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A freelance content writer, S. Sahu was the former editor of TCS's house magazine at Tata Consultancy Services. He developed tech marketing collateral for the company and helped compile and edit books and journal articles on TCS's technology innovations. He also ghostwrites print and online publications.
Prajwala is a Bangalore-based freelance journalist who writes on social issues, stories of human interest, and art and culture, among others.
Rajesh Nanarpuzha is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at IIM Udaipur. Previously, he has worked as a brand manager in Dabur, and as a business consultant in the retail and consumer goods domains at Cognizant and Tata Consultancy Services. Rajesh has an MBA from IIM Indore and a doctorate in marketing from IIM Ahmedabad.
Priyokumar Singh Naorem
He is a passionate UI & UX designer who thrives on creating engaging creative solutions.
A freelance illustrator, artist, graphic novelist and designer. She has designed and illustrated several book covers. Her personal illustrations so far have attempted to seize the fleeting absurdity and mood of places, things and people she encounters in a childlike, intuitive and expressive manner with closure, beauty and innocence – the things that she desires.
She is an artist and an educator who has taught and lectured at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Oxford University, the Victoria and Albert Museum among other institutions. Her installations, paintings, thread work and sculptures have been exhibited in Saatchi Gallery - London, C24 Gallery - New York, and Museum of Contemporary Art – Lyon, among other notable galleries and museums from around the world.
A commerce graduate from Delhi University, Parul pursued a masters in fine arts from Nottingham Trent University in the UK. As an artist, she is interested in line as a subject which has led her to follow architectural lines in built environments. She says she is also interested in how we perceive the environment that we inhabit and what happens when a subtle shift is made in things which we have been used to seeing in a certain way. We present six of her artworks here.
Shweta Malhotra is a graphic artist and designer from Mumbai, based in New Delhi.
After working with ad agencies and design studios for close to 8 years, she branched out on her own and currently works independently.s Her overall design aesthetic is minimal, bold and graphic, a response to the maximalist visual language prevalent in India.
Rithika Merchant (b.1986) received her Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Parsons the New School for Design, New York in 2008. She has exhibited extensively since her graduation. Recent exhibitions include a duo show “Reliquaries: The Remembered Self” at TARQ, Mumbai; “Language of the Birds: Occult and Art” at 80WSE Gallery, New York; and group shows at Summerhall, Edinburgh and Artry Gallery, Kochi. Her work has been included in multiple group shows at Stephen Romano Gallery and The Morbid Anatomy Museum, New York. Born in Mumbai, she now divides her time between Mumbai and Barcelona.
Aniruddh Mehta is an artist based out of Mumbai, India. Trained in graphic design from the London College of Communications, Aniruddh is a self-taught illustrator and currently works as an independent freelance designer. He believes in finding the right balance between art and graphic design. He has worked closely in collaboration with Bhavishyavani Future Soundz, Qilla Records, Taxi Fabric, Adidas, Dell and United Colours of Benetton. He also goes by the moniker, ‘thebigfatminimalist’ and his style ranges from bold minimal forms to more intricate pieces exploring patterns and geometry.
Paramesh is an artist who enjoys working in both the realistic and abstract style of painting. He loves working with water color. Featured in this issue are a set of water color works that he has created exclusively for us on the subject of digital transformation.
Based in Mumbai, Chandrashekhar Thakur is a Senior Art Director and Illustrator at Truebil.com and the Founder of HAPPiNESS For You. He loves working with new styles of art and considers illustration to be his forte. Chandrashekhar has completed his BFA from DY Patil College of Applied Art.
Concept and Direction
Head of marketing at Regalix, Nimish drives research in emerging technologies and customer experience, and takes a keen interest in creative arts.
Jean-Francois Chianetta, CEO of Augment.com is a futurist and thought leader in emerging trends in augmented reality. He founded Augment in 2011 with the vision of merging the digital and physical worlds through augmented reality. Backed by Salesforce Ventures, Augment has over 200 clients worldwide. We met up with him recently
Interviewed by Priscilla Thomas
While augmented reality is often seen as technologies dreamed up by science fiction writers, it has actually been in development in the real world for several decades.
