Introducing New Advisory Board Member - Mr Danfeng Li

We're proud to announce Mr Danfeng Li as one of our Advisory Board Members. 
Mr Danfeng Li is Chief Data Officer at Umeng+ and Director at Alibaba Group. 

His expertise in the field of data science, data analytics, machine learning and data mining will help Unihalt during the journey.

Microsoft hosts open source conference & hackathon for developers

Unihalt is ready to mingle (of course with the opportunity)!!!

The next hunt is at Hyderabad with a hot cup of tea in the morning at The Marriott Hotel with lots of fun and exposure. 
Unihalt is going to target a new upcoming event this March, the Openness Days that would take place for the two connected days, 21st and 22nd of March.  
Unihalt is stepping in for active participation at Openness Days which are to be conducted in Hyderabad at the Marriott Hotel. We feel it to be our pleasure acquiring a nice place in the crowd. The team would be there to take a pleasant look at the opening address by Minister of IT, Govt. of Telangana, Mr Jayesh Ranjan IT Secretary | IT, Electronics & Communication Department & Neeraj Gill, GM, Public Sector, Microsoft India. 

Day 1 i.e., Monday: March 21 2016 has been introduced to the audience as Open Hack which gives various platforms, a nice opportunity to prove their strength in the field with their training cum sessions.  
We feel proud with what we do, that has allowed numerous students and teachers to connect with each other and not to forget the parents. Offering a great means to the chain is a pleasure. 

Day 2 i.e., Tuesday: March 22 2016 has been introduced to be as an Open Day where there would be a chit-chat over technical mantras. With the Customer Insight as one of the openness, it would allow the audience to learn from the session. It is necessary to know what is going there in the customer’s picturesque of mind. To crack the right deal is when you crack the mind right, not the right mind. The other technical sessions at the event would allow to explore more in the field. 
Unihalt always looks up for such chances to dig through theevents like Openness Days. We have this opportunity to gain something out of the blue. Unihalt is all set to win the race and prove this chance-given-to-few at its best. 

We feel happy to announce that Unihalt has got selected to showcase their products at the event under “Tech Garage” category. The name itself is quite techy but we love it because we will be there as a part of it. Tech Garage is the category where innovative visions from across the technical communities would be presenting their state-of-the-art technical solutions. It is a great opportunity which has been offered only to a few start-ups and it is good to present that we are one of them. 

Various categories in the showcase zone are:

We look forward for your presence at the event!!

Happy Republic Day

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Happy Republic Day
Republic Day‬ honors the date on which the Constitution of India came into force on 26 January 1950 replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as the governing document of India.
The Constitution was adopted by the Indian Constituent Assembly on 26 November 1949, and came into effect on 26 January 1950 with a democratic government system, completing the country's transition towards becoming an independent republic. 26 January was chosen as the Republic day because it was on this day in 1930 when the Declaration of Indian Independence (Purna Swaraj) was proclaimed by the Indian National Congress as opposed to the Dominion status offered by the British Regime. ‪
Happy Republic Day
Here are some facts about Republic Day that every Indian must be aware of:
1. January 26, 1930 was earlier celebrated as India's Independence Day or Purna Swaraj Day. It's the day India decided to fight for complete freedom.
2. After we achieved Independence on August 15 in 1947, our leaders wanted January 26 to be remembered in history as well. Therefore, the day was made to coincide with the day of Swaraj.
3. The first Republic Day was celebrated on January 26, 1950, three years after we got independence.
4. Republic Day Celebrations are a 3-day long affair.
The celebrations end on January 29 with the Beating Retreat ceremony.
5. The first R-Day parade at Rajpath was held in 1955.
6. A Christian song, Abide With Me, is played at the Republic Day Parade. It is believed to be one of Mahatma Gandhi's favourite songs.
7. India's Constitution is the longest in the world. It has a total of 448 articles.
It is written in English and Hindi.
8. Drafting the Constitution was a herculean task. Dr B.R. Ambedkar took 2 years and 11 months to draft the Indian Constitution.
9. Our leaders took the best aspects from other countries' constitutions. The concept of liberty, equality and fraternity came from the French constitution while the Five-Year Plans came from the USSR constitution.
10. Before the Constitution came into force, India followed British Government's Government of India Act 1935.
11. A majority of national awards such as Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan and Kirti Chakra are awarded during the Republic Day ceremony.

