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.
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!
Happiness Team, YIC Mumbai 2017