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Infosys Inaugurates Hartford Technology and Innovation Hub

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Infosys inaugurated its Technology and Innovation Hub in Hartford. Infosys also announced that it has hired more than 7,000 American workers in the last 18 months as part of its ongoing commitment to accelerate the pace of digital innovation for American enterprises.

The Hartford Hub, located at 225 Asylum Street in the Goodwin Square Building, will help Infosys work more closely with its clients in the region and will serve as the global Hub for Infosys’ InsurTech and HealthTech efforts. The Hub will feature Living Labs for the Future of Insurance, the Future of Healthcare and the Future of Manufacturing amongst others. The Living Labs help organizations learn through making. They bring together expertise in business and technologies such as blockchain, extended reality and cognitive capabilities with techniques like design thinking, agile and devops. The Living Labs enable rapid experimentation and exploration of innovation efforts.

“The inauguration of our Hartford Technology and Innovation Hub is an important milestone in our ongoing efforts to help American enterprises revitalize their core businesses,” said Infosys COO U.B. Pravin Rao. “This Hub, along with five other hubs around the country, will help us to seamlessly collaborate with our clients to develop agile, cross-functional digital solutions to today’s most pressing business needs. We are very pleased to continue expanding our presence in Connecticut and thank both Governor Malloy and Governor-Elect Ned Lamont for their support.”

“In the months since the announcement that Infosys would put down roots in Connecticut and create over 1,000 jobs to Hartford, they have already become strong corporate partners, ” Governor Malloy said. “The truth of the matter is that Connecticut is a great place to live, work, and grow a business. We have a world-class workforce and education system. And employers have started to take notice. The capital region specifically has seen several high-profile employers establish a presence in the past year, at the same time incubators have popped up to support our burgeoning technology industry. It’s indisputable that Connecticut has momentum, and Infosys’s new headquarters embodies the progress we have made over the past eight years.”

“We are thrilled to inaugurate our Harford Hub today, joined by our partners in government, academia, and business,” said Ravi Kumar, President, Infosys. “Companies throughout the region, including those in the insurance, healthcare, and manufacturing sectors, are experiencing rapid digitization. By collaborating closely with our clients and developing unique academic partnerships to foster talent, we are solving complex business challenges while transforming Hartford into a technology hub and a destination for the technology workers of the future.”

“Infosys’ decision to make Hartford a major innovation center is great news for Connecticut and for the Capital City, and it accelerates the work we’ve done to make Hartford a hub for innovation in our core industries,” said Hartford Mayor Luke Bronin. “From InsurTech to advanced manufacturing to digital health, Hartford is building strong momentum, and Infosys will be a large and important part of our innovation ecosystem.  Most important of all, Infosys is partnering with local educational institutions to train Connecticut students and create job opportunities for local talent.  Recruiting Infosys to Connecticut was a team effort, and I want to thank Governor Malloy, his administration, our local business leaders, and Governor-elect Lamont for their partnership.”

“We’re intently focused on advancing our digital agenda, and we’re making investments in technology, people and partnerships to accelerate innovation across the company,” saidAlan Schnitzer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Travelers. “There has been a lot of great work over the past few years to ensure Hartford’s position as a premier destination for InsurTechs and strengthen its ability to attract top talent. The opening of the Infosys Technology and Innovation Hub is further evidence of the strides being made and an important step for the community.”

“We are excited to officially welcome Infosys to Hartford, marking an important milestone in the revitalization of our capital city,” said Stanley Black & Decker’s CEO and President Jim Loree. “Infosys’ presence will further propel the region toward its goal of becoming a technology and innovation hub. Hartford is rapidly becoming known as an affordable and attractive alternative to neighboring large cities and Infosys’ presence here will reinforce that. I really appreciate the team effort across the public and private sectors to highlight the tremendous value and assets of the region and I look forward to building a deep and productive business partnership with our new neighbor, Infosys.”

Infosys previously announced a partnership with Trinity College to create new educational programs that will prepare liberal arts students and Infosys employees for the digital workplace of the future. Such partnerships form an important part of Infosys’ broader commitment to workforce development and solving the STEM skills gap in the United States. Infosys’ strategy relies on building a holistic recruitment pipeline that extends beyond traditional computer science degrees, recruiting individuals from a diverse set of backgrounds and disciplines. Through a relentless focus on training and continuous education, Infosys is working to develop talent pools organically in the communities where the company operates.

Infosys’ commitment to education also extends to the company’s charitable foundation, Infosys Foundation USA. In Connecticut, the Foundation has provided multiple grants for classroom technology and computer science training to teachers and schools. To date, these grants have reached 3,728 students, 41 teachers, and 30 schools across the state. Infosys Foundation USA has recently partnered with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, providing a grant to create a comprehensive K-8 Spanish language computer science education pathway for Spanish English Language Learner (ELL) students in the US with pilot programs being launched in Hartford, Connecticut.

