After travelling to 14 countries, Crowdsourcing Week was brought to India, in a collaborative effort by Digital Empowerment Foundation and Crowdsourcing Week. India’s first Crowdsourcing Summit was organised at The Paul hotel in Bengaluru on September 10, 2016.
The summit sought to promote organisations and innovators who are looking to embed the power of the crowd in their products and services, connect the dots in the global crowd-powered marketplace. The summit was uniquely designed to help businesses, governments, innovators and not-for-profits tackle risk mitigation and stakeholder orientation while creating a culture of openness and innovation. It served as a catalyst to help organisations take a holistic look at their operations, engage their stakeholders and create long-term value; and took the baby steps towards invigorating the crowdsourcing movement on a local level through ambassadors who can build community and represent the crowd.
The day-long summit saw several interesting keynote speeches and panel discussions, besides a workshop and networking games as a full house of 130 participants engaged in the interactive summit.
CSW Summit Bangalore focused crowdsourcing, crowdfunding and collaborative approaches that define a sharing economy. Experts and practitioners shared how crowdsourcing is reshaping industries and transforming organisations today.
The first-ever Crowdsourcing Summit in India helped organisations transition into a more open, connected, and socially productive society and to enable them to address the needs of today’s leaders to bring about meaningful change. It also got everyone thinking about collaborating with their stakeholders to create shared value and to exchange ideas and knowledge with world’s innovators and change makers. Academicians, non-profits, students, researchers, founders, executives, CEOs shared their deep and specialised knowledge for accelerating innovation at CSW Summit India.
The keynote sessions spread across the day were:
• ‘Global Pulse of Crowdsourcing and Birth of New Social Currencies’ by Epi Ludvik Nekaj, Founder & CEO, Crowdsourcing Week
• ‘Crowdsourcing Alternative Currencies for a Parallel Economy’ by Anshu Gupta, Founder & Director, Goonj
• ‘Crowdfunding Internet for All’ by Garrett Kinsman, Graphic Designer
• ‘Crowdsourcing Political Participation’ by Preethi Herman, Country Lead & Campaigns Director, Change.org
• ‘Crowdfunding for Ideas & Social Causes’ Ranganath Thota, Founder & CEO, Fuel-A-Dream
• ‘Innovating as a Crowd Entrepreneur’ by Naveen Lakkur, Director, Founder Institute
• ‘Crowdsourcing Mobility in Developing Economies’ by Isha Singla, CPO & Co-Founder, Jugnoo
• ‘Stories of Courage and Compassion from Ground Zero’ by Osama Manzar, Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation
The three panel discussions allowed room for sharing of best practices, challenges and recommendations for a crowdsourced and crowdfunded future.
PANEL 1 on ‘Is Crowdsourcing an Answer to Social Development?’ was moderated by Preethi Herman. Panellists in the session included Social Media Head of Robin Hood Army Aarushi Batra; Filmaker & Columnist Natasha Badhwar; Co-Founder & CEO of Rang De Ramakrishna NK; Co-Founder & Chief Impact Officer of Rang De Smita Ram; and Director & COO of Safecity Supreet K Singh.
PANEL 2 on ‘Current Crowdfunding Landscape in India — the challenges and potential’ was was moderated by Satish Kataria, Managing Director, Catapooolt. The panellists included Founder & CEO of Fuel-A-Dream Ranganath Thota; Senior Associate at GLA Shwetha Chandrashekar; Founder & Director of KITAAB Zafar Anjum; Graphic Designer Garrett Kinsman; and Director of Founder Institute Naveen Lakkur.
The final panel of the day, ‘How Startups are Hopping on the Bandwagon of the Sharing Economy’ was moderated by Madanmohan Rao, Research Director, YourStory Media. The panellists in this session were Founder & CEO of iShippo Karma Bhutia; Director of Qualitrix Mayank Mittal; Factor Daily Co-founder Pankaj Mishra; Crowdproduct Founder Vinay Dora; and Co-Founder & CEO of Playment Siddharth Mall.
DEF has also come out with a short publication titled ‘The Power of the Crowd’, which documents some of the best crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platforms and initiatives — across various fields, sectors and purposes — from the last couple of years.