Tech2 news teamFebruary 15, 2020 3:22:28 AM
We could not have asked for a better kick-off for the first day of Innovate, an event that we hope will be India's premier technology / culture youth festival. The excellent response from the student community ensured that the sessions were packed from the start. Here is the summary of what happened:
John Bayne and Scott Forrester of Corning: why we should be willing to fail
Starting Innovate, and the sessions, were John Bayne from Corning and Shereen Bhan from CNBC-TV18. Appropriately, Bayne opened the lecture with a lecture on how the will to fail is a prerequisite for innovation and success.
Reflecting on Corning's past, Bayne described the company's journey. He talked about how Corning has been making glass since Edison invented the lamp, about the company's struggles to sell tempered glass to automakers, and even when it lost tens of millions of dollars to a failed bet. Underlying all of this was a message: Be prepared to fail, but more importantly, be prepared to learn from your failures. The flaws didn't stop Bayne or Corning, and now Gorilla Glass can be found in the hands of billions.
“This event was designed to inform, entertain and inspire you. The digital age is defined by the inspiration of people like you. ”- John Bayne, SVP & GM, #Corning Gorilla Glass at # Tech2Innovate inside #New Delhi pic.twitter.com/iTJXEupgCo
– Corning® Gorilla® Glass India (@GorillaGlassIN) February 14, 2020
Later, we saw some fun demos of Corning Gorilla Glass in action. Scott Forester – Corning's glass specialist, Anuj Sharma and Xiaomi's Bhan first tried to pierce a sheet of gorilla glass with a pencil. And when we say “I tried”, we mean that they leaned on the pencil so hard that the tip broke. The glass was unscathed. Sharma and Bhan also had a chance to try Corning's Slappers!
Ever wanted to slap your phone hard just to see if the glass breaks? Good, @corninggorilla did, and then they were all scientific about it. Introducing: Corning Slappers! @ T2Innovate pic.twitter.com/ZToKtn39RG
– Tech2 (@ tech2eets) February 14, 2020
Forester's session was of particular interest to science nerds. Did you know, for example, that glass, in compression, is stronger than steel?
You can take all this and more right here.
PUBG Mobile with Dynamo_Gaming and Rawknee
By far, Innovate's most interesting and engaging session should be the PUBG session with Rawknee and Dynamo_Gaming streamers. Combined, they are home to more than seven million players and can boast over 600 million views.
The session, moderated by our own Shashwat Singh and Ragini Varma, the dynamic handling duo 1Up gaming, presented heart to heart with the streamers themselves and, most importantly, an extended session in which audience members participated in a PUBG Mobile match in an attempt to bring down Dynamo and its disorganized team, made up of members of the public – winners of a previous challenge. Dynamo survived the first session unscathed, but then ate a bullet to more than one member of the audience, a feat that earned him a well-deserved award from Fitbit's Alok Shankar.
To end the main lectures, Shankar and journalist Nikhil Chawla in a QnA moderated by Megha Vishwanath of CNBC-TV18.
Riaan George: Extraordinary luxury blogger
When you need a reliable guide on what is worth spending a lot of money on, you are probably a luxury blogger from whom you want guidance. As a former journalist, George discussed how blogs have helped him connect with his audience on a more personal level, something he feels has helped make his work more accessible and accessible. George also shared some rules and regulations on social media blogs about clothing, watches, luxury cars, travel, among other things, with refreshing honesty that invited many questions from the audience.
Chef Shantanu: You are what you eat
Are you (really) what you eat? Chef Shantanu took the public on a journey through the evolution of humanity to share his perspective on what our diets should be, based on our biology. We are no longer hunters – not since homo erectus walked Earth. Our canines are not built to tear meat, and there is a lot of scientific evidence to show that a vegetarian diet is less likely to get someone on the road to diabetes, obesity and heart disease.
Mi at home with Gadgetwala and Sumit Sonal: sneak peek
Certain premium technology brands are not as inclusive as Xiaomi, and Sumit Sonal, Xiaomi's head of marketing, struggled to prove it. The brand is on its way to being the most loved brand in the country and was quite evident in the public's response to all the questions asked. Sonal also talked about some new products the brand is working on and will be launched soon, including speakers, water purifiers and more.
Kusha kapila and Ankit Vengurlekar: in good shape
The Instagram Queen of India, with more than eight followers, Kusha Kapila, influencer and head of Xiaomi PR – also a former Tech2 editor – Ankit Vengurlekar spoke about her experience as content creators for an enthusiastic audience.
They discussed the dangers and pitfalls of creating and managing an Instagram brand, gave wise advice on how to deal with sponsors, and left the audience divided with imitations and staging by South Delhi Girls and South Delhi Aunties.
Sameeksha Sud, Sumit Basu and Varun Pruthi: Influencing
TikToker sessions Sameeksha Sud, writer Sumit Basu and actor Varun Pruthi were also held. The latter's session was very interactive, with several participants having the chance to share the stage with Pruthi. He also set the record for Innovate's longest selfie session, a record that will likely remain unchallenged, even on the second day.
Sud spoke about the importance of TikTok and why the fast-growing platform cannot be taken lightly, both by brands and users. She also gave users advice to get started.
Basu, of course, discussed the art of writing fiction.
Nojoto: Artists welcome
A group of 15 to 20 young artists presented their shayari, poetry and storytelling skills on an open microphone hosted by Nojoto, an app that allows aspiring artists to share their skills with a community of artists with similar ideas. Some of Nojoto's best artists brought his words to life on stage, many of them playing his verses for the first time. Ending the night with powerful prose and poetry with a Valentine's Day theme. The artists supported each other during the two-hour session, applauding and celebrating each other's journey. It was the first time for some of them, after all.
Lots of players, and a lot of science
While the PUBG session certainly stole the show, the POCO and Sony booths drew enough crowds to keep the seats warm during the day. People from Amity University and several students also showed off their various creations, including a custom car, robots and, of course, 3D printers.
To end the first day of Tech2 Innovate, nightly performances by Jasleen Aulakh, Karsh Kale and the Indian Ocean were held.
Welcome to Tech2 Innovate, The most definitive youth festival in India, celebrating innovation, will be held at GMR Grounds, Aerocity Phase 2, on 14 and 15 February 2020. Come and experience an amalgamation of technology, gadgets, automobiles, music, technology and pop culture along with who's who the online world. Book your tickets now.