It was somewhat a surreal moment, filled with happiness and excitement. My team has always been interested in participating in various technology-based competitions. Thus, the Hero Campus Challenge was a perfect platform to build and develop our skills and to explore various opportunities that were related to our field of interest.
We were working for this competition prior to the commencement of the rounds in October 2018. We went through various rounds to reach up to Finale and finally ended it by being a Runner up in the engineering stream. For the first five rounds, we worked hard as a team so as to get to the Finals. After surpassing the initial rounds, we were confident about our idea. But nurturing of our idea happened in the Mentorship period. We were very lucky to have Yashpal Sardana Sir and Kapil Sharma Sir as our mentors who helped us in every possible way to shape our idea in such a manner that it won the competition.
The most challenging phase, according to me, was the entire duration of the contest, in which we worked as a team. We did have different opinions despite which we managed to summarize it and bring it together as a single opinion. We had differences in opinions but that never turned into a clash between any of us and that’s what I think was the key behind our success in competition. We are friends before we are a team and thus working with my other two teammates was always fun. My team’s forte has always been our public speaking skill.
Also, my teammates and I are very optimistic and a positive work environment around us motivated us to move ahead swiftly in the competition. There were 10 teams in total in the finale, which were further divided in Management and Engineering stream having 5 teams in each stream. I think as we were from the Information Technology branch and all the other teams were from the Mechanical branch. This posed as a threat to us as they knew many things about two-wheelers and their functioning which was a plus point for them.
The competition was fair enough in terms of judging. Jury members were very experienced and from various esteemed institutions. Rounds in the competition were well balanced as it never disturbed our daily college curriculum and routine. There are many things that we have learned throughout the four months of the competition such as teamwork, consistency, transformation, that is needed to enter the industrial world.
There isn’t a single special moment for me. Every moment through the 3 days of the finale when we got to meet the officials of Hero MotoCorp is all memorable. The officials were very supportive and treated all of us as a part of the family. Also, we got to see the R&D centre and the Neemrana Plant which was itself a ‘cherry on the cake’ experience. “The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.”