Message from Elvira Ariaputra

Malaysia Summer 2015 Blog

Written by: Ammar El Seed

Sept. 23, 2015

It's been a great experience with MITGSL 2015. At first, there were doubts of how this program goes but I'm glad I've completed it. I went with an empty cup, and now the cup is filled with knowledge specially on entrepreneurship and technical aspects shared by MIT instructors. Another thing I love about this program is that everyone who are involved; participants, facilitators, instructors, guests speakers are now one bunch of awesome great friends to me. Knowledge, self-reflection, friends, experience and memorable moments are what I got from MITGSL 2015; definitely no regrets on spending nearly two months of semester break for this. #aspiredtobuildstartup #goforit


Describe what you felt about Demo Day. How did Demo Day feel before, during and after? 

Demo Day was awesome because we get different kinds of feedbacks and supports from the people that came for the Demo Day. At first, before the Demo Day, we felt like we were equipped and ready to present what we got, but during the Demo Day, we realise that many people have future plannings and advice for the project that we work on which some of it are in our visions. From the demo day also, we met another startup that share the same visions as us and currently we are discussing on how both of our startup could collaborate to achieve the same goal. 


Describe the way the instructors have helped you. Talk about challenges you were able to overcome.

I'm in the IT background but I am still new about the technical skills that being taught in class; Python and Java for mobile applications and definitely very new in the entrepreneur track. There were times that it was tough to catch up and understand the materials and terms, but the instructors were patient to answer all the doubts and explain them very clearly till i can see how it functions and how the implementation of it in real-time situations. 


What lessons did you take away from the GSL experience that you can apply elsewhere?


The most valuable lesson that I get from GSL experiences and apply the lesson would be that I learn on how to think differently from what I used to. I feel more motivated to venture into starting my own startups. I really appreciate that my instructors are always very generous to share their experiences and knowledge. And I would share my knowledge and GSL experiences with my colleagues and highly encourage them to join MIT-GSL.