Shape South Asia 2017 at a Glance

From 3rd – 5th of November 2017, Global Shapers in Bhopal played host to the Global Shapers Community of South Asia, an annual regional event of Global Shapers Community. The 4th edition of Shape South Asia 2017 saw participation of 100 Shapers from India, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Afghanistan and also from Australia & United States, to gain powerful insights from 22 eminent speakers and discuss on “Shaping South Asia through Fourth Industrial Revolution.”

Highlights from the Event

As highlighted by The World Economic Forum, we are on the precipice of “The Fourth Industrial Revolution.” In this era of Industry 4.0, we find ourselves in a period of rapid transition – an age of automation, connectivity, artificial intelligence and robotics.

As a result of this rapidly changing landscape, we must recognize the key to sustainability and have an imperative learning by understanding the changes it will bring about across industries like: Education, Entertainment, E-commerce, and Governance. To understand this shift from learning to development, eminent speakers from various industries shared knowledgeable insights and threw a great light on the subject at Shape South Asia 2017.

Beyond the panel discussions, workshops were conducted to understand artificial intelligence as a trend in technology and new media. Also, a workshop on Evaluating Citizen Happiness was conducted by the Happiness Department of Madhya Pradesh Government, a first such department in the country. In addition, a workshop - Logic & Magic provided creative solutions to wicked problems and was concluded with the thought of not limiting ones imagination to what is possible. Every possibility exists within imagination.

"Being a shaper and the curator of Bhopal Hub has been and continues to be a rewarding experience. I am thrilled to be involved with such vibrant, connected and amazing team who organized and took care of Shape South Asia 2017. This incredible support and team work helped in staging the event successfully. Also, we couldn't have asked for a better set of delegates during the three-day Summit, that we hosted, from around the globe."

Saakshi Sharma
Curator, Bhopal Hub, Global Shapers Community

An initiation by Global Shapers Ahmedabad Hub, Gandhi Change Award is an award given to projects in agreement with sustainable development goals set up by the United Nations for the year 2030. Shape South Asia 2017 received many entries from across the community and 6 hubs qualified out of which top three hubs with sustainable projects working towards the welfare of the society were given recognition and rewarded with a grant which was sponsored by Khadi Village Industries Commissions and Khadi India.

Winners for the year 2017:

  • Best Hub Project - Project Connect by Pune Hub (Grant INR 75,000)
  • Promising Hub Project - Shaping Vision by Chandigarh Hub (Grant INR 50,000)
  • Seed Award for the Hub Project - Bottle Toilet by Mumbai Hub (Grant INR 25,000)

Key Learning

Through Shape South Asia 2017, we established a well-informed exchange of ideas, key action areas and core principles that can help for an easy transition into The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Also, as Industry 4.0 unfolds, we need to work on reforms to ensure the benefits of new technologies are distributed widely. In addition, it is our hope that SSA 2017 will encourage a shared vision of priorities for reform within education, governance and other sectors, to help shape South Asia in the context of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Activities and Fun Sessions at SSA

Bhopal hub also organized some recreational events including Cricket Cup for Shapers, Cruise Ride, Live Music & Dance and group activities like Van Vihar Safari, Boat Race and Heritage Walk to showcase the touristic and cultural side of Bhopal.

Promotions & Sponsors

An extensive promotional campaign was carried out through various mediums. The event was covered and announced in various national media - internet sites, news agencies & radio stations.

Speakers at SSA 2017 - Bhopal

  • Mr. Ravi Kaneriya - Head of Social Engagement - Asia, World Economic Forum
  • Mr. Prashant Shukla - National Technology Officer, Microsoft India
  • Dr. Noel Taego – EVP, Academics CIMA
  • Mr. Neerav Khambati – CEO, Tata Interactive Systems & Tata ClassEdge
  • Mr. Venkkat Ramanan - Regional Vice President – Asia Pacific, CIMA
  • Mr. Hari Mohan Gupta - Chairman, Jagran Social Welfare Society
  • Mr. Amit Sharma - Director, PwC India
  • Mr. Vivek Aggarwal - Commissioner, Urban Development
  • Mr. Jaivardhan Singh - MLA, Madhya Pradesh
  • Mr. Praveen Singhal - Co-Founder & CCO, WittyFeed
  • Mr. Sameer Pitalwalla - CEO, Culture Machine
  • Mr. Abhijit Saxena - CEO, Mobilox
  • Mr. Sorav Sachdeva - Marketing Head, AromaMagic
  • Ms. Kanika Tekriwal - Founder & CEO, JetSetGo Aviation Services
  • Mr. Farooq Adam - Co-Founder, FYND


Ravi Kaneria

Head of Social Engagement – Asia
World Economic Forum
“The Bhopal Hub did an amazing job, taking Shapers through an exquisite journey, rich in the historical and cultural heritage of the city and exploring how issues pertaining to technology and the 4th Industrial Revolution are changing the face of modern India and the region. The event was a truly unique opportunity to knit together the regional Shapers community and to galvanize their collective efforts to help make a positive impact on some of the region’s pressing issues.”

Najwa Stanekzai

Shaper, Kabul Hub
“The Shape South Asia at Bhopal was a great experience of my life, engaged and got familiar with beautiful people, culture, developments and the food of the city. Besides that, I have achieved my main goal of "Representing an Afghan Girl; my culture, thoughts, dreams, achievements” at this platform and I am pleased that Global Shapers Community has recognized my real splendor. The achievements of this community come from joint efforts made as a team and individual. Successful conduction of this SSA event is a classic example of how team efforts are resulting.”

Vaibhav Lodha

Shaper, Mumbai Hub
"Gushyikirina in an African language means to meet with the intention of creating positive, productive and beautiful outcomes. There is nothing better that could describe my experience at Shape South Asia 2017 in Bhopal. I am grateful for Bhopal hub and all fellow shapers that created such a beautiful space for learning, collaboration and making friends from across the globe. I wish the group to move stronger in the direction of making the world a better and a more inclusive space for all."

Meenal Khare

Shaper, Melbourne Hub
"I planned my trip from Australia to India just to make SSA 2017 and it was unequivocally the highlight of my year. A tremendous effort by the Bhopal Hub in pulling together a symposium that was an ideal mix of stimulating debate and a ripper time. Cannot thank the team enough for their generosity, cheers for an amazing event."

Sohara Mehroze Shachi

Curator, Dhaka Hub
“I found Shape South Asia 2017 to be an impeccable shape event, with brilliant organizing all around by the Bhopal hub. Particularly memorable for me were the boat ride, the jungle safari and the warmth of Bhopal's shapers. The city of lakes will always have a place in my heart after SSA 17.”

Anupriya Agarwal

Shaper, Lucknow Hub
“SSA 2017 hosted by Bhopal Hub was very exhilarating for me both as an individual and a shaper. Stay and hospitality was up to the mark while I enjoyed the sessions that gave me a good insight of current trends of education, youth intervention and technology. Good part of being a shaper is the warmth and meaningful insights that one receives from all ends.”

Sudarshan Mahajan

Shaper, Pune Hub
"SSA 17 was a a great mix of insightful discussions and fun bonding sessions. The GSC Bhopal team put together a fantastic conference and were exceptional in their hospitality. I went back with great memories and gratitude from the event."

Monica Yadav

Curator, Ahmedabad Hub
"Shape South Asia 2017 was an extremely enriching experience for me to connect with South Asian global Shapers. Also, it was great to have a perspective of our Urban society is preparing for the leap toward Smart city.The speakers and content by Bhopal hub were excellent and the hub took care to include all the aspects of a developing society. "
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