Just one more day to announcing the TOP 9 in the Great Driving Challenge, and you are wondering what is happening behind the scenes. All of you are aware that Background Check is on. Team GDC is validating identity, documents etc and reaching out through phone (or) email (or) on-ground.
The process followed is simple. Each Jury Member sleeps over the ‘list of 100’, reviews applicants individually and comes up with his/her preferred (rank ordered) list of 9 candidates. This is inspired by the methodology followed in Oscars, where each Jury is instructed to “follow your heart”. The scores used earlier for shortlisting now take a back-ground seat, so everyone (in TOP 100) really has an equal chance. No one is penalized for making random eccentric choices. ‘Cumulative Votes’ decide the TOP 9 winners.
On Thursday the decks are cleared to declare the TOP 9. The site morphs to accommodate these participating couples - each winning couple gets individual access to their zone.
Fans are welcomed on-board. They sign-up to follow a team of their choice. From this point on, it is really the 9 contesting couples with their fan-followers who take over. They keep us updated on how they are preparing for the challenge and share their magic moments with us. This phase continues all the way till the participants come down to Mumbai for an on-ground event (more on that soon). The fans watch every move, give pep talks (comments), influence the Jury.
To appreciate the efforts of all your fans/friends/cousins/parents/teachers/neighbours etc who were cajoled/coerced/intimated/stalked into voting for you, Team GDC will announce mega prizes for fans, just being there and making this event a success. The site will track “fan activity” for each of the 9 teams announced, till the time TOP 3 is announced.
Does this all sound exciting or what?
Honest feedback: You guys (all the brains behind this) ROCK!
When I got wind of this contest on June 22nd within the first few hours itself and registered on 23rd, I was apprehensive about the quality of this contest. Quality in terms of innovation and ability to back up such a fundamentally great idea.
And boy have you delivered! Every single phase has upped the ante, the site has got a million revamps (sometimes within hours of each other!), responses have been prompt and to-the-point, blogs have been tracked, unfair activity registered, contestants kept busy, tension being built….every single thing. And now this!
Can’t wait to be either a part of the Top 9 or a very very involved fan from the sidelines.
Posted by Joseph Radhik on 07/22 at 08:06 AM
Excitement Buliding all over…!!!! nail biting stint…Phew!!!
Keeping fingers crossed!!!
And really appreciate the effort put by GDC ..in keeping the spell ON and ON.
All the best to everyone!!!
We are in a state of “Be Inspired! Believe in Yourself - Believe in Others!”
Hey TGDC team…. I really wonder where exactly lies your source of immense creativity?? You people are experts in creating nail-biting excitement till the point of dropping down. This fan follower club is a really swell idea n I m sure is a great way to get those involced who unfortunately did not make it to top 100 (or the 200 strangers).
Posted by Aayushi & Anchal on 07/22 at 08:33 AM
Like we said before, it’s really turning out to be a nail-chewing, adrenalin-pumping, “The Great Dhak-Dhak Challenge”...challenge to the nerves, that is! 3 cheers to everyone, especially the indefatigable TGDC team.
Posted by Deepa and Dhruba on 07/22 at 08:54 AM
Compeletely agreeing with joseph,
Almost 20 days before when we signed up for this contest we were absolutely clueless about the quality of this contest. but today i am finding myself glued to this blog every single minute.From last 2 days i eat .drink & sleep GDC..I have been editing reediting my blogs,photo streams & what not and also have started to know lot of people who share the same passion.As the counter on ur home page goes my heart is filled with exitement & thrill.I guess winning and loosing doesn’t make any sense now.May be we are in the top 9 may be we are not but then the shear feeling of being part of this event itself has given us a reason to travel,a reason to write & a reson to improve on the photographic skills
I think one of the best things this contest as done to me is that it gave me a in site of myself on various aspects.We and for that matter many of us in there on worlds are more like the old frog in the well.they begin to feel like kings and believe that they are the best. At least that was what happened to me,i used to travel,i used to take photographs & i even used to write things down,& but i never thought of comparing myself with any one or thought of improving these skills of mine….All these things have been a Sunday afternoon job till July 30th.suddenly from last one month i am finding myself reading more about photography,referring dictionaries ,improving my language and what not.I think this is the best thing a contest can do to you….If a contest can give you a purpose in your life more than just winning or loosing then i think that’s the best possible contest in the world & if you are able induct that on to your life then you are already a winner . i believe that there is always a take away from every thing in life whether it is winning or loosing.Winning brings in itself a responsibility of consistency & loosing teaches you to be the best next time.So it doesn’t matter now whether we are driving one of those cedia’s or we are just watching the blessed 3, its just about being part of this great event.
Thanks TGDC for organizing this..and guys what an excellent show..
