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With great power comes great responsibility, and as one of the biggest IT parks in the country, Technopark Trivandrum has always strived toward green, clean and environmental friendly measures. From our solar powered street lamps to our solid waste management system which recycles nondegradable waste and turns organic waste into fertilizer which is used in our own gardens. Commemorating National Energy Conservation Day, Technopark wishes to remind you all that it is important that we each do our part to help protect and conserve energy, resources and the environment.

CeBIT India 2016, the three-day annual technology and innovation conclave organized by Hannover Milano Fairs India, got off to a flying start on Thursday. The theme for CeBIT India 2016 is ‘Discover the Business of Technology Innovation! See how collaborative disruption is changing tomorrow’s innovation’. Besides global and domestic exhibitors, the event also found participation of consultants, business experts, and policy makers.
This year, CeBIT has participation from 400 brands, 191 exhibitors, 70 speakers, and two stages. Delivering the keynote, Delhi University Ex-Vice Chancellor Prof Dinesh Singh pointed out the need for collaborative innovation for social change.“India is moving at a rapid pace of digitization with fast-evolving social and digital tools. This is making of a wide rage of socio-economic disruptions. Here, we need to evolve a cohesive policy atmosphere so that everyone will find a level-playing field,” he said.

Techies kicked off a campaign to convert Technopark into a fully e-transaction enabled IT park. As the first step, a seminar was conducted on the need for adopting cashless payment mechanisms and highlighting the need for popularizing it among the various vendors in Technopark. The campaign was organized by Vivekananda Study Circle (VSC), charitable society working among the techies. The seminar was conducted by eminent chartered accountant Shri Ranjith Karthikeyan and chaired by Shri Hrishikesh Nair, CEO, Technopark. Shri Venkitaraman (General Manager, SBT IT), Shri Kiran Bhasi (PayTM), Shri Praveen Prakash (HDFC) and others from various banking and payment organizations also participated in the seminar. Technopark CEO urged the vendors within Technopark to adopt cashless payment mechanisms and offered all possible help to enable them for the same.
The 5th edition of Qisa, short film contest conducted by Prathidhwani, concluded with the Prize Distribution ceremony on 8th December 2016 at 6pm. National Award winning Movie Director Sri Jayaraj distributed Prathidhwani's Qisa Short Film Festival awards. Jayaraj delivered a short speech to the winners describing his techniques of filmmaking as well as new methods of the film industry. He offered all help to techie filmmakers and asked them to create films the portray the life of people while using new technology.
Prathidhwani Treasurer Raneesh A R presided over the function and Festival Director Vinu P V welcomed the guests. Famous film critic Sri M F Thomas ( Jury Chairman PQFF 2016) , Prathidhwnai President Bijumon, Secretary Rajeev Krishnan were also present. Following the awards ceremony award winning movies screened. The movie "Chathuram" directed by Siddharth Shiva also screened first time in Kerala on the award ceremony venue.

Natana - the arts club of Technopark, Trivandrum - in association with Natyaveda, will conduct a musical, cultural extravaganza on 15th December 2016, at  the Amphitheater in Technopark.
The Annual cricket Tournament hosted by Somnoware Healthcare Systems for Technopark's Combating Cricket Teams will host its Grand Finale Somnoware Cup 2016 on December 14 at 3:00 PM at the Technopark cricket ground. The final battle for the Winners trophy will be between Allianz Cornhill and Ernst & Young.
Prior to the final, the match to determine the 2nd Runner up will be held between IBS & Envestnet, at the same venue at 1:30pm. The prize distribution for the winners will be done by our chief guest
Mr P Prasanth (IPL player - Sunrises Hyderabad) along with other dignitaries.  
Persons with Disabilities Celebrate their Abilities
Talking Hands - Creating Conversations, commemorated the International Day for Person with Disabilities 2016 at Allianz, Technopark. 135 Deaf students, teachers and parents, close to 20 deaf employees in Technopark, the Talking Hands team, volunteers and supporters took part in a special celebration which was organized to mark the special day. The function was kicked off with inspirational and motivating messages from HR Head Allianz India, Shri Hrishikesh Nair, CEO of Technopark, NISH Director, HR Director UST, Technopark Business Development General Manager Nireesh C, Vasanth Varada, Sindhuja Varma, Surya and Radhika.
Talking Hands is a team of 7 deaf and 10 hearing impaired employees of Allianz India. The team is focused on breaking barriers and ensuring equality. Talking Hands works closely with 3000 employees in teaching sign language so that they can communicate and engage with other deaf and hearing impaired people. SignTv is an online deaf news channel based in Trivandrum which presents news in Indian Sign Language and reaches many deaf communities in India. SignTv is in the fore front of providing deaf news, deaf awareness, deaf education and deaf advocacy for the deaf community in sign language.

The specialized masters students of the 2017 batch of IIITM-K at Technopark, Trivandrum is attracting companies like TCS, Ernst and Young, Allianz,  PrimEra Technologies, Thomson Reuters, ABB, etc. for their final semester Internships and placements.
The unique, high demand 
master's specializations in Data Analytics, Cyber Security, Machine Learning and Geo-Spatial Data Processing offered by the institute in an industry-friendly ecosystem under the supervision of high-quality faculty members is paving the way towards creating an excellent model for the technology education system of the state of Kerala.
The primary elements of this successful model are the 
practicing faculty and the culture of promoting experiential learning through real life problem solving. Students from across the country are inducted to these programs through a national level entrance examination. The high demand for its specialized postgraduates is definitely another important milestone in IIIT-K’s journey towards excellence as a state-owned   academic/research institute of impeccable caliber.

Author      : Raymond Roblin Donston
Company : Allianz

The Green Dot 
There on the right hand corner
Below the bright rectangular screen
On the page that loaded the book of faces
I took a stroll down memory lane
And sat fervently looking for a Green dot

As memories flashed before my eyes
Of tears and smiles
and joy and sorrow
the good and the bad, both we shared
I sat impatiently looking for a Green dot.

Oh! My…Can I believe my eyes?
Is this a dream? I pinched myself
For there before my teary eyes
Very next to her Icon and her name
The Green dot bloomed bright and clear.

My heart skipped a beat or two
I tried to fix a smile on my face

Two shiny little pearls ran down my cheeks
As I continued to stare at the Green dot
A Green dot, that was once my world

My heart still pounding fast
I sat speechless and numb,
Bewildered and baffled
At the questions from my inner self
My hands reached out to the mouse
Once again to reach to my Green dot

Looking at the shackles that I created for myself
Holding me back from starting to type
Questions and questions, rained one after the other
What will I ask and how will I begin?
The Green dot shone brighter and brighter

“I am sorry dear!”
Eh! No…”
Will you forgive me?”
“Let me explain…”I fumbled for a beginning
Alas, I was too late lost in thought
When suddenly the Green dot disappeared
Never to turn Green again.

17th Foundation day Celebration of UST Global on 9th December 2016, at Technopark, Trivandrum.
Photo Courtesy - Roshni Ann Thomas