Giving a ‘daring’ break from a ‘traditional event’ format, Innofest, an event announced by iSpirt is a ‘first of its kind’ marquee event which is going to kickstart the next innovation wave in India.
Why Innovation, you may ask. Simply because we have an ‘innovation’ deficit in the country today!
We are no doubt an enterprising nation, but we still have a long way to go when we look at being an ‘innovative’ nation. However, there is no shortage of imagination and creativity in India. We need to build our skills where this imagination and creativity is applied to generate unique solutions to local problems. InnoFest is the platform to tackle this challenge.
To reduce the innovation deficit in India, we need to operate at two levels: the individual and the policy. InnoFest uniquely brings these two elements together:
- The Young Ignited Minds: will sharpen their innovation skills in a fun and experiential setting
- The Government of India: will activate thoughtful policies that will help fulfill the innovation potential of India
Innofest is also inviting applications from people to win a chance to an exclusive 10 minutes with a speaker of their choice and interview them.
Innofest has a great line up of speakers who will be attending the event, these eminent personalities across a galaxy of disciplines includes Sridhar Venkata (Akshay Patra), Naveen Tewari (InMobi), Kshitij Marwah (MIT Media Labs), Kunal Shah (Freecharge), Rohan Shravanan (Notion Inc), K Ganesh (CEO, Portea Medical), Vijay Chandru (Strand Life Sciences), Bhavish Aggarwal (CEO, Ola Cabs), Vijay Shekhar Sharma (Paytm), Bhanu Chopra (Raitgain) and Phanindra Sama (RedBus).
How to apply?
- Check the ‘’Participate’ section of the Innofest website, fill in the applications and send your 1 minute video about what you would like to ask the speaker.
- The applications will be shortlisted by the Innofest team and 10 applicants will be given an opportunity to have a Q/A with the speakers.
- Winners will be announced on 18th August, if selected, winner will get tickets free of cost and if not selected, all applicants will get 50% discount on tickets.
Let’s have a look at the various programs that will be hosted
Makerspace: Hands-on sessions with All Star Facilitators. This space will provide participants with an interactive opportunity to build, create, connect, improvise, and explore.
TownHall: Stories, insights, perspectives from creative, entrepreneurial all-stars in the tech space from the tech, design, humanities & social spaces.
Expo Zones: A “market street style” expo area to display 15 experience based product tech companies.
Young Innovators Zone: Showcasing young, inspired minds – young innovators and creators under the age of 25
According to Sharad Sharma, co-founder of iSPIRT and co-convenor of InnoFest, “If companies can innovate and transform their functioning and performance radically, why can’t countries? The idea of InnoFest is to distil the best ideas in enterprise and inspire individuals, corporates and government organizations to take innovation to the common man.”
The patrons of this event are Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance, Government of India; Nandan Nilekani, Former Chairman of Infosys and Former Chairman of UIDAI; and Mohandas Pai, Chairman of the Board, Manipal Global Education.
So, if you want to change the world AND put your own dent in the universe; make sure you are at InnoFest !!
Innofest is offering 25% discount on tickets for Inc42 readers, check website for more details and use code “INC-InnoFest” while registering.