Startup Diaries,breaking down entrepreneurial stereotypes - Yo Vizag

The entrepreneurial bug has bitten quite a few of the Vizag’s youth, we delve into the stories of Kumuda, Ravi, Vinay and Avinash who’ve chosen the thrill of entrepreneurship over the comfort of a steady job. As we join them on their work highs and lows, we also meet other people who hustle their way to success.
- Yo Vizag

Here at Unihalt our Mantra is to never accept defeat, which helps us to keep on going. Challenges are perpetual for a startup and we tackle them every day like the morning's coffee. From the beginning of the project our focus on customer's interest and their satisfaction has bought us to this point today.Finding a solution for a reoccuring problem has paved the path to our success.
- Team Unihalt

UNIHALT – పేరెంట్స్ కి ఉపయోగపడే మొబైల్ ఆప్ కంపెనీ పెట్టిన వైజాగ్ కుర్రాళ్ళు -

రోల్ నెంబర్ 1 …యస్  సర్, రోల్ నెంబర్ 2 …యస్  సర్ , రోల్ నెంబర్ 3 …Absent సర్ అని పక్కనొడు చెప్పాడు.

సాయంత్రం రోల్ నెంబర్ 3 పేరెంట్స్ స్కూల్ కి వచ్చారు.కాని స్కూల్లో బాబు లేడు.మా బాబు ఎక్కడ అంటే…స్కూల్ యాజమాన్యం టీచర్ ని పిలిచారు.వీళ్ళ బాబు ఇవాళ స్కూల్ కి రాలేదు సర్ అన్నాడు టీచర్.

“అదేంటండి నేనే మా వాడిని స్కూల్ బస్సు ఎక్కించింది,రాలేదు అంటారు ఏంటి”  అంది పిల్లాడి తల్లి.
“అయినా, స్కూల్ కి రాకపోతే మాకు చెప్పాలి కదా…మా బాబు మార్నింగ్ నుండి కనపడకపోతే అసలు మాకు చెప్పలేదు మీరు.ఇదేం నిర్లక్ష్యం, మీ నిర్లక్ష్యం వలెనే బాబు తప్పిపోయాడు అని” ఆవేశపడ్డాడు పిల్లాడి తండ్రి.

ఏదో మాములుగా రాలేదు అనుకున్నాము సర్ , మాకు మాత్రం ఏమి తెలుస్తుంది అన్నాడు స్కూల్ ప్రిన్సిపాల్ .

ఆ పిల్లాడి పేరెంట్స్ స్కూల్ యాజమాన్యం పైన కేస్ పెట్టారు. ఈ వార్త అందరికి తెలిసింది..మిగిలిన పేరెంట్స్ కుడా వచ్చి ఇలా జరిగితే మా పిల్లల సంగతి ఏంటి అని స్కూల్ దగ్గర గొడవ చేసారు.

ఏమి చెయ్యాలో తెలియక స్కూల్ యాజమాన్యం తల పట్టుకు కూర్చుంది.

రొండు రోజుల తరువాత, పోలీస్లు పిల్లాడి ఆచూకి తెలుసుకున్నారు. స్కూల్ బయట బస్సు దిగాక ఆ కుర్రాడిని ఎవరో ఎత్తుకెళ్ళారు. ఎలాగోలా పిల్లాడికి ఏమి కాకుండా పోలీస్లు కేస్ చేధించారు.

