I did too……….
Never really took them seriously, until last Sunday, when I was coerced by my brother to attend one!
Simply put, my description of a TED Event would go like this,
“Ordinary people >>> extraordinary stories >>> experiences expressed.”
TED X BIT Bangalore, 26th April, 2015 organised by Bangalore Institute of Technology, was themed – # I Believe. Fascinating theme, I must say, and when the anchor asked me to come up with one thing I steadfastly believed in, I was amazed at my inability to come up with one strong conviction. Honestly, I didn’t think it was that big a deal….. until I heard the speakers.
8 ordinary people, 8 extraordinary stories.
- Dr. Thimmappa Hegde – A neurosurgeon by profession, he narrated how his work in stimulating both parts of the brain can make an individual highly sensitive and yet not get affected by situations and people. A tough situation? On the outside, say “What?!?!”, but then, on the inside, say “So what?” With an assiduous speech on developing both sides of the brain, he was evidently a man building the change he wishes to see in the world.
- Dr. Manjunath Sadashiva – Defining his belief that “Change is possible”, Dr. Sadashiva spoke about how democratic citizenship is in a state of despair and his work in bringing about a change in the same through his organisation – “Children’s Movement for Civic Awareness”. This organisation works towards building democratic awareness amongst the Indian Youth and anyone wanting to be a part of this movement, do visit www.cmcaindia.org
- HarshitShrivasthava – A virtual reality enthusiast and a successful entrepreneur,Harshit displayed his pet project “Nimble”, a gesture recognition and motion sensing product that lets you control your PCs using the natural motion of your fingers. He spoke on his dream of removing interfaces for technological interaction,which spewed conviction and passion for his field!
- Sumukhi Suresh – The star of the popular Engineering Anthem “Logkyakahenge”,Sumukhi aka Anu Aunty, addressed the sensitive issue of Social Media Obsession, while keeping the whole talk on a light vein. Be real, look up, be yourself! Have your own identity, and not the “Herd Mentality”. She definitely conveyed her message across, a deep message served on a humourous platter!
- Mr. Rohit Biddappa – A marketing Consultant by profession, this man put forth his convictions on how social media has changed the way the world operates and why he believes that, if used responsibly, it can bring about tremendous change in how economies operate!
- Rakesh Sharma – Yes, you read that right!Rakesh Sharma, India’s first space explorer addressed us on war, its effects and how we as instruments of democracy can and must bring about a change!
- Shalini Mohan – One of India’s rare female bass guitarists, Shalini Menon narrated her tale from being an “Iyer ponnu” to an ” Iyer rocker”. Her leap of faith from being a software techie to being a full time musician was inspiration personified as she said, “Do something not just to be different, but because you love it”.
- Arjun Menon – A travel photographer, spoke on his passion for art, his conviction to follow his heart and converting passion to profession. Having worked with National Geographic, MTV Unplugged and the likes, he is dedicated to his concept of bringing out India’s beauty. Do visit www.artleavesamark.com and have a look!
Overall, a conference that left me inspired on one hand and despondent on the other. A typical TED Talk after effect, I was inspired to do something I believe in, but as I came out and reality hit me, I was despondent about not yet having the faith and courage to take that transitional leap.
With assiduous speakers taking stage, future TED speakers in the audience and networking opportunities galore, this was a bounty App sponsored event that was totally worth giving up a Sunday for!
– A big thank you to Anamika from BIT, for all the wonderful pictures! 🙂