We all like to be inspired, listen to someone who can motivate us to become our best versions and dare to do some extraordinary. But, who are those people that actually have the power to do it. I believe someone who never gave up in life themselves become best inspirations.
On 9th of February 2019, Gamooga got the opportunity to become part of such an event where many such inspirations elevated our spirits. The Independently Organized TED event, TEDx held its 5x edition this year at BITS Pilani Campus, Hyderabad and Gamooga became a part of it as its Associate Sponsors.
Being one of the leaders in Marketing Automation softwares, this was also a chance for us to interact and pick the mind of some brightest future tech wizards at BITS. Their enthusiasm for the technology and its future prospects really made it worth our presence.
It was an experience in itself to be part of such a well-organized event, all done by the BITS students. We arrived there with a warm welcome by the organizers into a pumped up ambiance.
In alignment with the theme of the event “Beyond the Conversations,” every attendee received customized ID cards that mentioned their special interest to help them connect with communities and people sharing similar ones.
With a yummy and healthy breakfast spread, the day kicked off and everybody entered the auditorium with the anticipation of who the first speaker will be.
All the students including us were especially impressed by the diverse line-up of Speakers that were invited to speak at the event. It was the perfect amalgamation of life’s experiences and making some bold choices at a young age. While everybody had their favorites or a particular speech they were looking forward to, truly it was a lot of knowledge and motivation radiated throughout the event with every new speaker.
The anticipation rested when the first power speaker took the stage and gave an amazing start to the day. It was an honor listening to Param Vishisht Seva Medal and the Ati Vishisht Seva Medal awardee LT. GEN KJ Singh share his life experience. He shared the importance of having discipline and a goal in life while staying mentally and physically healthy. His journey in itself and how he learned the art of leadership inspired many in the audience.
Next speaker was a person who has already struck a chord with the youth by giving up a good paying 9 to 5 job and following her passion to travel. Shramona Poddar wowed everyone with a confident presence on stage and sharing a journey that most of the youngsters are interested to know nowadays i.e. “surviving a life of following passions while overcoming the financial and emotional challenges.”
Also, where we were just expecting speeches, Mr. Nitish Bharti surprised us with a mesmerizing sand art show before he gave an influential speech.
One of the speeches we were looking forward to was Swiggy’s COO Vivek Sunder. Mr. Sunder took us through Swiggy’s journey; how it has been for this online food delivery giant to exist in a time where you could order books from another city but not food from a nearby restaurant to the present scenario.
Another tech genius in the house was Chunky Vazirani, the founder of first Hypercar “Shul” who gave us a peak into the struggles and determination it took for him to pursue his lifelong dream to create this car.
While we felt a little disheartened by Shruti Haasan’s absence at the event, the glam factor wasn’t! Rhea Chakraborty more than made up for it with her charming presence. She shared some fun moments from her childhood and also talked about coping up with failures on a professional as well as personal level. Another impressive female presence in the house was Arjuna Award Winner Abhilasha Mhatre, the Captain of Indian Women Kabaddi Team. She fueled the audience with her spirit and her story of willpower and faith that kept her going even in the hardest of times.
All in all the speeches turned out to be a great boost for the BITS students and all other attendees who came out of the hall with a different perspective on life.
Star Struck Moments
The best part of the event turned out to be the face to face sessions that all attendees got with the speakers. With speakers also being extremely generous, enlightened the endless queries and doubts of students while giving them their celebrity moment with amazing pictures and selfies. We also didn’t fall behind in the line of star struck attendees.
A crucial part of the event unfolded between break sessions of the event where attendees sharing similar interests got together to build communities. The interactions turned out to be quite liberating and left us all with some visionary people to stay in touch with, even after the event.
It’s never easy to take the road not taken. Full of uncertainties and risks, the journey is always a roller coaster and self-doubt follows closely. But, those who don’t give up easily get to the see the other side of this uphill and enjoy that gorgeous view! Gamooga is glad to have received this opportunity to be a part of something really inspiring.