Friday, September 11, 2015

Innovations Speak - Chinnikrishnan Innovation Awards - 2015

"Whatever the rich man enjoys, the poor man should also be able to afford"  This Powerful statement of the Revolutionary Visionary, made happen, "Innovations" to be acknowledged and supported for. The Visionary is none other than. Mr.(Late) Chinni Krishnan in whose memory commemorates the Chinnikrishnan Innovation Awards organized by Cavin Kare India.

It was all about innovations, Investments, Risks, social utility and Finally, success. Three such innovations, a mannequin for cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training, A sanitary napkin destroying Machine and a wrapping machine for the development of weavers,  were unanimously chosen to bag "Chinnikrishnan Innovation Awards - 2015" jointly organized by CavinKare India and Madras Management Association on 9th September at Kamarajar Arangam.
Standing (L to R): Gp Capt R Vijayakumar, VSM, (Retd), Executive Director, MMA, Mr T Shivaraman, President, MMA & Managing Director & CEO, Shriram EPC Ltd, Distinguished Guest of Honour Mr Ravi Gururaj, Chairman & Co–Founder, Frictionless Ventures Pvt. Ltd, Mr P A Sekar, P A Sekar Scientific Research Center, Prof M Manivannan Merkel Haptic Systems Pvt. Ltd., Distinguished Chief Guest, Mr M M Murugappan, Vice Chairman, Murugappa Group, Mr V Ramachandran, CEO-President, Glo Life Care Equipments Pvt Ltd, Mr C K Ranganathan Chairman & Managing Director, CavinKare Pvt Ltd and Mr Terry Thomas Innovation Center Leader and Partner, Operations, Advisory Services, Ernst & Young LLP 

The event witnessed a whole bunch of technocrats and Industrialists, who were equally passionate in lifting up the others to their breed of Entrepreneurs. MM Murugappan, vice-chairman, Murugappa Group was the chief guest, Ravi Gururaj, chairman and founder, Frictionless Ventures Pvt Ltd , Terry Thomas E&Y Ltd, Cptn. Vijaykumar, C.K.Rajkumar, CK Ashok Kumar, Dr.Mariazeena and few other Entrepreneurs and Industrialists were also present at the event!

CK Ranganathan addressing the crowd, commented that Indian quality of innovation and research is on par or even excellent than the international standards . When these brains tapped for extra - ordinary innovations, can stimulate the Indian economy to reach greater heights. He was also happy that MMA has consented to jointly present the Chinnikrishnan awards from this year onwards and this entity will be surely be a unique platform in encouraging entrepreneurialism at its best.

CK Rajkumar - the brain behind the Velvette shampoos, nostalgically recalled a few memories of his father Mr.Chinni Krishnan, who was the father of Sachet revolution. Being a teacher by profession, Chinni Krishnan had envisioned that innovations would lead to betterment of life.

The crowd witnessed a fiercy - thought provoking presentation on Innovations - VUCA - how reality over took fiction and how fictions inspire the real time innovations - A spell bound presentation by Ravi guru raj, who extolled on 1X improvement strategy and 10X opportunities for employment and a good quality of life.

Mr Shivraman , president, MMA expressed his delight in having this joint organization in bringing out the fifth edition of ChinniKrishnan Innovation Awards and promised that MMA would assist hence forth. Talking about the shortlisting, Raman mentioned, there were four rounds to shortlist. Of the 200+ recieved applications, 106 were short listed on the basis of the social utility and relevance, 39 passed the first round of screening of which 17 were shortlisted after a proper technical evaluation. only 9 upon 17 were able to clear the video crew round where the entire process and the day to day activities with the innovations were captured and concepted on. Finally after all that had taken place, the three best applicants were unanimously selected as award winners. Mr.Raman also mentioned that the selection criteria was very stringent and transparent that every one should know what had happened.

Listening to the success stories. Prof.M.Manivannan, the mannequin  maker of  CPR, expressed his gratitude to his students Kanagapriya and Varathurai, who were behind his success in bringing out the mannequin that could be of social utility.

Mr.V.Ramachandran, the innovator of Napkin vending and destroying machine, gave a peice of mind to help the innovators and young budding people, to sustain the flame of innovation and not to be carried away by other influences. He also stated that, any technocrats, can work under some employer upto the age of 35 and not a day late to that and then should start on their own. they must be willing to take risk, choose the right product and bring about revolution for the cause of the society.

It was indeed a pure bliss for the audience and dignitaries to listen to Mr.P.A.Shekar - P A Shekar Scientific , who hailed from a small village and innovated a mechanical weaving machine that saved the tough times of the weavers. He said his mission was to do until he could and as far as he could.

Finally, Mr.Murugappan - the guest of the day - expressed his pleasure in witnessing the icons of innovations on a single stage. Every innovator should check if his innovation is a value for money or valued by many or both and preferably both. When Shekar innovated for livelyhood, Ramachandran for a clean and a hygenic society and Manivannan took up entrepreneurship for a service with capability of bridging Science, academics and research and utility, Murugappan explained, innovation is clearly a social process. Innovation is a complex design which comes up with a new idea and works for everyone. Innovators should connect collaborate and continue.

The grand evening of September 9, 2015, held at Kamarajar Arangam, ended with a Delicious vegetarian dinner . . .