The seventh edition of Technopreneur, the annual flagship event of YI Net of the Government Model Engineering College, Thrikkakakara, was held at IMA House, Kaloor, recently.

Technopreneur is a one-day symposium which provides a platform for the youth to interact with eminent personalities who have defined the direction of the growth of the country. This edition focussed on the theme, ‘Where TRY paves way to TRIUMPH. It's all about a little UMPH!' (U-uniqueness, M-motivation, P-passion and H-hardwork).

The event witnessed a host of speakers who have braved all odds and marched forward to achieve their dream of a better world.

The session began with renowned dancer Sudha Chandran speaking on the subtheme ‘From fall to rise' citing the story of her life. She even waltzed to a tune, leaving the audience in raptures.

The next session concentrating on the sub-theme ‘Dare to dream' featured two social entrepreneurs – Vishal Talreja founder of ‘Dream a Dream' a volunteer-run initiative that provides underprivileged children the opportunity to inculcate life skills, and Anshu Gupta, who established ‘Goonj', a means to provide the basic amenities of life to the downtrodden. The pair articulated the concept of social entrepreneurship and exhorted the crowd to join the noble cause of eradicating poverty.

Parveen Hafeez, the managing director of the Sunrise group of hospitals, stressed the sub-theme Be the change'. She described her vision on establishing her current business venture.

‘Beyond boundaries' showcased Nelvin Joseph, the creator and chief executive officer of Artin Dynamics, a company engaging in research in the artificial intelligence domain.

The Technopreneur forum where the general public could interact with the speakers was also inaugurated. The forum can be accessed by logging into

Another highlight of the event was the creative Technopreneuer scrapwall where the audience could scribble their comments on the event. The “What's in a name?” programme and ‘Tag' n ‘Bag' contest that happened in parallel aroused interest from the audience. Each speaker was awarded with a memento and a caricature drawn by the students of the Model Engineering College. The event brought together more than 700 students and was attended by several delegates from the Confederation of Indian Industry and the YI-Cochin chapter.