PepsiCo Change The Game Season 3 was different from the usual competitions. It was a good feeling to be the India Finalist instilling a sense of confidence in me. It involved an end-to-end business model involving product development being in line with my goals and interests. The competition involved both individual and team rounds leading to an opportunity to display my skills in both aspects- both individual and team skills. Hence, a very diversified competition to develop skills.
The preparation involved a lot of research work and peer contribution for which I contacted alums who had previously worked with PepsiCo to understand and align my work with PepsiCo’s strategy. The solution took us a month and involved extensive study and research throughout. The most challenging phase involved the India finals round which was held in New Delhi.
It was fun working with Prince my college junior. It was an experience to explore positive team dynamics and establish a good rapport from the beginning. As for conflicts, there were a number of arguments and disagreements in relation to work but the discussions usually led to convergence post brainstorming. Even with conflicts and disagreements- coming to convergence was easy. Prince had an engineering background with an interest in marketing. I am from commerce background with a finance inclination. Our diverse backgrounds were a major plus for us. This meant that we could perfect the idea on multiple facets.
The competition was well-organized and the PepsiCo team was very welcoming and accommodating. However, I feel that being on Skype presentation was a major drawback to our team during finale because conveyance of ideas was not that clear because of communication lags.
The competition instilled in me a confidence to manage an end-to-end product development case.
For me, the most memorable moment was when my team was unable to come for the finale, but the PepsiCo team was very accommodating and supportive in letting us present through Skype. This meant a lot to my team to be welcomed in such a nice manner.