స్కూల్ లో సరయిన సెక్యూరిటీ లేదు…పిల్లల గురుంచి ఎప్పటికప్పుడు సమాచారం వారి పేరెంట్స్ కి అందజేయుటలేదు అని పోలీస్ స్కూల్ వారిని మందలించారు.

ఇది కథే అయినప్పటికీ ….ఇలాంటి సంగటనలు మనం రోజు పేపర్ లో చాలా చదువుతున్నాము, T.V లో చూస్తున్నాము.

మరి ఈలాంటి ప్రాబ్లం ని నివారించడానికి , స్కూల్ లో సెక్యూరిటీ సిస్టంని పెంపొందించటానికి
స్కూల్లని ,కాలేజీలని , టీచర్స్ ని , పేరెంట్స్ ని  అనుసంధిస్తూ Unihalt అనే స్టార్ట్ అప్ నెలకొల్పారు Ravi Teja Konathala  మరియు Ravi Raja konathala అనే అన్నదమ్ములు.

Unihalt Founders

వైజాగ్ లో మొదలయిన SunRise Startup Village లో ఫస్ట్ స్టార్ట్ అప్ కంపనీలలో  UniHalt ఒకటి .

మరి ఆ స్టార్ట్ అప్ వివరాలు గురుంచి దాని వ్యవస్థాపకుడు రవితేజని ఆన్ లైన్ లో ఇంటర్వ్యూ చేసాను. మరి ఆ  విశేషాలు మీ కోసం.

Unihalt అప్లికేషను  గురుంచి చెపుతారా ?

Unihalt  మొబైల్ అప్లికేషను Institutes -టీచర్స్- పేరెంట్స్ -స్టూడెంట్స్ ని కలిపే ఒక వ్యవస్థలా పని చేస్తుంది .
ఈ అప్లికేషను ద్వారా ప్రతి ఇన్స్టిట్యూట్ తమ స్టూడెంట్స్ పేరెంట్స్ తో కనెక్ట్ అయ్యి ఉండవచ్చు.

ఈ సర్వీస్ ఉపయోగించుకునే ప్రతి ఇన్స్టిట్యూట్ కి ఒక బయో మెట్రిక్ యంత్రం ఇస్తారు .ఆ సిస్టంలో స్టూడెంట్స్ వేలిముద్ర వేయగానే వారి పేరెంట్స్ కి మెసేజ్ వెళ్ళిపోతుంది . అంటే పిల్లలు ఎప్పుడు స్కూల్ కి వెళ్లారు …ఎప్పుడు బయటకు వెళ్లారు అనేది తల్లి తండ్రుల మొబైల్ కి మొబైల్ ఆప్ లో  push notification చేరుతుంది.

టీచర్స్ స్టూడెంట్స్ యొక్క Attendance , వారి తీరు గురుంచి పేరెంట్స్ తో షేర్ చేసుకోవచ్చు.స్కూల్ కార్యక్రమాలు, ఇతరత్రా విషయాలు స్టూడెంట్స్ పేరెంట్స్ తో డైరెక్ట్ గా పంచుకోవచ్చు.స్టూడెంట్స్ యొక్క Attendance ఎలక్ట్రానిక్ రికార్డులుగా పొందుపరచవచ్చు.

అలానే పేరెంట్స్ తమ పిల్లల ప్రగతి గురుంచి టీచర్స్ తో ప్రైవేటు గా చాట్ చెయ్యొచ్చు. అంటే వ్హట్స్ అప్ప గ్రూప్ లా కాకుండా విడివిడిగా వ్యక్తిగతంగా మాట్లాడవచ్చు.

Unihalt  టీం గురుంచి వివరిస్తారా ?

నేను(రవితేజ)  బాపట్ల ఇంజనీరింగ్ కాలేజీ నుండి Electronics and Instrumentation ఇంజనీరింగ్ చేసాడు. కొన్ని రోజులు ఒక కంపెనీలో వర్క్ చేసాక తనలోని entrepreneur ఊరికినే కూర్చోనియ్యలేదు. ఆ  ఆలోచనల నుండే ఈ start up పుట్టింది.

