Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2017 at IIT Delhi? by Anonymous

Answer by Anonymous:

The first time I got to know about Young India Challenge was through Facebook when one of my friends had invited me to like the page and the event. I didn’t give it a second glance thinking it might be just like different events happening in Delhi.

This happened when I was in my first year of colllege and the applications were out for the Young India Challenge SRCC 2015. Something about me – I have done various recitation, debate competitions since class 2. Have attended so many Model United Conferences. I have had exposure to lot of different events in school being Peer educator also. So meeting people and going for such conferences for public speaking wouldn’t excite me if it isn’t is different.

Then again I got a personal message from that friend regarding this event. So I decided to open the page and atleast read about it. It was so much more than just motivation. The tagline DoWhatYouLove stuck in my head.

I decided to fill out the form. Got selected. Was very excited about it. 2 months after my interview had happened and I was selected, finally those 3 days had come which I was waiting for.

The moment I sat in the hall I could feel the energy and positivity in the room. Meeting so many like minded people with whom you can discuss so many things. Once it started, one doesn’t want it to end.

There are a lot of activites and fun games conducted so that you can look into yourself and see how you can improve yourself. There are a lot of self help books on the shelf and the one thing in common in all of them is the word “Self”. You have got to help and improve you, yourself. Nobody can do that for you. Mentors, writers, speakers and other people can only guide and motivate you to start doing it but until the fire doesn’t come from within you will never be satisfied with the results.

There are speaker sessions and these people are from various backgrounds ranging from Social, Business, Technology fields, Artists. They can be working in big companies or they can be start up founders or they are doing something for the society. The one thing all these have in common is the story they share with us which relates to something in our life and pushes us to look within ourself and see where we can improve.

There is also a full day dedicated to come up with an idea regarding different issues like employability, education standards, UN’s sustainable goals. You are given time to think of an idea with your team and how you can implement it. There are so many mentors to help you throughout this process and at the end you have to present it to the judges.

Now comes the part when it got over and I went home. I couldn’t sleep that night because of the fact that the 2 month excitement I had for the event is over. So what next do I look forward to. After that I started realising with each day passing what this event had done to me. It gave me the power to self introspect and see how I can improve myself. It helped me to talk to random people and form a team with them and present an idea to the jury. It taught me the values like how one needs to stand by the team. It helped me to think better. And also this just happened because I went in with an open mindset to learn whatever I get which I can filter later in my brain.

An event like this can never be beneficial for you if you go in there to win an award or impress someone. You have got to be yourself and just learn whatever is happening there.

Coming to some of the points that have been written in the earlier answers –

1. They charge entry fees for the event varying from 1600 to 2500. How can an event for 2 days be for free? The amount they are taking is 5-6 times lesser than what other organisations charge for 2-3 day conferences.

Human Circle has started to spread the DoWhatYouLove movement so that we students can benefit and excel in what we are good than doing stereotypical things. Any decent MUN also charges 1500-2000 with school MUNs even charging 4000 per delegate. And that too just for you to debate with our people. I am not saying that MUNs are not worth the money but the people who want to build their confidence and remove the fear of talking to people and public speaking should definitely do this. So for a conference like Young India Challenge this amount that they are charging is really nothing compared to quality and knowledge one is getting.

2. Regarding the speakers and mentors – These people take out time out of their schedule to talk to the youth brigade of the country. One thing that we all know is that if you don’t ask for help, then how will the other person help you. So one needs to ask questions and have conversations with them to get to know more. They come for the whole day and delegates can talk to these people on a one to one basis also. They guide you and can also be mentors after the conference. As I said earlier also it all depends on how you have a lookout to the conference. They can help you so much but you need to go and talk to them regarding it.

3. Regarding the Idea formation on Day 2 – It gives you so many learning aspects as in how actually team work and team leadership happens. In colleges we have our fests and our part of it. That is a different kind of experience. Being in a more professional environment and working on your ideas will help way more in the future. And this exercise in the YIC gives that flavour too. It is not about just coming up with an idea but also how you come with it and how you tackle the situations which come in the way.

