GITEX Future Stars, the biggest ever confluence of the global start-up ecosystem, is set to offer entrepreneurs a chance to win funding and opportunities to spur innovation through a targeted series of hosted competitions, Innovation cups and corporate pitch opportunities.

GITEX Future Stars is the Middle East and Africa’s largest start-up confluence of global tech entrepreneurs, international investors and corporate buyers.

The event will be held alongside GITEX Technology Week from October 8 – 12, 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre. The start-up conference will offer entrepreneurs the opportunity to win over AED 1.2 million in prizes. Prizes include cash to support entrepreneurship, trips to Silicon Valley and the chance to pitchfork key leaders in the start-up ecosystem.

The event will host the GITEX Supernova Challenge, a series of pitch competition offering exhibiting start-ups the opportunity to win over USD 180,000 in prize money across 18 categories including best global start-up, most disruptive start-up and best youth start-up. Shortlisted start-ups will pitch their ideas to an esteemed panel of international venture capital investors.

GITEX Future Stars will also feature a collaborative entrepreneurship program in partnership with Wanda. Wanda is the leading platform for entrepreneurs in the Middle East and North Africa to promote corporate start-up engagement in the region. Over a series of workshops and pitching sessions, select start-ups will come together to solve critical enterprise challenges with the goal of initiating partnerships with large regional and international companies.

At the event ACCENTURE will launch the Accenture Innovation Awards, an initiative that identifies and supports the best ideas that use technology to solve tomorrow’s problems today. Winners will be chosen across three categories: Artificial Intelligence, Fintech and Social Impact.

Winning start-ups will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Silicon Valley, with Accenture assisting them in investor meetings. Winners of the Fintech and Social Impact categories will win an automatic placement at the Fintech Hive Investor Day and Expo Live Grant Program, valued at US$100,000 each. Moreover winners will receive access to a team of industry experts at Accenture, who will mentor, advise and counsel the winners on their businesses, including operations and client management.

To enhance tourism experience in Dubai, Dubai Tourism and Commerce Marketing is running a competition to seek the next big thing in travel technology. The top 30 entries will receive their own space at GITEX Future Stars in October to showcase their ideas.

GITEX Future Stars Women Innovation Partner, NAMA Women Advancement Establishment is supporting the participation of eight Emirati women-only start-ups to showcase groundbreaking ideas to the audience who are from all corners of the globe. At the event NAMA will also launch the Badiri Business Entrepreneurship Virtual Academy, digital platform for aspiring and current entrepreneurs, providing resources training and a community of empowered peers.

Through this event GITEX Future Stars extends an essential platform for entrepreneurs to showcase their ideas and Innovation on a global stage. This event brings to Dubai the world’s leading angel investors, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs and innovators from across 75 countries to network and unleash the potential of the next big opportunity.

GITEX Future Stars is the Middle East and Africa’s largest start-up confluence of global tech entrepreneurs, international investors and influential corporate buyers.

For more information please contact

Annie Bricker

Manager – PR and Media Relations

Dubai World Trade Centre

Mobile +971 55 7476782

Email: [email protected]

The IIT Kanpur is organizing it’s Annual Sports Festival UDGHOSH 2017. The 14th edition of UDGHOSH will be held between 12 – 15 October 2017. This is the largest sports extravaganza of India. UDGHOSH has become the largest and most zestful student festivals in India.

This year UDGHOSH will be witnessing nearly 2,500 participants, who come from all prestigious colleges across the nation including the IITs, IIMs and NITs. There will be a plethora of events like Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Carom, Chess, Cricket, Football, Hockey, Kho-Kho, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Weightlifting and Powerlifting.

What’s new in UDGHOSH’17

  • UDGHOSH will be organizing new competitions like Kabbadi, Handball, Sports Quiz and also Mr. UDGHOSH. Mr. UDGHOSH is a unique body building competition to be judged by Mr. Gaurav Taneja, Founder, FIT Muscle TV and an Alumni of IIT Kharagpur.
  • CYCLOTHON: A cycling competition organized by UDGHOSH for all age groups. The motto is to encourage pollution free environment and healthy living. The Chief Guest will be Miss. Nauzhat Parween.
  • Marathon: With the theme of ‘Swach Bharat’ UDGHOSH organized a marathon in Kanpur with about 5,000 participants. This marathon was successful enough to spread awareness about a cleaner future. UDGHOSH is doing its best to build public toilets all over Kanpur.

