This edition of SBYS was organized throughout Apr-May and the main event was held on 1st June, 2015 at the Krishibid Institute of Bangladesh (KIB). The daylong event included numerous plenary sessions as well as breakout sessions and workshops.
The total number of participants was around 800 with 600 from all reaches of Bangladesh and nearly 200 from abroad. In addition 10 of the speakers/presenters were representatives from Bangladesh while 10 more were representing all the other countries from which the aforementioned delegates had arrived.
The team of speakers included Eric Ipavec (MD, Grameen Danone Foods Ltd.), Lamiya Morshed (Executive Director, Yunus Center), Hans Reitz (Co-Founder, Grameen Creative Labs), Ashir Ahmed (Asso. Professor, Kyushu University), Ujal Ibrahim (Faculty, North South University), Sayeed Al Noman (Founder Vice Chairman, East Delta University), among others. As for the keynote, Prof. Yunus continued with his notion of Modern Slavery, where potential entrepreneurs are forced into an ‘employee’ mindset. He then proposed the notion of ‘Social Fiction’, an in-focus stretch from ‘Science Fiction’. He said,
“Whatever we create in science fiction, technology and science follow that direction. They try to make it happen.”
He talks about how the reality of today, was the science fiction of the past. How today’s Routine Medical Surgeries, Industrial Processes, Household Appliances, Information Technologies were all seen as impossible in the past. All they did was pretend that it was Science Fictions and in time it became not only the reality but the norm. He followed up with,
“That’s the direction of imagination. You imagine things, and they start happening. If you can make science fiction a reality just by imagining it, why don’t you write social fiction? And we can make it happen. We can build a society we imagined.”
At the closing by Shazeeb M. Khairul Islam (Founder and CEO, SBYA Global) mentioned the future for SBYA Global and invited all comers to join-in in every capacity.