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TEDxITMU is a conference where we aim to be one of the elements in putting forth the motto of TED, Ideas Worth Spreading. With the theme “Outside the Box Awesomeness”, TEDxITMU will be a conference where we aim to have a pool of speakers who are doing extraordinary things in their lives. The audience, primarily students, will be profiled so that it is a conference with an intelligent talk to an intelligent audience who is able to exploit the potential of the ideas that will flow during the conference.
Having been one of the 2005 Ten Young Outstanding Americans, Dr. Vikram Sheel Kumar is the first (NRI) American of Indian origin to have been selected for the esteemed TOYA award. And, with this award in 2005, he joined the ranks of Bill Clinton, Henry Ford, Elvis Presley, John F Kennedy and many more.
The Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the medical clinic Dimaagi.Inc, Vikram went to Modern School in New Delhi after which he went to the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) and subsequently Columbia University, after which he joined Harvard Medical School and MIT. He founded ‘Dimagi’ in Boston to develop interactive software, clinical interfaces, health information systems and mobile technologies that motivates patients to manage chronic diseases such as diabetes and AIDS.
He was also named as one of the world's 100 top innovators under age 35 in biotechnology and medicine for his contribution in erasing the boundaries between life sciences and information technologies in 2004 publication of the prestigious ‘Technology Review’.
Jazz. She is optimistic, proactive and always up for a challenge. The youngest dance instructor in Ahmedabad’s best dance academy has an undying passion for dance and the performing arts, training in modern western dance styles since the age of 5. An avid reader, she likes to bake, read the news, design, choreograph, make cards and drink tea! Jazz is a spontaneous girl, a great fan of music and likes nothing more than to spend surfing her iTunes library!
A dreamer, Simran, loves to play soccer and is passionate about studying behavioral genetics and neuroscience, gaining exposure by actively choosing to get in touch with James Fallon professor at UCI, who she found through TED. Up for trying new things she constantly tries to move from 'Can I?' to 'I CAN!' She makes sure to practically apply the skills of leadership, collaboration and perseverance and is all heart when she is always ready to stand up for anything and anyone she believes in!
Leading teams developing breakthrough technologies underlying innovation, Dr. Manish Gupta is the Director of IBM Research - India and Chief Technologist for IBM India/South Asia. He is leading the IBM Research activities across the world in the Mobile Web, Services, Software and Systems. Previously working as a Senior Leader at IBM Research - India, IBM India Systems, he has also been a part of The Technology Lab and the T. J. Watson Research Center, where he led research on software for the IBM Blue Gene supercomputer. In addition, he has co-authored over 70 papers, with more than 3000 citations, in the areas of high performance compilers, parallel computing, and Java Virtual Machine optimizations, and has filed eighteen patents.
Mahmood Farooqui and Danish Husain Dastangos
How many of us know about ‘Dastangoi’? Not many. And that’s because the art of storytelling in Urdu is lost. This duo worsk to revive this lost art.
Mahmood Farooqui has studied history in India and at the University of Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar. With valuable help and guidance from Urdu’s pre-eminent writer and critic, S. R. Faruqi, he has been working over the last 4 years to breathe life into Dastangoi. Besides, he also has a say in India’s leading newspapers and magazines. His first book on the uprising of 1857 in Delhi ‘Besieged: Voices from Delhi 1857’ from Penguin India was out in 2010.
Danish Husain (Murtaza Danish Husaini) is a poet, an actor, a film maker but most of all the man who revived with Mahmood Farooqui, Dastangoi since 2006. Been part of ‘Losing Gemma’, ‘Peepli Live’, ‘Dhobi Ghat’, his literary works have been published across India, South Africa and Canada. Husain received the Best Actor in A Supporting Role award for Rumi; Unveil The Sun at the Mahindra Excellence in Theatre Awards of 2008.
Anurupa Roy, a celebrated women Indian puppeteer, uses puppetry to address important social issues related to reproductive health, livelihood, community and education. Anurupa Roy was just 20 when she initiated Kat-Katha, a puppet-art trust, a decade ago in New Delhi with a few school and college friends. She is armed with degrees in puppetry from the University of Stockholm and the School of Traditional Glove Puppetry, Naples, Anurupa and uses puppet theatre as another performing art. She had to battle the general impression of puppetry as only a means of kids’ entertainment.
