WHERE ALL ENDS MEET
TED, over the years, has become an inspirational force for all of us with its motive to change attitudes, lives and ultimately the world through the power of ideas. Technology Entertainment and Design, or more commonly known as TED,is a non-profit organization to create a platform for the spreading of ideas through talks delivered by famous personalities. TED talks have forever been the bonhomie of innovations seeded from diverse sectors and an apt platform for extrapolating personal viewpoints. Since it started in 1984, its scope has gone broader and it has launched a program TEDx, where talks are organized under general guidance of the TED community but hosted as an independent event.
NSIT kick started its TEDx tradition when Consulting Club (C2N) led by Roshan Shankar and other students from the batch of 2011 came forward and took the initiative of obtaining a license from the TED and organizing thee the first ever TEDx event in Delhi. Now this culture has been carried forward by C2N in collaboration with Entrepreneurship Development Cell (EDC) and taken to a whole new level with the second TEDx event in NSIT which was held on 17th of April. This year around, days of articulate planning and meticulous management made the event a well conceived one with an increased number of speakers lightening up the stage with their flair and wisdom.
TEDx NSIT 2011 was an enriching event to be a part of. Each and every talk featured an innovator, or maybe a thinker, an enthusiast, a public servant, a social worker, a film critic, a fashion designer, or a non conventional hitch hiker. The only weak point being, the event lost out on adhering to the time limits and stretched too long in the end, but over all TEDx turned out to be a happening event and did live up to its promises.‖ said Manish Gahalout (ECE, Batch of 2013).
The first session of the talk started with Dr. B Jayaram, a renowned professor and researcher from IIT Delhi who talked about his work with proteins and the importance of DNA in transition from one human generation to the next. The hitchhiker‘s guide to public policy‘, the talk by Puneet Sahani went down well with an exuberant and eager audience. His talk dealt with his past experiences as a hitchhiker and how they had helped to mould and shape him. Neha Aggarwal, the only woman representative from India at the Beijing Olympics, talked about her and every other sports person‘s life in general and the challenges and sacrifices they have to make to cover the distance between reality and their dream.
Overall TEDx 2011 was an experience in itself for the selected few and as it drew to a closure, the curtains folded with a promise to bring back more next year –
TEDx 2011 Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?p=PLD8D81D5EEDF960C0 .
Abhishek Bhardwaj is a senior in the Department of Instrumentation and Control Engineering at NSIT and is set to join the ECE department at Carnegie Mellon University in Fall 2011. His interests revolve around the central theme of creating low cost solutions in fields such as healthcare and efficient energy management.
Kriti Monga is a Delhi based graphic designer and illustrator has worked with a diverse set of studios, research scholars and corporate setups . She has also set up Turmeric Design an independent design practice, focusing on producing interesting and meaningful design.
Dr Ahluwalia is the Chairperson of the High Powered Expert Committee on Urban Infrastructure, appointed by the Ministry of Urban Development, Government of India in May 2008.
An NSIT 07 pass out, Puneet Sahani had the experience of working the top AI labs all over the world Currently studying masters in Germany.