UDGHOSH is organizing ‘UDAAN’- Sports for specially abled people. A series of new events are being started which incorporates opportunities for physically disabled participants to represent themselves as a part of the sports society. The new events include Athletics, Table Tennis, Chess, Carom and Archery.

There will be numerous informal events held during the fest to chill the heat. These events include Treasure hunt, live Counter Strike, Piker, Zorbing, Paintball, Archery, Shooting and many others interesting events.

IIT Kanpur is inviting everyone to participate in UDGHOSH.

“Nothing is better than going family and eating good food and relaxing.”
-Irina Shayk
When you or your mother cook food at home and you get a compliment, it makes you feel happy and inspires you to cook more and tasty food. But how many of you ever thought about taking the talent to next level? I guess very few. Reasons may be lack of knowledge about the opportunities or may be boundations or may be hesitation.
Keeping all the possible reasons in mind, COWE initiated to make house talent – an entrepreneur. COWE gave a chance, a platform to showcase the talent.
“Home talent needs to be nourished and should comes out of it, I never thought to organise any competition but it was just an idea to make woman an entrepreneur ” said COWE chair person Tripti Shinghal Somani.
The Confederation Of Women Entrepreneurs – India (COWE) organized culinary based event “RASOI QUEEN-Season-2” in Delhi. The concept of RASOI QUEEN is dedicated to all those cooking addicts who enjoys cooking and dream about working as a MasterChef.
RASOI QUEEN – a journey form ‘My Wife Is the Best Cook’ Or ‘Mummy Da Dhaba’ to evolving as a woman entrepreneur using her culinary skills is all about making it to RASOI QUEEN. Till now it was limited to her friends and family but now showcasing it to the world and flying high with her pans and spoons. And let’s be honest – more than a few of us have pretended our kitchen was a studio and we were the latest on Master Chef. RASOI QUEEN gives the real feel of studio cooking.
The event was being organized by COWE and it went to its finale on 19th September where participants were asked to replicate chefs dish and to prepare a mocktail. Dish was prepared by Chef Gautam Choudhary named ‘Hyderabadi Khatte baingan on the bed of cashew upma with Broccoli Keema’.
Chief guest Rakesh Sethi encouraged participants to take their talent forward and ask them not to stop. Judges Chef Nishant Choubey, Chef Prem Ram, Chef Happy Singh, Mr. Sourish Bhattacharya, Chef Gautam Choudhary and Chef Munish Pandit, Chef Vita Singh judged the dishes of participants and also motivated to work more and should not feel inferior if they haven’t won the show as all are winners that they reached to this level.
Winner Sapna Udaiwal said “My son encouraged me to participate in the competition”, she is a home maker yet she wants to take her talent forward and would like to take it as profession.”
Winner Sapna Udaiwal got a gift hamper of Rs. 50,000 along with a trip to Bangkok and franchise of Nita Mehta worth Rs 3.2 lacs, the 1st Runners-up Tina Matta took home a gift hamper of Rs. 25,000 and Franchise of Happy Singh Culinary Institute worth Rs 1 lacs and 2nd runners-up Poonam Maheshwari grabbed a gift hamper of Rs. 15,000.
“Great cooking is about being inspired by the simple things around you – fresh markets, various species. It doesn’t necessarily have to look fancy.”

GITEX Future Stars announces the biggest ever confluence of the global startup ecosystem. It is set to host over 700 entrepreneurs and innovators from across 75 countries to showcase groundbreaking ideas and engage with over 250 of the world’s most influential investors and venture capitalists.

The Middle East and Africa’s largest start-up conference, GITEX Future Stars will be held alongside GITEX Technology Week from October 8 – 12, 2017 at Dubai World Trade Centre and is set to be the global boundary pushing start-up event for rule breakers, game changers and dream makers.

The game changing event will bring the world’s leading start-up experts together to help shape the future of a growing ecosystem of innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration.

