Press Release: The Impact Edition of 9th YIC 2017 in Mumbai!

The 9th edition of Young India Challenge made an impact on young leaders’ and fuelled their drive to meet UN sustainable development goals, one idea at a time. The enthusiasm of the delegates matched that of the happiness team members. Over 250 excited delegates enjoyed the ice-breakers with the happiness team. New friendships were formed over steaming hot tea and the auditorium was bustling with conversation.

Kamal Seth, the founder of Human Circle greeted the participants and motivated them to face the challenges with vigour and intellect. The ‘Hack your Brains’ session with Kamal enabled the leaders of tomorrow to envision a career and profession for themselves and find what they truly love to do.

Wioleta Burdzy Seth, life coach and co-founder of Human Circle, elaborated on the different kinds of intelligence and assisted the delegates in acquiring a detailed understanding of each type. Further she spoke about important behavioural and emotional traits that are ideal for success.

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These sessions were followed by a networking lunch and the photo booth was a major attraction for delegates. After a refreshing lunch while the happiness team co-ordinated and interacted with the delegates effectively, they networked among their new found friends and prospective team members.

Mentors like Vaibhav Chhabra, founder of Makers Asylum, actor and director, Shray Rai Tiwari and model and actress, Asmita Sood shared their astounding personal and professional journeys with delegates and inspired awe in them. After three rounds of intellectual discussions and inspirational moments with the mentors, the teams were introduced to the challenge and the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

The day ended on a mind bending note with all the delegates racking their brains and ideating on the assigned goals. Day 2 began with team building activities and Wioleta held the discussions post that. The delegates learned the importance of working in collaboration and co-operating with each other. The Mentors – Vishal Rewari, Aarti Khetarpal, Shronit Ladhani, Maurici Rolo, Karan Shah, Sarvesh Pande, Pallavi Singh, Shveta Raina, Sayan Ghosh, Siddharth Pandey guided the delegates and answered their doubts and queries, helping them to shape their idea and bring it to life.

The presentations went on in full swing in the second half of day 2. The teams presented startup ideas, innovative campaigns and ideas for unique products and services. This was followed by the narrations from ‘ You Are the Story ‘ contest by a talented and deserving bunch of delegates. In the meanwhile, after thorough debate and discussion, the jury selected 3 out of 24 winning ideas and they were awarded for their excellence and entrepreneurial spirit.


Day 2 ended with a smile on every delegates face and the room reverberated with echoes of their carefree laughter and warm friendly conversations. With a promise to stay in touch and explore more opportunities together as a team, the 9th edition of Young India Challenge brought joy and tears of happiness to many. With memories of Mumbai, sugar cubes from YIC and a bunch of new friendships each delegate went home with a heart full of passion and a productive mind!

We cannot wait for the 10th edition of Young India Challenge! Are you ready?

A big thank you for all our partners for their amazing support!

MISB Bocconi ESADE Talerang GrowthHub DU Express DU Beat CampusVarta Campus Drift Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil – RSPO Global Action on Poverty ISA – RGIT

Contributed by:

Ekta Mourya

Happiness Team, YIC Mumbai 2017






Dance For Kindness: Spreading Kindness and Positivity

Those In Need and Life Vest Inside collaborated to bring India’s biggest kindness flash mob ‘Dance For Kindness’ in New Delhi yesterday, 12th November, 2017.


Through this event, they wanted to spread the message of Kindness, positive human interaction, global utility, teamwork, leadership, and positive self-expression in our daily grinds of a routine life. They conveyed the idea of ‘Kindness Boomerang’ – one small act of kindness can manifest for you in a different form!

Held in the heart of Delhi, Connaught Place, more than 500 participants across the age groups and gender joined together to perform a Kindness Freeze-mob/Flash-mob to the same song, same dance. Imagine – this group of participants was a part of a worldwide community of more than 15,000 across 50+ countries. After the dance, the participants performed the ‘Selfie Time with Act of Kindness cards’. Every participant performed the kindness task on the card, displayed the audience the idea of spreading positivity and shared their enlightening experience.

All participants came from different parts of the community – children from different NGOS; Shades of happiness and Gavaksh, college students, school students from  Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya ,Jahangir Puri with choreographer for the whole event Vivek Rajput, people from different walks of life, all coming together to embrace the positivity and kindness in them.

After the event, participants shared their own experiences with everyone and talked about how a positive change about inculcating Kindness in our daily life is coming gradually but steadily. The crowd around was also brimmed with happiness to see an event like this happening in Delhi.

