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We all have heard of incidents of oil spills devastating oceans and marine life. All efforts at addressing the such malicious accidents have resulted in failure. Big corporates such as British Petroleum and Shell energy have overseen massive oil spills in the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean.
That a practical method of using naturally available waste such as human hair, bird feathers and sawdust to sweep clean the waters off oil evaded everyone’s thoughts is bewildering.
Everyone except Nikhilesh Das, who came up with the idea at the young age of 13.
While studying in the 7th grade in Assam, Nikhilesh discovered a novel way to rid rivers and oceans off murky oil spills.
As a curious young mind Nikhilesh remembered accidental oil leakages in Brahmaputra river which spoiled the harvest of the farmers, and resulted in a wave of farmer suicides.
The simple innovations started coming soon after an exhibition on pollution got him thinking and doing some research on the internet to see how the menace could be handled. However, the results were not satisfying.
“Many existing techniques that people use only create more pollution in the water. I wasn’t convinced that these can be used as sustainable methods to eliminate water pollution and separate oil from water,” he says.
Hair as an anodyne to oil spills emerged after he recollected with much fondness how his mother used to oil his hair. “The oil would stick to my hair and would just not come off”, says Nikhilesh.
He mixed the hair that he got from a barbershop with motor oil and water, and watched with fascination how a coating of oil would form over the surface of water.
Within 30 seconds of using hair to absorb oil, 90 per cent of the oil would be removed in the first attempt.
The next incident that struck Nikhilesh occurred while watching a documentary film on migratory birds that died due to oil spillage.
The migratory birds would touch the surface of the water to catch fish and the oil would stick to their feathers. This would make them unable to fly, leading to a painful death.
“One line from an article stood out for me: ‘Oil got stuck to their feathers.’ I thought, feathers can also catch oil and can be used,” he says.
After donning the experimental hat, Nikhilesh met with much success. He had found his second ingredient (feathers).
The third revelation came when Nikhilesh was renovating his house. After the carpenter dropped oil on the ground, he saw the sawdust absorb the oil. Within seconds it vanished. And so he got his third ingredient.
For preparing a prototype using the three waste materials, Nikhilesh has won many awards.
The short-listing by the National Innovation Foundation, got him an award from the President in 2009. He also received the INK fellowship in 2011.
He sees potential in the efficacy of the waste materials to clean out oil and wants to work out how it can be further utilized.
“I would like to design a big hairbrush kind of machine, which could be used to clean water bodies. I am not an engineer and I don’t even have the resources or technologies to design a big machine though. I will be glad if someone could help me take the design to the next level,” Nikhilesh says.
On emphasizing the value of imagination, Nikhilesh says, “I would want school authorities and teachers to be more supportive of students who want to innovate. More focus should be given on practical knowledge rather than theoretical knowledge and scoring good marks,” concludes Nikhilesh.
Nikhilesh has also turned his sight upon air pollution and wants to research on how to address issues related to it. Presently, Nikhilesh is looking for potential supporters to help him take his innovation to the market.
Here is a link to the INK talk by Nikhilesh Das; showing his simple innovations.
The pandemic brought about a global boom of entrepreneurship in 2020. Thousands of small businesses launched in the UK last year, and many were very successful. Some businesses started as passion projects, while others aimed to fill a hole in the pandemic market. Services and products, like at-home workouts, popped up all over social media from new and exciting businesses. The pandemic left many Brits financially unstable and scared for the future of their career. Launching their own business gave them something to focus on again and a small amount of income.
The Financial Times reported that the number of registered companies in the UK increased by 30% in 2020. As the world returns to normal, it will be interesting to see how these new businesses approach the post-pandemic world.
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If you have just set up a new business, here are some essential marketing tips to get the ball rolling:
Exploit social media
Social media is one of the most effective marketing platforms available. You can connect with a global audience for free and market your product or service to them. Post consistently and use high-quality imaging to catch your audience's attention. Engage with potential customers by replying to direct messages, comments, shares and likes. Use a few platforms to maximise your exposure and create a strong brand identity.
You can connect with a global audience for free and market your product or service to them. | Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash
Network as much as you can
Networking is a vital part of business, and you can do it on and offline. Use sites like LinkedIn to connect with fellow entrepreneurs and those in different industries. Reach out to them directly and ask about their company or role. You might be surprised by how much you can learn from one conversation. Once in-person events return, you should look to make the most out of meeting people in your industry. You might find brands to collaborate with or a mentor to learn from. Make sure to hand out your business cards at the event so people can get in touch with you in the future.
