IIM Ahmedbad's 'The Red Brick Summit' Off To A Lively Start

The inaugural edition of IIM Ahmedabad's flagship management symposium The Red Brick Summit (TRBS) took off to a great start on September 29, 2017. The theme of Challenge, Innovate, Redefine aims to succinctly capture the dynamism and constant flux in which we live today, whether it be the organizational or individual level, and transcends national boundaries and cultures. Presented by Title Sponsor TATA Trusts and Associate Sponsors Motilal Oswal, European Union, and CIIE, TRBS features a total of 20 business competitions, 14 workshops, more than a dozen speaker sessions and panel discussions, a number of activities, performances, and exhibitions that appeal to all age groups.

The first day witnessed stalwart speakers, panel discussions on salient topics of interest and over 10000+ footfalls. 'Garba' held in the iconic LKP grounds introduced the flavor of Gujarati Navaratri celebrations to the crowd.

The flea market organized as part of TRBS attracted a lot of Amdavadis to the campus.

The inaugural speech for the event was delivered by Dr. Harsh Kumar Bhanwala, Chairman, NABARD. He spoke about the strategies of Financial Inclusion in India. He also emphasized on the necessity of financial inclusion and ways to achieve the same. According to him, financial inclusion refers to 'contribution by masses to the economic growth of the country.'

The day also witnessed acclaimed Entrepreneur, Mr. Deep Kalra - founder and CEO of MakeMyTrip, address a jam-packed auditorium last evening giving his two cents on entrepreneurship as part of the How to Start a Startup (HTSAS) 2.0 series at The Red Brick Summit here at IIM Ahmedabad.

The inaugural day of TRBS witnessed 800+ footfall spread over three workshops. The day started with 'Brand building workshop' where Mr. Madhukar Sabnavis of O&M talked about creating successful brands with cases from his experience.

Later on in the workshop 'Use of ICT for innovations in Agriculture,' Prof. Anil Gupta gave an impactful lesson on how innovation is essential to develop the society as a whole. Finally, the day ended with the workshop 'Sustainable Social Enterprise' by Tata Trusts, the pioneers in this field.

Panel Discussions kicked off with industry stalwarts such as Ajay Bakshi (CEO, MHE), Guljit Chaudhri (Founder, Bioinnovat) and Ariz Rizvi (President, Apollo Life) discussing on the impact of price control of essential drugs in the country.

The EU (European Union) panel discussion was about the circular economy and how waste can become a resource and can be integrated into the value chain. Speakers brought their industry experience on how sustainability and the circular economy is the panacea for the day as resources are depleting and needs are increasing. Resource re-use is necessary to conserve and sustain our planet endowed with limited resources.