Health 2.0 and the Indian School of Business [ISB] are excited to announce the fourth edition of the Health 2.0 India conference on November 10, 2017, at ISB’s Hyderabad campus. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Highlighting Innovation and Enabling Growth in the Indian Healthcare Ecosystem’ with a focus on showcasing cutting-edge innovations that are transforming healthcare.

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The conference will host over 30 visionary speakers along with 20 live demos from some of the most ground-breaking technologies in the healthcare industry. Sessions have been planned to enable an interactive, learning experience and networking with peers, experts and innovators in this space. Health 2.0 is working closely with ISB’s Max Institute of Healthcare Management in curating the conference panel. The conference has been designed for C-suite professionals, CIOs, hospital providers, government officials, public policy experts, clinical engineering professionals, investors, entrepreneurs, patients, healthcare delivery staff and digital innovators.

Expressing his views on the importance of this conference, Professor Sarang Deo, Executive Director, Max Institute, ISB, said

The Max Healthcare Institute and faculty at ISB are working on developing deep insights that can help improve health systems in India and the region. Early findings from these studies, across a wide range of settings and disease conditions, highlight the critical role of digital technology in expanding healthcare access in a cost-effective manner. A large number of start-ups are working on bringing exciting technologies, mobile apps, products and services to the market.

It is necessary to combine this energy and creativity with pragmatism and experience of industry insiders. In this context, we are excited to partner with Health 2.0, to host the India conference that will bring together stakeholders across the entire health technology ecosystem on a common platform.

Sharing an industry perspective, Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman, Health 2.0 said

From our very first conference in San Francisco in 2007, Health 2.0 has explored the worlds of ‘user-generated healthcare’. What became our tag line contains the germ of a compelling idea that India and the surrounding region bring to life. Patients are using new tools to guide their own care.

And these tools are starting to integrate with the healthcare system. Doctors, patients, and healthcare organizations are all starting to use a new generation of online and mobile technologies which are fundamentally changing the way healthcare is delivered.  Health 2.0 India will focus on the specific opportunities of the Indian market in Piloting new technologies, Innovations in Med tech, Operational Efficiency through technology in hospitals, investment trends and global opportunities in Indian healthcare ecosystem.

The discussions at the Health 2.0 India conference will be around the following –

The conference promises to be a learning, engaging and networking platform with participation from some of the best minds in this space. Some of them include

  • Dr. Balram Bhargava, Executive Director Stanford-India Biodesign and Professor of Cardiology at AIIMS, New Delhi
  • Shashank ND, Co-Founder and CEO of Practo
  • Dr. Scott Dulchavsky, CEO, Henry Ford Health System
  • Ravi Ramaswamy, Head – Health Systems, Philips Innovation Campus, India
  • Dr. Mudit Kapoor, Group CEO, CARE Hospitals
  • Jitendar Kumar Sharma, CEO, Andhra Medtech Zone

More details on the speakers and agenda for the conference available here

Capturing the growing influence of the Internet on the education industry in India, Google and KPMG released a joint report titled; Online Education in India : 2021. The report reveals that the online education industry will grow at a healthy rate of 8x, to become a USD 1.96 billion industry by 2021. The report is based on a comprehensive market research conducted by KPMG, along with a primary research and combined with insights from Google search. The report finds that the paid user base will grow 6x from 1.6 million users in 2016 to 9.6 million users in 2021.

The report revealed that over the last two years, there has been a 2x growth in online searches for education and a 3x growth in searches from a mobile device. Also, 44% of education searches are now coming from beyond the top 6 metros and there has been a 4x growth in education content consumption on YouTube in the last one year.

Highlighting the segment wise growth in the online education space, the report highlights that re-skilling and online certification is currently the largest. In 2016, it was valued at USD 93 million, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 38% to reach 463 million by 2021. As per the report, the primary and secondary education category has the largest addressable audience with a student base of around 260 million when compared to the other categories. Owing to this, the primary and secondary supplementary education segment was the second largest category in 2016, and will grow at a CAGR of 60% to reach USD 773 million, making it the largest category in 2021. The test preparation which is a small segment as of today is likely to grow at an impressive CAGR of 64 per cent to become a USD 515 million category in 2021.

