Bangalore: Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore hosted Vista 2016 successfully, which was held on 23 -25 September 2016 at its campus. Vista is IIM Bangalore’s annual International summit. On this summit the premier institute organises a lot of excited business and management competitions and challenges. The prominent among them are as followed: Bzzwings, Team Inphase, Street Smart, Corporate Czars, Markguru, and Numero Uno.
On the competitions front, Bzzwings, IIM Bangalore’s B-Plan competition had six finalists pit their ideas to a distinguished panel of judges and also separately pitching it to the start-up incubation cell of IIM Bangalore – NS Raghavan Center for Entrepreneurial Learning (NSRCEL) — for offers for incubation and equity funding of Rs 20 lakhs.
Team Inphase secured the first prize and the incubation offer. Inphase focused on improving the efficiency in consuming electrical power, and it has upwards of 6 product offerings. Team Bioinsole which pitched the idea of making consumer products out of organic materials came second.
Street Smart had 8 finalists pitch their financial acumen and valuation techniques against each other. The finalists were selected based on an online quiz conducted earlier. The finalists had to present a proposal for a deal before the judging panel and justify the reason behind it. Ashish Khullar and Nilambari Rathi from IIM Ahmedabad won the first place. The second place was secured by Sahil Makkar, Vaibhav Gupta and Rishabh Khandelwal from IIM Bangalore.
Corporate Czars had the participants design the marketing strategy for Abof. Twelve finalist teams presented their strategy before the judges. Akshya Gaur, Yash Baheti and Hardik Kumar from IIM Ahmedabad came first. Manan Dhawan, Richa Saxena and Amrita Kumar from NMIMS came second.
Markguru, a marketing strategy event, saw the participants present a marketing plan for a Korean cosmetic brand looking to enter the Indian market. The six finalists who were selected presented their marketing plans before the panel of judges. The first place went to Rohit Jain from Wellingkar College. Shalini Sharma, from ISB – Hyderabad, came second.
The second edition of Model United Nations conference was organized by IIM Bangalore in associated with IIMUN. The participants were given roles in the model UN Security Council (UNSC) and UN Human Rights Council (HRC). The Security Council members discussed reforms that the Council had to take while members of the human right council discussed the protection of Yazidis. Sivan Chakravarty was adjudged best delegate of the HRC. Prabhan Kalita and Vrinda Makhija were adjudged best delegates of UNSC.
The second day of Vista ended with an interactive session on ‘Disrupting Business Globally’, led T.V. Mohandas Pai, Chairman, Manipal Global Education. He elaborated on future disruptions in the fields of Information Technology, Automobile, Manufacturing and Life Sciences owing to rapid advancement in technology. The Young Leaders’ Summit continued to enthral on the final day. YLS aimed to create an engaging platform for students from around the country. It was designed to maximize learning by offering an opportunity to learn from IIM Bangalore’s globally renowned faculty and interact with leading minds in the industry.
The 3-day flagship event, Numero Uno, came to a close with an exciting finale. The finale consisted of multiple rounds designed to test the individual’s business acumen, ability to think on spot, management concepts and leadership qualities. Kanika Handa from ISB emerged the winner while Shalin Bhatt from IIM Ahmedabad came second.
For those who had it in them to race through a barrage of questions and emerge victorious, Vista presented a quiz, Bizarre. The quiz was hosted by Sachin Ravi, Raghav Chakravarthy and Arvind Srinivas. Through Sparsh, Vista provided a live forum to brainstorm solutions for the challenges that NGOs face. Mohammed Fazil and Mary Julia from BIM Trichy won the event with Harsh Agarwal (IIM Calcutta) and Kanupriya Agarwal (NMIMS, Mumbai) placed second.
The day was packed with many other events such as ‘Vidheyak’, ‘Milestone’, ‘GeekSeek’ and ‘Dynamark’. Deriving inspiration from Chomsky’s observation that there is a tremendous gap between public opinion and public policy, ‘Vidheyak’ tested understanding of critical public issues and evaluated participants’ approaches to their resolution. ‘Milestone’ provided contestants with an exciting challenge, where they were required to analyze the scenario and formulate Operations-related strategic decisions. ‘GeekSeek’, an amalgamation of various literary events, saw multiple rounds including but not limited to taboo, pictionary, anagrams, rebuses, crosswords & an impromptu voice-over. ‘Dynamark’ was a live event where teams were asked to create a marketing campaign for an existing, successful Western brand for a new market in an Eastern country.
Vista had something for everyone to look forward to throughout the three days of the summit. It gave students a chance to identify a new world of opportunities and hear inspiring talks by achievers.