Steve Jobs once said, “Innovation is the only way to win”. The Importance of his statement seems to be relevant more than ever before in the times of pandemic outbreak, when the businesses and lives were impacted and attempted to recuperate. Timely the IIC at the MET Institute of Management organized ‘Innovation Council 2021’ based on the theme ‘Cracking the Digital Transformation’. This mega Council in association with DCB Bank, SIMBOTT as VR/AR Partner, SDTP as an Innovation Partner, and AIC-RNTU supported by Atal Innovation Mission and Niti Ayog as an Outreach Partner was held in hybrid mode on 20th November 2021 featuring some of the most imminent and intriguing speakers.
This event by The MET Institute of Management’s Institution's Innovation Council (MET IOM’s IIC) was inaugurated at the hands of MET Trustee, Mr. Pankaj Bhujbal and Mrs. Vishakha Bhujbal in the presence of Dr. Swati Lodha, Director - MET Institute of Management, invited dignitaries, guests and stalwart speakers. Many faculty members, students from various institutions of repute joined from various locations to make the forum grand. The conclave began with Mr. Ronald Fernandez, CEO, AIC-RTNU. He disseminated information about the Atal Incubation Centre, Rabindranath Tagore University. Attendees were enlightened about the intersection of innovation, people, processes, technology, and ecosystem.
The keynote speaker, Mr. Prasanna Lohar, VP Technology (Digital, Innovation & Architecture) DCB Bank, shared his thoughts on the amalgamation of fintech and innovation, especially in the banking sector. He addressed the audience on the importance of having the right partners to make innovation sustainable.
Mr. Varun Khatri, Founder and CEO - SIMBOTT introduced the audience to an unexplored world of digital welding. He gave a live demonstration with the VR machine where participants too got a chance to try their hands at digital welding. And the Expert Speaker, Mr. Shantanoo Joshi, Director (Consulting) - CGI gave the final thoughts to ponder over. He addressed the audience on ‘how to be ready for the future’. He shared a beautiful diffusion of innovation and organisational needs emphasizing the need to create a unique future.
The 'Innovation Conclave' also gave students a hands-on experience with Design Thinking and UI/UX through engaging workshops. Workshop on Design Thinking was conducted by Mr. Jimmy Jain, Founder of Sequel & SDTP, UK and the UI/UX Workshop was conducted by Mr. Tushar More, UI/UX Expert, he trained the students on the topic of 'Wireless to Prototype'.
It was indeed a very successful and insightful forum that imparted valuable insights to budding MBAs whereas seasoned professionals benefitted from the knowledge exchange.