Sushant Pattnaik hails from Bhubaneswar, Odisha. A serial inventor, serial entrepreneur, motivational speaker and has been awarded the President’s Award six times. While still in his teens, Sushant became one of the youngest speakers to have spoken at TED–India. Today, he is no more the wonder-kid of the block, but rather a social tech entrepreneur that the world is both inspired by and in awe of. Sushant is also helping the unsupported inventors by taking their creations to the next level.
If you can empower 3-4 users in your vicinity, it is more than enough, and you don’t have to take the responsibility of the billions. If each person could empower through their service or product, it will empower the whole world, he quips.
Interview times had a great time interacting with the innovative mind and delving deep into his life journey and innovations.
The most ordinary and common people usually perform something very extraordinary and uncommon, he believes.
Can you briefly tell us about yourself?
My school life was utterly dull. I was an average student in academics. Teachers used to ask others to avoid me not to hamper their studies, due to this, I used to be isolated. I channelled my positivity and isolation in learning about gadgets, carving innovations, and giving practical solutions to the existing problems. And ultimately, I came up with these innovations which I am proud of today. I could have enjoyed my life during my childhood like others, but, in that case, I would not have come up with these innovations.
You are not merely a kid wonder, a prodigy, but rather a responsible tech entrepreneur who is shaping the country’s future. How do you see yourself in 2020?
Beyond question, the pandemic situation has created havoc, not in India but globally. I believe we should always find opportunities to curb issues of society. As an entrepreneur, we should work out on deliverable models and services that can benefit the public in the current scenario. Therefore, we have switched our business to that angle. Before the pandemic, we had some plans, but we have entirely restructured them, and we have also made changes to our product range as per the need and demand of the public.
There are many people like you in India who are searching for recognition through their invention, but are perplexed about how to reach the masses, what suggestions do you have for them?
I believe one should not focus on an invention just to achieve recognition or awards; one should simply devote himself wholeheartedly to work on problematic domain areas, like road accidents, disability to decrease the complexities of the issues, etc. So, innovation in these areas is highly required. You need to focus on developing unique solutions to widespread problems. If one will do this, awards and recognition will naturally follow the path. I will reiterate, “focus on your work, rather than on the result”.
Why haven’t we come across the commercialisation of the wonderful inventions like she watch or breath enabler?
These inventions are revolutionary and currently under pilot testing. We were supposed to launch them in March 2020, but due to COVID-19, we had to postpone the launch, so we carried out our pilot testing to make it more robust. Inventions like the inverter bulb and inverter fan, have already made it to the market along with several other products and through them, we are empowering our state, our people.
As an Indian citizen, what changes would you like to see in the current scenario of tech development and support in Indian colleges?
There is no denying the fact this pandemic has created problems for everyone, but I would suggest one should find opportunities and possibilities through their product in these challenging times. So the students studying in colleges, attending webinars, should research unique solutions to the current problems because Paytm, Flipkart has been formed through the colleges only. I think this is the right scenario where college students can come up with various innovations providing unique solutions to the problems. One should positively take deal with tough situations and do something progressive.
What is your single point of focus in your inspirational/motivational speeches?
I believe one should lead his life on his way, should not get influenced by what others are doing or what the system has asked them to do because you have got one life and you have to make it count. One should develop and return to a society where they can do revolutionary social things, maybe on a small scale.
If you can empower 3-4 users in your vicinity, it is more than enough, and you don’t have to take the responsibility of the billions. If each person could empower through their service or product, it will empower the whole world. We should focus on using our population in an advantage because the kind of human resources we have, we could do wonders. It will achieve us by getting a good GDP and a job for everyone, which will result in a stable country.
Interviewed by Tushant Baranwal and Yogita Malhotra