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I-CARE: Innovation for the eco-system

Research and innovation have witnessed a fundamental shift in recent years; they are far more open, collaborative, global, and multi-disciplinary.
IBM Collaborative Academia Research Exchange (I-CARE), a workshop organized by IBM Research – India on October 26, 2009, captured this changing dynamics and explored the new ways of doing research and fostering innovation. With over 300 students, researchers, and academicians participating in the event, I-CARE was a platform for showcasing outstanding innovations, identifying key challenges, and sharing great ideas.

To give students an opportunity to showcase their innovations, I-CARE had a poster competition, which witnessed participation from some of the leading technical and management institutes of the country, including IITs (Indian Institute of Technology) and IISc (Indian Institute of Science). The topics of the poster competition were aligned with the broader research agenda of IBM and focused on:

More than 130 posters were submitted for the competition, of which 62 were selected for the final showcase.

The students also participated in four parallel invited talks, where experts from academia and IBM Research – India discussed various aspects of research in the areas of service science, software technologies, information management, deep computing, analytics, and mobile enabled services.

I-CARE also included two exciting panel discussions, featuring eminent personalities from the academia, government and industry. The first panel discussion, entitled, “How can government, academia, and industry work together to build a Smarter Nation?, focused on creating a smarter India, especially by leveraging the human capital of the country. The second panel discussion, “Taking innovation and research in India to the next level,” centered around the various challenges in research today and new avenues to make it relevant to the rapidly changing planet.