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Zinnov Awards 2018: Celebrating The Titans In Tech


Zinnov hosts its Annual Awards for the 9th consecutive year, recognizing individuals and organizations at the forefront of the technology industry

With the theme, 'The X Factor - Distinguishing Leaders from Laggards', Zinnov Management Consulting hosted the 11th edition of its Annual Zinnov Confluence 2018, on the 20th and 21stof June at Taj Yeshwantpur, Bangalore.


The Confluence series, over the last decade, has established itself as a compelling thought leadership and networking platform. This year too, the event saw participation from over 3500+ senior leaders from MNC R&D and Digital companies, leading Indian firms, academia, and start-ups, who engaged in compelling talks, insightful debates, enthralling panel discussions and more, to explore and ideate on strategies for innovation in this era of constant technology disruption.

The star attraction of the two-day long event was the 'Zinnov Awards 2018', an evening dedicated to recognizing and felicitating outstanding individuals and organizations, for their notable contributions across different categories in the Technology MNC GIC space. The august gathering included senior leaders from the ecosystem, innovators, industry stalwarts, and the who's who of the Indian R&D and Digital space.

Zinnov Awards continues to be an acknowledged standard in recognizing the achievements and contributions of GICs in India, and this year too, saw an overwhelming response with over 300+ nominations from 100+ companies across 9 award categories.

With 2018 said to be the Year of the 'Rising Stars', the focus was on small and emerging GICs, whose efforts have helped drive value for the global organization, while building a strong presence in the country. It equally emphasized on those India centers that have gone above and beyond their mandates to influence the vision and charter for the global organization, by setting up centers of excellence on new technologies, collaborating with the ecosystem, adopting digital and gearing up for the future.

Award Categories And Winners

Category 1: Technical Role Model (Established & Emerging Technologies): This category was an individual contributor award and recognized those individuals who have been star contributors to the internal and external technology ecosystem. They have served by example and inspired individuals both within their organization and beyond, to emulate them and follow a technical career path.

Winners:
. Karthik Krishnan from Samsung R&D India
. Dattatraya Kulkarni from McAfee Software (India) Pvt Ltd
. Jayanta Basak from NetApp India Pvt. Limited

Category 2: Center Transformation: Companies that have rapidly evolved from being a pure play cost center to a value center.

Winners:
. HSBC Technology
. DBS Asia Hub 2
. NetApp India Pvt. Limited

Category 3: Best Corporate Start-up Program: This award is to felicitate those companies that have engaged with start-ups and have successfully evangelized, mentored, and partnered with them to foster new technology innovation.

Winners:
. NetApp Excellerator
. Robert Bosch Engineering& Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd.

Category 4: Great Place To Innovate: This category is a company-wide award to recognize organizations that are focused on value creation from India and created a conducive environment for innovation from India. These are the true champions when it comes to blazing the trail for the rest of the industry.

Winners:
. Robert Bosch Engineering & Business Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
. United Technologies, Hyderabad Research & Design Center
. VMware

Category 5: Best-In-Class CoEs: An organization-wide award, this recognizes those India centers that are leading the way in driving innovation and research in specific technology areas, while facilitating collaboration across business units. These CoEs act as the go-to team for cutting-edge research and innovation in relevant areas, providing indispensable value to the parent organization.

Winners:
. Ericsson, SDN & Cloud Networking
. Walmart Labs

Category 6: Champion for Local Markets: An award for organizations which have been able to innovate keeping the local and near-shore markets in mind and come up with impactful solutions in the process.

Winners:
. Dell EMC
. Samsung Research India - Bangalore

Category 7: Next-Gen Employee Experience: A company-specific award, this is for those organizations that have enabled access to platforms and practices that provide a seamless and engaging experience that boost employee productivity and morale.

Winners:
. PayPal India Private Limited
. Schneider Electric India

Category 8: Most Effective Learning Organization: This award recognizes GICs that have successfully managed to create a culture conducive to learning and talent transformation.

Winners:
. Allstate Solutions Private Limited
. Hewlett Packard Enterprise, India R&DAmadeus Software Labs India Pvt. Ltd.
. Citrix

Category 9: Women in Technology: A need of the hour, this award is to felicitate those women leaders who have emerged as titans in the technology field and serve as an inspiration to all.

Winners:
. Divya Sharma from ADP Private Limited
. Dayavanti Kamath from Ericsson India Global Services Pvt. Ltd.
. Shefali Bansal from IBM


BENGALURU, June 22, 2018

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