One more cup of coffee please!

By : |February 28, 2014 0

JAIPUR, INDIA: In a remarkable reshuffling of hall’s layout as well as chairs inside the room called mind, C-Change 2014 today saw a vigorous experiment come alive. The idea was to create a cafe atmosphere and catalyse new ways of networking, idea-sharing and cross-pollination among CIOs.

This was a novel attempt executed by Prof. Rajen Gupta from MDI Gurgaon and Kapil Dev Singh, Coeus Age where they stirred some refreshingly bold thoughts and wistfulness about Future in an informal come-alive-cafe-setting.

This unique approach was conceived by an epiphany that revolutionary ideas that change the world happen often at cafes, campus tables and restaurants because these are places where physical and emotional boundaries are broken and power hierarchies are traversed.



This turned out to be a unique session and conversation format where teamwork, fun networking, meeting strangers-who-are-not-yet-friends, brainstorming without inhibitions, candid experience sharing etc surfaced effortlessly among CIOs.

The rounds included talks and round-robin chains of thoughts on imagination, project management, community-contribution ideas from CIO tribes to the society and more.

Besides some obvious recharging of muscles and visiting-card holders, this workshop also rebooted a lot of minds and their ways to create new horizons.

For example, takeaways from these huddle tables threw up path-breaking thoughts when it comes to giving back to society through an IT expertise group.

This series of socially-positive IT action-ideas included areas like instilling respect/fear for laws through some IT tracking system; incentivising employment; unique identification processes executed for specific focused areas like banking that penetrates even rural segments.

Some other inspiring ideas for the benefits of the society were addressing the dilemma of hunger epidemic in a country with vast food production abilities; tackling food wastage through logistics-based solutions; improving reach and administration of rural medicine through mobility.

Ideas shared on the possibilities of charity of old desktops and IT assets to children; using information handling for creating scenario-planning; online skill-based training in villages with employment-mapping through technology and so on.

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