Some people relate it to just entrepreneurship but I will relate it to life and the lessons I learnt from it which are going to help me all along my life.

You can’t expect any conference to turn your life around in 2 days. When people have these notions they feel dissatisfied by the quality of the that conference. Okay suppose Steve Jobs was alive and I put you in a room with Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Warren Buffet. We know how motivational they are and their work speaks volumes about them. You think meeting and spending time with them would be helpful if you don’t have an open mindset to learn? If you think yes then this conference isn’t for you, because until you go in there to learn and help yourself, you can’t benefit from it. Those people can only guide you and motivate you if you want that yourself. If you are just in for the certificate and award then this is the wrong place.

I hope this might give you a fair idea about Young India Challenge. All I want to say is #DoWhatYouLove.

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?


Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi? by Bhanvee Gupta

Answer by Bhanvee Gupta:

Since one of things that I was reminded at YIC 2016 Mumbai chapter was to speak up about concerns that I care about and one being conferences like these, here is a list of few pointers that might answer your question and your underlying confusion:

1- ‘worth attending’: how would you define what is ‘worth’ for you? paisa-vasool? worth your ‘valuable’ time? worth convincing your parents or worth convincing your inner indecisive-self? For me, it was to honor an event that was trying to make a change on Indian landscape (there are truckloads of similar events that happen outside and few like Techsparks that happen here, but for which you have to pay a good amount, and amazingly no one complains about that!) and making an effort to push myself out of the comfort zone, meet new people, respect their views(even if totally in disagreement) and still strike a conversation. So, list down your priorities, even if for (just) an event. (See that is the beauty of it. The process.)

2- As Wioleta and many informed speakers did mention earlier, it is not a miracle-booth, an event which you attend and your miseries of life would be put to an end. And one needs to respect that the organization is still in its early stage, yet they are making efforts to plan the event, organize it, get speakers which if not extremely famous, yet have credibility. It will improve and that takes time. Even Google and Apple were born out of a garage.

3- Best advice would be to go with your expectations as normal as when you go out to meet your friends. Only here there would be people from varied backgrounds, trying to find a connection to other like-minded folks, and getting inspired by small struggles of each other, who might not have been as lucky as you are.

4- The team-building exercises and other such activities are just small processes meant to keep you engaged and to open up. A two day event won’t give you an entry into Harvard but maybe it can give you the drive to reach there. Coming from the Product Design background, where every other day is a challenge: coming up with new ideas, developing it, iterating, presenting and convincing the other side, I took a backseat here and instead saw how others think and propose a solution. That was an eye-opener. I have my own set of learnings and I hope so would you.

5- As for friends, I did find many and connected with them during the duration of the event and some even after that. They share their own passion for books, adventures etc. and can provide valuable links. So, yes, you get an opportunity to create networks, if you make an effort.

At the end of it, it is not spoon-feeding. You have to figure out what is good for you.

Hope this helps!

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?


Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi? by Bhavya Arora

Answer by Bhavya Arora:

Definitely! I will answer the question through my experience and observation.

I am a very extrovert person, engaged in 10 acfivities at a time, trying to explore everyopportunity that comes my way. I'll express my opinion about if it's worth as a delegate first, then as my over all assocoation with Human Circle. 🙂

I attended YIC CVS in 2015. Has my life changed since then? Yes! Did YIC change my life? It was a turning point in my life where I started looking for my passion. I began to explore my passion in the numerous activities that i would otherwise be engaged with.

