World’s #2 PC Maker Launches Online Platform to Bring Together Communities of Passionate Doers in India to Collaborate on Projects
The focal point of the Do Network is an online space where like-minded Indians can unite to share and discuss ideas that they are passionate about, and to form project teams to develop these ideas into workable and concrete plans. The Do Network also serves as a platform to connect these project teams to other people in the community who can provide advice and lend their skills and expertise. Lenovo will be providing the top ten teams with valuable resources in the form of mentors and Lenovo technology. The winners will receive the prize money of USD 25,000 meant as seed funds to turn their projects into tangible reality.
“Lenovo is a company focused on action, and we create technology that appeals to people who don't just dream but get out there and accomplish things,"said Shailendra Katyal, Director, marketing, Lenovo India. "Through the Do Network, we want to create not just a platform but a movement that brings Doers together to push the limits on collaboration and creation, and inspire them to unleash their great ideas and turn them into something meaningful and tangible for their communities.”
Lenovo will be setting up a Do Lab in India where the top 10 finalist teams will work with the mentors to discuss and refine their projects. A full-scale promotional campaign will also be run by Lenovo to excite audiences in the Do Network, the project teams and their inspired ideas.
The Do Network will comprise a series of four 90-day contest cycles, with different themes and thematic challenges introduced for each cycle. The first cycle will be based on the theme of ‘Innovation through Technology’ and will run from now till March 7, 2012. Interested participants can start submitting their project ideas from today at http://donetwork.lenovo.com
‘Innovation through Technology’ challenges project teams to come up with new ways of using technology to create solutions that address the tough problems that exist in their communities. Project teams will be required to work on one of the four challenges issued -- portable education, traffic jam or products=progress. The fourth, a wildcard challenge, will also be provided to allow Doers to pursue their individual ideas that may not fall under the specific challenge categories, but still fit with the ‘Innovation through Technology’ theme.
Rajiv Makhni (Managing Editor for Technology at NDTV, New-Delhi, India)
Rajan Anandan (MD Google India, India)
Mahesh Murthy (Managing Partner, Seedfund)
Kishore AK(CEO & Co-Founder at Althea system)
At the same time, Lenovo is launching the Do Network in Indonesia and Russia. In each country, the top 10 finalists will receive Lenovo branded equipment of up to USD$2,000 each. In addition, the Grand Prize Winner in each country will receive a USD$25,000 grant to continue working on their project.
Lenovo (HKSE:992) 9ADR:LNVGY) is a $US21 billion personal technology company – and the second largest PC company in the world, serving customers in more than 160 countries. Dedicated to building exceptionally engineered PCs and mobile internet devices, Lenovo’s business is built on product innovation, a highly-efficient global supply chain and strong strategic execution. Formed by Lenovo Group’s acquisition of the former IBM Personal Computing Division, the company develops, manufactures and markets reliable, high-quality, secure and easy-to-use technology products and services. Its product lines include legendary Think-branded commercial PCs and Idea-branded consumer PCs, as well as servers, workstations, and a family of mobile internet devices, including tablets and smart phones. Lenovo has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. For more information, see www.lenovo.com.