BENGALURU: Buzz Fest 2017 a mega conference was held at HSR layout, Bengaluru by BHIVE Workspace on January 24 to celebrate the ‘Sharing Economy Revolution’. The event saw overwhelming interest from the start-up community of Bangalore. More than 600 people registered, with 300+ attendees, which included over 200 founders, co-founders, and CEOs from a wide range of start-ups. The aim of the event was to move towards a collaborative future.
BHIVE Workspace is the largest co-working space in Bangalore, designed to drive productivity, well-being, collaboration, knowledge sharing and creativity.
The topic of the first-panel discussion, ‘Don’t Own Just Share’ had Gaurav Arora, Head of Ecosystem Amazon APAC, Rohin Pinto, Head Karnataka at OYO Rooms, Aravind Sanka, Co-Founder Rapido, Shesh Paplikar, Co-founder BHIVE Workspace and Shan Gehlot, Founder MyIndianStay was moderated by Sindhu Gehlot Your story. “Be it developed or developing country. The sharing economy is only helping us better the quality of living,” Shesh Paplikar.
Rohin Pinto said, “Bring efficiency, bring down cost & increased affordability that’s what sharing economy does.” Aravind Sanka added, “We helped more than 70,000 people with more than 10,000 people who were willing to share their bikes.”
This was followed by a keynote speech by Zoom Car Co-founder and CEO, Greg Moran, who emphasised on the power of sharing economy and insights into how he started Zoom Car.
“The real estate prices are going up and fuel prices are up, which means we are at the cusp of collaborative consumption. Our new program the Zoom car Associate Program, (ZAP), is a true Peer-to-Peer car lending scheme. In the Zap scheme, a person who wishes to buy a new car / upgrade their old car can do so in partnership with Zoom car. ZAP enables the participants to register their new car on the Zoom car platform whenever they want and solicit bookings from the customer base of Zoom car.”
The next panel discussed “Sharing Economy Trends – The VC’s weigh in”, which included speakers such as Prayank Swaroop Accel partners, Alok Sharma IAN Investor, Shubanhkar Bhattacharya Kae Capital and Anuj Duggal, Google Launchpad and moderated by Nivedita Bhattacharyajee from Tech In Asia.
Edureka, one of the leading online Education start-ups, leveraging the power of sharing economy to make education more accessible, was the main sponsor of the event. Other major ecosystem players who supported the event included Headstart, Your Story, 48 East, Tech In Asia, IAN Investors, Vodafone, Denture Capital, NASSCOM 10,000 Startups, TiE Bangalore, Zivaza.