Being a part of the Sustainability LLC has been a privilege and my respect for the programming of this wonderful
organization grows exponentially when they come up with splendid amalgamations. One of the key elements of working in a society is networking. As an engineer myself, I know how challenging it can be to execute ideas while working with people of varied skills and assets. As a perfect solution to this prominent conundrum, the LLC came up with the amazing idea of merging the sustainable brains with the innovative minds and as desired, this program turned out to create pure magic.
The Extreme Entrepreneurial Lock-in (Spring 2015) was a unique venture to have an on site feasibility check of innovative ideas. It was a realistic visualization of the initial process of venturing into the market with a startup. We all have come across a situation wherein we have had an idea but had an element of doubt in our minds or a constraint of time and resources. Probably such factors would have hindered our endeavors to work further on the trigger that sparked in our brains.
The Lock-in was a perfect platform to test the creativity of our cerebrums with discussions and pep talks with experts in the related fields. I also loved the entire set up. The idea was to be locked in an apartment for a span of 24 hours to come up with a business strategy. The theme was 'Sustainability in the Home'. This was a joint endeavor of the two fellow communities- Innovation and Sustainability.
We started off with brainstorming ideas in our respective apartments with the team of 4. To help with resources, we were allowed to check out wonderful books too. It was fun indeed working with great resources. Of Course we had the internet to facilitate our findings, but the books had an added advantage. After about 5-6 hours of working, we had conferences with experts in the related fields. This was a once in a lifetime experience. It isn’t quite often that we get to talk and share our ideas with renowned dignitaries and work with the genius of their brains. True to their proficiency in the subject, they helped us channel our thoughts and get over the loopholes.
We had our dinner following this event, and were then set to finalize on the strategy and take surveys for a much wider perspective. We developed a website to publicize the product and also had our influence on Facebook with public polls and pages. Our idea was that of a home automation system that would monitor energy usage with a web synced multi-modular interface that would collect and monitor real-time data. The idea was a blazing good one and with all the resources and the effort put in by Jennifer Ma’am to help us get on track, it worked just the way we had hoped.
After the 24 hour session, we had to pitch our idea before experts from significant panels and knowledge backgrounds. The presentation added to the holistic idea of being an emerging entrepreneur. I simply loved the protocol.
I always hoped to amalgamate engineering and innovation with business strategies and the Lock-in was a perfect event to glimpse into this aptitude of mine. I would surely like to get onto this adventure again in the years to come. Kudos to the LLCs!