Marking the successful conclusion of yet another edition of its unique techno-cultural gala, Quick Heal Foundation, the CSR arm of leading IT security solutions provider Quick Heal Technologies, has announced the winners of Cy-Fi Karandak 2018. Organised in association with Maharashtra Cyber and Theatre Academy at Sakal Lalit Kalaghar in Pune on December 16, 2018, the grand finale saw ‘I Agree’ by ‘Amche Amhi’ from Pune named the winner of the award from amongst nine finalist teams.
Leading actor Mr. Riteish Deshmukh and Mr. Jackie Shroff was present at the grand finale of the Cy-Fi Karandak 2018 as its Chief Guest, while prominent Marathi actors Vijay Kenkre and Anand Ingle were part of the judging panel. The winning team was felicitated at the hands of Kailash Katkar (Managing Director & CEO – Quick Heal Technologies Ltd), Mr. Sanjay Katkar (Joint Managing Director & CTO – Quick Heal Technologies Ltd), Sachin Pandkar, SP, Maharashtra Cyber and Prasad Purandare, President, Theatre Academy. Several renowned film, theatre, and TV personalities such as Shrirang Godbole and Jitendra Joshi were also present at the event.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Kailash Katkar said, “The lamp that burns the brightest also casts the deepest shadows. Digital technology is a bit like that lamp. It is important that, while we enjoy the benefits that it brings, we also remain aware and updated about its risks and threats. Through Cy-Fi Karandak, Quick Heal Foundation wanted to raise awareness about the need for better cybersecurity.”
“The response that we have received for the event so far has been nothing short of amazing, and it would not have been possible without our partners, Maharashtra Cyber and Theatre Academy. I would like to congratulate the winning team, as well as all the finalists, for putting up such an engaging, entertaining show to educate people about the need for cybersecurity. I would also like to extend a special thanks to our Chief Guest, Mr. Riteish Deshmukh and Mr. Jackie Shroff, and our esteemed judging panel,” he added.
A unique competitive festival of one-act-plays aimed at raising cybersecurity awareness, the second edition of Cy-Fi Karandak registered an impressive response from participants, receiving over 100 entries from across Maharashtra. Theatre Academy – under the leadership of its President and acclaimed theatre artist Prasad Purandare – hosted the auditions at the regional centres of Pune, Mumbai, Aurangabad, Kolhapur, Goa, and Nagpur to select the nine finalists.
The grand finale of Cy-Fi Karandak 2018 showcased thought-provoking contemporary theatrical acts which provide a glimpse into today’s digitally-driven lifestyles, as well as the level of threats that users face today. Through the event, Quick Heal Foundation further underlined its commitment to creating a better world, where users are safe and secure in all of their digital interactions, through sustainable initiatives aimed at raising cybersecurity awareness.
1st – I Agree (Amche Amhi, Pune)
2nd – F-57 (Natyasanskar, Pune)
3rd – Communication Error (Swapnapurti Creations, Mumbai)
Dinesh Nair Appointed as Director for Consumer Business Lenovo India
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.
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.
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 Championship||APAC 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.
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.
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.
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)
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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