By Shailesh Vickram Singh
Summits are generally yada yada affairs with an opportunity to escape the routine and meet fellow industry people. There are always more people outside chatting away than inside.
On top of it, being our very first event, the huge challenges of arranging delegates/speakers etc et. The event management company advised us subtly to have cocktails and dinner so as to hold guests till then and and oh yes! ‘pls do not have more than 7 sessions in a day, with lot of large panels so as to handle last minute dropouts.’
This was the the parting friendly advice.
Off-course with conferences happening every second day, one need a sure shot recipe for success, or what they say in bollywood – the perfect formula film.
Somehow Massive Earth Summit 2018, first edition didn’t have any of it.
No cocktails, no dinner, no management institute students to fill tables and no large panels.
Well all sessions barring startup showcase, were one on one Q&A. Result – Sessions were packed till the end.
On top of it, no speaker dropouts so instead of six suggested, we had 17.
Massive Summit happened in a Massive way by a team which not only imagined but executed it flawlessly – ending the summit right on time at 7.30 pm sharp!!!
The first Massive Earth Summit was a first in many ways – No plastic bottles, sustainable locally sourced food, no plastic badges, no flex side walls and a fine line of 38 speakers and some 290 delegates (1600+ had applied and 350 were invited). (All this impeccable concept / design / execution was done by Gomassive team, Lemon Design and V Resorts.)
The opening key notes were delivered by Dr K VijayRaghvan (Principal Scientific Advisor, Government of India) and Mr Vijay Sekhar Sharma – Founder PayTM while. The closing talks were delivered by Mr. Suresh Prabhu ji (Minister of State Commerce & Industry and Mr. Gajendra Singh Shekhawat ji (Minister of state for Agriculture & Farmers’s Welfare).Some of the other key speakers were:
Dr Anil Kakodkar -Ex Chairman Atomic Energy Commission of India
Mr. Manoj Kohli -Executive Chairman, SoftBank Energy
Dr. H Purushotham -Chairman & MD, National Research Development Corporation
Mr. Sanjeev Bikhchandani (Founder Infoedge)
His Excellency Mr Nils Ragnar Kamsvag (Ambassador of Norway)
Mr. Satya S Tripathi – Chairperson, Sustainable India Finance Facility, UN
Ms. Helena Molin Valdes -Head of the Secretariat, Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC), UNEP
Dr Ashok Khosla, Chair person – Development Alternatives, winner of King Zayed Award, life time achievement award by UNEP
Apart from the interesting sessions, we also had showcase by some 4 startups with very interesting technologies. The event created quite a buzz in media while the tag #massivesummit #massivebydesign #gomassive were trending on twitter. The notable mentions were Sand Art at Puri beach about Massive Summit and coverage of the event in CNBCTV18, News24, print and online media.
So a great conference, massive buzz and great visibility! Now what? Do we end up being a yada yada summit where people come and talk or while World in General and Delhi in particular battles with Air Pollution and climate change.
So Massive summit was the beginning of the war which we wage against these large problem. The summit saw the launch of Massive Design Challenge –
This allows people from all across world to summit their solutions regarding large challenges. So pls do apply and you can win upto $250,000 to build your prototype / solution.
And we just didn’t stop at Massive Design challenge but also launched a Rs 1000 crore ($150mn) fund, named Massive Fund with Vijay Sekhar Sharma – UN Environment’s Patron for Clean Air. This fund will solely invest in Pollution reduction industry.
So hope to see you at Second Edition of the Massive Summit with some solid startups / executions and a cleaner environment!
Shailesh Vickram Singh
Managing Partner, Massive Fund.
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