What’s your Moonshot?
“I think we’re going to the moon because it’s in the nature of the human being to face challenges. It’s by the nature of his deep inner soul… we’re required to do these things just as salmon swim upstream” Neil Armstrong
Each day we wake from a new dream. We aspire in our dreams to make things better. A better world. A better life. For most of us these dreams get swept away by the reality of the day ahead. And then when we retire to bed, we dream again.
Our dreams are our beliefs. They are our magic world, where we find solutions to problems of today and tomorrow. We embrace our challenges, innovate and conquer and win. For most of us our beliefs remain as closely a guarded secret as our dreams. They are never shared in the light of day.
And then there are the Crazy Ones. They live their dreams. They inspire. They create. They go after their Moonshot!
What’s your Moonshot was a Team Indus event to encourage our Dreamers to Aspire, Believe and Create a better world. Hosted @11 Oct 2014 at JN Tata Auditorium, it saw dreamers, pioneers and entrepreneurs share their thoughts and vision to an enthralled audience. The evening commenced with an engaging conversation between an aspiring Rahul Narayan and an accomplished creator and visionary Dr. K Kasturirangan who awed the audience with great acumen and insights into the making of the Indian Space Program, the role of space and technology today and for the future. A truly inspirational story weaved with great anecdotes and moments from one of India’s greatest scientists and thinkers.
The first panel was hosted by Lakshmi Patury and had Dr. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Mr. Arun Seth, Mr. RK Misra and Mr. SK Jain on it. They held an animated discussion on the role of private enterprise and risk capital to enter new frontiers. Each a pioneer in their own right, it brought out many a perspective to achieving success too.
Our next panel comprising of Mr. Chetan Maini, Mr. Srikanth Nandhamuni, Ms. Zenia Tata, and our own Mr. Rahul Narayan brought alive the discussion on what it takes to build an Innovation company of the future. Curated by Rita Soni, it brought about the opportunities our current world presents for disruptive innovation.
Our Inventors for tomorrow, a group of children aged 6-13years then presented how they see their dreams of colonizing and living on the moon – a simple reality. The audience enjoyed hearing their aspirations and the maturity they brought to describing their moonshot.
Then Team Indus took stage. Along with their Pet: Ek Choti Si Asha (our rover). They enthralled the audience on their Moonshot: Which was how they really plan to land a rover on the moon, navigate the terrain and send HD images back to earth. Each team member passionately articulated the Rocket Science and how the team was gearing up for its date with the celestial body.
The energy across the auditorium was amazing as our audience across industry and age groups exchanged animated conversations over dinner on how a Young India can truly Aspire, Believe and Create transformative solutions for the betterment of humanity.
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” – Anatole France