Lenovo ‘Do Network Challenge’ Tops with Indian Doers

Lenovo ‘Do Network Challenge’ Tops with Indian Doers

Lenovo announced that its recently-launched Do Network is well on its mission to helping Doers here bring to life their ideas for a better community, as it sees over 1,269 entries submitted across Indonesia, India and Russia for its Do Network competition. In India, passionate Indians have submitted 609 entries.

Officially launched on 8 December 2011, the Do Network is an online platform designed to inspire people to share and discuss ideas they are passionate about, to form project teams and develop their ideas into concrete plans and tangible actions. Apart from the platform, Lenovo has also provided the resources and mentors to empower participants with the necessary knowledge and tools.

Apart from users’ active participation in submitting projects, the Do Network has also garnered strong interest in the surrounding community, generating 19,867 registrations on the website across the three countries to date.

Based on the theme of “technology invention”, the challenges proposed by the Do Network in this cycle of the campaign seek to address the problems that exist in local communities. This includes portable education, traffic jams, or products=progress. The fourth, a wildcard challenge, is also provided to allow Doers to pursue their individual ideas that may not fall under the specific challenge categories, but still fit with the technology invention theme.

“We are thrilled at the tremendous interest in the Do Network here and the quality of the projects that have been submitted so far," said Shailendra Katyal, Director, Marketing, Lenovo India. "Voting for the projects has begun and we are very hopeful and excited that some of these ideas may help generate positive outcomes for the local communities. These projects have already garnered 5,309 votes only 10 days after voting began, reflecting the strong support from the local communities. The DO Network mentors, are also looking forward to sharing their insights with the finalists, and we hope to see these winning ideas evolve into real solutions over the course of this campaign. We urge the public to continue voting so that they can see their favorite projects come to life!”

The mentors include Rajan Anandan (MD Google India, India), Rajiv Makhni(Managing Editor, Technology at NDTV, New-Delhi, India), Mahesh Murthy (Managing Partner, Seedfund), Kishore AK(CEO & Co-Founder, Althea system), Arvir C Sud(Retired Scientist G & Lead Auditor, ISO 9000, Aeronautical Development Establishment, Defence Research & Development Organisation), Maxwell Pereira(CEO- Maxwell Pereira Advisors Pvt Ltd. & ex-IPS officer), Prof. Shiva Prasad (Dean- Academics, IIT Bombay) and Shantanu Prakash (Chairman & MD Educomp solutions, Founder and Managing Trustee of the Learning Leadership Foundation (LLF))

“It’s a pleasure to be associated with an initiative like this,” says Rajan Anandan, MD, Google India. “Programs like these provide a platform to youngsters, the support they need to bring their ideas to life and help them succeed with the right mentoring. With the combined expertise of the Mentors, project teams and support from Lenovo, I’m certain that this initiative will see some meaningful projects come to fruition and make a difference in our community.”

The Do Network is an extension of Lenovo's brand promise: to provide the tools to empower people to accomplish their goals. Voting for the top 10 projects has begun on 5 January 2012, and will run until 25 January 2012. The top 10 finalists will be announced on 11 February 2012, where voting will commence again to determine the winning team. For more information about the Do Network, including the official rules, please visithttp://donetwork.lenovo.com.

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