Have I found my passion yet? I don't think so. I shared with Kamal sir once, that I think my passion lies in purpose. I don't know if it's one specific purpose that I am looking for or it's transient to somethig meaninful where I can drop my little contribution to the Universe. But yes, the awareness itself has brought a change. The awarness that it is okay to keep looking for what is it exactly that you love doing and you know you would enjoy doing even 50 years down the line, something that keeps up your adernaline levels just at the thought of it, the platonic romantic love for work kind? Awareness that you can find Mr. Darcy in your passion (silent sobs)

I read it a while ago, that the moment you hit the conscious awareness of something, 50% of the job is done. Rest 50% comprise your efforts, skills, etc. I believe Kamal and Wioleta brought us the 50% it's upto us to take this to 100% or still choose to not follow our passions. I have met amazing mentors there! Yatin, Avani, Onkar, Nikhil, Nehha..! Extraordinary people you can look up to. YIC is a definite go go! As for friends, I read someone criticising friendships at YIC. I had my YIC friend Aparupa helping me through my breakup even when we hadn't talked in a long while. Had I gotten her as an angel had it not been for YIC? NO! Avani was a mentor at YIC SRCC but I often cry my bits and pieces to her. Would she have been a support if it weren't fot YIC? I have Wioleta to pour my heart out over a cup of coffee about how to bring a major life decision to my family. Would I get such a comfort and support from a commercial life coach who just wants to mint money? No. I know she wants the best for us. She wants to be the support to as many people following or trying to follow their passions, as she can. Would I laugh so much had I not met Divyansh at my YIC? No. Had I gotten warm hugs from Komal? Would Viraj, Rohan, Bhavya, Aashima, Yamini, Dhruv, Ishaani, Madhav, Sakshi, Manvi (and so many more) be a part of my Universe had it not been for YIC? or the YIC community? No! It's upto the person where he takes his life or how he/she perceives it.

As for my association with Human Circle, I have been a delegate, an alumni, a happiness team member, and an admirer. Human Circle is that group of people who give you bear hugs so tight that even if you are yet to find your passion, you know you have someone to lean on and be your guide through the journey 🙂 so yes, coming to the question, if YIC is worth it? Yes please!

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?


Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi? by Harman Khurana

Answer by Harman Khurana:

I attended the Young India Challenge 2016 held at SRCC, Delhi. Let's divide my experience in 3 phases- Before, During and After YIC.


I began to research about previous YICs and what they incorporated. If you are the kind of person who would like to be involved in Change, you should go for the event.

We formed a WhatsApp group which really helped us make contacts and get to know each other well. I became friends with people even before seeing them in person.


I met the people I was interacting with since a month and it was a really overwhelming experience. When the Human Circle Team says that you will meet like-minded people, that is what exactly happens. You have so much to talk to about your journey till here and your dreams and passion.

The actual surprise came with the challenge we were supposed to solve.( I won't reveal much.) It really sets your mind racing and you try to bring together things you are passionate about with things that need change in the world.


It has been 3 months since the event. The people I met have become really close friends. I built a network which is a very important part on your journey ahead. I discovered what I am good at and have thought upon it clearly. Things are beginning to sort and I see the options that would take me to my dream.

Being a delegate at YIC was a wonderful experience and I hope its significance stays with me and helps me in my journey.



Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?


Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2017 at IIT Delhi? by Swadha Sinha

Answer by Swadha Sinha:

YES! You should definitely attend the Young India Challenge ( If you are one of the 10% :P)

It really opens different paths for you. You may not realise it at once but trying it out is not a bad idea. #DoWhatYouLove

You get to meet so many different personalities, make new friends and above all those Sugar Cubes ❤ ( I will not disclose what they are for you must find it yourself by applying for the Challenge)

Take it this way: You get to spend two days of your life doing something amazing and exciting, making memories, pushing your limits AND getting to know whether or not you are really doing what you love! OR you can just waste your weekend doing nothing at all.

So YES it is worth attending the Young India Challenge 🙂

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?


Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi? by Aman Verma

Answer by Aman Verma:

Well, I'll abstain myself from answering this question objectively with a Yes/No because “worthiness” is a very subjective term. What's worthy for me might not be worthy for you and vice-versa.

