Team LWT visits IIT Delhi.

 

Our Stay/ Visit Experience

One of the most happening IITs in the country, we visited IIT Delhi at the time of their Tech Fest/Startup Fest; Tryst’2018-BECON. In the three days of our stay we attended, the events organized by the eDC (Entrepreneurship development cell) showcasing various startups and the journey of the entrepreneurs in India.

23rd February,18: The event started with the inauguration speech by the director himself, followed by the panel discussion on the startup ecosystem in India, and the challenges faced by various startups in the country. Followed by Mr. Dilbagh Gill, the CEO of Mahindra Racing Formula E-Team, and the man on a mission, who led Mahindra in 2017 Formulae E and won the gold.  A highly energetic session with the man who had seen it all in live racing. This was later on, followed up by Mr, Ishan Gupta, MD, Udacity India, who enlightened the crowd about the vision of Udacity in India and further went on sharing his story about his entrepreneurial journey, on how they managed to get Udacity to such heights. Calling the day off, we were released to join in the next day for a long journey on other successful entrepreneur’s careers.

24th February, 18: The second day kicked off with a session on digital marketing. Exploring the various options of the digital world and it explained the startups on how to use various tools to market their businesses. Parallel to the display of the Mahindra racing car, which won the gold in Formula E, 2017. Followed up by the case-study allocated by the eDC team, dividing the entire batch of people attending the event in 40 odd teams of 4/5 people each. This was later followed by a panel discussion on “How can startups use Upcoming Technologies and Governance to bring transformations in the Indian industries: by 4 panelists which included Mr. Gulzar Azad (Country head-Connectivity, Google India), Mr. Ajay Srivastava (CPO, CTO and Culture at Knowlarity), Mr. Devesh Chaturvedi (IAS, Joint Secretary, Department of Personnel and Training, PMO, Govt. of India) and Gaurav Gupta(COO, Zomato). Right away after lunch, we joined Mr. K.C Jha (an ex- IITian) and the current ACEO, Government e-marketplace, GEM(Govt of India’s, e-commerce platform) explaining the government initiative and interest in the e-commerce market. Further, we were led by Mr. Vinod Sud (Director, CEO, Airtel) and then Mr. Mr. Alok Mittal ( Inspector, General, National Investigation Agency, Ministry of Home Affairs, Govt of India who collectively gave us the information about the roles of the company and the government playing in helping the startup community in India. This was later on followed up by the second panel discussion of the day which included Mr. Raghav Verma (Co-founder, Chaios), Samar Singla (CEO, Jugnoo), Pankaj Gupta (Head of Strategy & Sales Operations, Google India) and Gyan Gupta (CEO, Dainik Bhaskar Digital) on “Reinventing the traditional Industry”. Their 45-minutes brainstorming session, gave us the in-depth look of the actual case scenario of the startup culture in India, who later on went to answer different questions, clarifying the doubts in the minds of the budding entrepreneurs in the audience. This was finally followed up by the 2 founders of Goela School of Finance (Harsh Goela and Aditya Goela), who explained the audience about the “Valuation of Companies and Startups” and further went on to explain the importance of the stock market and what role it plays in the society that creates a difference.  After so many sessions, we were allowed to rest our brains for the day. WOAH!! This was one heck of a long day, yet an energetic and fulfilling one.

25th February, 18: Finally, reaching to the last day of the fest (as I was not attending the Company tour, next day). This day was interestingly supposed to be the best day of the fest. Starting the day off, with a startup expo/ showcase, in which many startups and innovations were displayed to the audience. This event was parallel(y) lined up to the presentation of the Case study, assigned the previous day. Post-lunch we are set for 2 back to back panel discussions, first being on the topic, “Leapfrogging Indian companies to industries 4.0 with emerging technologies such as IOT, AR/VR and Blockchain”, with panelists; Mr. Nitin Seth(CEO, Incedo), Mr. Pardip Gupa (Chairman, Cyber media(I) Ltd), Mr. Sachinanand Swami (Founder and CEO, Invoxel Techhnologies), Mr. Avinash Kumar(Co-founder COP, Briston Technomarch), Mr. Kumar Singla (CEO-ADLOID), Dr. Puneet Gupta(CEO, Clensta International) on the value being added by the implementation of various AI and augmented reality on the workplace and on the companies.  Following up, the next panel discussion on “Building the support structure necessary to make entrepreneurship the backbone of India’s future growth” with panelists; Mr. Manu Srivastava(IAS, Principal Secretary, Renewable Energy, Govt of MP, Mr. D.K.Goel (Chairman, Emeritus Fitjee group), Prof. Varun Arya (Founder and Director Aravali Institute of Management), Mr. Amit Grover ((Co-founder, Aha Taxis), Mr. Puneet  Gupt( COO, Times Internet), Mr. Vijay Kumar Ahooja (Head Special Initiatives) who focused on the future of India’s future startup ecosystem and the support of the various bodies for the entrepreneurs. This called the end of the fest, which was followed up by the ending show of the standup comic, Abhishek Upuamyu’s hilarious jokes. After the event, we went on to explore the campus, visit the hostel and various parts of the IIT to know how things operate in there.

  • Route-Map to reach IIT Delhi

From Indira Gandhi Airport(New Delhi)

  1. Via Metro(Fare: 120 INR)
    • Take the metro from the “New Delhi Airport” metro station (Airport link) to “New Delhi” metro station. (Fare: 50 INR)
    • In the New Delhi metro station, change from the Airport link and take the yellow line towards Huda City Centre and get down at Hauz Khas Metro Station. (Fare:30 INR)
    • Take an auto-rickshaw right outside the Hauz Khas metro station to IIT Delhi. (Fare: 40 INR)
  1. Via Public Bus(Fare: 60 INR)
    • Take the bus ”764EXT” from “Okhla Depot-4, CWS-2” bus depot, located at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.(Fare: 60 INR)
    • Get down at “IIT gate” bus stop.

 

From New Delhi Railway Station

  1. Via Metro(Fare: 70 INR)
    • From the New Delhi metro station, take the yellow line towards “Huda City Centre” and get down at “Hauz Khas” Metro Station. (Fare:30 INR)
    • Take an auto-rickshaw right outside the Hauz Khas metro station to IIT Delhi. (Fare: 40 INR)
  1. Via Public Bus(Fare: 60 INR)
    • Take the bus “604” from “New Delhi” bus depot, located railway station to “Mehrauli Terminal”.(Fare: 30 INR)
    • Take the bus “502” from “Mehrauli Terminal” bus depot, located “R.C. Agarwal Chowk”.(Fare: 30 INR)
    • Get down at “IIT gate” bus stop.
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