In recent years, there were multiple introductions into the field that opened the doors to AR’s potential into the B2B environment. From the introduction of Google Glass to the rise of Pokemon Go to the announcement of Microsoft’s HoloLens, the past few years have brought AR and VR upfront in the minds of many businesses.
Google Glass by the way is a great example of a triggering event. It was initially introduced to the masses as a consumer product, and after several months of hype was declared as a giant failure by nearly everyone. But during that whole time those glasses were used in factory settings and construction sites. They proved their value to workers in term of efficiency gain and security. Now Google Glasses are back with an enterprise dedicated focus.
One marketing challenge is the constant demand of engaging materials that capture the eye of the audience as well as converts. Augmented reality allows users to unlock memorable and differentiated experiences. As brands fight for mindshare among consumers, AR allows them to stand out among competition. It positions companies as innovative leaders and facilitates higher engagement with their end users.
By leveraging augmented reality, it’s becoming easier to create an interactive experience both online and offline. Customers can simply use their smartphone to scan a product booklet to bring the product to life at their fingertips, instantly. Interactive content through AR is a great way to have your online and offline marketing campaigns working in tandem with one another.
By leveraging augmented reality, it’s becoming easier to create an interactive experience both online and offline. Customers can simply use their smartphone to scan a product booklet to bring the product to life at their fingertips, instantly. Interactive content through AR is a great way to have your online and offline marketing campaigns working in tandem with one another
Augmented reality is still a relatively new technology but has been steadily gathering steam especially over the past few years, and the consumer market is really no longer uncertain when it comes to accepting AR. Think of the recent popularity of Pokemon Go, Google Translate, Snapchat, and Facebook, and more recently the announcements of Apple’s ARKit and Google's ARCore. Companies are already leveraging augmented reality and those looking to adopting this technology should not be afraid to do so. For CMOs looking to adopt AR: Content is key, more than the technology itself. Keep in mind the purpose behind your use of augmented reality and think of ways the experience will bring value to the consumer. For example, with Augment, a consumer can preview a product at scale and at home to determine if it’s the right product for him/her. Stay away from gimmicky experiences and create specific content for your purpose instead of just repacking content from other places -- like using a video displayed in AR.
One of the challenges is convincing potential clients that augmented reality is something for their businesses to leverage right now. AR is not something of the future -- it has already become integrated in our lives and this will continue to do so.
The other big challenge is related to content creation, brands are not yet used to thinking about 3D content in the real world and how it impacts the experience. It’s a whole new medium to learn.
The field is quickly changing as it has over the past 5 years and there are a lot of unknowns. Big players now all provide the building bricks to push the technology even further. Augmented reality as a field needs to take that technology and turn it in a meaningful way to interact with the world around us.
As I see it, in the near future, augmented reality and virtual reality will continue to become a part of our lives through our mobile devices as we wait on consumer ready hardware, such as headsets. Once the hardware is available for day-to-day life, augmented reality and virtual reality will be a seamless part of one’s life -- as we will be able to shift between VR, AR and the real world.
We were the first realty company to adopt augmented reality
Pratik Mantri, Director, Mantri Developers Pvt Ltd
AI will have different flavours – it will have distinct usage for the enterprise and for the consumer
Arup Roy, Research Director, Gartner India
Chatbots are a great way of converting portal and mobile App footfalls into potential leads
Ganesh Ramakrishnan, Manager, Business Transformation, DSOA (Dubai Silicon Oasis Authority)
Time is money and artificial intelligence can save you time
Gaurav Verma, Chief Technology Officer, Aasaanjobs
Good data from AI creates hypertargeted, personalized campaigns
Sangram Vajre, Chief Evangelist and Co-Founder, Terminus