BOSTON—Meet Maneesh Sethi, who became an international best-selling author at age 14, and now is the co-founder and CEO of Boston-based Pavlok, a wearable device that helps users break any bad habit. The idea for Pavlok came to Sethi after he hired a woman to slap him in the face every time he went on Facebook, leading to a 400% boost in productivity.
The Pavlok device is capable of vibration, beep and up to 450 Volts of electric jolt. The company is launching the production version of its habit change device next month. About 500 prototype units are being used by its clients and the company already has pre-orders for 2,600 units.
"It's great to know that as an Indian entrepreneur I am able to build upon what my ancestors gave me, and represent my culture at the same time," Sethi told INDIA New England News. "My parents, family, culture, and upbringing made me who I am, and America gave me a place to make technology happen. It's an honor."
CAMBRIDGE, MA—MIT's Office of Digital Learning and Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation recently announced that they will collaborate to transform teaching in the digital age. The collaboration will support pre-K-12 teachers in using emerging digital learning tools, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
BOSTON--Red Hat Summit – Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that Sarah Sharp, embedded software architect at Intel, and Kesha Shah, a student at Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology, as the winners of its first Women in Open Source Awards. The winners were announced at Red Hat Summit, the industry's premier open source technology conference.
NEW DELHI--Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the "industry of red tape" thrives on doubt, while the "road with red carpet" is built on trust as he highlighted the people-friendly reforms initiated by his government to ease the regulatory environment in India.
BOSTON--Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated announced that Sangeeta N. Bhatia, M.D., Ph.D., has joined its board of directors as an independent director. Dr. Bhatia was elected to serve a three-year term ending in 2018.
"Dr. Bhatia is a leading physician scientist and medical researcher who brings a wealth of expertise to our board," said Jeffrey Leiden, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex.
The Brookings Institution just released a major study evaluating thousands of American colleges. To analyze the "value" students can expect, researchers looked at post-graduation salaries, rates of student-loan repayment, the quality of career services, and the like. Top-ranked schools include high-profile institutions like MIT and under-the-radar ones like Carleton College in Minnesota.
Govt. Simplifies Defense Rules to Woo Foreign Firms
The Government has taken steps to level the playing field for defense contractors by withdrawing advantages enjoyed by Indian state-owned firms. It is hoped the move will encourage foreign players such as Boeing, Airbus and Lockheed Martin to explore business opportunities in the country.
BOSTON—In an effort to further the advancement of women leaders worldwide, Harvard Business School (HBS) has launched the Gender Initiative to support research, teaching, and knowledge dissemination that promotes gender equity in business and society. The new Initiative will be headed by Robin Ely, the School's Diane Doerge Wilson Professor of Business Administration and Senior Associate Dean for Culture and Community.
By Amit Kapoor
India, since Independence, has achieved modest success when it comes to some aspects of public health, but much remains to be done for the future.
At the time of Independence, the life expectancy at birth for an individual in India was 32 years, it has more than doubled to 66 years in 2013. Similarly, the infant mortality rate (IMR or the number of babies who die before their first birthday in a given year per 1,000 live births in that year) has gone down from 164 in early 1950s to 40 in 2013.