The ‘Big Ideas for a Better India’ event brings together key influencers from the NRI community from all across the United States onto one platform. This year on the 23rd of December 2013, more than 100 Indian community leaders from 25 major cities came together at the University of Maryland. The main focus of the event was to curate and implement the best ideas in an objective manner to address challenges faced by India. The event was well received, with distinguished representatives of religious and non-profit organizations, prominent venture capitalists, lawyers and doctors participating to effect positive change in India. The event featured a presentation on the role of ‘Overseas Volunteers for Better India’ in bringing together people from different backgrounds under one umbrella & addressing issues in India today. The event also unveiled “Vote for a Better India,” an android app that will be used to power Voteathon - an inter college voter registration competition that is expected to have over 10,000 participating colleges with the goal of registering over 30 million voters.
World renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who presided over the event as the keynote speaker, said that we should take pride in the heritage and language of our nation. He asked all Indians to come together to build a nation on the pillars of spirituality. Naveen Jain emphasized people's role as visionaries in creating & executing ideas for bringing forth abundance of opportunities through entrepreneurship. Rajiv Malhotra stressed on inner development to help individuals inspire to create a greater nation, one that in turn inspires individuals.