Idea Grant — v@r Open Call

Note: Open call is essentially our call for help to our v@r’s (volunteers)

These are the areas where we could use help with

  1. We have created temp guidance Whatsapp groups for each college (Context). Need help to have applicants and aspirants from respective college added to these groups
  2. We need help with providing guidance responses to queries that come in these groups. Most guidance aspects are covered by resources in this post — Link. What will be required is for you to be familiar with these resources and the information in that for you to be able to provide guidance responses. One person can respond to queries in one of the groups or can look to be present in two — three college groups.
  3. As and when people write in to v@r today for guidance on Idea Grant application, look to guide them to the corresponding temp whatsapp group of their college.


Idea Grant — Telegram channel for broadcasting information

As part of our Advocacy & Guidance efforts of Idea Grant Project, we have created a Telegram channel for making information dissemination easier and efficient among the participants and other stakeholders.

Those who wish to stay updated on the updates and developments related to Idea Grant are requested to make use of this and join the channel.


Idea Grant Telegram Channel

Joining the Idea Grant Telegram channel

One can join the Telegram channel through one of the following ways

  1. Searching “idea grant” in Telegram
  2. Making use of the link https://t.me/ideagrant


Idea Grant — Temp Guidance Whatsapp groups

Today being the last day for submissions of application to 10th round of Idea Grant Scheme (Ideafest), we have endeavoured to create temp whatsapp groups to facilitate any last minute guidance needs that may arise. The whatsapp groups will stay alive till the application deadline (midnight tonight) and will be dismantled soon after.

What we have done is that we have created college level temp Whatsapp groups where we have a reasonable number of applications and where we have a volunteer base.

The objective of creating these whatsapp groups is two fold

  1. Ensure that all applicants from your college are clear and have all the guidance that they require to complete form 2 well
  2. Ensure that there is a mechanism to quickly and easily clear out any doubts that may arise

As always, one can always look to write in to v@r. That is and will remain the staple way of reaching us for for your information and guidance needs.

Joining the temp Whatsapp group

List of these temp Whatsapp and invite links to join those are provided below. Do look to join and once you have joined, make use of the groups for asking and clearing any doubts that you may have.

SCT — https://chat.whatsapp.com/0iQAgSKR9oE4vRMpKoHHtG

CUSAT — https://chat.whatsapp.com/1apgW552BgCGiue4nJSIHm

CEC — https://chat.whatsapp.com/AFsxUf6PaQ85h3EtoOoxfE

MEC — https://chat.whatsapp.com/KEl4R0KXo41J6I4md2kFSY

GECT — https://chat.whatsapp.com/6fqBticAnso9fX5u6DEbXW

GECB — https://chat.whatsapp.com/LhFblEJewbxAGmooYN1lll

CET — https://chat.whatsapp.com/72FMP318ZysAf9EJQgSAr1

RIT — https://chat.whatsapp.com/1ki19bGGkViHN89HHO4Gih

Amal Jothi — https://chat.whatsapp.com/4xFhM38pcheDAYS4lbsD8B

Rajagiri — https://chat.whatsapp.com/8CuP9XEmOeZ6hhDS3pz1lT

VJCET — https://chat.whatsapp.com/7hPFsIRXuHoKlZmuxtRZN8

Sahrdaya — https://chat.whatsapp.com/GsVLwUygf99GRhhUpkGJlz

NSS — https://chat.whatsapp.com/6UKiwCGGXLdHRC1AaiT99K

We have also created an open group for people who do not belong to any of these colleges but wish to avail guidance through this temp Whatsapp group endeavour of ours — Invite link to Open Whatsapp group.

Creating a temp guidance whatsapp group for your college

If your college does not figure in the list and you are interested to volunteer with this endeavour for the benefit of students and applicants from your college, just write to us at v@r expressing your interesting in volunteering for replicating this exercise in your college and we shall be glad to work alongside you.

Fear, guilt, shame

The three things that pulls us back from even putting in efforts to the things we wish to pursue.

