What does GenNext expect from Innovation for India


CII has been engaging with NextGen over the years.

  1. In 2000 there was “Breakfast with British Prime Minister Tony Blair” for “25 of those with age less than 25” in Bangalore.
  2. In 2005 it was Young Indian Summit.
  3. In 2010 Kris Gopalakrishnan the Chair of 6th Innovation Summit decided to have a Session on ‘In what way GenNext expects Innovation to change India”

I had to moderate the Session (6-7 PM on June 17, 2010) at Taj Residency.

I empowered them completely and they did a great job.

IIMB Director Prof Pankaj Chandra & I were to coordinate the Session.We had written to 30 colleges in May; 11 colleges had participated; we had about 15 student teams participating. We met with them, briefed them; they made a self-selection; 7 members of the Rainbow team and their coordinator Glin Anto.

Vinit Ranjan talked of “organizing the agriculture” and stressed on the need to shift to “organic farming” in about 6 years, with government playing an enabling role; interesting indeed

Prithvi Acharya wanted corporate sector to send the message across that they value not B Techs and those with 70% marks alone, so that students can pursue what they are good at, a very interesting view

Shubha MG talked of private public partnership in making Indian cities clean; she emphasized an interesting twist; making cities clean might significantly increase employment opportunities and increase revenue from tourism

Saranga Sharma wants “Elections to go the Smart Phone way” to save on costs, ensure fairness and make it more inclusive; truly GenNext idea!

Reshma Sundar talked of renewable energy powered trailer wagon to clean up the rather dirty railway track all over India! very interesting thought

Akhila Mathur talked of virtual reality and second life giving a virtual identity that can lead to “virtual rehabilitation” of sections of the society like those who went to prison for petty crimes, those affected by serious illness . Again an out of box idea!

Finally, Karan Sobti talked of the need for creating an Innovation hub with Government creating a space, corporate sector dipping into the pool and venture capital funding it. Again it talked of innovation going all over India, an interesting thought indeed

All in all, it was an enjoyable session with GenNext truly taking charge!

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