About Scintillations: Scintillations, E-Summit is an attempt to inspire and educate students who are inclined towards entrepreneurship to facilitate the development of a healthy ecosystem that can boost imagination, innovation, and invention. They had influential people from different fields hosting various workshops and discussion sessions for the participants to share and learn about the new age challenges of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Day 1, 15th February 2020
Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Workshop by Ritoja Sen and Deepsikha Sen.
The workshop started with a brief but enriching introductory speech by Prof. Parthasarathi Chakrabarty, Director of IIEST Shibpur who spoke about the urgent need for awareness of intellectual property and the related rights among innovators and the general public. The first speaker Ms. Joshita Davar Khemani, Managing Partner and Attorney at Law (Intellectual Property Rights) at L S Davar & Co. and HV Williams & Co gave us a general view of the importance and historical relevance of intellectual property and related laws proceeded by Dr. Sushil Kumar Mitra. Dr. Mitra, an ex-Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs at the Patent Office, Government of India has previously worked in scientific research at the Central Drug Laboratory, Government of India. He spoke of the specifics, criteria and technical aspects of getting a patent.
We really enjoyed the session where the guest speakers shared their knowledge and experiences with us. The speakers gave us brief information about the main purpose of intellectual property law which is to encourage the creation of a wide variety of intellectual goods.
To achieve a proper ecosystem for innovation and social progress, the Law gives people and businesses exclusive property rights to the information and intellectual goods they patent, usually for a limited period of time. This provides an economic incentive for innovation because it allows people to profit from their own knowledge, information and intellectual goods they create. The strategic, economic and social incentives are expected to stimulate innovation and contribute to the technological progress of countries, which depends on the extent of protection granted to innovators.
Innovation is not intellectual property until it is protected by statutes. Similarly, a patent is not a declaration of the uniqueness of an invention; it is merely a set of legal papers that grant exclusive marketing rights to the person who filed the request for it. Students filing for patents are often aided by their institute, but the profits get shared between the institute and the innovator.
The event was concluded with a few questions to Dr. Mitra about the intricacies of patent law and a group photograph that everyone happily posed for.
The whole event was completed smoothly, without any hitches except for some timing problems. It is also worthwhile to note that we received quite a bit of help from the organizers, the E-cell members of IIEST Shibpur. They were always around to guide us and assisted us wherever we found necessary. The students at the registration desk, Ayanabh Roy, second-year student, and E cell member, and Sachin Paul should be specially mentioned, as they were instrumental in ensuring our visit was productive and comfortable.
Day 2, 16th February 2020:
A group of four students consisting of Abhishek Baral, Animesh Bhakat, Sayan Kundu and myself, Mayukh Sen had gone to IIEST Shibpiur on the final day 16th February.
We had reported at the lush green campus consisting of posters, hoardings of all the guest speakers at about 11:00 AM and entered the main arena.
THE CAR SHOW
As soon as we entered, we were followed by a convoy of supercars. First entered a yellow Porsche Cayman, Lamborghini Aventador followed by a Rolls Royce which snatched all the attention of the entire population at their arrival. All the members of the organizing team and us started taking pictures and swooning over the cars. But the fact that left us stunned was that there was no one to tell us where we need to register as no one had the slightest idea of the events that were taking place.
We went to the representatives of the Entrepreneurship Development Cell(EDC). The members were not a bit aware of the competitions, workshops, and events going on. They had no idea about the fees and the registration process. Everyone along with E-Cell members was busy viewing the display of those fancy cars such as Rolls Royce, Lamborghini, and Porsche. It seemed that we were in a motorsport event rather than an E-Summit. We have to find the registration desk on our own and the rude behavior and body language really made us disappointed. We were given welcome kits but even there they committed mistakes. My friend Sayan was given the wrong kit containing all spare articles of which some were even intoxicated. After finishing the registration, we started exploring the campus. The E-Cell members were also not sure about the venue of the workshop. The management reached its lowest state when we tried to bring their attention to a poster of Elon Musk which had fallen down. But members were busy with their own and no one cared.
We reached the venue at 1.45 pm as the workshop was about to start. After waiting for half an hour when we were about to leave a member told us to wait for 15 minutes more. At last, the workshop started at 3.00 pm.
The workshop on content and digital marketing were presented by nine grapes. Our instructors were Mr. Aman Shah, the CEO and Mr. Abhishek Tiwari, the creative director of Nine grapes. It was an interactive workshop and the instructors were pretty well. We were introduced to the concept of a copy. We were also made to write our own copies for selling Havells Wire. The workshop went for around 45 minutes and it finally came to an unexpected end as more events were scheduled in that hall. This shows that EDC (Entrepreneurship Development Cell) gave zero efforts to the event management. They forced us to stay there to fill the hall as a guest speaker was about to come there. After the speaker session, we managed to come out of the hall.
OUR GENERAL OPINION AND WHAT WE LEARNT
We were all really excited about the event, but this will always go down as a bad experience. We never expected a thing like this to happen. IIEST Shibpur ranks 19 in NIRF 2019(Engineering). And the things we experienced were completely unexpected but real and hard true. We ourselves can pledge never to commit such mistakes and it will help us in event management for the future. What matters to us is what we learned and what we feel about it at the end of the day. We did learn the mistakes which one should not commit while managing an event. I would like to end with the quote of Steve Jobs.
“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we’ve done something wonderful… that’s what matters to me.”
Written by Mayukh Sen, Ritoja Sen
Edited by Suvro Mukherjee