Posted by Harish Mohan on 07/22 at 09:08 AM
Great stuff guys! Seriously, this is creativity at its very best!
Sounds exciting and we look forward to more details from you. Rest assured, we will be in this till the very end - either as participants, or as fans and cheer leaders!
Posted by Aditi and Anupam Mathur on 07/22 at 09:15 AM
Absolutely riveting stuff by team GDC. Kudos to have upped the ante at each stage of the competition. We really hope to make it to the final 9, but also realize that there is pretty stiff competition around.
The wait is just agonizing. In any case, if we do have to follow someone from tomorrow, it would be quite a difficult choice between the two teams we think are really great. One would be the team of Joseph & Namrata, the other being Amit & Jace. Really, really loved their snaps & creativity.
Let’s wait and watch
Posted by Harsh on 07/22 at 09:40 AM
TGDC team never fails to surprise us …this is one more “ah-ha” moment that comes naturally just thinking about the super-creative brains at work out there! This whole idea is a great vehicle for getting conversations going…Sandip u just got all of us hooked!
We are game for more irrespective of which side of the fence we are on … Keep Rocking!
Posted by Anamika on 07/22 at 10:22 AM
does that imply that the third team you will be rooting for will be ours?
Posted by shaishav and norah on 07/22 at 10:23 AM
We’ve said everything that we have to and all we have left to say now is we’re truly inspired to be better people.
Hats off to you guys!!
Its been an amazing journey thus far and looking forward to completing it.
Leena and Sai
Posted by Leena and Sai on 07/22 at 10:27 AM
The excitement is now getting in my veins. With the heart thumping ever more loudly, the blood gushing in the brain, and the nerves ever alert, I await the top 9.
Great show so far guys, hope to see more and more in the coming days.
Posted by Amit Sharma on 07/22 at 10:48 AM
Oscar for us… no less.
You people are great at building excitement and giving us some sleepless nights, anticipating whats next…
Way to go… TGDC Team
Posted by Divya Uttam on 07/22 at 10:54 AM
Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You must set yourself on fire. Which is precisely what Team GDC has done.
Stupendous work TGDC! Every phase of this contest has added a wonderful dose of excitement, thrill and passion.
Can’t wait to see what’s in store next!
Posted by Aadil & Saniya Bandukwala on 07/22 at 11:03 AM
Doh! (ala Homer Simpson)
Here I am checking updates on this blog again. I told myself I will have to stop doing this so often and get some work done. I have a dozen windows open and lots of things to get done but I can’t stay away from the TGDC website to see .... now whats happened? where does it go next? is there an update?
Agreed with everyone, this competition is riveting! You won’t believe how many times since the very start we reach a frenzy over things like how do we get more votes? what is the competition like? do we stand a chance? .....and just as hopes rise, we tell ourselves “alright!...enough…time to stop being excited or we’ll just be disappointed when things don’t work out” . So the next few days, we try and get over it or something happens that dash all hopes (like Joe Radhik’s skyrocketing votes hahaha) and then BANG! ....a new turn of events and we are back running from corner to corner in an excited frenzy again.
Whether it ends on a high or a low…you have to admit team TGDC put up one roller-coaster of a competition together.
Posted by Neil on 07/22 at 11:10 AM
We humbly admit that there are a lot of deserving profiles to be in top 9 , our favourites being Harsha Koda, Thomas & Shilpy and some more.
Waiting for it, but whatever the result is , we would take it in all grace, because we know we would be going on our dream trail, if not now, in coming December to mark our 10 yrs of journey.
counting down along with others,
Anand & Nischala
Posted by Anand & Nischala on 07/22 at 11:48 AM
As all await with bated breath, I found something interesting on the net which I would like to share with all travel enthusiasts- 10 Top Travel Tips by Sir Francis Bacon.
Trust it makes an intersting read for all!
Posted by Narayan & Radhika Mallapur on 07/22 at 11:50 AM
Miles to go before I sleep
Loads to do if one wishes to complete this challenge and the mantra probably is going to be “slow and steady”..... burnout is a possibility specially of friends who might need pestering once again and this time to be more active than just vote and be done ..... for now concentrating on getting the document verification complete (a missing PAN card can go a long way in ruining my chances here ) ....so guys whatever you do never drive with your wallet on the roof of your car….. i mean seriously there always would be some place somewhere inside however small the car may be…. more here—-> http://tr.im/o8jy )
Posted by Imtiaz on 07/22 at 11:51 AM
Let me put across my feelings for you guys that has developed since past few weeks and got stronger with every passing day…..
