Hubbali, Karnataka’s second largest city, witnessed a massive gathering of students, entrepreneurs, government officials and corporate head honchos on Saturday.

The delegates participated in an engaging discussion that centered on grave challenges haunting India and its citizens.

On Saturday, Hubbali played host to Development Dialogue 2018.

Spearheaded by Deshpande Foundation, the two-day event focused on the theme, “Collaborating for Big Bets.”

The participatory international forum shed light on the need for sustainable solutions to India’s problems. From students and entrepreneurs to grassroots practitioners and investors actively participated in eye-opening discussions that aimed to reduce or eradicate the country’s social woes.

Hubbali Sandbox

The Sandbox is an ecosystem that works towards nurturing grassroots social innovation and development. The objective of the Sandbox is to enable, transform, engage and innovate.

Dr Neelam Maheshwari, chairperson of Development Dialogue, in her welcome note in the official brochure, said that the Sandbox exists to enable problem solvers. The objective is to make sure that the number of problem solvers outweigh the problems.

Development Dialogue Highlights

Development Dialogue kicked off with a series of panels, which focused on the bigger-picture topics like, “Delivering Prosperity For All.” This was followed by Dr ‘Desh’ Deshpande, founder of Deshpande Foundation, setting the context for Development Dialogue 2018.

Insights from leaders like Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen; Kishore Biyani, co-founder and Group CEO of Future Group, and Amit Chandra, Managing Director, Bain Capital Private Equity, shed light on ongoing social challenges and the solutions that could be executed to get rid of the problem.

Novogratz, an innovator and social entrepreneur, through her organization, has helped build 103 enterprises which focuses on affordable healthcare, sanitation, clean water and energy. By doing so, she has helped 200 million people across four continents.

India vs China

Drawing parallels between India and China, Biyani, CEO and co-founder of Future Group, said that India has a rich culture and heritage. The country also has a great past, he said.

“There is no need for India to decipher itself or reinvent itself because everything that needs to be done is already written in the mythological texts. The leadership model is present in the Indian mythology,” he said.

The two-day event also focused on specific challenges haunting India and how innovation will help move the country forward. Topics such as, “Setting culture of innovation as the new normal,” “Deciphering Collaborating for Big Bets,” Technology, education, and social impact,” shed light of need-of-the-hour solutions to the country’s ongoing concerns.

Topics such as, “Prototyping success: Insights into models of livelihood,” “Addressing the nemesis of scaling,” “Educating students for entrepreneurial careers” shed light on the wide talent available in India and how best to enable them to boost the country’s economy.

The event also housed “Roundtables on sector-specific topics,” “Meet a Mentor,” and “Rapid Pitch to Investors.”

A workshop on digital marketing for rural entrepreneurs by Facebook educated people about the power of social media and how it could have a positive impact on their business.

The event also focused on extraordinary personal stories from thought leaders.

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