Speaking about the key findings of the report, Nitin Bawankule, Industry Director, Google India said

The online education segment is set to become a multi-billion dollar opportunity in India. There are many factors driving this growth including the perceived convenience, increased reach and personalization offered by online channels. It is also interesting to note, that high growth in education search queries is now coming in from Tier 2 and 3 cities such as Patna, Guwahati, Aligarh and Kota – which points to the opportunities that growing penetration of smartphones and improving quality of internet have opened up.

Talking about the future of the online education industry in India, Sreedhar Prasad, Partner, KPMG India said

There are several evolving trends in the Indian online education segment that are contributing to the growth opportunities ahead. These include emergence of hybrid learning channels, continuous need for working professionals to learn new skills as well as emergence of technologies such as big data and artificial intelligence that is enabling online education vendors to design customized content. At the same time, it will be critical for players to deliver differentiated offerings for consumers to see continued value in online education channels.

The complete report Online Education in India : 2021 can be downloaded from here

Report Methodology

The Online Education in India: 2021 report is based on a primary qualitative and quantitative research that covered over 3,600 respondents across 27 geographies including metro and non-metros to understand the growth of consumer paid online education market in India by 2021. The respondents are in the age group of 16-45 years, both male and females, who are online/ offline course takers/intenders and parents of primary/secondary courses. Insights from the primary research have then been combined with KPMG India’s proprietary sizing model as well as Google search trends and KPMG India’s industry intelligence.

Hike Messenger, India’s first home-grown messaging platform announced it is rolling out a brand new feature-Stories. Stories is a new way for people on Hike to share their lives and real moments with their friends through photos (that you can post immediately starting today) and videos (that also you will be able to post in the next few weeks). Stories are ephemeral and vanish 48 hours after being posted, quite like real life where everyday moments are experienced, and are not etched in history forever. A user who posts a story can see how many people and who all viewed that particular story.

Hike also announced that it launched its own Camera built into the app making it extremely quick and easy for people to snap photos right inside of Hike. In addition to that, it announced Live filters, a brand new feature that uses Hike’s new camera to automatically detect and recognize a user’s face using Machine Learning and allows people to very easily decorate their faces in photos. Hike has 12 Live filters available at launch, ranging from a cool Black and White Sunglasses, to a Turban and a Moustache and many more.

Stories on Hike are made for India-a Sight and Sound country where more and more users are shifting to a visual form of communication on chat, especially after the arrival of 4G.

Commenting on the launch, Kavin   Bharti   Mittal, Founder   & CEO, Hike Messenger said

Hike has become the place for the youth of India where they can be themselves. With over 100 Million users, Hike is a testament to that. One of our goal for 2016 has been to bring photos at the centre of Hike and with Stories and Live Filters, we are doing just that. We believe our users are going to love Stories, Camera and Live Filters we are announcing today, especially with increasing access to cheaper and faster data.

What makes Stories a lot of fun is the new Camera and the Live Filters built on top of it. I really believe that Camera is the new keyboard. It is the most natural way for humans to communicate and express themselves. What’s really interesting about this new update is that we are now chartering into the realm of AR where we are going from Smartphones with Cameras that just take photos, to Smartphones with Eyes that can see!. That’s an incredible thought. Live Filters ais just the beginning and we are sure Hikers are going to have a ton of fun using them.

Stories is replacing what was earlier the Timeline on Hike.Stories, the all new Camera and Live Filters on Hike are being rolled out starting today across Android and iOS.

About   Hike   Messenger 

Hike is simplifying how people connect and interact with content and services on mobile. As of January 2016, Hike has over 100 million users. 95% of Hike users are based in India and 90% of them are below the age of 30. Hike users, on an average, exchange 40 billion messages per month and spend 120 min. per user per week on the platform. For more information, please visit Hike

Reinforcing their commitment to fostering innovation and entrepreneurship as a step towards making Digital India successful, Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India, Intel Technology India Pvt. Ltd and Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay have collaborated to launch the Collaborative Incubation Program for Hardware and Systems Startups Program.

This is a unique program wherein the industry, academia and Government have come together to support hardware and systems-based start-ups in the country through mentoring, training, lab facilities, hardware kits, prototyping, business services,  funding, etc.