I was one of the delegates at YIC Mumbai 2016. I'll share my experience about this event to help you decide it's worthiness for yourself.

Background info: I was clear with what I want from my life and was already doing what I love. The reason I wanted to attend YIC was “corporate networking”. I'm a final year student at IIT-B, spearheading an international organization, parallelly working in corporate world for a little more than 2 years.

I had this misconception that a lot of YIC attendees will be corporate professionals or entrepreneurs, however it turned out that about 90% were students.

My life learning suggests that happiness follows only when you allow yourself to be happy. I opened up myself to enjoy this event although I knew that I was not going to see many corporate professionals/entrepreneurs.

  1. YIC began with pretty cool ice-breaking activities. I could see happy faces all around, which in itself is a good experience to have. The organizing team ensured great vibes, cheerful roars, enthusiastic high-fives and a sense of happiness in the air. I honestly loved interacting with every individual I met, everyone was open to having a conversation and carried a comforting smile on their face. The organizing team created an extremely conducive environment. Kudos!!
  2. Then comes the teaching-learning part. The initial lectures were very interactive, Kamal and Wioleta(Co-founders, YIC) are incredibly impressive at whatever they do. However, I didn't learn anything new, partially because I already had a sorted life and partially because I was learning and practicing similar stuff for years. If you are not already learning and PRACTICING Self-help for a long time, then these sessions are really helpful and will save you a lot of time, money and energy. Based on my interaction with other attendees, almost everyone knew a few things beforehand and got to know a few new things afterwards. Overall people were contended with the session.
  3. The second half of the day wasn't as good as the first half. A few entrepreneurs were sharing their life journey, passions and reasons. Some of them were good, but some of the lectures were long and boring. Moreover, since Kamal and Wioleta had already set a benchmark of energy and enthusiasm, these speakers seemed to be a little dull in comparison. The day ends with introduction of teams for next day's competition and a small dance party on Rang De Basanti songs. Twas pretty cool 😛
  4. Second day starts again with similar cheerfulness and enthusiasm all around. We played an interesting game (this was probably for team bonding and interaction). It actually opens you up to everyone else. They then continue from where they paused last day with new entrepreneurs coming up with their journeys. It was much better this day. Later these entrepreneurs become your mentors for the competition. And you get really good suggestions from them. They help you look into the bigger picture and share their perspective. (For me, this mentorship duration was my time for professional networking)
  5. In the second half of the day, you complete your solution and present your idea to the jury. This was overall a good experience for most of the attendees as they shared learning and laughing, along with a lot of other good activities. What was good here is that a few people were facing/overcoming their fear of public speaking. What was bad is that the jury didn't give any feedback. You don't get to know what was right/wrong or how can you improve or why did you win/lose.
  6. The event ends with a few selected fellow delegates sharing their life stories (this was good and inspiring, I got goosebumps). They announce a few opportunities for YIC delegates and eventually the competition winners are declared.

For me, the best part of the entire YIC was meeting good happy people and the informal activities and events. I'm still in regular touch with a lot of delegates (now friends) :P. I might attend YIC again just to see so many happy faces at one place.

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?


Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi? by Wioleta Burdzy Seth

Answer by Wioleta Burdzy Seth:

Aditya Bhansali,

Thank you for taking your time and to write a review about Young India Challenge | organized by Human Circle . Glad that it comes from someone who attended the event, makes us take your words seriously and work on improvements. I also appreciate that you have chosen to not write this anonymously.

Below I will try to cover all the flows and comments that you have mentioned.

1) Yes, 2 days event. First two editions were longer – 3 days, but after receiving feedback that 3 days is too long (some students cant leave classes on Friday) we have decided to keep it to 2 days and weekends only. Recently we have updated the website so you can find even more information organized into sections.