GITEX Future Stars will also feature a series of targeted competitions offering a total value of over AED 1 million in prizes for start-ups. Pitch competitions will be offering USD 180,000 in prize money to dedicated competitions run in partnership with Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

GITEX Future Stars is designed to encourage and nurture the spirit of entrepreneurship.

Popularity and fascination of Cricket is becoming the fastest growing spectacle for the sports-themed world over, especially amongst Indians. It has become one of the top sporting competitions. Every single day, on various sports channels, there is atleast a single cricket match being shown.

Currently it is men’s cricket that hogs all attention. We hardly see any channels showing women’s cricket. For a fact Indian women started playing cricket in the first half of 1970s and now it is 2017, but still there is not much recognition or development despite brilliant and competitive talent displayed by women at all levels. A strong and committed initiative has long been pending to address this gap.

The initiative needs to be nurtured with an open mind and a practical approach. Women’s cricket has to be understood on its own merit, independent of men’s cricket performance. Importantly efforts have to be made for general acceptance amongst public  for the sport played by women who roughly constitute 50% of our population.

Sehwag Cricket Academy and Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs COWE, Delhi is launching ‘Queen’s XI, a cricket league for Women’ with great optimism and open heart from 31st August to 2nd September 2017. COWE believes that through leadership and entrepreneurship, women can become the torch bearers of women power.

COWE formed in 2004, has a goal to motivate women to inculcate entrepreneurship culture. This platform would boost the confidence of women and help them to attain an edge for their entrepreneur’s careers. Women are better at building lasting relationships which are prerequisites for entrepreneurs today.

Sehwag Cricket Academy was founded by International cricketer – Mr. Virender Sehwag. The academy provides structured coaching and development programmes for amateurs and professionals in various age groups and skill sets.

Queen’s XI Womens Cricket League is aims to give encouragement to women in sports. It aims to fulfill the basic needs of women in sports, needs that are identified through experts and certified organisations. This program helps shape women’s passion for sport into reality. Our biggest challenge is to support every possible women in sports.

Queen’s XI is an open category cricket league with national and international players. The first day of the league witnessed participation from 8 teams –

1.Northern Railway

2. North Central Railway

3. Central Railway

4. Haryana Kings

5. Gwalior XI

6. Chandigarh (LIC)

7. Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs COWE – a mix team from all over India

8. Sri Lanka Airforce team.

The women behind Queen’s XI are Mrs. Archana Gupta, Director, KEI Industries Ltd. and Tripti Singhal Somani, CEO KGS advisors who joined hands to support a common cause of #womeninsports.

Opening ceremony of Queen’s XI was held on August 31st and was attended by many dignitaries.

Semi-finals took place on September 2nd between

Sri Lanka Airforce vs Haryana Kings

Northern Railways vs LIC Chandigarh

Final match will be conducted in the presence of Mr.Virender Sehwag on 2nd September at 4 p.m. and will be attended by various dignitaries.

Virender Sehwag will hand over the awards for various categories:

Women of the matches

Woman of the series

Best bowler

Best fielder

Best batwoman

Queens XI Women’s Cricket League will be held from 31st August – 2nd September 2017. Women’s T-20 cricket tournament is organized to promote cricket as women’s sport and uplift the statute of women’s cricket. It will also give women cricket players the recognition they deserve. Women’s cricket team has already recorded in the finals of ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.

Queens XI Women’s Cricket League is co-organized by Sehwag Cricket Academy and COWE (Confederation of Women Entrepreneurs in India). COWE is a NGO engaged in the social and economic ” upliftment of women through entrepreneurship”. COWE India is ISO certified organisation. It is a non-profit business organisation and has 9 chapters in various states like Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan. COWE propels women entrepreneurs into economic, social and political spheres of power.

In this league 8 teams will be competing against each other. There will be 15 players in each team. The matches will be played at Abhi Sports Complex, Gurgaon. Each match will have 20 overs. White balls and coloured kits will be provided for the matches. The top two teams will qualify for the finals. The trophy and awards will be presented by Virendra Sehwag.

A trophy will be presented to the winning team and to the runner up. The other awards are:

Woman of the Series

Woman of the Match

Best Batwoman

Best Bowler

Best Wicket-keeper

Best Allrounder

In addition to this, all players will be awarded exciting gift hampers.

