Bernard Lunn has a detailed article on the state of innovation in India. He notices that there has been progress in a lot of areas like reliable low cost telecommunications, but the killer app is still missing. There are many Indian entrepreneurs, but not many of them are in India. Which probably hints towards lack of resources and the society not encouraging entrepreneurship, though this is changing slowly.
Before continuing on a similar line, let me list some efforts, excluding the many clones of social networking sites, that are coming out of young India Inc.
- Innovatively developed WiFi mesh
- Warana experimenting with wired and wireless
- SMS Gupshup (my thoughts here and here)
- Indian Railway goes mobile
- New approaches for Web access
- Live Documents (my thoughts)
All of these might not be innovations, but they sure are innovative uses. And I am sure I have not listed all. But unfortunately, none of these are associated with big businesses or figure in the big talks. India Inc is still keen on services, but even there we are not seeing out of box thinking. I think there is a lot of innovation happening in the fields, and it is sure to increase as resources are now more accessible, but it is either not visible to the businesses or they are ignoring it.
Mobiles are seeing exceptional growth, wireless is being experimented with and some efforts are happening at the university level too. The future will definitely bring business from innovation, we have to see if it is initiated by Indian companies or the others.