1. Chintakindi Mallesam, a grassroot innovator was born in a traditional weaver’s family in Sharajpet, Aleru Mandal, Yadadri Bhuvanagiri district in the state of Telangana, India. He started learning weaving from his parents at the age of 10 years. Later, he moved into his family’s occupation which has been pursuing the tradition of weaving Pochampalli saris for several generations. The entire design of the saris is totally dependent on this Asu process which took 8-9 hours to weave just two to three saris per day.Mr. C. Mallesam thought if there could be an alternative method for Asu that would mean better living conditions as well as less physical drudgery for his mother which led to his famous automated Asu machine that he named after his mother as Laxmi Asu Handloom Machine. The first machine was made in the year 1999 and got an overwhelming response to his invention in the weaver community. His invention became prominent and received various accolades and awards from the state and central governments. In the year 2017, he received the Padma Shri award under the category of Science and Engineering for his invention, Laxmi Asu Machine. Awards & Accomplishments
2. Rama Krishna Dasari CEO – Efftronics System Pvt. Ltd., Being an innovator to upgrade the Indian business spectrum, Mr. RamakrishaDasari laid the foundation stone for Efftronics System Private Limited with his two friends after completing his M.Tech in IIT Chennai. His approach towards the establishment was to give shape to his ideas of creating products and solutions backed by strong R&D for Indian customers and suitable for Indian conditions. Under his efficient leadership, the company is now positioned as one of the End-to-End smart solutions providers in India for deploying 70+ Made-in-India products and solutions for Indian Railways, Smart signalling, Smart Cities, Smart buildings, and other IoT domains. 3. Rishikesha T Krishnan Director – IIM Bangalore Prof. Rishikesha T. Krishnan, currently working as the Professor of Corporate Strategy& Policy at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore, India. He served as Director at IIM Indore from 2013 to 2018. He is also an author, columnist, and professor of management with a focus on strategy, innovation, and education. Listed in the Thinkers50 India, a list that has the most influential management thinkers from India, Mr. Rishikesha conceptualizes innovation as the congregation of four simple parts: Problem, Idea, Execution, and Benefit, and has a major leap towards Jugaad that is very important in India where we have lots of resource constraints.