Sun Microsystems,extending its belief in Open Source,as a catalyst to encourage innovation launched the first ever Open Innovation Portal. Mr. Joe Hartley,VP of Global Education,Government,and Healthcare,Sun Microsystems launched the portal at the Centre for Excellence in E-governance,Department of Management Studies,IIT Delhi.
The portal Open Innovation ,an initiative by the Centre for Excellence in E-Governance,Department of Management Studies,IIT Delhi,Sun Microsystems,Jawahar Lal Nehru University and Knowledge Commons will allow innovators from the scientific community,student community and from all walks of life to publish their innovations with no IPR encumbrances. Furthering the process of participative innovation,this portal will also help others to add to an Open Innovation that has been published online.
After launching the portal,Joe Hartley expressed his belief in the fact that the Innovation Portal will facilitate the collaboration between members of a society to foster innovation.
This is in line with Suns vision of the Participation Age where we believe the world has entered a new era where dramatically lowered barriers to entry,plummeting device prices,and near-universal connectivity are driving a new round of network participation, he explained.
Hartley also clarified that the growth in the network economy is fueled by sharing and collaboration among communities interconnected by technology.
We believe that sharing and collaboration in the Participation Age will stimulate innovation to help all participants from across the world grow and prosper, he added.
Hartely who has spent around 17 years with Sun Microsystems,talking about the interests of his firm in India,said,owing to the huge educational and technological assets,the sub-continent is like an engine of the emerging markets. We cant build enough schools for imparting education to all. Open Source shows us a solution to a variety of constraints,in various fields like E-Government which helps in empowering a much larger section of the society.
Talking about the challenges India is facing in the effective use of E-governance,Hartely said providing a much larger access to cafes,computers and designing the customized services is what the country requires at the present.
The scope of citizen services should be widened to spread the benefits of technology, Hartely summarized.