Bengaluru: Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Bengaluru hosted its fifth edition of TEDxSIBMBengaluru on Saturday, February 27th with noted speakers including amputee cyclist Aditya Mehta, mentalist Aathi, top cop turned educationalist Abhayanand, violin virtuoso Sangeetha Shankar.
With the theme ‘Power of One’, TEDxSIBMBengaluru envisions that its live speakers, talks, videos and interactions shall combine to spark profound discussions and inspire minds to usher in a world of possibilities. The driving force behind the event is an amalgamation of the incessant intellectual curiosity and creative bend of the mind coupled with the ingenuous spirit of innovation.
The theme signifies that one can be the most powerful number, that change need not be driven by scores of people. All it requires is one person with one great idea to disrupt everything.
This theme is a testament to the work of people who have given everything to their idea impacting lives of others in their community or country, be it through social change or changes in Technology, Entertainment or Design.
The speakers of the event are:
Aditya Mehta: the first Indian above knee amputee to cycle the fastest 100 kms and enter the Limca Book of Records. He is also a double silver medallist at the 2013 Asian Para Cycling Championships.
Sundeep Rao: India’s only blind comic… actually partially blind. Sundeep has been a professional comic since 2012. An improvisational actor and voice over artist, he brings his unique style and dry humor to the stage.
Mrinal Pai: started his career as the chief design engineer for Project Vyoma which was involved in the design of 6 Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Has also won the prestigious NASA Systems Engineering Award Winner for the best design of a UAV. He then co-founded his own company called Skylark drones where he works as the chief pilot.
Abhayanand: the former Bihar director-general of police. From leading enocuonters against criminals he conceptualised and co-founded the Super 30 to teach the underprivileged students ways to crack the IIT JEE.
Indian Jam Project: The Musical Collective: They take popular soundtracks and give them an Indian classical makeover. Their re-composition of theme music: Harry Potter, Interstellar, Pirates of the Caribbean, BBC Sherlock and Game of Thrones already have 574,582 Youtube views and counting!
Aathi – The Mentalist: Adarsh, popularly known as Aathi, is a leading Mentalist who designs and conducts lectures and theatre shows internationally to explore and exploit the Psychology of Deception. A researcher in Behavioural Psychology, he is an expert in Non-Verbal Communication and one of the youngest and sought-after Deception Analyst.
Yashas Mitta: the founder of Untold.in and Mukha. He travels across India and the world in search of stories of inspiring people who are challenging the routine and redefining the meaning of success. He captures the unspoken warmth, beauty and simplicity of people in the remotest parts of the country.
Dhimant Parekh: a serial entrepreneur, co-founded The Better India along with his wife Anuradha Parekh. The Better India is a revolutionary content and news reporting site with a difference. They report only positive news across India and have more than 100 writers contributing from all over India.
Sudhir Shivaram: Shivaram got into wildlife photography in 1993 while still studying engineering. He founded India Nature Watch, a non-commercial community website which has been a breeding ground for umpteen aspiring Wildlife Photographers in India. He was awarded the prestigious Sanctuary Asia’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2012 and also named Canon India’s Brand Ambassador.
Arun Chandru: a PhD research scholar and gold medalist at the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science. He co-founded Pandorum Technologies, a Bangalore based biotechnology start-up in 2011. Pandorum made headlines when they 3D bio-printed mini-liver tissues that mimic the human liver and can hence serve as test platforms for discovery and development of drugs with better efficacy and lesser side effects at lower costs.
Dr.Sangeeta Shankar: classical violinist, disciple and daughter of the renowned violin virtuoso Padmabhushan Dr. Smt. N. Rajam. A gold medallist from the Banaras Hindu University, she dons several other hats that include being a visionary educationist, entrepreneur, motivational speaker, composer and professor.
About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.
TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.