Vista, the annual business summit of IIM Bangalore, continued onto its third and final day with the same vigour and excitement of the previous days with a wide assortment of events, speaker series and workshops.
The second day concluded with the Corporate Conclave, the flagship panel discussion by visionary leaders of some of the biggest organizations across the globe. The panellists included KBS Anand, the MD & CEO of Asian Paints, Ms. Sheelika Ravishankar, Jedi Master – Marketing and Outreach, Team Indus and Dr. Raman Venkatesh, CEO-Technology and Corporate Development, Eureka Forbes. The speakers discussed the need for disruptive innovation across fields. They also emphasised the importance of potable water in the current political and economic environment.
The final day saw the conclusion of Numero Uno, one of the flagship events of Vista. The competition tested contestants on various managerial fronts to bring out the future leaders in them. Jyotsna Mehta of ISB Hyderabad emerged as the winner while Gian Marco Brizzolara, of IIM Ahmedabad was the runner-up.
The key speaker of the day was Jessica Lynn, a transgender advocate and activist. She spoke at length about her life and her struggles as a transgender, her decision to undergo a sex reassignment surgery and the discrimination she faced after.
There was also a panel discussion on the importance of the accountability of social service organizations, with Mr. Ganesh R, CFO of Akshaya Patra Foundation, Prof. G Raghuram, Director of IIM Bangalore and Ms. Richa Valecha, a PGPPM student of IIM Bangalore discussing the strategies employed by Akshaya Patra Foundation and the challenges they face in achieving their mission of making sure no child is deprived of education because of hunger. They highlighted how their emphasis on operational efficiency along with a public-private partnership model enabled the foundation in serving 2 billion meals in 2016 while achieving zero fatal cases in 17 years of their operation. They stressed on the importance of NGOs publishing their annual financial statements to increase their credibility. The event concluded with the unveiling of ‘Illumine’, the 2016-17 annual report of Akshaya Patra.
The Young Leaders Summit also concluded on the third day with Sravan Krishnan, an animal activist, speaking on peaceful coexistence with animals. Model United Nations, a two-day authentic simulation of the UN General Assembly, Security Council and other multilateral bodies that introduced the students to the intricacies of diplomacy, negotiation and decision making also concluded on day three.
Street Smart, the valuation competition that tested the participants’ depth of understanding of the industry and the firms, the reasons for M&A, their methodology of evaluating the target/acquiring firms among other things saw Rishab Jain, Tushar Puthussery and Yatharth Chaturvedi of ISB Hyderabad walk away with honours while Krupesh Shah and Shekhar Gupta of IIM Kashipur, and Raghu Ram Ambati, Rachitha S and Gouthami Nagammagari of IIM Bangalore coming as joint runners-up.
Milestone, an operations and strategy event that had students play the role of Operation Managers that required them to analyze challenging scenarios, formulate operations related strategic decisions on real-time problems faced by firms in their business. Team Prim comprising of Abhishek Dixit from IIM Calcutta, emerged as the winner while Team Illuminatis comprising of Kunal and Bharat Balegere from IIM Bangalore were the runners-up.
Bizarre, the unconventionally thought-provoking business quiz event, was helmed by quizmaster Major Chandrakant Nair. The candidates faced a variety of questions across sectors.
The day also saw various other events including Dynamark, Milestone, Stock 20-20, Hire To Conquer, Qriosity, 60 Seconds to fame and Optimus. Dynamark, the case competition, tested the participants on real-life marketing scenarios. Stock 20-20 saw participants expertly analyzing various public stocks to determine investment opportunities. Qriosity, the general quiz of the fest, covered a wide variety of non-business-related topics. 60 seconds to fame pushed the participants to the best of their oratory skills. Optimus, the live operations simulation game, put participants in the shoes of a senior manager fighting a live battle against the odds to prevent the organization from getting disrupted.
The curtains fell on Vista with a DJ night sponsored by Red FM and with the launch of Unmaad 2018, the annual cultural festival of IIM Bangalore. Vista ’17 had something for everyone to look forward to throughout the three days of the summit. As it drew to a close, it left behind a strong and profound impact on the entire student community to identify a new world of opportunities and leave an imprint on the society at large.