Media coverage will be done by news channels and leading newspapers.

Virendra Sehwag has extended his support to the Queens XI Women’s Cricket League. Sehwag has pledged to stand for the cause “Support the Women’s Sports”

Women’s cricket should be supported by everyone. There are very few promotional activities for women’s cricket. We should come forward to provide financial help in conducting the tournament.

Techniche, the annual Techno-Management festival of IIT Guwahati is offering opportunities for robotics enthusiasts under the Robotics Module. National Robotics Championship ‘Escalade 6.0’ will be held during Techniche on 1st September 2017. Preliminary competitions have been successfully held across India in 11 cities like Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Delhi. Robotics enthusiasts can showcase their skills in the competitions during the festival.

Various robotics competitions will be held during the festival. Nautilus is an innovative event where participants should build underwater robot and tackle hurdles under water. Robocalypse is a competition in which a manual bot has to fight opponent’s bot in a death match. The winners will get prizes worth Rs.1,00,000.

There are many more events like Clash-of-bots, Burnout and​ Phototron. All events have exciting prizes.

For Problem Statements of Escalade and more information about deadline visit the official website of Techniche.

For more details contact:

V.Venkatesh, 70328 59899

The attack of WannaCry Ransomware (that happened a few months ago, globally), followed by the illicit hacking of social media account of the vice-president of Congress party, Rahul Gandhi, has seemingly instigated a wave of change in Andhra Pradesh’s online data management system, to fight the cyber crimes there are.

For the same, Andhra Pradesh has become the first in Asia, to introduce the Blockchain technology in the wake of demonetization, to prevent its people’s wealth and all the sensitive information online. The Chief Minister, Sri Chandrababu Naidu, has always been supportive of the “go-cashless” drive and has been doing his best to take Narendra Modi’s dream of “making India cashless” ahead.

The Blockchain Technology has already been introduced in a few departments in Andhra Pradesh to keep all its data secure. This technology stores all the transactions in a publicly centralized digital ledger that can solve the problem of online data manipulations without having a third party involved to check for the same. Blockchain technology assures safe mode for payments, banking and data storage, for the users.

Blockchain Tech.

Furthermore, Chandrababu Naidu has also announced the launch of an app called “AP Purse” that will facilitate simplistic online-payment-making methods for the people of Andhra Pradesh. CM Chandrababu Naidu, for his peerless initiatives, had been appointed the head for a committee of five Chief Ministers on Demonetization, by the Finance Minister of India, Mr. Arun Jaitley.

Would you appreciate the amalgamation of food with Ayurveda? Actually without knowing about it much, we have encountered this combination since ages. Be it in the form of remedies suggested by our great grandparents or nannies, be it the healing advantages of food.

One such concept has been ventured in Kerala in the form of Kairali, with a motive “health thru Ayurveda”. Kairali has been working since 1908. Having its reach in 9 countries, they have contributed towards an effective combination of food with health. However, their story doesn’t end here, they have 35 treatment centers as Ayurvedic Medicines and Healing Centers which promote wellness around the located areas. Kairali is an attempt at showcasing how the​ olden philosophy and culinary practices still hold their relevance in modern times.

The press release on Healing recipes, back to Roots- one of its kind at Chef’s Retreat, been witnessed by Chef Manjit Singh, Chef Vikas Seth, Mrs. Gita Ramesh (Jt. MD of Kairali), Ms. Madulika Dash, Abhliash Ramesh (Executive Director of Kairali) on 15th June 2017. Press release will be a three-day event (from 3rd July-6th July 2017) in Kerala and an exciting journey instead, where residents will get to interact with Ayurvedic doctors and Chefs, attend specially-curated masterclasses, explore local cuisines, learn the trick of growing vegetables and spice organically, and master the art of making gourmet meals that are nourishing and indulging.

A glimpse of panelists at event!

Conversations were revolving around food and its healing recipes but was not restricted to it. Having diverse panelists for the conversation, food writing (blogging), real essence of Mom’s hand-made food, junk food, evolution of food from mom’s kitchen to 7 star hotels were highlighted. Every line was ended up was concluded by saying whatever you are cooking, make sure it is healthy, nutritious, hygienic, but above all, it’s about “Food Dil Se”.

