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YIC 2014 IIT Delhi

The first and the most interesting Young India Challenge was from 31st October to 2nd November 2014! What would you do when a teacher crashes the conference and refuses to cooperate; you move out to the lawn and have fun there. That’s what we did. Those three days were spectacular for the fact that it was our first YIC. We got overwhelming response from the delegates and speakers whose presence enriched the conference. Approx 1000 people applied for it in just a couple of months.

Young India Challenge 2014 was hosted by the entrepreneurship development cell of Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. The top 10% of the applicants were selected through a two step application process – application and interview. The participants were selected from engineering, humanities and management backgrounds from Delhi NCR and there were also a few people from other cities.

We were pleased to have the following inspiring speakers across the 3 days – Annurag Batra – Chairman, BW|Businessworld; Rajiv Vij – Founder, Carzonrent; Malvika Grover – Consultant, KPMG; Gaurav Kumar – Director, KPMG, Papa CJ –Stand up comedian; Dilip Chenoy – CEO, National Skill Development Corporation; Ira Trivedi – Author; Shivani Marwaha – Consumer Intelligence, Microsoft; Priyank Narayan – Director, Ashoka University; Shamshir Rai Luthra – Veteran RJ; Jeroninio Almeida – Author and Social Entrepreneur; Ishani Chattopadhyay – Head of Asia Region, Grassroots Business Funds, Ajay Chaturvedi – Author and Social Entrepreneur and Anubha Batra – MD, Torah Learning Solutions.

It was beautiful to see Young India Challenge becoming a success despite ‘little’ hurdles that we had faced. Delegates were dedicated to the challenge, working their heads off to develop a social mobile device and finally gave their best at the presentations. Winners were announced and the great three days ended with a lovely award ceremony on a rooftop restaurant at Indian Habitat Centre. The first ever ‘Enlightened Minds Program’ was launched. Our first YIC became the memory for lifetime.

The night ended by felicitating our winning team members and the most innovative delegate (Dhruv Avdhesh).


1. Explore Your Passion: Most of us are unaware of our interests. Find what you don’t enjoy doing, or better, start exploring your passion in these two days!


2. #DoWhatYouLove: Don’t waste your life doing things which you don’t enjoy. Learn to follow your passion fearlessly and make it payable!


3. Find New Friends: You’ll find best young minds from all over India with different talents and backgrounds. Get a chance to connect with them and explore more.


4. Meet Awesome Speakers: Speakers from leading organisations like Microsoft, Facebook, KPMG, Business World, etc. will guide you to pursue your passion with their own stories and challenges.


5. The Challenge: Young India Challenge comes up with a real life problem which has to be solved in teams. Witness some of the real life critical situations while competing.


6. Get Motivated: The speaker sessions and challenge will not only guide you to pursue your dream but will also encourage you to abide by your heart.


7. Make Effective Networks: With so many brilliant young minds and speakers all around, one can grab this opportunity to connect with them and bring best out of these networks.


8. Get Job or Internship: Yes, many speakers and mentors look forward to inviting delegates for join their organisations. This will provide you with a new learning experience and of course, a good job profile.


9. Experience Awesomeness: Young India Challenge is just not another academic conference. You’ll enjoy meeting new people, doing fun activities and exploring. The experience is mind blowing and life changing.


10. Because it is Young India Challenge: If any of the above reasons don’t amuse you, then join us for being the part of the unique movement of #DoWhatYouLove. It is first time in history of the world that some organisation solely works to make people realise their passion and encourage them to pursue it. Be a part of this movement and make a difference!

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