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Qualcomm Announces Top Ten Finalists of Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2019




Qualcomm Incorporated has announced the top ten finalists for the Qualcomm® Design in India Challenge 2019 organised by Qualcomm India Private Limited (Qualcomm India). Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2019 saw participation from Fintech, MedTech, IoT and Smart-Infra start-ups. The finalists were selected through a jury selection process in May 2019 at Bengaluru. Each of the finalists will receive a prize money of USD$10,000 and access to the Qualcomm Innovation Lab to transform their ideas and concepts into working prototypes.

The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2019 is the continuation of Qualcomm India’s initiative to provide support to Indian design houses and product companies for innovation and invention. The Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2019 aims to provide support to the domestic hardware ecosystem of India. Benefits offered to the start-up finalists, apart from the prize money, are:

  • Patent Filing Incentives: Qualcomm India will reimburse each start-up an amount of USD$2,500 for a full utility patent application for up to two patents, filed with either the USPTO or India PTO, related to the idea/concept/product submitted as part of the contest and during the incubation phase of the program.
  • Access to Accelerator Program Services: Qualcomm India will offer accelerator services to all start-ups at no additional cost through a 3rd party vendor, including diagnostic assessments and workshop interventions on scaling parameters like operations, customers, competition, product, financials, team and investments. Monthly one-on-one mentoring sessions from subject matter experts is provided to interested start-ups for each scaling parameter.
  • Govt. connects: Opportunity to connect with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology and/or the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade. in person.

Speaking on the occasion, Rajen Vagadia, Vice President, Qualcomm India Private Limited and President, Qualcomm India & SAARC, said, “This is the fourth year of Qualcomm Design in India Challenge and it has become one of India’s longest running wireless hardware start-up incubation programs. The challenge continues to spur research and development for products targeted at both domestic and export market in areas of robotics, wearables, machine learning, smart homes, smart cities, agri-tech, medical-tech, and fin-tech. Innovation is what we strive for, and through Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2019 we continue to positively impact the product design ecosystem, that will contribute to enabling India achieve its Digital India and Made In India visions.”

Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary (IPP), Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT), said “In recent years, India has seen a tremendous growth in the startup ecosystem. Initiatives like the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge are helping create a conducive environment for tech startups and enabling a Design in India ecosystem. Congratulations to all the finalists, I am thrilled to witness the innovative solutions showcased through this program and I look forward to seeing more Indian startups at the forefront of driving the global digital revolution”

The ten shortlisted companies of the Qualcomm Design in India Challenge 2019 are:

  1. Adapt Ideations Pvt. Ltd. – KELVIN – A high sensitivity asset tracker and monitor
  2. Antariksh Waste Ventures Pvt. Ltd. – Digitizing waste management eco-system in India by providing fill levels across bins to city admins, local clean-up alerts to citizens, skill development for sanitation workers, task-equipment and people management features for sanitation supervisors and waste mapping & delivery services for enabling the growing recycling industry
  3. Arcapsis Techno-solutions Pvt. Ltd. – Xpert Inhaler – COPD & Asthma Medication Adherence supporting device, which connects inhaler with smartphone and gives customized alerts, real-time reports, etc. in order to enhance medication adherence and hence help in preventing asthma flare-ups
  4. Biodesign Innovation Labs Pvt. Ltd. – A mechanical ventilation and auto-resuscitation device as an alternative to prolonged manual ventilation using self-inflating bags for patients with respiratory illness
  5. Blackfrog Technologies Pvt. Ltd. – Sanjivani – A portable active (battery powered) cooling device that will provide a platform for delivery of vaccines and all other biologicals like blood, tissue, culture which are required to be kept strictly between 2 and 8 degrees Celsius for 8 hours
  6. Detect Technologies Pvt. Ltd. – An automated micro category UAV for Elevator Shaft Inspection during routine maintenance schedule and emergency situations 
  7. Elear Solutions Tech Pvt. Ltd. – Delivering a P2P platform COCO to consumers via the reinvented smart home switchboard
  8. Grinntech Motors and Services Pvt. Ltd.– Battery Management solutions
  9. Health Arx Technologies Pvt. Ltd. (BeatO) – A smartphone based multi-vital monitoring ecosystem which will allow users to track their Blood Glucose, Haemoglobin, Lipid etc data on a regular basis on their own
  10. Ubifly Technologies Pvt. Ltd. – Integration of onboard electronics for command, controls and communication of long-range drones

These top ten companies will start incubation at the Qualcomm Innovation Lab starting in July 2019. At the end of the incubation period, expected by March 2020, one winner and two runners up will receive a prize money of US$100,000, US$75,000 and US$50,000, respectively.

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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





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.


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)

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





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: 


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


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


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


  • 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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