On 25 February 2016, the academic year 2015-2016 saw its first robotics workshop, held by ROOTSTALK Learning Solutions in collaboration with CIIED. Rootstalk is a startup in Dubai by a group of IITians. The company offers workshops unique to each educational institution. This is one of the very few companies accredited by KHDA in Dubai. With BITS Pilani Dubai Campus, Rootstalk made its debut to colleges. This workshop had the first phase as a training on 25 February, and the second phase was a competition for 500 AED cash prize on 15 March 2016. 14 teams took part in this workshop to build an EDGE AVOIDER AUTONOMOUS BOT. The workshop commenced at 1pm and concluded at 8pm with a 45 minutes break in between. Harsh Surana and Marri Srinivas (both IIT Kharagpur Alumni) conducted the workshop, kicking off with assembly of chassis, DC motors
I am looking forward to the amazing opportunity of serving as CEO of CIIED this academic year. Joining CIIED (then CEL) was the best decision I’ve ever made and it’s been a privilege to work in the last 3 years. I do share the optimism of CIIED’s bright future that our previous leaders had. I would like to take this opportunity to explain further about CIIED and answer some questions...
What?BITS Pilani has set up "Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship Dubai" which will be an integrated structure for academic and incubation activities related to entrepreneurship at BITS Pilani. It is abbreviated as CIIED for simple use as I agree the other name is too long. It is pronounced: /see-eyed/ We have it in arabic too: مركز للإبداع، الحضانة وريادة الأعمال دبي
Why?The mandate of CIIED includes facilitating technology transfer and commercialisation, executing filing of patents, custodian of intellectual property of
CIIED hosted an interactive session with Mr. Prashant Agarwal on the topic “Irresistibly Irrational: Entrapments in Decision Making“. Mr. Prashant Agarwal is the founder and managing director of Pragati Brands Consultants, a Dubai based management and marketing consulting company. He has previously been the Head of Marketing for Himalaya Herbals for EMEA-CIS and Business Head for the Russia-CIS region. The interactive session was held on the 26th of November 2015 in room 271 at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. 30 students were present for the interactive session. Mr. Prashant Agarwal spoke to everyone about the differences in Rational and Irrational thinking. Time was spent in educating everyone about the basics of Behavioural Economics and its significance in everyday life and the business world. Through an extremely well made presentation and the help of logical examples a small exercise was conducted by questioning students, through which we figured where we usually go wrong in our
CIIED hosted an interactive session with Dr. Siddhartha Sarkar on the topic “Issues and Challenges faced by Startup Entrepreneurs”. Dr. Siddharta Sarkar is the Director, Officiating, HoD & Professor of Mechanical Engineering at IILM, College of Engineering & Technology, Gr Noida, Delhi. The talk session was held on the 24th of November 2015 in the conference hall at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. Dr. Srinivasa Rao and Dr. Lajwanti were the faculties present during the session. Roughly 40 people were present at the session. The aim was to educate all upcoming entrepreneurs on the challenges that would be faced while starting up their own company and how to avoid certain common mistakes that usually occur. An interactive session was held during which questions were asked to students at random so as so to have a cloud of ideas which were then explained by Dr. Sarkar. A presentation made by Dr. Sarkar was
Students tackle “URBAN CROWDED SPACES” participating in the 2016 Hult Prize at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus.
CEL recently hosted it’s flagship event, The Wolf of WallStreet. It is a inter-university financial event based on stock exchange and investment hosted by Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, BITS Pilani Dubai Campus. The event was divided into 2 rounds. Round 1 is a virtual trading round. A participating team was provided with virtual cash of $200,000 and time of 2 weeks to virtually trade in live U.S. stock market (NYSE, NASDAQ and AMEX). Around 95 teams participated ranging from 1-4 students per team. The Round 1 went on from October 19 to October 3, 2015. For each day of second week, a team with most profit at the end of the day, was awarded Bulls-Eye, and cash price of AED 20.
- Day 1, 2, 3 – Capital Traders
- Day 4 – Fire Xchange
- Day 5 – Lameman Brothers
An interactive session on “How to become a Successful Entrepreneur – Entrepreneurial Journey” was hosted by CIIED on 01 October 2015 at 2:34 PM in the college auditorium of BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. The session was conducted with Mr. Phanindra Sama, Founder of RedBus.in; Mr. Jaswinder Singh Chadha, President & CEO of Axtria; and Dr. Nayana Somaratna, Co-founder at Medical Joyworks; facilitated by Dr. R. N. Saha, Director at BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. The talk was attended by students of all disciplines. The session started with Dr. Saha’s motivational words to all attendees. He then invited each speaker personally to share their journey. Mr. Phanindra Sama began by telling his college-life where he got the idea for the system/website to book busses from his college to his home-town. He, then, went on to explain how difficult was it for him to find investments or contributors,
An interactive talk session by Mr. Rakesh Pardasani, Partner at RSM Dahman on the topic “Business Plan and It’s Components “ on 16th September 2014 in BITS Pilani, Dubai Campus. The talk began at 5 pm.