రవిరాజ బాచిలర్స్ డిగ్రీ చేసాడు. 15 ఏళ్ళ వయసు నుండే తను కోడింగ్ చేయటం ప్రారంభించాడు. Unihalt Chief technical Officer తను .టెక్నాలజీ సంభందించిన విషయాలు ఎక్కువగా తనే చూసుకుంటాడు.

మాతో పాటు మా మెయిన్ టీం లక్ష్మణ్ , ఆశిష్, వికాస్ రెడ్డి.

unihalt team

Unihalt  బిజినెస్ మోడల్ ఏంటి ?

Institutes, టీచర్స్ ఈ సర్వీస్ ఫ్రీ గా వాడుకోవచ్చు. బయో మెట్రిక్ యంత్రం కావాల్సిన Schools & Colleges మాత్రం సెక్యూరిటీ అమౌంట్ కట్టాలి.
స్టూడెంట్ పేరెంట్స్ మాత్రం ఇయర్ కి 300 Rs కట్టి ఈ సర్వీస్ కి SubScribe అవ్వచ్చు.

ప్రస్తుతం 25 Institutes వరకు ఈ Unihalt అప్లికేషను సర్వీస్ ని వాడుతున్నాయి. ఇంకా, చాలా మంది ఈ సర్వీస్ వాడటానికి ఇంట్రెస్ట్ చూపిస్తున్నారు.

ఒక USA ఇన్వెస్టర్ మా కంపెనీ లో ఇన్వెస్ట్ చేయటానికి ఇంట్రెస్ట్ గా ఉన్నారు.

Unihalt భవిష్యత్తు ప్లాన్స్  ఏంటి ?

వచ్చే పది నెలలలో 100 Institutes మా సర్వీస్ Subscribe అవ్వటం టార్గెట్ గా పెట్టుకున్నాము.మాకు వచ్చే రెస్పాన్స్ బట్టి అది ఈజీ గా అందుకుంటాము  అని భావిస్తున్నాము.

Unihalt ఆప్ మరియు వెబ్ సైట్ లింక్ :

ఒక మంచి మొబైల్  ఆప్ తో మంచి సర్వీస్ అందిస్తున్న Unihalt టీం తాము అనుకున్న లక్ష్యం  చేరుకోవాలి అని  కోరుకుంటున్నాము.

About Startup Village and Unihalt in TDP Official FaceBook Page

5 start-ups from Vizag’s Sunrise Smart Village launch their products!

Start-up culture in Andhra Pradesh received a major boost after 5 start-ups incubated at the Sunrise Startup Village at Rushikonda launched their products amidst cheer from the industry.

“The launching of commercial operations after successfully encouraging them to translate their innovative ideas into business ventures is a red letter day in promoting startup culture in the State,” said Startup Village Centre Head Siddharth Ram.

The startups, which forayed into commercial operations include Red and Black (gaming startup specialising in 3D game), Quick Pebbles (house repairs through mobile app), Epic Soft (product developed on B2B platform to connect sales manager and executives by assigning tasks), Unihalt (biometric and technology-based product to help parents to have safety check on children and attendance management system) and Melon Studios (‘page for promotion’ – a digital marketing tool).

What’s more, Quick Pebbles, which offers electricians, plumbers and others through an online app, has already received angel funding of Rs.20 lakh while others aim to take funding at a later time.

CBN's Government had earlier signed an MoU with MobMe Wireless Ltd of Kochi Startup Village fame in September last to incubate startups and organise bootcamps in educational institutions to promote entrepreneurship among youngsters. At present, 70 units are at various stages of incubation at the village. Nearly 500 applicants have been waitlisted.

IBM SmartCamp Vizag Winners - Financial Prospect

IBM Smart Camp Vizag Winners

Winding up its fifth destination, IBM Global Entrepreneurship Program (GEP) has announced the winners for its SmartCamp Vizag edition.

