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The Hackathon COVID Couldn’t Stop: Season 9 of the Yarl Geek Challenge

A staple event of the Sri Lankan tech calendar, Season 9 Finale of the Yarl Geek Challenge (YGC) has come to an end. A competition organized annually by the Yarl IT Hub, the YGC is known to attract the best in entrepreneurship and technology from the Northern part of the country. Over the years, many

The Hackathon COVID Couldn’t Stop: Season 9 of the Yarl Geek Challenge

A staple event of the Sri Lankan tech calendar, Season 9 Finale of the Yarl Geek Challenge (YGC) has come to an end. A competition organized annually by the Yarl IT Hub, the YGC is known to attract the best in entrepreneurship and technology from the Northern part of the country. Over the years, many

An interview with Dr. Mrinmayee Bhushan, founding Director of the start-up firm, Mindfarm Novatech Private Ltd; consultant for IP and innovation for a DSIR-approved, not-for-profit research organization, APT Research Foundation, and a biosecurity analyst.

Tell me about the product you developed. Mrinmayee: It all started because of the reluctance shown by a relative of mine to face the public after hair grew abnormally on her face during menopause. That prompted me to find a remedy for the problem. As a medical pharmacologist, I was trained to help solve issues

An interview with Gadhadar Reddy, Chief Executive Officer of NoPo Nanotechnologies Private Limited

Tell me about your company, NoPo Nanotechnologies. Gadhadar: I founded NoPo Nanotechnologies in 2011 along with Dr. Robert Kelley Bradley. Our objective was to produce high quality carbon nanotubes and thereby enable applications that would transform life. In particular, we are developing technologies for the space industry that will also help solve some of the

An Interview With Dr. Mugdha Potnis-Lele Senior Manager – Social Innovations, Venture Center

John Hoffmire: What is the Venture Center? Mugdha: Venture Center is India’s award-winning, leading technology business incubator for science and technology startups. We offer entrepreneurs and startups the widest suite of incubation programs, services, resources, and facilities. With over 75 resident startups at any given time, we are one of India’s largest science business incubators.

An interview with Jayant Sitaram Karve, Director and Chief Executive Officer of RCupe Lifesciences Private Limited

John Hoffmire: Tell me about your company, RCupe Lifesciences Pvt. Ltd. Jayant: RCupe Lifesciences is a biomedical device start-up focused on developing, manufacturing, and commercializing innovative solutions for unmet clinical needs in emerging and other markets. Currently we are focused on a much needed ‘Ozyn-D™’, an indigenously developed, novel intraosseous (IO) device for pre-hospital and

An interview with Karon Shaiva, Chief Impact Officer – IDOBRO & Managing Trustee – RISE Infinity Foundation

John Hoffmire:  You are the founder of the RISE Infinity Foundation. Tell me more about this social enterprise. Karon: I started the RISE Infinity Foundation in 2014 as an organization committed to serve those in India who are vulnerable, poor, and sick. Our vision is to create a more responsible, inclusive, sustainable, and eco-friendly society

Efficiently Measuring Progress Toward Poverty Alleviation

What did you have in mind that made you want to start Outline India? Prerna Mukharya – Good data leads to robust policy making. Before starting my journey with Outline India, I was a researcher working on grants with think tanks and universities. I realized that as a country we were receiving so much donor money,

Efficiently Measuring Progress Toward Poverty Alleviation

John Hoffmire: What did you have in mind that made you want to start Outline India? Prerna Mukharya - Good data leads to robust policy making. Before starting my journey with Outline India, I was a researcher working on grants with think tanks and universities. I realized that as a country we were receiving so much

How large a role should business play in improving society?

All societies have problems. I am sure this is not a shock to anyone. Neighbors have disputes, poverty exists and inequality grows. Simply put, if each individual of a society is imperfect, so too is society, and since no one is perfect, we each play a part in making society imperfect. And like people, institutions

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The Longer We Wait, the More Difficult it Will Be for the Future of Social Security

Social Security policy is unsustainable in its current form. What has consumed a significant portion of America’s paychecks and helped sustain a significant portion of America’s seniors is destined for change. In 2019, the trustees of the Social Security program released a report predicting that all of the trust fund’s reserves would run out by

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China’s ESG iceberg: sustainability in the age of technological disruption

It may be hard to imagine China as an emerging leader in sustainable business practices as it remains one of the world’s top carbon emitters. However awareness of ESG best practices is growing among Chinese companies, largely driven by changes in regulatory policies as part of China’s structural shift toward sustainable growth. As with other

For energy transition, the key word is sustainability, not politics

Two words — sustainable and transition — are frequently used when we talk about energy these days and unfortunately, the definitions are at best inconsistent and at worst, misleading. That makes agreeing on not just what we need to do, but how, especially difficult. Nevertheless, doing nothing is not an option. The transition to a

Here’s how much it would cost to move every home in the U.S. to zero-carbon energy

A typical American household runs on fossil fuels: natural gas for heat, hot water, and the kitchen stove, gas or diesel to power the cars in the driveway, and coal and natural gas still powering the majority of the electricity flowing in the home, even as the amount of wind and solar on the grid

Layering Evidence for Impact Investing Success

The field of impact investing turns 12 this year. As any parent knows, 12-year-olds can be precocious, and while they’re still young, they’re also maturing and ready to take on more responsibility and accountability. The same is true of the impact investing field. In particular, now is the time for more maturity and accountability in measuring social

Covid-19 reverses electricity access progress

Energy access policies continue to bear fruit, with 2019 data showing important progress. The number of people without access to electricity dropped from almost 860 million in 2018 to 770 million in 2019, a record low in recent years. In India, the government announced having reached full electricity access in 2019, and effective policies have

Sustainability themes too important to ignore

2019 was a pivotal year in the journey towards a more sustainable future. The recent wave of public attention generated by the nature documentary series ‘Blue Planet II’ has helped to create a backlash against single-use plastics. Sustainability issues have made front-page news courtesy of environmental movement Extinction Rebellion and Swedish teenage climate activist Greta

Future of the workplace: Sustainability, climate change and COVID-19

Environmental and sustainability professional, Dr Leyla Acaroglu, and next generation employee experience platform and intranet provider, Unily, have launched the Future of Workplace Sustainability Report, which explores how sustainability, climate change and COVID-19 are shaping the future of the workplace. We are living in a time of great and immediate change, and COVID-19 and climate change are just two of

Defining and Measuring Sustainability

While the U.S. national government rushes to dismantle regulation, last week’s Wall Street Journal featured a series of articles about the move by top corporations to adopt sustainability measurement and management. Even the venerable Journal has figured out that corporate managers are increasingly saving money while reducing the environmental damage caused by their organizations. Moreover, the best and brightest