International Blockchain Congress launches India’s biggest blockchain initiative – Genesis Hack

With India’s Blockchain initiatives scaling-up, the need for blockchain-ready developers is growing, Genesis Hack 2019 will change this by congregating over 65k developers from all over India.” – Raghu Mohan, CEO of IBC Media

Bengaluru- 21st, Nov-2018: IBC media, the creators of the International Blockchain Congress announced the launch of Genesis hack – the world’s biggest blockchain hackathon – at the 10K NASSCOM Start-up Warehouse in Bengaluru. Genesis Hack aims to promote and grow the number of blockchain developers in India. With over 6 million trained software developers, India has the potential to be a blockchain powerhouse, and the developer community plays a privotal role.

The launch event of Genesis Hack saw several prominent blockchain industry personali-ties like Abhishek Pitti, CEO of Nucleus Vision, Amit Kanodia, CEO, Hostand Abhinav Ramesh, CEO of Murmur, among others. Other attendees at the event included develop-ers and participants who came to witness and support the launch of the biggest block-chain hackathon in the world. Genesis Hack is co-hosted and supported by leading industry experts who share the vision of seeing India become one of the biggest block-chain centres in the world – Nucleus Vision, XDAT, Host, Nasscom 10k startups, Spring-role, Murmur and Eleven01.

An Introduction to Genesis Hack and Why India Needs it

Genesis Hack is a blockchain hackathon that aims to propagate blockchain technology in India.. With the growing need for blockchain talent in India, Genesis Hack aims to bring together over 65k developers to compete against each other for a cash prize of over Rs 1 Crore. The participants will be tested through three major tracks that involve building a blockchain protocol, dApps, and building security solutions for blockchain infrastruc-tures. However, the cash prize is not the only incentive; the participants will also be exposed to India’s entire developer community as blockchain-ready.

The hackathon will soon open registrations for its participants and provide them with ample time and mentorship to build their projects. As its name suggests, Genesis Hack is going to set the precedent for the blockchain revolution in India by nurturing and chal-lenging a potent developer community.

The present state of affairs in India is favouring the adoption of blockchain technology at industrial and government capacities. However, the lack of blockchain developers will set back the intended progress that needs to be made in order to make India block-chain-ready. “There are several use cases for blockchain technology across several industries,” commented Abhishek Pitti, CEO of Nucleus Vision. “But to scale up, we need engineering talent to build and maintain blockchain infrastructures. An event like Gene-sis Hackathon can help promote the need for more blockchain developers,” he added.

Additionally, there are very few blockchain hackathons that give engineers, blockchain enthusiasts and developers the means to contribute to the industry and get inducted into this small, up-and-coming developer community in India. Presently, India has about 6 million engineers who are capable of delivering a solid throughput for the blockchain industry. “As a large-scale event that brings together developers from all over India, Genesis Hack will set the precedent to enable India to solve the biggest blockchain problems in the world with a well-equipped workforce,” said Rama Iyer, President of Elev-en01.


Arogya World urges employers ‘to do more’ to tackle mental health issues of employees at the Workplace

16 November 2018, Bangalore – Arogya World India Trust, a non-profit organisation, today urged employers to recognise and address mental health issues of employees at the workplace. It stressed the need for companies in India to commit to doing more to help their workforces cope with mental health conditions such as stress, anxiety, depression and other mental disorders.

India is a young country with two -thirds of the population less than 35 years old. Currently in the age group of 18- 35, the third leading cause of death is suicide. 4 out of 10 professionals suffer from depression or anxiety. The rate of anxiety and depression has increased by 45- 50% in the last 8 years.

Various studies have proven that mental health issues have a substantial impact not only on the health of individuals but on productivity of the organisation as well. Unfortunately, stigma surrounding mental health, along with fear of being viewed differently, or even losing their job are reasons why employees don’t talk about stress or anxiety at the workplace. And with people spending longer hours at work it is the employer’s responsibility to more. Arogya also stressed the need for top management to implement interventions such as confidential counselling, stress reduction interventions and employee assistance programs to help employees overcome mental health issues.

Present during the event, Nalini Saligram, Founder & CEO, Arogya World, said, “We encourage companies in India to come up with supportive HR policies and ways to encourage employees to speak up and seek treatment. The health of your workforce and of your company demands this. Nothing less than the future and competiveness of India is at stake.”

Arogya also recognised 15 progressive companies as Healthy Workplaces for 2018 and felicitated them during a ceremony on November 14, 2018. These companies were recognized for their emphasis on chronic disease prevention in the workplace setting. On November 15 there was a session on Mental Health in the workplace, to highlight the seriousness of the issue and encourage companies to tackle mental health at the workplace.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Pratima Murthy Professor, Dept. of Psychiatry & Chief De-addiction Services – NIMHANS said, “The employees today suffer from various mental conditions like depression, anxiety and too much stress. Not only is this affecting their professional lives, but also their personal lives. I commend the efforts of Arogya World India Trust for taking up this issue. It is time employers take it seriously and work to improve mental health of their workforce. After all there is no health without mental health”

Ms. Sunita Cherian, Senior Vice President – Corporate Human Resources, Wipro Limited, was also present for the event, she said, “Mental well-being is a serious but under-recognized health issue. This assumes relevance for India’s young population among whom depression and suicide are unfortunately on the rise. Wipro recognizes the importance of mental well-being and the gravity of the situation. Our efforts at inclusion extend to creating a workplace environment  that is devoid of stigma and is sensitive to mental health, where employees can seek timely and appropriate help. We promote this through our people policies that make counselling and care accessible to our employees.”








1MG – Lido Mall lights up lives with eco-friendly Diwali and free eye surgery

Bangalore, 31 October 2018: Ensuring celebrations last for a lifetime, 1MG-Lido Mall is spreading awareness on eco-friendly Diwali and ensuring public health and safety with a strong message on no-noise and no-pollution this Diwali 2018.

Come and join the celebration on Friday, 2nd November from 5:30 to 6:30pm at 1MG Mall where all visitors will be handed out eco-friendly diya and will light lamps together. Shortly after the lamp lighting ceremony, sweets will be distributed to all mall visitors.
With the objective to ensure an environmentally safe Diwali, the Mall in partnership with Narayana Nethralaya hospital will be offering a free surgery to anyone who has lost their eye sight on account of lighting Diwali crackers. The free eye surgery will be conducted by Dr. K. Bhujang Shetty, Founder Chairman & MD Narayana Nethralaya to anyone who has lost their eyes on account of lighting fire crackers during the Diwali season.

In an attempt to raise awareness on eye donation, 1MG – Lido Mall is encouraging more visitors to sign in and take the pledge on a no-pollution and no-noise eco friendly Diwali moving forward. An eye donation campaign will also be conducted for all those who are keen to donate their eyes. The eye donation is considered an act of charity, purely for the benefit of the society and is totally voluntary.