Because it is believed that if the emotions with which the food is cooked is not conveyed properly, the sole purpose of cooking is lost. Not only from maker’s side, cooked food should be felt in the same way at receiver’s end too.

It’s time for us to change the outlook towards food, let’s feel food rather than eating for survival, understand its essence in one’s life and more importantly, respect the food – never waste it!

When ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ came on the cinema screen, it made a lot of news, with a good box office opening. They did not even have to struggle a lot for promotions. This all happened because it was a real life story. And then the trend continued ‘Mary Com’, ‘Pan Singh Tomar’, ‘Neerja’, and so many other real life stories were screened on Indian Cinema. All of them went well on screen. This is the reason, in last twelve months, ten Biopics have been released. It is not that this is happening for the first time in India. Earlier also movies like ‘Gandhi’, ‘Bhagat Singh’, ‘Mangal Panday’ and so many other biopics came but they were not as hiked as today’s Biopics.

One of the benefits that the producer gets from these films is they have less budget. These movies are real life stories so you do not have to spend a lot of money in crashing cars, collapsing building, graphics, shooting different scenes in Switzerland, Paris, Jammu and Kasmir or other stunning tourist spots. Neither you need a lot of co-actors or beautiful actresses. Nor you have to construct a fake ‘Sheesh Mahal’ like what was constructed in ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’. ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’ was made on a budget of 30 crores whereas it’s total collection in Box office was not more than 1 crore, ‘Paan Singh Tomar’ was made just on a budget of 4.5 crores and collected approx. 40 crore as a total.

These are also time friendly projects to work on. They do not demand a hectic long year to complete  the shooting of the film, it is just a matter of months. As real life stories mostly revolve around two to three cities, there is no requirement to shift the cast and crew from one palace to another.

The most important thing in this kind of movies is these are highly beneficial for our society. They just don’t tell stories but help people to get inspired. Previously people watched romantic fictions or action movies and thought that even he or she can run his/her car at a speed of 300, or he or she will meet his beloved in some bad situation like while fighting with rowdies. These movies only mislead people, in a contrast, biopics are helpful. They give us a lot and lot of information. Like the movie, ‘Rustam’ tells us, how the judicial system worked before 1959. ‘No One Killed Jessica’ and ‘Talvar’ have shaken us totally by telling us the deepness of corruption that is prevailing in Indian Politics as well as the security system. ‘Pan Singh Tomar’ was such a film, which made regret ourselves as well as our system. Tell me who knew about the ‘Manzi- The Mountain Man’? Who cut the whole mountain all alone. No drought, cold or hot weather were able to stop him.

Biopics also helps in giving the appropriate respect and recognition to the deserved personalities. For example, ‘Airlift’, nobody was aware of ‘Mathunny Mathews’, A Kuwait-based business man. A great man who kept everything he has at stake to safely evacuate Indian citizens living in Kuwait to India, during the Iraq-Kuwait war. Even the latest ‘Dangal’ tells the devotion of a father (Wrestler Mahavir Singh Phoghat) towards getting his flag flying on the top of others.

Nowadays this trend is practiced by all kinds of actor. Whereas non-commercial actors like Nabazudin Siddiqui, Irfan Khan adopted this technique. Commercial actors like Shahrukh Khan and ‘Salman’ Khan are also not left behind in this process with their movies ‘Raees’ and ‘Sultan’ respectively.

We have a number of biopics releasing soon in the line. Ranbir Kapoor will be seen playing the role of ‘Sanjay Dutt’ in his biopic. Kangana Ranaut is playing the lead role in a movie based on ‘Rani Laxmi Bai’. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film ‘Padmavati‘ is also coming starring Deepika Padukone. Then Arjun Rampal will be seen in ‘Daddy’, based on the life of Don Arun Gawali. Shraddha Kapoor will be seen in the film based on the life of Dawood Abraham’s sister ‘Haseena – The Queen’. Then 1911, which is based on Football player ‘Shibdas Bhaduri’. John will be playing this role.

If this is to be continued, then I think those days are not so far when sacrifice, struggle, devotion, and the creation of every individual will get it’s recognition and respect on a big screen.