2) We do not mention or promote anywhere that after 2 days of attending YIC your life will change as rapidly as after taking a single pill to lose 20 kgs. If you were there in the audience you must have heard that it is a beginning of the journey. Same as after the first visit to the gym, your body will not have 6 packs. But you are able to get the feeling of it, find people who could guide you, keep you motivated.

3) “Motivational lectures by eminent personalities who sidelined stereotypical careers” – I do not agree. Have you missed the discussion between 2 mentors on the second day about conventional and non-conventional career paths (Amrita and Onkar)? Speaker from BCG (Nikhil) – what is non conventional about that? I just simply can’t agree.

4) Selection process – Receiving an email invitation for the interview is not equal to being selected. There are a lot of people in India who do not write fluently in English and for that their answers may sound stereotypical. We do not discriminate on that. And again I can’t agree with your conclusion that we “throw selection letter to most”. Many applicants do not receive the invitation for the interview call. Many who receive do not book their interview slot for different reasons – it’s a natural selection (we receive emails talking about financial constrains or parents not allowing them).

5) Event is not for free – It is a natural tendency that if you do not pay for something you do not value it. Maybe that is why you have never appeared on Reunions, Meetups, Life coaching and other initiatives that we offer to the YIC community for FREE before and after YIC event.

Another reason is that we want this event to be self-sustainable. We do not depend of sponsors, government or any other aid. We do not wait for that money to start making something for the world and will not quit only because some institution will not fund it anymore. We want to continue our work no matter what. Money is needed to pay for the food, stationaries, equipment, logistics, manpower and many other things. Those things are not for free. And if you think that this kind of events makes a lot of money? You should do your market research.

6) “Plagiarism of Steve Jobs” – This word indicates that e.g. Steve Jobs is quoted without mentioning him as an author/speaker. That did not happen so again – I can’t agree. Definitely Steve Jobs couldn’t have patented the words “follow your passion” or “Do what you love” – there were more before him, thinking the same way and there will be many after. It is like saying “they told me to exercise and eat breakfast because it is healthy, what a plagiarism”. If you have already read all these books you would have noticed that many them are not innovative in a big way. All are sharing the same wisdom that people forget – of listening to the inner voice and leaving the ego behind. Its just that people read these books and do nothing with it. Laziness and procrastination? Huh?

7) Question from the girl who heard that she should google it? Do you remember the question? It is important in this context. I do not remember such moment. If it was an informative question and if the speaker thought that answering a certain question will take a lot of agenda time, and would not bring much value to the rest of the people, who are waiting and listening – that could be the motivation behind. But again – you gave example without context so difficult to say. We do not wish to promote a culture of spoon-feeding.

8) Challenge

– “Too little time, done in a hurry” – from the time you know the challenge to the deadline you have 14 h. (including sleep). It is up to you how do you use this time. Would you start thinking and researching about it straight away or wait till the next morning to 11 am to start doing something about it?

– If you were there you must have heard that YIC is not a Startup event. It is an event that helps you to experiment, work in a team, focus on solutions and not just criticize only showing the problem, and most important on acting NOW and not waiting for the grand ideas till there are perfect. Btw, how are your “ 4-5 kickass business ideas” since the last year? What’s the progress?

– “You cant force your mind to come with fascinating ideas in a short span of time “ – here you have described only your reality and seems like you are talking about yourself. I don’t agree with that and I know many people who, when put under pressure come up with amazing solutions. Is this why you had to be scolded by a professor?

– “Not everyone wanna be entrepreneur” – During the event we say “think like an entrepreneur” we do not say, “become an entrepreneur”. Event if you are working in a job, you should be aware with what is happening with the service/product that your company is offering to the market. We promote careers where you understand your ecosystem of the area that you work in, not only sitting in your cubicle and do what your boss tells you to do. There were examples of Speakers and Mentors who are doing exactly that – being intrapreneurs in their own company. You think they were talking like Steve Jobs? He was working for a company too that he founded… even got fired. Read his story. Its very interesting.