The announcement was made in the presence of Prof. Ashutosh Sharma, Secretary, Department of Science and Technology, Government of India, Ramesh Abhishek, Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion, Government of India, Nivruti Rai, General Manager, Intel India,Vice President, Platform Engineering Group, Intel, Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director of IIT, Bombay.

Collaborative Incubation Program for Hardware and Systems Startups

  • The Program will address gaps in the hardware and systems start-up ecosystem that companies face in product design, development, commercialisation, and creating scale for their solutions.
  • DST, Intel India and SINE aim to support up to 20 start-ups under this Program, and the call for applications for the first batch will be announced in early August 2016.
  • During the year-long Program, start-ups will be supported for six months on-site at SINE, IIT, Bombay or Intel India, Bengaluru. After a period of six months, the start-ups’solutions will be showcased to investors and industry players at a demo day, post which, the Program will extend virtual support for another six months.
  • Participating start-ups will be incubated through intensive training periods, one-on-one mentoring, technology related support from Intel experts, business service support from SINE, as well as prototyping and manufacturing support.
  • Intel India will build capacities through mentors, and provide technology related support for productization, and facilitate ideation, design thinking, prototyping workshops and manufacturing support through industry experts.

Intel India’s Innovation and Entrepreneurship initiatives

  • Intel India has been at the forefront of enabling innovations and entrepreneurship among students, professionals, researchers and entrepreneurs.
  • Towards this, the company has been driving multiple interventions, including its flagship program – Intel-DST Innovative for Digital India Challenge – which has helped enable six entrepreneurs to change their ideas into actual market solutions, the Intel India Maker Lab, the Atal Tinkering Laboratories, Academia engagements with 200+ engineering institutes and incubator centers, the set-up of 100 Internet of Things (IoT) centers across universities that promote IoT capacity building, design thinking, prototyping and fabrication, among other projects.

Nivruti Rai, General Manager, Intel India, Vice President, Platform Engineering Group, Intel said

Intel has a strong focus on accelerating innovation and entrepreneurship in India, and we are committed to help enable startups in the systems area, both hardware and software. Along with DST and SINE, IIT Bombay, Intel India will provide the critical support these starts ups need to be able to excel in creating market ready products and solutions.

H K Mittal, Advisor and Head, NSTEDB, DST, Government of India said

Department of Science and Technology (DST) is deeply committed to supporting technology and entrepreneurship initiatives that are of relevance to national needs. We have had very positive experiences in the past working with both Intel and SINE in the areas of innovation and entrepreneurship. For the first time, DST, Intel and SINE are collaborating to incubate hardware and systems startups in India. I am very excited to be part of this collaborative effort that helps startups to accelerate their product journey and scale their business.

Prof. Devang Khakhar, Director of IIT, Bombay said

SINE is one of the pioneers in incubating product & IP-based startups in India, and the new, collaborative, sector-specific program is further evolution of its activities.  The collaboration with Intel will bring in corporate expertise to give new hardware & systems companies in India a vital competitive edge and fast-track to growth. SINE has so far focused on start-ups from IITB. This new initiative, supported by DST, will extend SINE’s role to help start-ups across India and increase IIT Bombay’s contributions to the ecosystem.

Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE), IIT Bombay

Society for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (SINE) is the business incubator at IIT Bombay, and supports technology start-ups that are based on products or intellectual property. It has been supporting start-ups since 2004 and has so far supported more than 80 starts-ups. Majority of SINE supported star-ups have become revenue generating, with several having reached Rs. 50-100 crore in revenue, and many start-ups having raised multiple rounds of funding.

At a year on year growth rate of 27 percent in May 2016 the online recruitment activities saw a decline of 25 percentage points from a robust 52 percent in January 2016 according to the latest Monster Employment Index. A marginal drop from the year on year growth of 28 percent in April 2016.

A noteworthy observation in the month of May was seen in the much publicized industry, e-commerce. Monster Employment Index [MEI] for May 2016 shows that the sector which is currently under economic scrutiny, witnessed a 35 percent year-on-year growth; one percentage point higher than in April 2016. Clearly, the sector is moving in a positive direction with steady increase in hiring activity over the months.

The online demand for Engineering professionals surged this month as well. The year-on-year growth rate paced up from 39 percent in April 2016 to 47 percent in May 2016. Charting the highest growth figures, Printing and Packaging industry is leading the rung with 67 percent growth from year-ago. The sector has been witnessing a steep double-digit annual growth rates since February 2016.