Sharing my love for board games

They are the shizz

Titles in my collection


Settlers of Catan

Ticket to Ride

Acquire

Agricola

Power Grid

Diplomacy

Cash N Guns


Happy Salmon

Codenames

Suburbia

1942 — Axis & Allies

Civilization

Puerto Rico


Terraforming Mars


Cashflow

Quick Journal: Rajeev Circle Fellowship

We reached here on a Friday. We went around University avenue that day. Drove around in the car and saw the houses of Steve, Larry and Mark. Saturday, we just hanged around a bit and was free by the evening. So I decided to skip the group and go to Tom uncles house. Got my mobile and all fixed. I was back by Sunday afternoon. There was supposed to be some lunch which didn’t quite happen. Sunday evening was the dinner meeting with Ram at Asha’s Artherton house. I was stranded at Menlo Park caltrain station for sometime.

The actual tour started on Monday. Asha went to get her Tesla on Monday. I skipped and went to SF with Justin. Saw this place which was the home of Lucas film and all. Came back and we had a meeting at Stanfard design institute. Spend some time hanging around in Stanford café and store before that. I briefly checked out the library also. Human computer interaction final year project presentation was also going on there.

Tuesday: We had a breakfast meeting at Asha’s place. We reached there and there was a meeting going on with Tim Oreilly & Aneesh Chopra and all. Post that, both of them spent some time with us. Facebook meeting also happened the same day. Basically it was a good lunch. Sanjay and me stayed back for some time to talk to the BD guy. Evening Vivek Paul came and spoke to us for sometime over coffee

Wed: It was google visit day today. Had a good tour and some food. Post the Google visit, we also had Coursera visit. That was really nice; atleast for me.

Thu: First up in the morning, we had the meeting at Pivotal Labs in SF. GetAround happened after piotal labs followed by TechShop. And then the Jack Dorsey meeting happened at Square office. That was in a way the high point for me of the tour. I skipped the StartX meeting after this. Me and Sanjay had some good beer at a place somewhere in University avenue

Fri: The VC tours started happening after that. David Hornick of August capital happened on Friday at Sandhill road.

Sat: Went to SF for partying

Mon: Ram Shriram and Marc Andreson. Pro Club after that

Tue: YC day. Did anything happen after YC? Oh yes, David McLure came to visit us at 543 center drive

Wed: Napa valley. This day was freaking awesome! J

Thu: Had three meetings yesterday. Ron Conway was the highlight. After that Jawbone and Airbnb happened. Saw two guys just walking on the streets. And then received an UP band as a compliment from Jawbone

Fri: Vela at home. Think we have 2 meetings today. Poshmark in the morning & NEA in the afternoon

Sat: Mallu food and 17 mile drive

Breakfast club founders

  1. Abimanyu, Flip
  2. Aboobacker, Marketfox & Mobiopush
  3. Afsal Salu, Delyver
  4. Amarnath, CAT (Tastyspots)
  5. Ameen, Mocion
  6. Anoop, Agrima (Recipebook)
  7. Anup Mohan, Styl
  8. Arjun, Profoundis
  9. Aronin, Sasthra
  10. Arvind Sanjeev, DIYHacking
  11. Arun, Agrima (Recipebook)
  12. Ashwanth, Kinemach
  13. Bastin, Linways
  14. Bushair, SalesX & Waybeo
  15. Chachu, CAT (Tastyspots)
  16. Cherian, Cucumbertown
  17. Gloria, Guardians of Dreams & Make a Difference
  18. Hisam, Entri.me & Innoz
  19. James Joseph, Jackfruit365
  20. Jibin, Flip
  21. Jithin, Unity Living
  22. Joby Joseph, Freshersworld
  23. Jofin, Profoundis
  24. John Mathew, Riafy (Cookbook)
  25. Johns, EyeROV
  26. Juhaim, Reckone
  27. Kannappa, EyeROV
  28. Navaneeth, Sendout.io & Mobiopush
  29. Nijil, Mashinga
  30. Nikhil, Agrima (Recipebook)
  31. Prabil, Campper
  32. Rahul Antony, Sprothood
  33. Rajesh, Rapid Value
  34. Rohil, Nemo & Fin (Neyya)
  35. Ruby, Fourth Ambit
  36. Sabarish, SectorQube
  37. Saleeh, Appmaker.xyz
  38. Salman, Cowostash
  39. Sandith, Navalt
  40. Shameel, Clootrack & Jiffstore
  41. Shihab, SurverSparrow & Freshdesk
  42. Shiju, iTraveller
  43. Sony, Chillr & MobME
  44. Vivek, ReelMonk

Activity lead: Yadukrishnan — mail@yadukrishnan.com