– “No one knows what happened to their B Plan” – I would like to remind you that YIC is not a startup competition. We do not invite investors (not mentioned on our website or anywhere else) and Human Circle is not an accelerator (again no mention on the website). We promote a movement of people who by this simple exercise of coming up with solutions to a problem (that you call rotten – how rude…) they start thinking about solving problems after the event. The best organizations and institutions in the world consider ‘problem solving’ skills as one of the top criteria for them to recruit. It is our fault that we do not showcase all such stories, rather being busy with organizing events. But thanks for the comment, now I will make it a priority. 🙂

Taking this opportunity I would like to mention a couple of names of people who have attended YIC in the past and have been doing amazing things since then: Aarti, Ishani, Waseem, Saadat, Dhruv, Harman, Mahadevan, Annirudh, Nikhil and many many many (!!!) more.

– “Jury decides on their presentation skills and not on the idea”– It doesn’t matter how great ideas you have. If you are not able to convince anyone on it – means you will not be able to implement it. What is the point of this exercise? You need to show your passion and commitment. What we have observed over the last years is that many people feel unhappy about the fact that their team did not win. Often blaming team members, calling them stupid. Failure? Everybody remembers your favourite “Steve Jobs” and not many remember the one who invented computer…

9) “They play with the fear” – I cant “play” with the fear. It is a reality that I went through myself. I realized that there are a lot of people out there unhappy in the job like I was. And it is not about 9-5 jobs; it is all about doing the not the right kind of jobs. If you do not believe that it is possible to do what you love –and you should suffer like your parents – it is fine. I will not “scold you”. It is your choice. We are driving the #DoWhatYouLove movement for people who believe that it is possible to combine passion, career and lifestyle, that there is no need to do the same mistake like our parents did.

10) Following your passion is not “chilling and singing songs all day” like I had once heard. It is a hard work that involves risk taking, sometimes working hard 16 hrs per day, taking critiques on your shoulders – AND as a reward at the end of the that there is a satisfaction that our work makes a difference, is necessary for people, that it improves the lives of people. Should we do it all for free? Then people will not take responsibilities to be there, like you never came for the events we organize for free. Its simple.

11) “In the nation where people are in so much fear and depressed” –Our solution is that we make them happy and less depressed by giving them a support system to make their life more meaningful and not follow their parents/ancestors story if they don’t want to. What is your solution and action for that?

12) “After event strangers again” – YIC is an event for people who are open to meeting new people and staying connected after as well. It doesn’t happen when there is no will from both sides. For the third time I have to repeat that I have never seen you being active after the event (during? I am not sure; I was very busy talking to a lot of people who came to me to talk. Did you come to speak with me too?). You can’t expect people to come to your home and drag you or scold you 😉 to stay in touch. Maybe that is why you did not come across “the other delegate” before? It needs proactivity. Not laziness and procrastination.

13) “Most innovative delegates”. We have stopped that concept. We have noticed that there is a group of people very unhappy that only one person gets that reward. The person you have mentioned, made the most efforts to stay connected with others, work with mentors after the event, getting hundreds of likes for fb posts, even if she stays outside Delhi and cant meet people so often. She is a young social influencer, no matter how annoying you perceive that.

Once again thank you for your review. It gives us some feedback about where we should improve our work, where we should explain our focus so that the message of what we are doing is clear and not misunderstood that we are trying to do another startup event. YIC is not a startup event. This will help us to select the right kind of people.

All the best to you, good luck with your business ideas. Hope you will get amazing teachers and mentors who will motive you the way you work best.

The 8th Young India Challenge will be organized at IIT Delhi on 4-5 March 2017. Its going to be an ‘Impact Edition’ focused on UN’s sustainable development goals. #DoWhatYouLove Young India Challenge |

Is it worth attending the Young India Challenge 2016 at IIT Delhi?