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India has been a country that is known worldwide for its vast cultural heritage, its unity and the talent it houses. Many times in the past Indians have always stood up to the occasion and have delivered the best.
But lately, due to the effect of westernization, the youth has definitely failed to understand the rich heritage of India and has shown more love towards other countries. We see a lot of youngsters today going to other countries and serving them despite of opportunities to serve India. Its time that we put an end to it. TEDxNMAMIT with the theme “Rediscovering India” aims to highlight on the talent that India has, aims to reflect upon the rich cultural heritage of the country and also demonstrate the innovations from Indian youngsters hence re-installing in youth, the “FEEL GOOD” attitude and hence attempt to reinstall the love and pride for our country.
Speakers are the stars of the events. Its they who define what the event is. With a nice mix of speakers who are exceptional in their respective fields, we have framed our speaker’s list. Here are the 8 speakers. Few more to be announced soon.
1) VINNY LOHAN
VINNY LOHAN IS THE CEO OF ONE BEEP. WITH THE MOTTO OF CONNECTING THE DIGITALLY DISCONNECTED BY USING THE POWER OF RADIO, ONE BEEP HAS DEVELOPED AN EFFECTIVE SOFTWARE TO TRANSMIT DAILY LESSONS ON TO LAPTOPS OF CHILDREN IN VILLAGES. THE ORGANIZATION WON THE NATIONAL FINALS OF MICROSOFT IMAGINE CUP. IT HAS ALSO BECOME THE HIGHEST RANKING NEW ZEALAND TEAM AT THE WORLD FINALS IN POLAND.
He is a recent graduate of the University of Auckland with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical and Computer Systems. He was a student partner at Microsoft. He is commended for his presentation skills, attentiveness and his ability to focus to achieve the best possible outcome. A pride of India!
He is presently in India and will demonstrate Radio Internet. He will also speak about “Exploring potential and leading a new India” in TEDxNMAMIT.
2) KARTHIKEYAN VIJAY
KARTHIKEYAN IS THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF TWENTY19.COM. TWENTY19.COM IS A GO-TO WEBSITE FOR STUDENTS BY PROVIDING AN EXTENSIVE LISTING OF INTERNSHIPS, TRAINING COURSES AND OTHER EVENTS. IN APPROXIMATELY TWO YEARS, HE HAS BEEN ABLE TO SUCCESSFULLY OFFER 25000 STUDENTS WITH INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES AND ALSO MEET THE NEEDS OF 2029 COMPANIES BY SELECTING HIGH QUALITY INTERNS THROUGH A USER-FRIENDLY PORTAL, TWENTY19.COM.
When he studied in BITS, Pilani, he always discussed about startups and shared many ideas with his friends. He wanted to make a difference in the world by doing something unique. He is also a co founder of Deepam, an NGO that teaches less-privileged children in Chennai. He spends most of his Saturdays teaching the children at Deepam. India Today featured Deepam as a top initiative by youngsters in 2009. The organization also won the 2010 EdTech Award for Education Innovation.
He is a keen sportsman. He was also a part of the National Ultimate Frisbee Championship winning team in 2009, playing for his Chennai Team Chakraa & plays cricket for RunsnWickets.com. He has run 3 Marathons and 14 half marathons and has also run at state-level sprint competitions. Because of his lively personality, he won the BITS Global 30 under 30 award in 2009. He is a sprightly young man full of passion, packed with qualities of an effective entrepreneur. He is a real highflier.
3) DR. A R UPADHYA
DR A R UPADHYA IS THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL AEROSPACE LABORATORIES, BANGALORE.HE IS ONE OF THE FEW SPECIALISTS IN THE MULTI-DISCIPLINARY FIELD OF AERO ELASTICITY IN THE COUNTRY.
He has conducted many seminars, workshops and National and Internatial conferences. He successfully organized the prestigious event of LCA(Light Combat Aircraft) Naming Ceremony by the Prime Minister of India, involving close coordination with central and state agencies. He is a member of numerous honorary organizations of the world.
He is known for his innovative thinking and his field expertise. With lots of experience, Dr Upadhya will be one of the speakers for TEDxNMAMIT to share his views on “Aeronautics in India : An oppurtunity to give wings to new ideas”
4) JITHIN C NEDUMALA
JITHIN C NEDUMALA WANTED TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE BY HELPING CHILDREN EVERYWHERE RATHER THAN WORK IN A CUSHY JOB WITH A SIX FIGURE SALARY. HE IS THE CO-FOUNDER AND THE CEO OF INDIA’S LARGEST YOUTH TEACHER NETWORK MAD(MAKE A DIFFERENCE), A NON PROFIT ORGANIZATION, WHICH EMPLOYS 1200 STUDENTS FROM TOP 50 COLLEGES OF INDIA TO DELIVER CAMBRIDGE STANDARD ENGLISH EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN FROM ORPHANS AND STREET SHELTERS.
MAD has won a lot of appraisal and has been nominated for many awards.
He is also pioneering the concept of TECH-DRIVEN NGO management which aims at substantial reduction in NGOs management cost.
Michelle Obama appreciated the initiative by visiting him and by spending time with the students of MAD.
