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InnovationON Redesign Challenge: The Journey

The innovatiON Redesign Challenge was conducted in December 2019. During that time, I documented my thoughts and emotions as we navigated this process.

Organising this event was one of the most challenging, yet rewarding things I have done. It has taught me the nitty gritty parts of conducting such an event- everything from arranging id cards for the participants, to shifting our open-air allotted spot within minutes because of rain.

Although this has been hard, I'm thankful for the journey. Also, a BIG shoutout to Stuti Mittal (Co-organiser), without whom I could have never imagined pulling this off.

Day (-1)

​T-2 days

This is actually happening- only two days till the first round of “InnovatiON Redesign Challenge” !

A year ago, when I first came up with this idea, it has just been, well, an idea. Since then, I feel that we have come a long way. Turns out that convincing my friend (shoutout to Stuti!) and the school for resources was one of the easier things.

The real task begin when we got a green signal from the school administration for supporting our initiative. Since then our days at the school have been filled with endless browsing through Pinterest (and other websites) searching for innovative designs. Going through countless versions of logos, score sheets, possible locations, judges, photography spots- everything. It has also taken me through paths I didn’t think were out there. There were so many minute things we had to look at- the background playlist, microphone arrangement, banner, scheduling etc.

Let me give you an example. Today was the day that we send the final letters to our judges. So, here is how we did it. (1) Wrote a draft for the letter. (2) Got it edited onto the school letter head. (3) Then went to our teacher coordinator to get the special type of paper issued. (4) Went to the school administrative department, came back to the printer section. (5) Got the letter. (6) Sent to the Principal for final inspection and signature. (7) And then getting the envelopes, writing on them… you get the idea. And I think this is the most I could bore you anyway. Just that everything takes this!

I have had the chance to do so many incredible things- work with the most amazing people, experience building up an idea from scratch, going through the highs and lows, and now, even doing a press conference with a room full of journalists (this happened today, btw).

Now that we are so close and ready to go, I am surprised that we actually pulled it off. Everyone was skeptical of it at first- the concern being that no one had ever done anything similar before. But just because something is the way it is, it doesn’t have to be. And now, we are head-on-head with conducting the first innovation challenge in the state !

Again, check out our competition here:

http://www.dpskalyanpur.com/index.php/events/panorama/about-us?id=118

Originally published DECEMBER 11, 2019

Day 0

T-1 day

And finally, only one day to go!

I started off the morning by personally meeting both the judges- talking about the initiative, the competition rules, the ups and the downs of organising a whole event from start to finish etc.

Now is when the final checks happen- transportation for the judges, contacting the hospitality heads, fooding, dress codes, volunteer lists, badges. The day has been filled with an enormous amount of texts and phone calls- teacher coordinators, registration desk, the student who is going to make the announcements in the opening ceremony. And even weather checks!

And now, we are so close. Just tomorrow. And we’ll see how much of a reality this turns into. At the moment, I am excited and nervous at the same time. Excited- that my idea (conceived around a year ago) is finally a thing. And nervous that it might rain (the competition is open air as of now). lol.

P.S. I would be sharing a stall with RJ Raghav (from radio city) tomorrow.

Originally published DECEMBER 12, 2019

Day 11

My reactions are a bit mixed about the competition.

Honestly, I was expecting to see more participants. But, turns out that there weren't many schools who registered at all. In the end, I would say it was a success.

We had some super enthusiastic competitors who throughly enjoyed every moment. And honestly, their blueprints kind of turned out exactly as we had envisioned. It was awesome!

And now, day 2 tomorrow. Excited!

Originally published DECEMBER 13, 2019

Day 2

​Day 2

It was a success!

A big thank you to the brave hearts who participated in our challenge, and a shoutout to all those who became finalists to the first ever Innovation Redesign Challenge. An ever bigger thank you to our sponsor (DPS Kalyanpur) for supporting the event. Winning entries would be uploaded soon on the website as well.

In the future, we hope to be able to keep conducting such competitions and/ or workshops in and around the local area, and look forward to expanding the team.

Adios for now!

Anwesha



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