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In Conversation with 132 Connect

Ericsson Innovation Awards 2015
In a time when it is really difficult to get a good job, finding a satisfying career path seems next to impossible. The problem is greater for recruiters as they end up hiring the wrong talent. 132Connect aspires to bridge this gap. In conversation with Kartik Sharma & Pavan, about their Ericsson Innovation Award winning startup, 132Connect.

- What is 132 Connect?
For engineering students: 132Connect is a platform to connect with career opportunities in the market place in a more efficient way. This is done by exposure of student to customized industry information and domain knowledge, helping them being industry ready.

For recruiters: 132Connect is a platform to effectively engage and identify employable talent who are currently non accessible.

- How did you come up with the idea and what is the problem statement that you are trying to solve? 
Both of us have engineering background and experience of working in well structured companies. However after feeling that learning has stagnated in those structures and currently visible jobs do not align with professional interests, we went on to attend series of entrepreneurship focused workshops. The idea of a platform arrived after interviewing students and seeking opinions from experts regarding the current status of higher education ecosystem. We are trying to address inefficiencies in this ecosystem that leads to low employ-ability of students and low visibility of employable students to recruiters.

132Connect finishes 3rd at Ericsson Innovation Awards 2015

- What makes 132 Connect different from other ventures in the same domain? 
Most of current ventures expose students to industry in a generic manner, while 132Connect focuses on matching mutual expectations of industry and a student first, and then exposing the student to industry information in a gradual and personalized manner. This will help a student identify career interests and develop industry relevant skills at the same time.

- How was your experience at Ericsson innovation Awards 2015 and what are your future plans? 
We got constructive feedback at Ericsson Innovation Awards and judging panel appreciated the business concept intermixed with recruiters and domain experts and a personalized approach for candidates who would use the platform. Additional to this, we had opportunity to interact with key personnel from HR department of Ericsson AB.

Getting business concept validated from top of the line professionals is always a motivation booster.

Currently, we aspire to finish the development of the platform and then run a pilot to further refine our business concept. Cash prize from the Ericsson Innovation Awards will help us bear the costs of this stage.

- What is your revenue generation model? 
Subscription plans for recruiters. Though it seems an obvious revenue generation model, a framework will be worked out after insights from the pilot project.

- Anything else you would like to say about your startup?
As Indian higher education ecosystem is experimenting with personalized learning methods. It will be our pleasure to connect with motivated individuals and groups who want to explore the usage of technology to customize learning experience for students.

- About Ericsson Innovation Awards 
Ericsson Innovation Award is an open competition for students all over the world. Take the chance to develop your idea into an innovation that has reached the market. Team Blendlee wins the EUR 25,000 first prize for their platform for self-development based on the concept of blended learning at the event. Taking home a top prize of EUR 25,000, the winners beat off strong competition from runners-up Pik-Do (USA), third-placed 132 CONNECT (India) and Bridge (Ukraine), who came in fourth place.

Reference Pages:
Ericsson press: Link 
Yahoo News: Link 
132Connect FB : Link

WHO approaches countries to reduce sugars intake among adults and children

Eat Less Sugar, Stay Healthy : WHO
Another WHO guideline prescribes adults and children reduce their daily intake of free sugars to less than 10% of their total energy intake. A further reduction to beneath 5% or around 25 grams (6 teaspoons) per day would give extra health advantages.

Free sugars allude to monosaccharides, (for example, glucose, fructose) and disaccharides, (for example, sucrose or table sugar) added to foods and drinks by the maker, cook or shopper, and sugars commonly introduce in nectar, syrups, organic product squeezes and organic product juice condensed.

"We have robust proof that keeping intake of free sugars to less than 10% of total energy intake reduces the danger of overweight, obesity and tooth rot," says Dr Francesco Branca, Director of WHO's Department of Nutrition for Health and Development. "Rolling out strategy improvements to help this will be key if countries are to experience their responsibilities to reduce the trouble of noncommunicable diseases."

The WHO guideline does not allude to the sugars in new foods grown from the ground, and sugars characteristically display in milk, on the grounds that there is no reported proof of unfriendly effects of devouring these sugars.

A significant part of the sugars devoured today are "covered up" in prepared foods that are not generally seen as desserts. For instance, 1 tablespoon of ketchup contains around 4 grams (around 1 teaspoon) of free sugars. A solitary container of sugar-sweetened pop contains up to 40 grams (around 10 teaspoons) of free sugars.

Overall intake of free sugars changes by age, setting and nation. In Europe, intake in adults ranges from around 7-8% of total energy intake in countries like Hungary and Norway, to 16-17% in countries like Spain and the United Kingdom. Intake is much higher among children, running from around 12% in countries like Denmark, Slovenia and Sweden, to about 25% in Portugal. There are likewise country/urban contrasts. In rustic groups in South Africa intake is 7.5%, while in the urban population it is 10.3%.

Decreasing sugars intake to less than 10% of total energy: an in number recommendation

The recommendations are in light of analysis of the most recent scientific proof. This confirmation shows, in the first place, that adults who expend less sugars have lower body weight and, second, that expanding the measure of sugars in the eating routine is connected with a weight increment. Furthermore, research demonstrates that children with the most noteworthy intakes of sugar-sweetened drinks are more prone to be overweight or hefty than children with a low intake of sugar-sweetened drinks.

Further reduction to less than 5% of total energy intake: a contingent recommendation

Given the nature of existing studies, the recommendation of decreasing intake of free sugars to beneath 5% of total energy is introduced as "restrictive" in the WHO framework for issuing confirmation based direction.

Few epidemiological studies have been attempted in populations with a low sugars intake. Just three national far reaching studies permit a correlation of dental caries with sugars intakes of less than 5% of total energy intake versus more than 5% yet less than 10% of total energy intake.


Source: WHO Media Center