Commenting on the latest trends and developments in various sectors, Sanjay Modi, MD, Monster.com said

The MEI reveals that the online hiring sentiments is onto a slow paced growth. This hiring downturn can be attributed to domino effect caused by a global slowdown. However, the growth of the manufacturing sector in India at 7.1 percent from last year’s 5.3 percent year has had a significant bearing on the year on year spike in the online recruitment in the production and manufacturing sector. With a positive outlook for the sector that is expected to see the number of online shoppers in India grow to 175 million and Gross Merchandise value to reach $60 million by 2020, the e-commerce sector also registered a double digit year-on-year growth of 35 percent.

Monster Employment Index India results for the past 18 months are as follows

Industry Year-over-year Trends

Of the 27 industry sectors monitored by the Index 24 industry sector registered increased e-recruitment activity.

  • Printing/ Packaging sector has moved up the ladder to lead all monitored industry sectors on a year-on-year basis. This month (May 2016) the sector has registered a 67 percent growth from the year-ago; the sector has been charting steep double-digit annual growth rates since February 2016. The six-month growth rate reveals, e-recruitment activity in the sector has increased by 34 percent between November 2015 and May 2016. Month-on-month, there has been an 11 percent growth in opportunities as well.
  • Education (up 65 percent) sector is next in the rung. Online recruitment activity in the sector has been exhibiting uninterrupted positive growth on an annual basis since July 2015. It is notable that this is the only sector to have recorded positive month-on-month growth rate consistently since September 2015. Online hiring in the sector logged a seven percent growth on the month in May 2016.
  • Online recruitment activity in IT – Hardware, Software (up 62 percent) continued to exhibit diminishing yet robust growth. For the second month in a row the sector witnessed no growth in short-term (month-on-month). Likewise, pace of growth (year-on-year) in the BPO/ITES moderated further from 20 percent in April 2016 to 18 percent in May 2016.
  • Having slowed in the past months, the year-on-year growth momentum in Production and Manufacturing (up 35 percent) as well as Automotive/ Ancillaries /Tyres (up 36 percent) sector paced up in May 2016; up from 15 percent and 17 percent in April 2016 respectively. The month-on-month growth registered was also the steepest among all sectors; Automotive/ Ancillaries /Tyres (up 16 percent) and Production and Manufacturing (up 14 percent). The related Logistics, Courier/ Freight/ Transportation sector continued to growth at a steady rate of 15 percent year-on-year.
  • Engineering, Cement, Construction, Iron/Steel registered a 42 percent growth from the year-ago; up from 24 percent in April 2016. In the related Real Estate sector, on the other hand, the year-on-year growth momentum eased further from four percent in April 2016 to one percent in May 2016.
  • Healthcare, Bio Technology & Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals exceeded the corresponding period a year-ago by 40 percent maintaining a steady pace. Month-on-month, there has been no growth in online hiring.
  • Among all monitored sectors, online recruitment activity eased the most in Office Equipment/Automation (down 11 percent) sector on an annual basis.

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E-Commerce

E-commerce sector registered a 35 percent growth from the year ago; one percentage point higher than in April 2016. Month-on-month, the sector has seen an increased demand of four percent. This month the six-month growth rate has also improved from six percent in April 2016 to 11 percent in May 2016. The growth pattern has exhibited no significant fluctuations in the past months.

Occupation Year-over-year Trends

Online demand increased for 12 occupation groups out of the 13 monitored by the Index.

  • The year-on-year growth rate moderated further for professionals at the Senior Management level; down from 79 percent in April 2016 to 69 percent in May 2016. Yet the figures portray a positive outlook owing to a significant jump since April 2015.
  • Online demand for Engineering/Production surged this month. At four percent, the group registered the steepest month-on-month growth among all monitored job roles. The year-on-year growth rate paced up from 39 percent in April 2016 to 47 percent in May 2016.
  • Year-on-year, Marketing & Communications (up 47 percent); Software, Hardware, Telecom (up 42 percent); Health Care (up 42 percent); Sales & Business Development (up 34 percent) are among the top in-demand job roles. The long-term growth rate moderated the most for Purchase/Logistics/Supply Chain (up 10 percent); down 27 percentage points.
  • Online demand for Hospitality & Travel (up two percent) continues to decline progressively; the year-on-year growth momentum eased further by two points. The group also witnessed online opportunities slip below the three-month and six-month level by six percent and one percent respectively.
  • Online demand for Arts/Creative matched the year-ago level. Year-on-year growth rate for the group has been declining progressively starting November 2015 and has a exhibited the most restrictive online demand this month.

