Hyderabad: Anywhere, anytime – that’s how networking is happening at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES-2017) here.
With the event, said to be the world’s largest gathering of entrepreneurs, into its final hours, over 1,500 delegates are racing against time to expand their networks, share information and find mentors and supporters. And for that, even the sprawling premises of the venue at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre appear to be just not enough.
From every available chair and table, coffee corners, lounges, sofas and meeting halls, delegates are seen having one-on-ones, lost in deep conversations and sharing ideas.
The Innovation Village, which has exhibitions and display stalls, is another prominent meeting spot. The Village also has a small venue where the live pitch competition organized by the Global Innovation through Science and Technology (GIST) is going on.
Apart from stalls from Facebook, Amazon and a host of other known names, an exhibition of ‘Indian crafts: Tradition and Expression’ is also on one side. Originally curated by Jyotindra Jain and Manjri Narula, the exhibition has a variety of exhibits, ranging from Sanjhi Paper Cuttings, from Mathura of Uttar Pradesh, a stunning brocade titled ‘Weaves of Benares’, one on the Surabhi Theatre (Sri Venkateswara Natya Mandali), huge leather puppets, Gond paintings, miniature paintings, scroll paintings based on ‘Patachitra’, the art of storytelling in Bengal, Kalighat paintings and so on.
Many of these exhibits are in silent, calm corners, away from the crowd, where delegates can be seen sitting and having discussions.