I felt that I was dreaming when the call came in and they said that you are the National Finalists of PepsiCo Change the Game Competition Season 3. As it turned out I wasn’t dreaming. All the hard work and toil had paid off when we got the chance to present our ideas to a panel of esteemed judges in the Finale.
PepsiCo Change The Game Competition is one of the most prestigious corporate competitions that any B-School student aspires to win since the stakes in this competition are very high. The winners get the opportunity to work with the firm and to see their ideas come to life. These were the motivating factors for me to participate in this competition.
We ensured that we paid attention to detail and that we had researched well on our idea. Right from the time we were given the case options, we ideated for each one of the cases and questioned each other on possible problems, loopholes, and subsequent solutions. We discussed our ideas thoroughly with some of our faculties, family members and friends who could give us their 2 cents. Our main task here was to take their criticism in our stride. The most challenging phase was to balance time while working for the competition along with preparing for exams.
Team members were decided on the basis of an aptitude test which was also the 1st Round. So, I was a bit skeptical at first. But later I realized that my teammate and I complemented each other perfectly. We had a few conflicts but we managed to talk it out and solve them.
What worked for our team was the fact that we were both extremely curious and great critics. With any idea that came, we would research it and ask the right questions. Another great thing was the understanding that we shared. Also, we knew how to carry the load while the other teammate was busy with some other commitment.
There were 10 teams in the finale of Pepsico Change the Game Competition Season 3. All of them were equally capable to win. Hence, I would say, all of them were our tough competitors. It was a great learning experience interacting with the judges in a casual as well as formal setup. And the major learning that I garnered is ‘When you move out of your comfort zone and give your best to anything, it always ends with something great.’