Shreya Bhatia and Abhishek Saini, Co-founders of Lending Hands Foundation (Those In Need) said:
“India may be one of the fastest growing economies in the world but there are glaring societal issues that it needs to tackle. India ranked a dismal 122 on a list of the world’s happiest countries, dropping four slots from last year (World Happiness Report, 2017). More than 50 million people suffer from depression in India (WHO, 2015) and crime rates and violence doesn’t seem to climb out of growth trajectory. The facts and figures shook us to the core and our team decided it was time to set things right.”

Tapinder Singh, a participant, said,” The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond the boundaries of our country, culture, race, and religion and we realize that we are the citizens of the world and that KINDNESS is the common thread that unites us all. The purpose of the day is to self-reflect and spread positivity and message of humanity around yourself. I am glad I was a part of such an event. These are some of the more major issues that nobody talks about. I’m glad that the Those In Need team is doing this”


Budding Author and Poet at YIC!

The 9th edition of YIC witnessed the participation of a budding author Rashmi. Her novel ‘Kamyabi ki udan abhi baki hai’ took shape over years as she continued her passion for storytelling and writing.  Talking about the protagonists and the broad outlines of her story, Rashmi has aroused our curiosity and we cannot wait to have our hands on a signed copy of her book.


Budding poet Ankit recited his poem ” A New Beginning ” with much enthusiasm. The auditorium is just a bit warmer and fuelled with energy than it was moments before.




Bring responsible travel choices in your schedule

Moving out from her parents apartment at 17, Tanisha rented an apartment in Waliv, Vasai, and sustained herself through a meagre income derived by training the children in the slums in spoken english.


Many people accused Tanisha of giving up on studies and moving out of her house only to avoid mundane college life. But Tanisha never got deterred from her path. She was curious to travel and with a hunger for discovering new territories, Tanisha took the journey of her lifetime to visit the temple of the Menstruating Goddess Kamakhya, lived among the Nagas and found herself in the Khasi Tribe of Meghalaya.

She took up her studies in sociology and found herself dejected when a professor suggested that she should stick to studying from her textbooks and staying within the four walls of the classroom.

When her college routine took a toll, she altered her routine and discovered India, one destination at a time. The first solo trip she took was to Bengal and she shared her travel experiences through her blog. Bringing responsible travel into her choices helped her benefit local communities. There were many who called her names and without support from family, Tanisha kept going. Wishing 2 months of her travel, her travel articles featured in a popular travel startup. She found her success through her persistence and constant efforts.

She concludes saying :

We live in a society where following your passion is underrated, the best reward you can give yourself is doing what you love.


Gopikrishna’s story of success!

Born with a lot of difficulties and coping up with health challenges ever since school days, Gopi was interested in Computer Programming. He was stopped from pursuing his dream career in computer science and that did not deter him at all, it only made him even more determined. Gopi’s resolve hardened and he continued his fight against the concerned authorities. Today Gopi has a startup based on Artificial Intelligence and is currently working on a women’s safety product.


Gopi says that through his journey, he learnt that,

“People are competitive, instead of collaborative”

But the only way to go about success is to pursue your dreams with passion and never look back in your life.





The best journey in YIC!

Aarti Khetrapal, actress and model, motivated the young delegates at YIC and connected with the audience with her journey from being a delegate to a mentor and speaker.


Getting nostalgic, she mentions that her hardwork and commitment propelled her career and groomed her professionally, even before she was a graduate. Aarti shares how rejection no longer matters to her and she motivates and appreciates herself for having crafted her passion into her profession.

A year ago when she arrived in Bombay, she just ignored the negativity around her and solely focused on bringing positivity in her life.

Her rule for success has been – embracing being random and being open to ideas and motivation. She stresses how every interaction is a chance to contribute meaningfully to their life or work.

She wishes more delegates take the journey that she has taken and the anticipation about the winners is brewing more than ever!


Gaia’s Wrath

With a dramatic beginning, team Gaia’s wrath is presenting their solution to climate change. Rural areas struggle with the problem of smoke from the cow dung stove that they use and the team suggests the use of biogas.


Their financial plan included recurring cost and current cost. Marketing and collaboration strategies like awareness programmes and street plays would help them in increasing their market size.


Working towards the goal of transforming India into carbon neutral country, Gaia’s Wrath aims to sell their produce to biomedical and Pharma companies. They have nailed sustainable development and climate action.