The startups were judged by Murali Krishna Gannamani, MD of Phoenix IT Solutions, Krishnan Sundararajan, Plan Director & Research Head of IBM Vizag Progress Lab and Ravi Director, Eswarapu & VP – Procedures at Pena4 Tech Solutions.

IBM SmartCamp 2015 is actually a startup problem in which startups message to VCs, IBM executives and government executives. The Global Entrepreneur Plan (GEP) was launched a year ago by IBM, with an try to give thorough and strong community resources to generate collaborative cloud invention for startups.

Now GEP will be located at seven different startup locations (towns) including Kochi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Visakhapatnam, Ahmedabad, Pune, Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi, started from September 8, 2015.

Out of seven locations, startups have been already picked by IBM from five centers viz. Kochi Chennai, Pune and Vizag.

The start-ups may compete in regional finals that’ll be kept in Delhi Mumbai and Bangalore after receiving picked from all of the eight cities.

The big event may culminate having a final showdown when six startups that are top can pitch to prestigious VCs (e.g. Nexus Efforts, Intel Ventures, Seedfund, Tank Efforts and Ravi Gururaj) in Bangalore.

Latecomers to schools, beware! - The Hindu

Now, not just school teachers, but parents too will be updated about their children’s arrival and departure time in schools.

Latecomers to schools, it’s time to pull up your socks! Now, not just the school teachers, but parents too will be updated about their children’s arrival and departure time in schools. A Vizag-based startup Unihalt has developed a biometrics roll call reporting system for educational institutions to bridge the gap between student-parent-institution interactions. Founded by brothers Ravi Teja Konathala and Ravi Raja Konathala, the firm has already installed the biometric attendance system with eight institutes in and around Vizag and 27 institutes in other parts of AP and Telangana.

The idea to start a biometrics attendance system first struck Ravi Teja when he was pursuing his engineering course in Bapatla Engineering College near Guntur. Interestingly, it was his own experiences that led him to stumble upon this concept. “During my B.Tech days, I used to be often late to college and would end up missing two classes almost every day. Once my father was summoned to the college since I had issues to get promoted to the next semester due to lack of attendance. That’s when he got to know that I am missing the first half of college daily,” recollects Ravi Teja. Annoyed with his habit of getting delayed every day, Ravi Teja’s father asked him to call from a coin box telephone in front of college every morning to know what time he is entering the college. “That experience stayed with me and I decided to work on a concept so that parents can keep track of a child’s attendance and also ensure the child’s safety,” says Ravi Teja.

Unihalt was started in 2012 and later expanded to Vijayawada and Hyderabad. It is currently incubated in the Sunrise Startup Village and is in the final stage of raising investment. Apart from the Konathala brothers, the core team of Unihalt has Ashish Saran who handles the PR and Marketing and Lakshman who is the Operations in-charge.

Before starting the venture, the team did a market study which revealed that 90 per cent of educational institutions follow manual attendance process, which lacks efficiency and accuracy. Also, the study said that three per cent of students arrive late to school every day.

Unihalt provides biometric devices to institutes for free of cost and registers every student onto the system. “Our service is integrated with SMS and mobile app which any parent, who would like to use our service, can opt for. Every parent availing the service will receive an SMS or notification with regard to the student’s ‘in and out’ time from school instantly. This way, the institute will be able to manage attendance electronically and parents can be at peace knowing the whereabouts of their children. Generally in every schools, teachers manually mark daily attendance in registers but they don’t have metrics to track late-coming students. They can’t keep a record of the late comers. We help them with that as well,” says the Unihalt team, who are aiming to increase the student punctuality by 35 per cent through the implementation of the system.

Schools in Vizag can avail this service for free for the first academic year. Later, a nominal fee will be charged from those parents who are interested to take the service via app.

The team is currently creating a parent-teacher communication and feedback platform.