Zinnov Hosts UNICON, GIC - University Collaboration Program

BANGALORE, November 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

~To promote engagement & build strategic collaborations between academia & industry~

~To build a future-ready talent pool of relevant and technically-competent workforce~

Leading Management Consulting firm Zinnov, in association with L&T Technology Services and CITRIX, today hosted UNICON, a University-Industry collaboration meet to address senior technology and business leaders and research faculty from Tier-1 and Tier-2 universities to ideate on 'Reshaping Collaborative Innovation'.

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With the aim to foster meaningful conversations between universities and enterprises, UNICON was organized for the support, expansion, and enhancement of knowledge base and to promote increased cooperation, research collaboration, and information sharing through a series of educational sessions, workshops, case studies presentations, and masterclasses.

India's R&D growth story has been a fascinating one from cost arbitrage to product ownership, with India at the forefront of innovation for their parent organizations. It's no secret then that India is the next frontier of innovation. Emerging trends in technology across sectors like AI, IoT, Blockchain, Security are being embraced by the country's vibrant ecosystem, and to harness the full potential of what these technologies hold and move to the next wave of growth, organizations need to establish strong ecosystem connects.

"As India embarks on a growth journey to become a knowledge and innovation hub, we realize that strategic alliances and investment in our human capital is the need of the hour. Promoting education through collaboration to ensure transfer of knowledge and technologies from scientists and engineers to entrepreneurs is highly essential," said Mr. Pari Natarajan, CEO, Zinnov. "Through platforms like UNICON, Zinnov endeavours to build a future-ready talent pool of relevant and technically-competent workforce that has an intricate understanding of the disruptions occurring in industries, with an equal access to emerging technologies and opportunities to co-create so as to drive forward the next wave of innovation," he added.

The day-long event saw participation from senior industry leaders and prominent academicians who engaged in conversations that focused on:

  • Establishing the vision for the Indian Research and Academic ecosystem
  • Staying abreast with key technology trends and disruptions impacting organizations and identifying areas of potential co-creation
  • Unlocking challenges faced by GICs and Universities while formulating partnerships
  • Acting as a catalyst for next generation research and industry-relevant curriculum in universities
  • Focused discussions on increasing competencies and achieving gender diversity at the university level

"India's success story as an innovation hub is garnering global acclaim, and the recent rise in rankings in the Global Innovation Index further serve as testimony to the country's growing influence in the worldwide innovation value chain. While corporates and associated technology partners are working round the clock to maintain this momentum, it is the right time to involve the key element i.e., the academia, and particularly the student community, to provide exposure to exciting Engineering R&D pursuits. We believe platforms such as UNICON are a perfect bridge to connect the industry - academia link, and further fuel the innovation mill. We derive our belief from the encouraging results witnessed while hosting our own TECHgium™ initiative earlier this year, which remains one of the most distinguishing student-industry collaborative initiative in developing new breakthrough engineering solutions for real-life business challenges," said Dr Keshab Panda, CEO & Managing Director, L&T Technology Services Limited, one of the partners for the event.

Anuj Magazine, Director Technical Operations, Citrix India, added, "UNICON is quite a unique concept and to have universities and corporates under one roof progressively thinking about making partnerships work, is a step in the right direction. A conference like UNICON immensely raises the possibilities of collaboration between Industry and Academia, thereby helping create a far-reaching impact."

About Zinnov  

Zinnov was founded in 2002, and is headquartered in Bangalore, with presence in Gurgaon, Silicon Valley, and Houston. Zinnov has built in-depth expertise in Product Engineering and Digital Transformation. They assist their clients by:

  • Research and strategy consulting for software service providers in the areas of Product Engineering and Digital Transformation;
  • Enabling companies to develop and optimize a global engineering partner strategy to achieve higher throughput, innovation, productivity, and cost savings;
  • Growing revenue for company's products and services in India and other emerging markets;
  • Helping MNC GICs to consolidate their geographic footprint.

With their team of experienced professionals and research teams, Zinnov serves clients across software, semiconductor, consumer electronics, automotive, storage, telecom & networking, healthcare, banking, financial services, and retail verticals in U.S., Europe, Japan and India. For more information visit, http://unicon.zinnov.com/.

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Nitika Goel

Kinjal Chhetri Panwar
Zinnov Management Consulting

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