Young India Challenge | YIC 2015 YMCA
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YIC YMCA started on 2nd October as a way to celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. What better way to pay a tribute to the father of our nation than to get 100 youth influencers in one place and empower them to make an impact! The day started with everyone passionately singing Vande Mataram on the tunes of AR Rahman. This YIC was all brand new with its latest Happiness Team and updated agenda. Based on the feedback from the previous participants, Young India Challenge was re-designed as a two day event with mentors and speakers through the course of the challenge.

Like the previous two conferences, we got delegates from different parts of India, just to know what #DoWhatYouLove is. From the youngest delegate in the house to the oldest, the two days were most happening for everyone’s life. A new trend emerged that every YIC had some participants who were school students. Someone they always get to know about YIC (which is actually designed for college students), apply and also get selected.

Apart from the speakers who had been associated with us since the beginning, it was an honor to also have Seema K Bharwani – Content Development and Training Expert, Aashish Beergi – Co-founder, MASH, Nikhil Bhaskar – Management Consultant, The Boston Consulting Group. Each one of them had their own interesting story which inspired all of us. Delegates were especially given time to discuss their idea of the challenge with the speakers and mentors. Not only they got some expert advice but they also developed quality relations and networks – the main thing which is required to survive in this world. From this YIC, we also had Sandarenu Amarasinghe whose book on entrepreneurship and business development became a guideline to the delegates.

As the challenge was posed, it was mesmerizing to see the youth coming up with unique ideas to improve the lives of young Indians. The event concluded with the announcement of the winners and what is now popular as the ‘HELL YEAHHH’ moment when Kamal (Founder, Human Circle) creates a screaming challenge for the happiness team and the participants.

As always, the night ended by felicitating our winning team members and the most innovative delegate (Ishita Kalra).


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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