Announcing Alchemix Session 6: Technology that Creates Impact and Why

Posted By: Rise Team|Dated: November 16, 2012

AlchemixAlchemix™ 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 and will be hosted in Bangalore. Time:  5.00 pm to 7.00 pm IST, at the Dream:in center. Register Now


 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 existing 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.

Read a detailed research blog on the background to this session in our Alchemix Blog Series: Dispatches from the Field

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.  

Kannan Lakshminarayan

2. Neha Juneja. 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, co-founder of Greenway Grameen to share HOW they have managed to do this.

Neha Juneja

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.

Mayank Sekhsaria

4. Joe Madiath. Gram Vikas The dichotomy—between providing technologically-based tools to rural communities 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 organization 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.

Joe Madiath


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

  • What are the ingredients for the successful adoption of technology in under served markets?
  • How are innovators and entrepreneurs approaching challenges in developing a market for technology based ideas?
  • What is the role of understanding the social behaviors for an effective business model in taking a technology innovation to scale?


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