We have just concluded the “Techpreneur-Delhi” Workshop which we are doing in collaboration with Nurture Talent Academy. I am fairly impressed with what has gone on so far.
On Day 1, Nurture Talent Academy divided the participants into teams of 2. All the people were then told to come up with an idea based on a newspaper headline. They had to do the job in 60 seconds. After that, only one idea was retained by the teams and the rest came up with their own fresh ideas such as:
- Making a website where investors could meet entrepreneurs.
- Making a book sharing website (really old idea).
- Making a website which connects politicians with people.
In the next 2 days, Webinstitute.in took 7 hour sessions teaching all participants the technology to make their idea a reality. Since all participants had laptops, I could adopt the “learn by doing” approach though initially my goal was simply to adopt the “teach by showing” methodology. I can say with pride that barring 2 people, the rest of the participants are now capable enough to create any web application from scratch. Since all of them also received our videos, they were able to gain some deep knowledge of the technologies that we taught them. Also, there was lavish praise for the videos as well,
“The videos are too good, I see them coming on my way to the venue”
said Divanshee, the only female participant in the program.
“The videos are really clarifying the concepts. The way you are showing things by doing them, is really good. The voice is not so loud though.”
said Shubbankar, a 2009, BTech grad.
(An issue we acknowledge from the beginning. There is absolutely no problem if you use headphones or nice external speakers as well. Only laptop speakers have a little problem.)
Judging by what these people have managed to achieve in such a short span of time, I feel really good and confident about our program. One of the teams even went to the extent of actually purchasing hosting and domain on the net. They are likely to launch their website soon.
At the end, one participant (Ayush), came upto me and complemented me on my teaching style. “Sir, You’re a great teacher. I am a slightly slow learner, but you were very effective.”
That compliment, definitely made my day.
Next we are heading to Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bangalore. Hopefully, we will see an even bigger response!