Archive for May, 2010
Notes from Chennai’s first Idea Camp!
Chennai is the great place to share ideas and meeting interesting people, that’s what Ramesh Manickam of Android had to say about the Chennai’s first Idea camp. Venkatesh says there were no big crazy ideas but many practical ideas. As soon as the camp was over, like minded people started discussing about how to take the idea forward, now that’s the very idea of Ideacamp. These camps give you a platform to share your thoughts, ideas and sometimes partners for your future projects.
Ram has already picked up the idea of TGs being involved in products and started working on packaging products under a brand name with TGs as brand ambassadors like Kurkure or Maggi?
But Benedict Gnaniah has a word of caution; good ideas play only a small part in success story. One needs to have good thinking, execution, risk, entrepreneurship, networking and plan to make that idea into action.
That’s me(red T-shirt), live tweeting the event, believe me, tweeting live is big fun!
Some felt unusually tired physically after the event. This gives you an idea about the involvement of participants. For some, idea camp was the first social meet and had the initial hiccups so they just listened to the ideas (we need some one who can listen to,with lots of patience,to our ideas right?)
So what really happened?
Around 40 people met at Photon Infotech,Ranjiv Gandhi Road, Chennai. The camp kicked off with a great ice breaker. Then the ideas started pouring in. Ideas on creating Petting zones, a zoo of domesticated pets such as dogs, cats, hamsters and squirrels, A system to transfer food into one’s stomach wirelessly and a stomach simulator that gives a feeling of being fed, what an idea sirji!!
Then ideas on how to reduce heat by growing terrace garden (a must of Chennai for sure), eco friendly hygienic cost effective public urinals again a must for whole India. How about a site for travel networking? Review system for Colleges, a website www.howismyidea.com to share ideas, A mobile lab for rural India, an application very aptly named, I’m bored, for sharing interesting events / happenings in the city.
A kiosk for identifying talents and a website for rating various services, especially restaurant so that people can save time, money and health.
Points to Ponder
1.Spray cows milk diluted water can make tomatoes bigger
2.Terrace gardens helps reduce heat
3.Pets are good stress busters
4.India doesn’t need big idea to solve all problems but small ideas to solve the million small problems
5.Gays are main stream. Lesbians are main stream. Transgendered people should be next
6.Best way to reach an idea to the mass is to put the idea behind autos
7.Technology barriers will always be broken
8.Its not all money in social cause, how much time one can dedicate, to be with the needy
9.Just implement your idea how small it may be
10.Don’t get married to one idea.
It’s really good to be surrounded by lots of ideas, but the real challenge is to convert these ideas in to actions as Arnold H. Glasgow, an American humorist said, an idea not coupled with action will never get any bigger than the brain cell it occupied.
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An Idea (camp) can change many lives!
This Saturday, May 29, Chennai is going to listen to some of wackiest, great, funniest, astonishing ideas. The Knowledge Foundation (TKF) is organizing the first Idea Camp in Chennai. The ideas shared might start a great movement or result in the birth of a great company.
Your ideas must be related to one / many of the fields mentioned below
2 Social Change
3 Arts & Entertainment
4 Marketing, Advertisement and Design
Chennai Social Media Club’s third session
Chennai’s Social Media Club is slowly but steadily becoming the most active SMC in the country. First Saturday of every month Social media practitioners and enthusiasts get together and share their experience.
June month’s session will have two eminent persons sharing their take on Social Media.
1. Jayashree Ramasubramanian, representing Intuit
2. Bharat Moro, a writer, consultant, teacher and photographer
Looking forward to a wonderful session on June 5
Jonathan Harris interesting Ted talk about the Web’s secret stories
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Bharani Shivakumar at the Pecha-Kucha night, Chennai edition 1. Came in full cycling costume, heard he cycled all the way from Thiruvanmyur to Nungambakkom. Gave a nice presentation on his passion,cycling of course and various activities of Tamil Nadu Cycling Club
Cyclone Laila, what’s in a name?
What’s In a name, as Shakespeare asked, but it seems there is lot, Its freezing cold in Chennai now, after almost a year I switched on the water heater, thanks to Laila , the cyclone article on Times of India
It’s not sure whether Laila will ever enter Tamil Nadu, but the big debate has already started. Cyclone Laila was the topic in one of FM channels and the RJ was dead against the name. How come the cyclone having a North Indian name (first time I am hearing that Laila is a North Indian name)or suggested by Pakistan? and as the cyclone is going to hit TN, it should have a Tamizh (tamil ) name, to be more precise any names from Sangam literature
And throughout the show (7-10 am) listeners were calling up and suggesting names, that‘s really funny right? We have started celebrating the arrival of natural disasters. The debate is continuing in Twitter. So I did a little bit of searching and found this site, offering pure tamil names.
Now can we pick one and welcome her, the ex Laila?
Legendary music conductor Benjamin Zander on music and passion, a must watch Ted talk
Benjamin Zander on music and passion | Video on TED.com
Meeting of Jumbos! Cerebrate Thekkady edition
Think of jumbos and highly picturesque Thekkady will come to every one’s mind. Come May 19, eleven more will be joining them, 11 giants in their own fields, that’s Cerebrate, meeting of achievers. They come from different walks of lives. Imagine a Cigar manufacturer. meeting a yachting champ or a food consultant meeting a visual artist! A story teller will be sharing his life story with a highly successful head of a chain of educational institutions. How is it to work with marginalized communities and devising ways of seeking acceptance for them? to know in depth about the World famous tsunami relief and rehabilitation project in Nagapattinam, what are the challenges one will face while working in rural India? whats common among Ads, scuba diving, restaurant and cigars? how is it to organise International sporting events? Whats so exciting in pastries and desserts?Thekkady edition of Cerebrate will truly be the meeting of jumbos (no pun intended) and that’s Cerebrate is all about
Have a look at the achievers list
More on Cerebrate Thekkady edition
Love plants? then register and be there for playing real farmville, its fun believe me
have a look at the First edition
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