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Alchemix 6: Technologies that are Creating Impact and Why...

Innovation Alchemy in collaboration with Mahindra Spark the Rise

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (IST)

Alchemix 6: Technologies that are Creating Impact and...

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Alchemix Session 6



Alchemix™ is a curated, open forum discussion between entrepreneurs, innovators, creative minds and engaged citizens. Alchemix sessions are designed by Innovation Alchemy as a peer learning initiative and take a deep, insightful look at high-impact ideas from an innovation and scale lens. Previous speakers include social entrepreneurs, founders and  leaders from organisations like Ashoka, Pratham Books, Swasth, Waterwala, mDhil, and many more.

The next session is scheduled for Wednesday, 21st November, 2012.

Time:  5.00pm to 7.00pm IST

Venue: Dream:In Center, IDIOM, Indiranagar, BANGALORE


Session Theme: Technologies that are creating impact and why...

We are, therefore we invent. Technology represents one of the most fundamental applications of human intelligence. Little surprise then that it is at the crux of some of mankind’s greatest achievements through time, providing solutions to many challenges, whether it is the need to land a rover on Mars, light a bulb over a surgeon’s operating table or deliver clean drinking water to massively populated urban centres.

 Yet, as we achieve complex technology accomplishments, more than a billion people continue to be disenfranchised, with no direct access to economy, science or development. In this Alchemix session we will look at how some innovators and entrepreneurs have worked with technology to build new ideas, to create a range of inexpensive, accessible and effective solutions that can be adopted at a large scale. We will also be looking at the need and opportunity for breakthrough innovation in adapting technology to create big impact.

Practitioners who have been invited to speak at this session include:

1. Kannan Lakshminarayan. A serial innovator, Kannan is the Founder of Vortex and the Gramateller low cost, low power ATM machines that was commercialised into an independent venture. He has now developed Microspin,a technology enabled cotton spinning unit that has the ability to connect cotton farmers into the fabric value chain by making it easy and simple to spin cotton into yarn. As he works towards scaling Microspin, we will speak with him about the steps involved in scaling a technology and finding adopters to buy at scale. 

2. Neha Juneja & Ankit Mathur. Greenway Grameen Infra has taken the 'earthen chulah' ubiquitous across rural homes in India and a major health hazard for women and families, and tranformed it into a more eco-friendly stove, without forcing any change in user behaviour. Greenway Grameen breaks even as a business this year and has demonstrated how to co-create products with the users and build ideas that don't challenge deep set behaviours and patterns - enabling rapid adoption. We invited Neha & Ankit, co-founders of Greenway Grameen to share HOW they have managed to do this.

3. Mayank Sekhsaria. Greenlight Planet. What started as an experiment with powering irrigation pumps has translated into a set of simple, highly effective solar powered lights and a rapidly evolving rural business. To succeed in enabling more rural consumers to use solar lights, the team at Greenlight Planet had to create an entire approach to rural distribution. This distribution network is now their biggest resource as it enables them to reach deeper into the ecosystem. We have invited Mayank, co-founder of Greenlight Planet to share insights around getting the products adopted so widely.

4. Joe Madiath. Gram Vikas. The dichotomy- between providing technologically- based tools to rural communitites and searching for the most appropriate and helpful versions of them- has led to a conflict in current development paradigms, writes Joe Madiath in his paper It Takes a Faucet. Joe Madiath is the founder of Gram Vikas, a non-profit organisation that works extensively with the disenfranchised, tribal people of Orissa. His work at gram Vikas took biogas technology across rural Orissa, providing renewable energy in a way that rural families could own and adopt it-  thereby making a strong case for the importance of adapting existing technologies to suit the needs of people.


Sharing by Practitioners will be followed by an open group discussion on the emerging insights:

  • What are the ingredients of successful adoption of technology in underserved markets?
  • How are innovators and entrepreneurs approaching challenges in developing a market for technology based ideas?
  • What is the role of the business model in taking a technology innovation to scale.



Seating is limited to the first 50 people who register.

So please do register at the earliest or email Aditi Kini at for more details. Learn more about previous Alchemix Sessions.

If you are not in Bangalore you can join the Livestream and the Twitter Conversation.

We will be livestreaming the session on a high bandwidth stream for peers across the world to join in. Our team will also be interacting through Twitter during the session - please follow us on @innovalchemy and use the hashtag #Alchemix for live updates during and prior to the session. You could also like us on Facebook for more information and updates.


This Alchemix™ Session is brought to you by Mahindra Rise.

Mahindra’s Spark the Rise is a unique online platform for change-makers across India to connect with one another, collaborate and exchange ideas, procure volunteers and donors, and to compete for monthly grants from Mahindra. Spark the Rise empower innovators, entrepreneurs, and ordinary people to drive positive change in India by:

1. Connecting change makers with one another to collaborate, exchange ideas, procure volunteers and donors, and make things happen.
2. Funding ideas and projects through grants ranging from 2-40 lakhs
3. Supporting entrepreneurs and innovators through mentorship, workshops, and on-the-ground events across the country.


Looking forward to seeing you at the 6th Session of Alchemix™.

An Innovation Alchemy Initiative

Have questions about Alchemix 6: Technologies that are Creating Impact and Why...? Contact Innovation Alchemy in collaboration with Mahindra Spark the Rise

When & Where

Joseph Chemmanur Hall, 1st Stage, 1st Cross
Bangalore, Karnataka 560038

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM (IST)

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Innovation Alchemy in collaboration with Mahindra Spark the Rise

Innovation Alchemy, is an Innovation Consulting and Advisory Services firm based in Bangalore, India, applying innovation thinking to problems of scalable social impact, business growth and sustainable profitability. We engage across civil society organizations, foundations, small businesses and government agencies involved in scaling high-impact ideas and help facilitate accelerated growth of the projects & models. Our work involves three core areas of strength: Consulting & Research Insights; Incubation & Acceleration; and Community Curation. Most notably, Innovation Alchemy is the lead partner for the World Bank’s Development Marketplace (2011-2013) as well as knowledge partner for Marico Innovation Foundation’s Social Enterprise Acceleration Program where we leverage our Alchemize™ methodology for scale.

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