Feedback-ing In50hrs in Delhi

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Thanks Vijay for inviting me to judge (rather – let me call it ‘feedback’) In50hrs in Delhi. Vijay has been doing some amazing work – has great ideas, works hard and perseveres. He was telling (and fellow feedbacker Amit Somani of MakeMyTrip) confirmed how there were only 5-6 people during their last event in Delhi. This time, it was almost 50! And what a good bunch it was. Web Designers, Hard Code coders, UX/UI guys, Sales guys, generalists.[/x_text]

Also, am very glad that quite a few of the ideas did evolve to a level where they could be demo-ed well and look like they will end up becoming startups!

Interesting anecdote – another fellow feedbacker – Amit Ranjan of SlideShare mentioned how the demos at end of the weekend events should be forced to be demos. And not presentations. For those who didn’t notice the humor – he is cofounder of SlideShare. 🙂

Here are the bunch of startups that presented:

1. Help Slip: A personal assistant helping you for both online & offline tasks to make you more productive.

2. I want Artists: A behance for performing artists along with an offline component. Great mix in team. Achieved a good lot with in-50-hrs.

3. Reality Checker: An app enabling you to send complaints about public infrastructure & utilities. Their team – in an offline manner, will help get resolution for these complaints. The idea came from a person who has been working for 17 years with the revenue department of the state government. Really respect that he was there and thinking “innovative” & “startup”. You rarely see people with this background in such events.

4. Aapka Fare: My Trip My Price was their motto. Aimed to help you get flights & then hotels & then cabs at the price you want. This space is regulated and a lot of this is against the regulations. Unfortunately (or was it fortunately?) for them, Amit Somani of MakeMyTrip was one of the Judges too and hence not much encouragement here.

5. Coojects: A marketplace to connect college students to companies to earn while you learn. Again – a great mix in team and had achieved quite a lot with in-50-hrs. I definitely feel (and hope) that it will survive & thrive and not be just a weekend thing.

6. Bookiya: Be your own wedding planner was their motto. A kind of a directory / marketplace for various things you need in wedding. Weddings in India indeed is a big market and no one seems to have really cracked anything other than matchmaking. Will love to see how this evolves.

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