‘TGDC is WICKED….and is OUT TO MAKE A KILL’
Do u guys realise that your super creative antics might just give cardiac arrest to one of the contestent (and I might be the first one…hehee )
Your countdowns are like time-ticking on a bomb. You never reveal things in a go…and always have a crazy ‘TEASER’ in your arsenal. Thinking about it still gives me an adrenalin rush and a shiver down my spine….and before we could come out of the last one….here you are again;
Well, if this has been your intention then you guys truely and completely have been successful in creating that excitement all the way…without losing
Cheers to all of you (till the time i don’t end up in a hospital)
Posted by Amit & Jasleen on 07/22 at 11:58 AM
Sounds ‘Exciting’?? Well… “Exciting” is an understatement guys!! You have no idea what you have done for our otherwise so mundane lives…
Fortunately for us we are amongst the 100 short listed contestants…whether we make it to the top 9 or not, whether we follow the other contestants as fans or not, one thing we assure you that we are indeed fans of your team and your creativity
Thanks to your team I could rekindle my interest in blogging. I had started it couple of times before but left it for lack of motivation. But now having read blogs of fellow contestants I feel an urge to write and have already started it. So thanks to all of them too J
Thanks a ton for making our lives exciting! Whoever wins this challenge is subject to the contest, but YOU all truly are winners for touching so many lives through the TGDC!!
Gud luck to all 100 contestants!
Posted by mugdha on 07/22 at 12:20 PM
err… umm… fingers bleedin… aargh…no more nails to bite… b.. burp.. no, not a full stomach… a ‘butterflied’ stomach… no appetite… can i survive the 22 hours…no more words either.. cat’s got my mouth…eeeaaarghhh!!
Posted by Prabha on 07/22 at 12:20 PM
For us, the GDC is akin to a jeep safari into Bandipur Wildlife Sanctuary. We are drawing parallels here because when you are in the safari, you don’t know what’s in store for you. You don’t know whether you will be lucky to have a fabulous sighting of a Tiger or whether you will among those who come away without seeing anything. There is excitement, anticipation, the rush of adrenaline and there is hope. But at the end of it all, it’s a matter of LUCK. Similarly, for the Top 9 to be announced tomorrow; with the earlier scores taking a back seat, and the jury having been instructed to ‘follow their heart’, it’s anybody’s game out there and lady luck will be playing a big role here!
Posted by Thomas & Shilpy on 07/22 at 12:28 PM
Hi there everyone!
They have got us all totally hooked on to this and we are following the blog 24/7, amazed to see people in hundreds (including us) join in, write, blog, post pictures and get deeply involved. The challenge is a part of us now and we have all started breathing TGDC, with an anxiety and fervour to innovate the adventure drive for 12 days.
The last 4 days has brought back memories of times when the school or college exam results would be due and we used to have sleepless nights feeling the pressures of uncertainty and hoping for the best. Getting the same feeling after ten years is amusing for me and shows the level of seriousness that I have attached to this challenge .
Both, Taru and myself have been only talking about TGDC all day and night and we can hardly wait for the calendar to turn to July 23 and the clock to strike 12 noon, which even though is less than 24 hours away, seems like eternity. Finally, even though we would absolutely like to see ourselves in the top nine, the journey so far has been gratifying enough if we were to end up as part of the remainder ninety-one who ‘also-ran’. Being a part of this amazing event and getting to know fellow contestants through their blogs and pictures, getting in touch with all long lost friends and getting them to vote and provide testimonials to our driving and photography skills, putting our heart and soul in to this activity and dreaming new dreams are some of the rewards we will always cherish. The support that the TGDC team has been providing so far and the fact that it will continue to support the winning participants as well as the ones left behind is truly assuring and worth an applaud. So, on that very note, 3 cheers to TGDC….hip hip hurray !!!
Jignesh & Taru
Posted by Jignesh & Taru on 07/22 at 01:30 PM
Couldn’t agree more with all those comments above.
Every moment, it is more excitement, anxiety, racing heart beats. Like someone said this can cause heart attack.
As we wait for tomm, wishing all other participants good luck
TGDC team certainly has done a marvelous job
Unny & Bindhu
Posted by Unny & Bindhu on 07/22 at 01:36 PM
Almost the same thing happened to us except that it was a theft at home and had not realised that they had taken the pan card which was in an old wallet (never realised the old wallet was missing either ) till we started looking for the pan card!!
Frantically called our CA and he suggested we could request the pan details from the IT dept based on the name and no on the card online.
Hope you dont lose a chance to make it to the top 9 because of this!!
Best of luck to all of u!!
Leena and Sai
Posted by Leena and Sai on 07/22 at 01:42 PM
The elimination of 91 couples tomorrow will be a moment to watch for!
We are probably one of the later particiapants to join the contest but we must say that this has brought a bigger perspective to our days here
Posted by Shilpi & Swapnil on 07/22 at 01:45 PM