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Dinesh Nair Appointed as Director for Consumer Business Lenovo India

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Global technology leader Lenovo has appointed Dinesh Nair as Director, Consumer Business for India region. Dinesh succeeds Mr. Shailendra Katyal, who has recently been appointed Site Leader for Lenovo India and Managing Director of Lenovo’s PC and smart device business in India. 

Dinesh Nair has been an integral part of the Lenovo India consumer business for more than 11 years and has worked successfully across several roles. His most recent role was as the sales & channel management lead for Lenovo’s consumer segment in India. He has handled leadership responsibilities across offline general trade retail, distribution management, field sales, eCommerce, large format retail and category management, and has been a key contributor to the company’s growth journey in India. 

“During this difficult time in India, we are working hard to ensure the safety of our employees, partners and customers and I am grateful that we have excellent leaders in place to bring our team together and offer this support. I am proud to hand over the reins of the consumer business to Dinesh. At the same time, this is a demonstration of our commitment to developing talent internally. I am sure he, along with the consumer leadership team, will propel the business to new heights,” said Shailendra Katyal, Managing Director, Lenovo India.

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ASUS ROG Announces ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports Tournament

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ASUS ROG will host its first ROG Masters Asia Pacific eSports tournament from March to April 2021. Due to COVID-19 pandemic affecting travel around the region, the tournament will be conducted entirely online, with quarterfinal to final matches livestreamed.

The ROG Masters tournament will feature Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) as the official game title will provide opportunity to teams with enthusiastic players to pitch their skills against each other, as well as the best professional teams from their market and in the region.

Tournament Structure

The tournament will see various teams from 15 markets across the region vying for the chance to be crowned as the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific Edition CS:GO Champion. 

The tournament will be played in three stages played over the course of 2 months:

  • Country qualifiers
  • Country finals
  • Asia Pacific finals

Country qualifiers matches for India will start in the second week of April 2021; 8th April and the finals to be held on the 10th April. The India finals to find the top three teams to represent the country will be livestreamed live on 10th April.

Professional teams from across the region will be automatically placed into seeded positions in the country finals. This gives a greater chance for non-professional, enthusiast teams from India to get through the qualifiers and meet the pro teams in the country finals. 

Country Champions will then go on to experience battling winning teams from other APAC markets in the finals that will be livestreamed during 22nd to 25th April 2021.

Prizes

3 qualifying teams from India finals will stand to win US$800 for first place, US$400 for second place, US$200 for third place. They will then go on to the Asia Pacific finals with the chance to win the following prizes for the championship:

ROG Masters APAC ChampionshipAPAC Finals (USD/ team)
1st$10,000
2nd$3,500
3rd$1,500

Registration and Official Tournament Website

Registration for the first ROG Masters Asia Pacific tournament opens on February 8, 2021 at the tournament’s official website.

Registration closes on February 28, 2021 Further details, match schedules, pro team information as well as rules and regulations can also be found on the tournament website.

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Garena Launches Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars

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Garena has announced the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Free Fire’s first-ever esports tournament for the South Asia region. Taking place on 6 February, the tournament will feature some of the gaming community’s favourite Free Fire streamers and personalities from India, Pakistan, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

The Free Fire community has continued to expand in South Asia and across the world, with the mobile battle royale game the most downloaded mobile game globally in 2020, according to App Annie. Through the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars, Garena will look to continue its efforts to excite and delight its fast-growing South Asian community with exciting Free Fire content, and to support and develop the incredible online community in the region.

Tournament Format

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature a total of 12 teams. Each team will be led by one of the top 3 streamers from each of the 4 participating nations – chosen by public voting – in this epic clash to determine the best in the region. 

The 12 teams will compete in the Battle Royale Squad mode for a slice of the 1 million diamond prize pool. The ultimate winner of this star-studded tournament will receive 500,000 in-game diamonds; the first and and second runners-up will be awarded 300,000 and 200,000 diamonds respectively. 

Invited Teams

The Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars will feature some of the most popular streamers and personalities from across South Asia. 

The team captains for each nation are: 

India

  • Total Gaming (19.4 Million YT Subs)
  • Desi Gamers (7.8 Million YT Subs)
  • Two-Side Gamers (6.85 Million YT Subs)

Bangladesh

  • Gaming with Nayeem (1.6 Million YT Subs)
  • Illusionist YT (479K YT Subs)
  • Gaming With Zihad (698K YT Subs)

Nepal 

  • Sooneeta (3.26 Million YT Subs)
  • Bshow Mgr (399K YT Subs)
  • Tonde Gamer (2.37 Million YT Subs)

Pakistan

  • RKG ARMY (1.77 Million YT Subs)
  • Unusual Gamer (81K YT Subs)
  • The Skinzo FF (75.5K YT Subs)

Broadcast Details:

Fans can witness all the high-octane action by tuning in to the live broadcasts of the Free Fire South Asia Showdown: Battle of the Stars. These will be hosted on Free Fire Esports India YouTube and Facebook, Free Fire Bangladesh Official YouTube and Facebook, as well as on BOOYAH!. 

To cater to the diverse South Asian community, the matches will be streamed with live commentary in 5 languages – Bengali, English, Hindi, Nepali and Urdu.

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