x = independently organized TED event
Theme: No Bridge Too Far
February 2nd, 2013
About this event
Ramji Raghavan is a former international banker who created Agastya International Foundation, a transformative and innovative education charity and the world's largest mobile hands-on science education program for economically disadvantaged children and rural teachers. Agastya has reached creative hands-on science education to nearly 4 million disadvantaged children and 150,000 teachers in rural India and pioneered innovations including mobile labs, Young Instructor Leaders (children-teaching-children) and a 170-acre Creativity Lab that has incorporated science labs, an interactive museum, model making, teacher training, art and ecology in a single campus. Ramji has an MBA from the London Business School.
Charles Ma was initiated into the sacred world of Bharatanatyam under Guru Smt.Vidya Shimladka. His dance stands out for its distinct individuality, personality and control. Charles is also a contemporary choreographer and teacher. He believes that dance is sacred and the essence of his dance is a deepened spirituality and respect for its tradition and aesthetics.
Arvind Nadig is a education entrepreneur who founded and heads Li2 Innovations, a innovative start-up to empower education through experiential learning solutions for schools and colleges. Using robotics to teach science, math and technology Li2 has provided creative fun based learning experience to over 100000 students and envisions to disrupt rote learning with fun based hands-on education. Arvind is a second time entrepreneur who in his college days started and managed FOSSI a management support firm for micro and small scale industries. He is a voracious reader, passionate innovator and a proponent of opensource culture.
Shubhendu Sharma, an industry experienced Industrial Engineer turned Eco Entrepreneur, is the Founder/Director of Afforestt, a company which creates urban forests. Developed on world’s best afforestation methodology from Japan, backed by robust management, intensive research and cutting edge technologies, Afforestt creates a 100 years old natural forest in just 10 years.
Amudha Bai is a homemaker originally from Tamil Nadu. She has faced many difficulties but her will to survive and overcome setbacks has taken her much further than she could have ever imagined. At one point of time, she did not have the means and resources to provide for her family. Today she stands on her own two feet, educating her children and encouraging them to be independent.