He is a recipient of many National/International honors. He is an inspiring achiever who brought a change for the better and is definitely someone to look up to. He will be expressing his thoughts on “Social Entrepreneurship” and on “How institutions shouldn’t just be breeding grounds for IT companies, but be a breeding ground for innovation and activities that focus towards our society” in TEDxNMAMIT.
5) VASUNDHARA DAS
VASUNDHARA DAS IS HIGHLY-TALENTED. SHE ACTED IN HINDI, MALAYALAM, TAMIL AND KANNADA FILMS AND IS AN AMAZING MULTI-LINGUAL CARNATIC AND POP SINGER! SHE IS A CO-FOUNDER OF THE WORLD BAND ARYA.
Everybody adores her songs. “Salaam Namaste”, “Its the time to disco”, “Shakalaka Baby”, the list goes on. She has performed in a lot of concerts nationally and internationally. She was an instant hit during her performance in the Youth Festival, Mangalore.
She is a gifted artist and a true propagator of Indian music. She swept her fans off their feet with her melodious voice and charm! She is a TEDxNMAMIT speaker in the entertainment category and will be delivering a talk on “Power of Indian Music and its various colors”.
6) DR MYLSWAMY ANNADURAI
DR MYLSWAMY ANNADURAI IS A SCIENTIST WITH THE INDIAN SPACE RESEARCH ORGANISATION (ISRO) AND IS CURRENTLY SERVING AS THE PROJECT DIRECTOR OF TWO MISSIONS- CHANDRAYAAN-1, INDIA’S FIRST MISSION TO MOON, AND CHANDRAYAAN-2. HE IS ALSO THE HONORARY EDITOR FOR A TAMIL PERIODICAL ON SCIENCE “VALARUM ARIVIAL”. HE, AS A MISSION DIRECTOR OF INSAT MISSIONS, HAS SOME OF HIS ORIGINAL CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE INSAT SPACE MAINTENANCE.
With his outstanding contributions to space, his works are mentioned in 10th standard Science Textbook of Tamil Nadu. He also writes a regular column, “kaiyaruke Nila” in the Tamil weekly Kungumam. In his free time, he visits universities to share his knowledge of space to students in India. Such is the humility of an ever smiling man who works diligently and makes every day count. He truly is an inspiration to all the children who dream to be astronomers.
7) MAJOR D P SINGH
HE IS A TRUE WARRIOR AND A FIGHTER. MAJOR D P SINGH IS A TRUE LIVING EXAMPLE OF “NEVER SAY DIE” ATTITUDE.
Major D P Singh has gone through a lot of tough times. He was a soldier in Kargil war and was unfortunately in amidst of an explosion, which left him critically injured. He was declared dead in an army hospital in July 1999, but was revived by a specialist. He was told that he could live but for a price. His right leg, below his knee, had to be amputated. However, as strong willed as he is, this didn’t kill his determination. He was motivated to find alternatives to work around the restrictions, so that he didn’t live like a physically challenged person.
With the best available blade attached to his leg, thanks to the Indian Army, he ran 4 half marathons since 2009. He is now regarded as the Indian version of the ‘Blade Runner’. He has inspired disabled civilians all over India. He has also inspired numerous people to show that “Nothing is impossible”. He is an epitome of will power as hard as steel and an honourable warrior.
8 ) DR. ANU VAUDYANATHAN
ALTHOUGH DR ANU VAIDYANATHAN DOES NOT BELIEVE IN BIOGRAPHIES WRITTEN IN THIRD PERSON, WE ADMIRE HER STAUNCH PERSONALITY. SHE BELIEVES THAT PERSISTENCE IS THE KEY DESPITE THE MODERN DAY CUSTOM OF INSTANT-THIS AND INSTANT-THAT.
She has a Bachelors and Masters in Computer Engineering and finished her PhD in Electrical Engineering in UC Canterbury in the record time of 26 months! She is the founder of PatNMarks- an Intellectual Property Consulting Firm. She is a part of the visiting faculty at IIT, Ropar and IIM, Ahmedabad.
She caught a sports bug and trained hard for the Ultraman- a rigorous long distance triathlon, where it involves running, swimming and cycling for hundreds of kilometres, despite her busy schedule. She, ultimately, became the first Indian woman to win the IronMan title. She is currently training to win the IronMan title again, by 2015. Our fingers are crossed!
She is an Indian superwoman with a rock-hard determination and immense intellectuality and most definitely a role model to the women in India.She is one among the inspiring speakers of TEDxNMAMIT and will deliver a talk on “Women’s role in a better India”
Few more to be announced…….
|9.30 - 11.00||Speaker Session - I||Motivation Talks & Demos|
|11.00 - 11.30||Break||Networking with Guests & Snacks|
|11.30 - 13.00||Speaker Session - II||Motivation Talks & Demos|
|13.00 - 14.00||Break||Networking with Guests & Lunch|
|14.00 - 15.30||Speaker Session - III||Motivation Talks & Demos|
|15.30 - 16.00||Break||Networking with Guests & Snacks|
|16.00 - 17.30||Speaker Session - IV||Motivation Talks & Demos|