Geographic year-over-year Trends

E-recruitment activity increased in all 13 cities monitored by the Index.

  • Chandigarh (up 47 percent) led all monitored cities charting the steepest growth year-on-year even this month. The rate of growth, nevertheless, moderated from 53 percent in April 2016 to 47 percent in May 2016. There were fewer opportunities on the month; down by two percent.
  • Among tier I cities, Chennai (up 40 percent) followed by Bangalore (up 39 percent) and Hyderabad (up 37 percent) registered the steepest growth from the year-ago and also ranked among the top growth cities. The growth momentum slowed in Bangalore from 47 percent in April 2016. Delhi-NCR (up 21 percent) also witnessed a slowdown in the annual growth rate by two points between April and May 2016.
  • The annual growth momentum improved in Kochi; from four percent in April 2016 to 12 percent in May 2016. Nevertheless, Kochi continues to exhibit the most controlled annual growth percentage among all monitored cities.  Both three-month and six-month growth rate are still negative for the city; down three percent each.

About the Monster Employment Index

Launched in May 2010 with data collected since October 2009, the Monster Employment Index is a broad and comprehensive monthly analysis of online job posting activity in India conducted by Monster India. Based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of online career outlets, including Monster India, the MEI presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity nationwide.

MEI’s underlying data is validated for accuracy by Research America, Inc.-an independent, third-party auditing firm – to ensure that measured national online job recruitment activity is within a margin of error of +/- 1.05%. For more information, please visit Monster Employment Index

The online hiring sentiments for the month of April 2016 exhibited a sluggish year-on-year growth rate at 28 percent down from 42 percent in March 2016, according to the latest Monster Employment Index [MEI].

The backbone of the Indian economy, Production and Manufacturing sector, according to the latest MEI, is going through a fragile state of affairs. Online recruitment activities in this sector have been charting a negative six-month growth consistently since January 2016; this month’s growth being a negative 7 percent. The year-on-year growth rate has declined from a dramatic 112 percent in October 2015 to 15 percent in April 2016.

While hiring in the IT sector continues to steer ahead of all the industries with a 63 percent growth. The IT sector was closely followed by Printing and Packaging industry with a growth of 60 percent since 2015. Though the Media and Entertainment sector maintained a steady growth of 47 percent, but the industry took a significant nose dive from 71 per cent in March, 2016.

Highlights of the Monster Employment Index

  • IT – Hardware, Software continues to chart the steepest year-on-year growth.
  • Y-o-Y growth rate in production & manufacturing has dropped from 112 percent in October 2015 to 15 percent in April 2016.
  • Marketing & Communications and Health Care is the most sought after job role.
  • Chandigarh, followed by Bangalore leads all cities by the way of long-term growth.

Commenting on the latest trends and developments in various sectors, Sanjay Modi, MD, Monster.com said

The MEI reveals a relative slowdown in the pace of online hiring. While the numbers are still good there is a drop from a robust 42 percent in March to 28 percent in April, 2016. We as a nation are definitely heading in the right direction for a long term gain with more streamlined employment generation initiatives and strongly driven Skill India by PM Modi with an aim to enhance employment. However, currently the scenario is a bit cautious when it comes to hiring. The Production and Manufacturing industry is yet to see the hay day but the concept of Make in India is appropriately towards greater employability.

Further on, Sanjay Modi added

Although, the IT sector continues to lead across all segments, the industry is low on the earlier vigor. The bearish response towards recruitment activities can be attributed to the shift from dependence on manpower to increase reliability on mechanization at the lower levels, especially in the IT sector. The  start-up ecosystem is currently going through a stage of healthy re calibration which is a positive trend from a long term perspective. We are optimistic that this dip is temporary and will soon fade away.

Monster Employment Index India results for the past 18 months are as follows

Industry Year-over-year Trends

All 27 industry sectors monitored by the Index exhibited improved e-recruitment activity from the year-ago.

