On 15th April, 2017 Institute of Informatics and Communication, University of Delhi South Campus in collaboration with Connecting dreams Foundation, organised Ideation to Action bootcamp (i2a) at S.P Jain Auditorium, University of Delhi South Campus. It was a day- long event. The event had approximately 90 participants from more than 20 colleges such as SRCC, Hindu, LSR, IIC, Kalindi, JIIT, JMC, Sri Aurobindo College etc.
What is the i2A bootcamp?
Everyday every moment we come up with ideas. Can we develop those ideas? Does it happen that we miss on some good ideas? Do we even know what is a good idea?
The Ideation to Action (i2A) program is a process for developing and scaling ideas. The program consists of an ideas framework that helps participants:
- Get an idea
- Validate the ideas
- Develop the ideas
- Convert the ideas into action in a real world environment
The i2A program is targeted for people with an interest in entrepreneurship. It is designed to train participants on the ideas framework so as to harness their innovation skills and create solutions that positively impact the society/targeted community.
What happened at the event?
Following is the process followed to initiate students to start thinking in the direction of entrepreneurship:
● The students were given a 15 minutes presentation on how to understand the problems in the society, focusing on one problem, ideating on solutions to the problems and finally moving ahead with solving them either through business or one time intervention like building a school, donating books etc.
● The students were asked to identify whether they are designers (people who have ideas, lots of ideas) or techies (people who can convert ideas into reality) or business people (individuals who can evaluate whether an idea will make money or not).
● After the participants segregated themselves into these categories, they were divided into teams of at least 10 participants with each team containing individuals of above three characteristics.
What were the tasks after team formation?
● 8 teams were formed.
● The teams were given a real world case study of a village (the case study is
attached in annexure).
● The teams had to identify the positives and negatives of the village.
● After that the teams were asked to identify a user group in the village, identify its
problems and work out problem statements.
● The problem statement was in the format of, How can we help ‘x’ to solve ‘y’?
● After this, the participants were introduced to several ideation techniques where
they could come up with ideas to solve their ideas.
● The participants were asked to sort their idea according to a prescribed grid and
then come up with a business model.
● All the eight teams presented their ideas (business pitches with cost and revenue stream and problem statement) in front of a panel of experts.
● Dr. Sanjeev Singh, IIC
● Ravi Pokharna, FMS Alumnus
● Ashish Aggarwal, Think Skills
The teams were judged on the basis of:
- Problem Understanding
- Market Understanding
- The Idea
Out of the 8 teams, top 3 ideas were selected by the panelists and rewarded. Most of the ideas centered around skill development training with women and youth as the target group.