The members of Connecting Dreams Foundation (CDF) of various colleges attended an ideation camp on 19th September, 2015. The CDF teams came from Sri Aurobindo College, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Shaheed Bhagat Singh College, Hansraj College, Sri Venkateswara College and Lady Shri Ram College for Women. The event was held at LSR with Mr. Amit Tuteja (Co Founder, CDF) as its host for the event.
The camp was a brief about how CDF can bridge the gap between rural India and the youth, explaining the ways as to how the rural people can become financially independent and how anybody or everybody can become an entrepreneur. The event kick-started with Mr. Tuteja explaining to us how the successful implementation and application of new ideas, taking initiative and grabbing opportunities and undergoing risks molds a person into becoming an entrepreneur.
As the students were in a conundrum as to what this 9 hour event was about, we saw some inspiring clips by Steve Jobs (Co-Founder of Apple) and Steve Ballmer (Chief Executive officer of Microsoft) too. A lot of events were organised which made the participants realize, or more like feel like entrepreneurs themselves. After people from all the colleges were shuffled and each team named itself, activities such as stating down the various problems of the rural, like the different age groups dealing with their different problems were performed, broadening their thought process.
Then followed the part where the participants had to choose from a type and state down their specific problems. This part was also the most interactive and interesting part of the entire event as the groups had to perform an act (foreplay of about 3 minutes) depicting their views!
Later, the task was to state down the solutions that would solve all these problems. The best team came up with 178 ideas, followed by a team with 168 more ideas and again another team with 115 ideas. There were 10 such teams.
The event ended with the last activity for the day, where each team was asked to assume itself as a company and give it a name, along with the product that they would sell with an assumption that the total capital given is 1 Lakh Rupees and the task was to rack their brains as to how it should be divided into different expenses which their company would have to incur daily as well as in the long run.
Altogether, the event was a blast initiating knowledge and ambition among the participants in an exiting and fun way. The particpants got to socialize with a lot of people from other colleges as well, which was also one of the best parts of this ideation camp. The events made them feel and connect to the problems of rural India followed by providing the solutions for all of these problems by them.
At the end of the boot camp everyone exited, confident and ambitious about how we could participate and be a part of things that would change for the better.
– Guest Post by Divya Prabhakar