiens Potenziale als Outsourcing- und Offshoringziel für die Forschung und Entwicklung multinationaler Unternehmen.

Im Mittelpunkt ihrer neueren Studien stehen die Erschließung und Förderung der Innovationskraft der ländlichen Bevölkerung. Denn diese Basisinnovationen sind nicht nur kostengünstigund umweltverträglich, sondern hervorragend integrierbar in die oft defizitären Infrastrukturen ländlicher Gebiete in Entwicklungsländern.

Auf Basis der Aktivitäten von Prof. Gupta entwickelt dasTIM Kooperationsmöglichkeiten zwischen indischen Erfindern und deutschen Unternehmen, wobei das Augenmerk insbesondere auf kleinen und mittelständischen Unternehmen (KMU) liegt. Die Kernfrage einer Kooperation ist stets, wie deutsches Produktions-undVermarktungswissen eine erfolgreiche Weiterentwicklung und Kommerzialisierung der indischen Erfindungen sowohl auf dem Heimatmarkt als auch im Ausland unterstützen kann. Deutschen KMU ermöglicht diese Form der Zusammenarbeit den Zugang zu neuen Absatzmärkten.

DasTIM organisiert gemeinsam mit dem German-Indian Round Table im Rahmen der India Week in Hamburg am 20. Oktober 2011 einen Workshop, an dem Prof. Gupta sowie andere renommierte Referenten teilnehmen werden.

Weitere Infos: www.global-innovation.net

See a local copy of the article: clipping-ic-gupta (PDF / 3,7 MB)

Magazin IndienContact: Erfindungen von der Basis – Innovationen aus Indien sind einfach gut

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Magazin IndienContact: Erfindungen von der Basis – Innovationen aus Indien sind einfach gut

von Achim Rodewald / IndienContact – 26.09.2011

Seit mehr als zwei Jahrzehnten sammelt das “Honey Bee Network” fleißig Innovationen. Mehr als 150.000 einfache, praktische und meist nachhaltige Lösungen auf der Basis traditionellen Wissens und überlieferter Praktiken haben Prof. Anil K. Gupta und seine Mitarbeiter im gesamten Subkontinent bis heute aufgespürt.  Prof. Anil Gupta kommt im Rahmen der India Week zu einem Workshop am 20.10.2011 nach Hamburg (Indien Contact Artikel 05/2011)

Prof. Anil K. Gupta kommt am 20.10.2011 zur India Week Hamburg als Referent des Workshops:

Grassroot Innovations: Neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten in der Deutsch-Indischen Zusammenarbeit?

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Handelskammer Hamburg lädt zur “Grassroot-Veranstaltung” am 20.10.2011 ein

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

Die Handelskammer Hamburg, als Mitveranstalterin des Symposiums “Grassroot Innovations: Neue Geschäftsmöglichkeiten in der Deutsch-Indischen Zusammenarbeit?“, lädt alle Interessirte herzlich zur Teilnahme ein.

Die Veranstaltung findet in englischer Sprache statt (siehe Agenda)

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Kurzbeschreibung:
Diese Veranstaltung findet im Rahmen der vierten India Week Hamburg statt. Umweltverträgliche und kostengünstige Innovationen aus den ländlichen Regionen Indiens können der Gegenstand einer Kooperation mit deutschen Unternehmen sein
Beschreibung:
International renommierte Experten aus Wissenschaft und Praxis diskutieren erfolgversprechende Wege der Zusammenarbeit von deutschen, indischen insbesondere kleinen und mittelständischen Unternehmen. Ziel ist es, die “Grassroot-Idee” mit technischem Know-How aus deutschland zu koppeln und das riesige Vermarktungspotential gemeinsam zu nutzen.

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Datum: 20.10.2011
Status: Anmeldung möglich
Veranstaltungsdauer: 6 Stunden

Kosten

Preis: kostenlos

Zusätzliche Informationen

Zielgruppe: Entscheidungsträger aus Unternehmen, Wissenschaftler und Institutionen mit Interesse an Innovationen sowie Unternehmen mit Interesse an der deutsch-indischen Wirtschaft.
Zielsetzung: Erläuterung des Konzepts, Dialog zwischen Wissenscaft und Unternehmen, konkrete Suche nach interessanten Innovationen

Veranstaltungstermine, -orte und Referenten

20.10.2011
Veranstaltungsort:
12.00 – 18.00 Uhr
Handelskammer Hamburg, Plenarsaal
Adolphsplatz 1
20457 Hamburg
Telefon: 040 36138-0
Fax: 040 36138-401
E-Mail an Veranstaltungsort senden

Quelle: http://www.hk24.de/System/VstTermine/1557904/tg_20_10_2011_41010.html

Grassroot Innovations: New Opportunities for Indo-German Cooperation?