Her desire for excellence in her field has earned her many awards which include the prestigoius Junior Fellowship of Arts for Puppet Theatre 2003-05 by Department of Culture, Government of India and Ustad Bismilla Khan Yuva Puraskar 2007 – National award for contribution to puppet theatre, by the Sangeet Natak Akademi ,an autonomous body funded by the Ministry of Culture, India.
Durjoy Datta is author of four books that have been placed comfortably on India Today’s Bestseller’s List for weeks, an Engineer and a Management graduate. His books carry titles like 'Of Course I Love You... Till I Find Someone Better!', 'Now That You’re Rich, Let's Fall in Love', 'She Broke Up, I Didn't!' and 'Ohh Yes, I Am Single...! And So Is My Girlfriend!' and tell us the life and times of Deb and Avantika through five roller coaster years of their lives. There are hundreds of ‘debs’ and ‘avantikas’ who read his work and feel their life is being narrated through these novels. He makes us realize that we aren’t the only one battling with life, relationships, work and everyone passes through such phases in life. If the wait for his next venture seems long, there's always his refreshing blog that he has been writing since 2006.
He’s a comedian, an actor, a singer, an artist, a musician and (no, we’re not done yet) has been a Radio Jockey too! One of the most successful stand up comedians in India, Abish Mathew is definitely more than just a ‘Triple Threat’. With his thirst for experimentation and his versatile nature, his jokes are broadly a mix of everything. As an RJ, every evening, Abish has hosted ‘Hit Evenings’ for Hit 95 FM. Besides giving hit shows in Delhi, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Pune and Mumbai, he has also lent his voice for Nokia and Nestle commercials, and a few documentaries as well.
Brijesh Regal is one of the leading clinical research consultants in the country. He is also the CEO of Apothecaries Clinical Research, one of the first organizations to conduct clinical trials in India. He has been a WHO Consultant to the Drugs Controller of India and hence, is highly conversant with the regulatory norms for clinical research in India
With great amount of exposure to the way the world thinks and works, thanks to his days at WHO and his business endeavors at Apothecaries, he has a different and very unconventional way of doing and looking at things.
A few of his clients include Hewitt, Sony, Samsung, AMD, Airtel, Vodafone, Microsoft and Bank of America (and the list could go on!) Avik Chatterjee is a trained Executive Coach at OD Alternatives who has worked in the area of team effectiveness, leadership development and creativity in past with large number of organizations and has been going to IMT Ghaziabad, MDI and IIM Lucknow regularly to conduct their inductions for the last three years. He has a background in sales before he moved into Experiential Education in 2004. In between, he started doing photography professionally, which is now a hobby. High on energy, his style includes involvement and engagement which makes him equally adept in a classroom as well as in the outdoors.
He’s only 24, a consultant at Bain but, with big, new ideas. With a Masters of Technology and Computing in Mathematics from IIT-Delhi, Harsh Narang is the founding director of ‘PhokatCopy’. Inculcating a true Indian entrepreneurial spirit, his venture provides ‘free photocopies’ to students by utilizing the back page for advertisement. Running in over 30 colleges and covering more than 3.5 lakh students across Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai, PhokatCopy starts full scale operation from 16th July. Harsh Narang further plans to start an NGO and have his own PhokatCopyTM stationery chain later on.
Subhav Sinha could have been like thousands of other engineering students but he dared to be different. He graduated in Electrical Engineering in 2009 from Delhi Technological University, DTU (formerly Delhi College of Engineering). His creation called “PERSONALIZED MOVER-MITRA” was displayed at the 10th Auto Expo held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The vehicle is battery operated and is capable of carrying a single person which is considered to be useful particularly in airport corridors, institutional campuses and in specialty buildings such as hospitals where low noise pollution is required. It was also developed as a personalized transport for the 2010 Commonwealth Games, especially within the large stadium complexes. He was also chosen as International Climate Champion for year 2010, a program run by British Council. He has made “mobility” personal and has given automobile designing a new dimension.