  • IT – Hardware, Software [up 63 percent] was the leading sector in terms of growth on the year for the sixth month straight. The pace of growth year-on-year, nevertheless, eased 13 percentage points between March and April 2016. At the same time the sector registered no growth on the month. Similarly, in the BPO/ITES sector, the growth momentum slowed 19 percentage points between March [up 39 percent] and April [up 20 percent] 2016
  • Manufacturing & Commerce is growing at a significantly moderated pace. E-recruitment activity in Production and Manufacturing has slowed in the past months. The sector has been charting negative six-month growth consistently since January 2016; this month’s growth being negative seven percent. The year-on-year growth rate has declined from a dramatic 112 percent in October 2015 to 15 percent in April 2016. Logistics, Courier/Freight/Transportation, however, recorded a 15 percent growth from the year-ago level; four points higher that March 2016
  • Education [up 57 percent]; Media & Entertainment [up 47 percent]; Healthcare, Bio Technology & Life Sciences, Pharmaceuticals [up 40 percent] have registered some of the steepest year-on-year growth percentages this month. The growth momentum vis-a-vis March 2016 has eased in each of these sectors nevertheless. Printing/Packaging sector was second from the top in the long-term growth chart with a 60 percent growth in opportunities from the year-ago
  • Retail sector witnessed a nine percent growth from the year-ago level; 31 points lower than March 2016. It is notable that the sector has been growing in double-digits since March 2015 and this is the lowest annual growth recorded since that time.
  • Year-on-year, online recruitment activity in Import/Export [up 7 percent] and Shipping/Marine [up 8 percent] was positive this month following low levels in March 2016. Real Estate [up 4 percent] exhibited the most controlled annual growth among all monitored industry groups

E-Commerce

E-commerce sector continued to grow at an eased up pace vis-a-vis the past months. Both three-month and six-month growth rate moderated further while there was no growth on the month. It is notable however that the sector is going strong on an annual basis. E-recruitment activity in the sector exceeded the corresponding period a year-ago by a robust 34 percent

Occupation Year-over-year Trends

All 13 occupation groups monitored by the Index continued to exhibit improved demand on the year

  • There continues to be high call at the Senior Management level. Online demand this month is 79 percent higher than April 2015 despite marginal slowdown in pace between March & April 2016
  • While growth momentum [YoY] slowed for all the monitored job roles, Marketing & Communications [up 47 percent];Health Care [up 45 percent]; Software, Hardware, Telecom [up 43 percent] saw the steepest growth in demand. Demand for Finance & Accounts [up 26 percent] slipped one percent below the six-month [October 2015] level.
  • Online demand for Hospitality & Travel [up 4 percent] personnel was the most restrained as the year-on-year growth rate moderated further from 15 percent in March 2016

Geographic year-over-year Trends

All 13 cities monitored by the Index registered positive growth on the year even this month. The pace of growth eased in all 13 cities

  • Chandigarh [up 53 percent] supplanted Bangalore [up 47 percent] to lead all monitored cities by the way of long-term growth. Bangalore witnessed a two percent decline in opportunities on the month while the annual growth rate was 17 points lower than March 2016 [up 64 percent]
  • Delhi-NCR [up 23 percent] saw annual growth rate one percentage point lower than March 2016 [24 percent]. The growth momentum in Delhi-NCR has not fluctuated significantly since November 2015
  • Year-on-year growth rate plunged the most in Kochi [up four percent]. Online recruitment activity in Kochi has dipped in the past months reflected in negative three-month growth rates since January 2016. This month the Index for the series slipped four percent below the six-month ago [October 2015] level

About the Monster Employment Index
Launched in May 2010 with data collected since October 2009, the Monster Employment Index is a broad and comprehensive monthly analysis of online job posting activity in India conducted by Monster India. Based on a real-time review of millions of employer job opportunities culled from a large, representative selection of online career outlets, including Monster India, the MEI presents a snapshot of employer online recruitment activity nationwide.

MEI’s underlying data is validated for accuracy by Research America, Inc. – an independent, third-party auditing firm – to ensure that measured national online job recruitment activity is within a margin of error of +/- 1.05%. For more information, please visit Monster Employment Index

Hike Messenger, India’s first homegrown messaging platform, is enabling its 100 million Hikers to spread love for the most awesome people in the world, mothers!