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

India Week Hamburg 2011

[Grassroot Event] [GIRT Events]

[Background] [Event Concept] [Agenda] [Venue & Date] [Registration] [Partners] [Downloads]

Background

source: rediff.comLast few years have seen the rise of several new and dynamic paradigms in innovation management, e.g. the “Bottom of the Pyramid” (BOP) or “Frugal Innovations”. These seek to motivate firms to develop affordable and good-quality products for rural and/or poor customers especially in developing economies. Such ideas, though admirable in their own right, have in many instances however failed to fully appreciate and utilize the power of innovative ideas and the rich heritage of traditional knowledge emerging at “grassroots” from common people.

Rather than selling to poor, as BOP implies, Honey Bee Network – an initiative from India – insists on buying from people, helping them disseminate a lot of creative knowledge as public goods, and/or as platforms for collective co-creation of location specific solutions. “Poor people are not sink, but source of ideas, innovations and initiatives,” says Prof. Anil Gupta of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Ahmedabad, in a thought-provoking statement (see a collection of media reports on grassroot innovations).

Source: ndtv.comMany local users in rural areas come up with inventions that are not only innovative and useful but also less expensive than the usual solutions available in the market. Another important feature of grassroot innovations is that they are generally environment friendly and in sync with the given infrastructural conditions. Examples of such innovations include water-based cooling systems that do not require electricity, or non-sticky frying pans made of earth. The idea of “grassroot innovations” has been popularized by untiring and inspiring efforts of Prof. Anil Gupta, winner of Star of Asia – Opinion Shaper award of ” Business Week” magazine in 2001 and called “Gandhi of Technology” by the reputed German magazine “Der Spiegel”. Grassroot innovations are being fostered by institutions like the National Innovation Foundation (NIF), SRISTI and the Honey Bee Network in India.

The Institute of Technology and Innovation Management at Hamburg University of Technology (TIM/TUHH) has recognized the potential of this paradigm, both, for the practice of innovation management in firms and for giving an impetus to Indo-German cooperation in fields of science & technology, and business. There are several studies currently under progress at TIM/TUHH to survey the potential implications of grassroots innovations.

Event Concept

TIM/TUHH, together with the German-Indian Round Table (GIRT) and some other partners, e.g. the National Innovation Foundation of India and the Hamburg Chamber of Commerce (see Partners), will hold a workshop during the India Week Hamburg 2011 to explore and demonstrate the vast cooperation opportunities for German firms, especially small and medium-sized ones, to assist the inventors with technical and marketing know-how. Mutual benefit can be found, for instance, in the giant domestic Indian market as well as in international marketing of such products in other corresponding markets of Africa, Latin America and Asia. In some cases, e.g. herbal medicines, it might even be possible to introduce the products in Germany or other developed countries. Prof. Anil Gupta is scheduled to deliver the keynote address and to participate in a panel discussion.

Agenda

The event will be inaugurated by Prof. Dr. Garabed Antranikian, President of the Hamburg University of Technology and Mrs. M. Subashini, the Hon’ble Consul General of India in Hamburg. We have confimed participation of Prof. Anil Gupta (National Innovation Foundation, Ahmedabad) and Prof. Luc Soete (UNU-MERIT, the Netherlands). For a complete list of speakers and the programme agenda please see:

Agenda (PDF, 61 KB) as on: 23.09.2011.

Venue & Date
Venue: Plenarsaal, Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Date: Thursday, 20th October 2011, 12:00 – 18:00h.

Registration

The event is intended primarily for business firms, scientific and research community, institutional players and other interested person with an interest in the field of grassroot innovations, the so-called “Bottom of the Pyramid”, frugal engineering and in Indo-German an/or Indo-Euroean cooperation. Participation is free of charge. However, due to limited number of seats we require a binding pre-registration for the event. The registration will be possible between 5th September to 14th October. Please download the registration form (PDF, 460 KB) here and send it by e-mail (grassroot@tu-harburg.de) or fax (+49 (0)40 42878 2867) to us. Please note that owing to capacity constraints we might not be able to accept all the registrations and shall individually confirm the acceptance.

Event Partners

Organizers: Hamburg University of Technology (Institute for Technology and Innovation Management), German-Indian Round Table (GIRT) Hamburg, National Innovation Foundation (Ahmedabad/India), Hamburg Chamber of Commerce

Event Sponsor: Mahindra Satyam

Media Partner: Indien Aktuell

Cooperation Partner: Hamburg section of the German-Indian Society (Deutsch-Indische Gesellschaft e.V.)

Downloads

Event Description (English): PDF, 313 KB

Veranstaltungsbeschreibung (German): PDF, 275 KB

[Download India Week Flyer, PDF, approx. 4 MB] [Download Program Booklet, PDF, approx. 1.4 MB]