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TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at

 TEDxYouth@Chennai 2011 Speakers

 VR Devika-Cultural Activist

The Founder and Managing Trustee of The Aseema Trust, VR Devika is known for her passion for traditional performing arts and education. She conducts regular workshops on peace education and communication skills for students and teachers. Her list of awards include the Kalasevabharathi for contributions to arts and education, Gnanasamudhra, Satya Vimarshaka Sundaram, Karnataka Rajyothsava award, a lifetime achievement award from the Amir Khusro music academy as well as an honorary citizenship from the Governor of Maryland (USA). The list of countries she has visited for conferences and lectures seems almost endless and includes Cambodia, Finland, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, South Korea and Sweden. A former school teacher known for her use of traditional performing arts as teaching tools, Devika continues as a member of the advisory council of Madras Craft Foundation. A Bharathanatyam disciple of the Dhananjayans, she gives lectures on the theory and practice of the dance and culture of India and is a freelance art critic contributing to leading publications. Another feather to her multicoloured hat is that she is a state government approved cultural tour guide and a story teller.
Kaustav Sen Gupta-Award winning academician, Youth Ethnographer
Kaustav SenGupta, an award winning academician, youth ethnographer, color psychologist, guerrilla socio-psychologist, is the Associate Professor of National Institute of Fashion Technology, Chennai. His more than a decade expertise has helped many youth focused brands to restructure themselves in Indian subcontinent. Kaustav has consulted for Nike-USA, BBC-UK, Knights & Walker-UAE, Consumerfaces- Singapore, Tata International Limited, Cscout-Japan, Redscout-USA, Skull Candy-Japan etc. Kaustav also heads a research & direction team of young Indians which is organically growing and now has a network of more than 1,500 young trend-spotters/ youth trend scouts across India. This initiative is called INgene, the first ever youth trend research initiative in India recognized by many international experts as the best open source for youth trend insights in India. His association with Ted Polhemus, youth anthropologist and subculture analyst, has helped him to derive a valued theory about the differentiations as well as unique characteristics of Indian youth from their global peers. He has established the THEORY OF ADOPTED DIFFERENTIATION which defines the root of Indian youth socio-psychological segmentation. He is being recently interviewed by BBC for the program “Secrets of The Superbrands” to deliver his expert opinion on youth branding scenario in India. He is also the member of prestigious Youth Research Partners (YRP) and has intelligence sharing collaboration with Rubypseudo-London and PYMCA-London. His articles are published regularly at The Hindu, Apparel, Image Business of Fashion, The Smart Manager, Sports International India, Jet-Wing etc.
Krishnan Chatterjee-VP and Head of Global Marketing at HCL Tech
Krishnan Chatterjee is Vice President and Head of Global Marketing at HCL Technologies. He has the overall responsibility of building HCL’s marketing strategy and infrastructure to propagate demand creation, ensure an intent-driven business approach, and create a superior customer experience. In his 6 year stint with HCL, he has been successful in building a unique identity and market positioning for HCL. Krishnan is an economics graduate from Presidency College, Calcutta and has an MBA in marketing and strategy from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmadabad. He is an opinion leader and an active blogger who can be reached at He is also the official HCL spokesperson and a youth leadership advocate- having spoken at IIT and IIMs as guest.
Lakshmi Narasimha Vijaya Rajagopal Seshadri Sharma Rajesh Raman aka BLAAZE-Rap Artist And Playback Singer
He is the lyricist for two songs on the Vince Vaughn motion picture Couples Retreat. "Sajna", co-written with A. R. Rahman, and, "NaNa", co-written with Vivian Chaix and A. R. Rahman. His recent performance with A R Rahman at the Jai Ho World Tour in Sydney's Paramatta Park saw a crowd turnout of 75,000 fans to celebrate the Sydney Festival, where he performed the song "Na Na" from Couples Retreat and "Gangsta Blues" from Slumdog Millionaire, BAFTA theatre, London, along with A R Rahman in December 2009, for the launch of Tamil Film Soundtrack, Vinnaithandi Varuvaaya, directed by Gautham Menon. He has worked as a Music Director for Warner Bros film Saas, Bahu Aur Sensex, with the song on a new age India, called, "What's Up India". The film was directed by Shona Urvashi.He has also worked as Music Director for the soundtrack of the film Striker. In September 2011, 'Time For Gandhi' - BlaaZe's debut album - India's first real hip hop 'Protest' album - released on EMI VIRGIN MUSIC.
Madhavan R-An engineer from IIT, now a farmer
His love for farming made him quit a job at ONGC and follow his heart. He believes in smart agriculture, where Only 20% of agriculture involves tilling the soil and the rest 80% with engineering skills. Madhavan bypasses the middle men and sells all his farming produce himself. He believes that food insecurity is more threatening than an atom bomb. About 49% of Indian children suffer from under-nourishment. He believes that producing more food is a solution to the problem and he is already walking his talk. Former President Abdul Kalam, visited his farm and acclaimed that “We need not one but a million Madhavans in this country!”
Sridhar Vembu-Founder and CEO, ZOHO Corporation
Sridhar Vembu obtained his B.Tech in Electrical Engineering from IIT, Madras, and PhD in Electrical Engineering in 1994. He served as a systems design engineer in Qualcomm from 1994-96, focusing on CDMA for satellite communications, where he had the privilege of working with some of the leading minds in wireless communications. 

In 1996, driven by a passion to play a role in the emerging technology industry in India, he reinvented himself as a software entrepreneur. Along with friends and his brothers, he co-founded what became AdventNet where he has served as CEO since 2000. Privately held AdventNet has grown to over 600 employees, with all the growth funded internally, without requiring outside investment. AdventNet is a diversified software company, with a portfolio of successful products. In 2005, AdventNet introduced the suite of online office productivity applications, and has emerged as an early leader in this nascent market. Driven by the learning needs of his son diagonsed with autism, AdventNet has created, an interactive learning and entertainment site for kids. AdventNet is pioneering a new approach to higher education in India, combining class room instruction with hands-on experience. This is helping under-privileged students in India enter the world of technology. AdventNet's approach fits Peter Drucker's thesis that a fundamental reinvention of higher education is needed, one led by employers, even in the American context, where college costs are rising inexorably. Sridhar believes AdventNet's experiments in this respect offer a market-based alternative to the increasingly costly higher education system.

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