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Interview of Swapnil Saurav Winner at Manager’s Olympiad 2015

18 Mar

“When 100s of managers in the room come and congratulate you, naturally you feel on top of the world”- Says Swapnil Saurav, Manager- Value Engineering Team at JDA Software in Hyderabad and the Winner of Manager’s Olympiad Contest-2015

Swapnil Saurav was the winner at Manager’s Olympiad 2015, an annual contest that is held every year and attended by thousands of Managers in India. After his success as a winner on 8th October,2015 among 980 participants,  we caught up with Swapnil and interviewed him to find out more about his process behind his winning the contest.  We also gained an insight on what influenced him and what advise he would give to the managers in India to be a part of Manager’s Olympiad Contest.

Winner Swapnil Saurav

Winner Swapnil Saurav

1. Did you need to prepare for the contest? If yes, how did you prepare?

A: Yes, I knew I will have to compete with best minds in India hence I prepared hard for the Olympiad. I looked at all the project management related topics on the internet. I had downloaded study material on my laptop and phone and I prepared hard for 2 weeks. I was preparing for my PMP hence the PMP training also helped me.

2. Imagine the moment when contest’s finals was starting and you were amongst the top 4 finalists. Were you intimidated by the competition?

Not really. I was happy to be in the semis and that in itself was satisfying and felt rewarded. When I met the other participants at the event and found them experienced and very knowledgeable, I knew I was in a great company. I didn’t even expect to clear the semifinals round and I was happy to make good friends at the event. And as they say, it just happened.

3. Please share the first thought when you realised that you have won Manager’s Olympiad.

It was totally an unbelievable feeling. Although optimistic, because I had prepared myself, it took me time to realize that I have won the Managers’ Olympiad. When 100s of managers in the room come and congratulate you, naturally you feel on top of the world.

4. How did your friends, relatives and colleagues respond to your win. Do you remember any particular comment from your colleagues or company that you will like to share?

I was very happy informing each one of them as they had supported and encouraged me all along. They congratulated me and were happy for me. One of my colleague joked that “now that you are the winner of Managers Olympiad, I will not argue with you in any discussion”. Though that never happened but it did help me to gain more respect in my team and gain more visibility in the company.

5. Quite a few managers wish to participate again in Manager’s Olympiad. Will they have to compete with you – winner of 2015? 🙂

Yes.. they have to beat me to win the title from me  😉

6. Please describe your experience of the day the contest was held?

It looked normal day till the results came in  J  When the results of round 1 was announced and I had to make a call whether to travel to Bangalore or not, I was wondering if it would be a worthwhile to travel to another city on a weekday. Keeping aside the winning part of the contest, the learning I got there was amazing. It was a busy day but a day well spent. They UNICOM team was simply amazing and they made sure that everything went smooth without any glitch.

7. What do you think differentiated you from rest of the participants? What do you think they should have had in breakfast to win?

I really don’t think there was big of a difference between me and the others. I think luck was on my side on that particular day. What to eat in the breakfast? No I am not letting out the secret  😉

8. Do you think companies should encourage their managers to participate at the prestigious Manager’s Olympiad 2016 due in April in Bangalore?

Off course yes. This event is one of its kind in India. The event provides an opportunity for managers to come a platform, discuss their challenges, share their  learning and best practices and learn about new technologies and methodologies.

9. Should cost of participation ne borne by individuals or by their companies?

It is a prestigious event and participation also includes access to the conference where experts discusses the problem faced in the industry. There is lot of opportunities for participants to learn. I think company should support their associates. My company supported me financially including my travel from Hyderabad and that was decided before I won the contest.

10. What message you have for those reading your interview and undecided about participating at the contest?

Just go for it. Its not about winning but about learning new things. We are so busy with our everyday work that we don’t get time to learn. Manager’s Olympiad provide a great opportunity to learn from experts, get to know the new stuffs and it provides a great opportunity for networking.

So what are you waiting for? If you would like to take part in this contest, don’t forget that our  Entries is now open!

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IT biggies recognize India’s champions at UNICOM’s Technology Olympiad

01 Oct

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Bangalore : Over 500 companies from across India participated in the Tech-Olympiad organised by UNICOM Learning, a knowledge sharing forum in partnership with IBM in Bangalore. Companies like CISCO, SIEMENS, HP, KPMG, DELL, TITAN, GE HEALTH CARE and many more participated in the Olympiad and the selected teams represented their companies in the finals held on 25th of September at ‘The Atria’, Palace Road, Bangalore.

Mr. Sachin Malik and Nishant Pundir from Dronacharya College of Engineering, New Delhi emerged as the winner at the Students Technology Olympiad and grabbed the gold medal and also Mr. Harsh Kumar and Arun B from GE Healthcare Bangalore were announced as winners of the Technology Olympiad for Professionals.

Discussing the importance of such contests Mr. Nitesh Naveen, Co-Founder, Director & CEO of Unicom said, “Such events encourage and develop interest in emerging technologies among young professionals and provide excellent networking opportunities and encourage students for further education in the field of engineering and prepares them for future in science and technology.”

“With Unicom’s constant support, we aim to bring technology awareness to as many people as we can. Platforms like these are big opportunities for youngsters to get a recognition and stand out among the crowd” said Sugandha Shri Kanteshwaram, Program Director, Mobility & Emerging Technologies IBM. She also congratulated the winners on receiving the most prestigious and deserving award!!

The Students Technology Olympiad is an initiative taken by UNICOM with support from IBM in order to find India’s most knowledgeable student in the field of emerging technologies. 1000 colleges participated in the students Olympiad which aims to provide a global recognition to students and was supported by various technological institutes. The first round of the Olympiad was online Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) based quiz followed by the finals. Each participating team had two members taking part in the tech- quiz. Some of the topics covered in the Technology Olympiads were Social, Mobility, Analytics, Cloud, Big Data, Programming, Testing and IoT.

Technology Olympiad for Professionals was another big contest that UNICOM India’s Biggest Conference Organizing Company organized backed by IBM to find India’s most knowledgeable professional in the field of Emerging Technologies. The winners were selected after three rounds of stringent selection process by the jury constituting of industry experts. The final day of the conference had multiple MNCs participating from all over India. Both the semi-finals and finals, were complete pen and paper based MCQ rounds.

Source: http://www.apnnews.com/2014/09/26/it-biggies-recognize-indias-champions-at-unicoms-technology-olympiad/