Hike is launching its Mother’s Day micro-app that will enable you to show the world, how much your mother means to you by letting you post and share ready made stickers and cards dedicated to your mom.

For Hikers who love to express via stickers, the adorable Mother’s Day stickers will surely mush you up. And the expressive Mother’s Day cards will give an extra punch as they can be easily personalized; you can use them as they are or personalize them with an image, edit the quotes, add a message and so on.

You can then post these cards and stickers on your timeline or share amongst your friends, not only on Hike but also on any other platform of your choice! It is that simple!

Hike’s sending the Mother’s Day micro-app to all its uses on the eve of Mother’s Day, that is on 7th May evening. Expect a notification on your Hike app. Your Mother’s Day micro-app will be live for use for 2 days.

So go ahead spread love this Mother’s Day!

Hike’s Growth Story

  • Dec 2012 – Global launch
  • Feb 2013 – Messaging traffic grows 10X week on week
  • April 2013 – Hit the first 5M user milestone in just 4 months of its launch | Raised $7M from BSB
  • Feb 2014 – Hit the 15M user mark
  • April 2014 – Received $14M fresh funding from BSB
  • June 2014 – Crossed 20M user mark, launched first TVC
  • July 2014 – Hit #1 rank on App stores
  • August 2014 – Crossed 35M user mark, receives $65M fresh funding led by Tiger Global & BSB
  • November 2014 – Launches regional stickers on hike
  • January 2015 – Launched free Hike Calls
  • February 2015 – Launched Cricket Scores on hike
  • Aug 2015: Hike announces 20 billion messages per month and launched Hike News
  • Sep 2015: Launched Group Calling with upto 100 people

Additional information

You can download the app at – http://get.hike.in For more information, please visit the Hike Blog

To evangelize the product design ecosystem in India, NASSCOM has partnered with Facebook to build a ‘Product Design Initiative‘ in India. This will be a flagship program of the NASSCOM Product Council and will aim to support 500+ product startups on product design and train 5,000+ product designers over a period of two years.

India is at an interesting inflection point – there is increasing focus on building technology products and solutions that enable innovation and access.  At the same time a key gap to spur innovation is the focus on design – product design that is simple, yet builds a powerful product and exemplifies customer experience. This initiative stems from the need to build design skills that will propel innovative thinking and approaches to build solutions in key sectors where technology can play  a transformational role.

Speaking on the announcement, R Chandrashekhar, President, NASSCOM said

Design as a tool for innovation has developed rapidly in recent years. Design thinking, methodologies and tools enable solutions for complex and challenging issues and help re-imagine systems. With this initiative, NASSCOM plans to scale up the focus on product design and engage the young entrepreneurs into becoming problem solvers and solution builders.

Mr Ravi Gururaj, Chairman, NASSCOM Product Council said

India’s product landscape is rapidly maturing and innovative solutions are getting built across a spectrum of verticals and business needs. The Product Council has been running design workshops and an annual design summit to create awareness on product design and its imperatives. The Design Initiative will aim to build and diffuse a design culture across our ecosystem, link up with academia, recognize outstanding designs and overall ensure India’s software products delivery delightful customer experiences.

Julie Zhuo, VP, Product Design, Facebook said

The Product Design ecosystem is evolving swiftly and to seize this growth we need to solve a few challenges such as a growing need for skilled designers and better design tools to produce great designs more effectively. At Facebook, we are passionate about design and would like to work alongside industry to foster innovation in product design in India, a country known for great technology and engineering talent. We are pleased to join hands with NASSCOM and through this initiative support and mentor the design community in India.

This unique nationwide initiative by NASSCOM will offer focused programs to build awareness around product design, training on design tools, Design Lab, Awards, Design sprints and mentorship.

About NASSCOM

NASSCOM is the premier trade body and the chamber of commerce of the IT-BPM industry in India. NASSCOM is a global trade body with more than 1800 members, which include both Indian and multinational companies that have a presence in India. NASSCOM’s member and associate member companies are broadly in the business of software services, software products, consulting services, BPM, e-commerce and web services, engineering services and animation and gaming. NASSCOM’s membership base constitutes over 95% of the industry revenues in India and employs about 3.5 million professionals.