In a fiercely competitive world, out-of-the-box thinking is the key to success.

That was the focus of the two-day workshop on Blue Ocean Dialogue organised by the Kochi chapter of Young Indians (Yi) that concluded here on Saturday.

Among many things the workshop inspired students to think differently and explore the unknown. Innovation was the buzz word that resonated during the course of the workshop held by Rahul Mirchandani, former national chairman of Yi, at Toc H Public school.

Apart from students of the host school, students of Global Public School, The Delta Study and Vidyodaya School also participated in this workshop.

‘Blue Ocean’ is a term used to refer to clean, pristine market spaces. These are areas in an industry where customers exist but there are extremely limited or no competitors. Blue Oceans emerge because of new needs, new consumer groups, changed habits, new product development, etc, a release issued here by the organisers said.

However, at the workshop the term referred to new ideas . As such the students were encouraged to challenge existing ways of doing things by changing the status quo. They were asked to develop the courage to think out of the box and to instil in them a belief that they too have an Edison or Newton within them.

Ideas on a variety of topics ranging from innovative road construction, waste management system, energy efficient cars to methods to root out incidence of driving without license and bogus voting were discussed at the workshop.

The students presented their ideas before a panel of judges. They then fielded tough questions from the judges and fellow participants on their innovative ideas.

“I can truly see great minds emerging and a great future for our country amongst many of the participants present here”, the release quoted Pramod Nair B, Chair, Yi Kochi Chapter, as saying.

Yi is now bringing out a book collating the best ideas from various chapters across the country. The idea is to connect students to mentors and colleges that can help them develop their ideas into products and services.