Networking is a vital part of business, and you can do it on and offline. | Photo by Chris Montgomery on Unsplash
Create a blog
You need to be an expert in your industry. Create a blog and share your journey of learning to be a business owner. You can share your expertise and why you started the company, which other entrepreneurs can read and learn from. Your knowledge and experience might be extremely helpful for those just starting out. Use a range of marketing techniques to launch your business into the next phase.
Use a range of marketing techniques to launch your business into the next phase. | Photo by Sincerely Media on Unsplash
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One of Indias fast growing Direct To Consumer (DTC) beauty and personal care brands, MyGlamm, launches its national TVC around the message 'All Natural #NoNasties today with actress Shraddha Kapoor, who is also an investor in the brand.
Kapoor who has a great millennial and Gen Z connect introduces 'My SUPERFOODS Kajal' which has No Parabens, No Mineral Oils, No Nasties while still being long-lasting and smudge-free and made with the goodness of nature. This is followed by many girls trying applying the kajal with confidence and while highlighting the ingredients Avocado Oil, Goji Berries, Vitamin E and Sunflower Seed Oil.
Commenting on the campaign, Apratim Majumder, CMO, MyGlamm says "Women have been telling us about what they want from their beauty products for a while now. Wikimedia Commons
The brand focuses on creating quality products that are high efficacy made with all-natural and no chemicals in the formulae. his campaign follows the #TellMyGlammWhatYouWant campaign where women logged in to tell the company what they wanted from their beauty products. It aims to establish a beauty democracy by giving consumers the power to tell the brand what they want thus changing the entire experience of how women buy beauty products in India.
Commenting on the campaign, Apratim Majumder, CMO, MyGlamm says "Women have been telling us about what they want from their beauty products for a while now. We have been innovating to serve those needs with products. When they told us that they want a kajal that is not only long-lasting and smudge-proof but also takes care of their eyes, we knew we had to do this. The campaign is about telling everyone out there who told us they need a kajal that cares, MyGlamm Superfoods Kajal is here for you! The campaign debued on MyGlamm's social channels- YouTube & Instagram on September 16. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: India, Direct beauty brands, My Glamm national, girls, kajal, confidence ingredients, Avocado Oil, Shraddha Kapoor
Phishing attacks targeting organisations rose up considerably during the pandemic, as millions of employees working from home became a prime target for cybercriminals. A large majority (83 per cent) of IT teams in India said the number of phishing emails targeting their employees increased during 2020, according to a report by UK-based cybersecurity firm Sophos on Monday.
"It can be tempting for organisations to see phishing attacks as a relatively low-level threat, but that underestimates their power. Phishing is often the first step in a complex, multi-stage attack. According to Sophos Rapid Response, attackers frequently use phishing emails to trick users into installing malware or sharing credentials that provide access to the corporate network," Sophos' Principal Research Scientist, Chester Wisniewski said in a statement. The findings also reveal that there is a lack of common understanding about the definition of phishing. For instance, 67 per cent of IT teams in India associate phishing with emails that falsely claim to be from a legitimate organisation, and which are usually combined with a threat or request for information.
The findings also reveal that there is a lack of common understanding about the definition of phishing. | Pixabay
As many as 61 per cent consider Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks to be phishing, and half of the respondents (50 per cent) think threadjacking - when attackers insert themselves into a legitimate email thread as part of an attack - is phishing. Most of the organisations in India (98 per cent) have implemented cybersecurity awareness programmes to combat phishing. Respondents said they use computer-based training programmes (67 per cent), human-led training programmes (60 per cent), and phishing simulations (51 per cent).
Four-fifths of Indian organisations assess the impact of their awareness programme through the number of phishing-related tickets raised with IT, followed by the level of reporting of phishing emails by users (77 per cent) and click rates on phishing emails (60 per cent). All the organisations surveyed (100 per cent) in Delhi, Hyderabad, and Kolkata say they have a cybersecurity awareness programme in place. This was followed by Chennai where 97 per cent have such programmes, and then, Bengaluru and Mumbai at 96 per cent each. (IANS/ MBI)
Keywords: programmes, organisation, emails, phishing