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Theme: Redefinition

This event occurred on
April 7, 2013
2:30pm - 6:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Cambridge, MA
United States

Every generation has a defining movement in which it’s citizens identify
themselves with. Today, we find young people across the world redefining
industries and events; simultaneously altering the way we, as a society, see the
world we live and thrive in.

TEDx is a quintessential community for leaders across the world to showcase
their visions, talents, and experiences that are shaping tomorrow’s world today.

With TEDxYouth@CharlesRiver we are honored to have a line up of world class
speakers who are redefining the way we look at corporate culture, education,
and how one person can ultimately redefine and reshape the world we live in.

Stata Center at MIT
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Cambridge, MA
United States
Event type:
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Joe Delfino

Joe’s time in the start-up world is relatively brief, but replete with enlightening, vibrant, and occasionally, bewildering experiences. He is an international and domestic sales and business development focused individual, with work experience cultivating growth opportunities in the enterprise cloud-solution market. In a previous life, contrary to conventional wisdom, he showed text analytics could be both fun and fruitful for large companies. Equipped with an ebullient personality and innate ability to identify opportunities, Joe currently works with Cambridge, MA based ViralGains developing Viral Video marketing technology. The genesis for his interest in reflection and its consequences for young individuals developed over several conversations with close friends. Away from his desk, Joe is a runner, film enthusiast, and cat-person.

Kevin Rustagi

Kevin Rustagi is a designer and entrepreneur whose most recent work is the global spread of the brand that he helped create: Ministry of Supply. He also worked on the speaker grille feature on the iPhone 5. Kevin has a passion for product design and entrepreneurship and is spending the next few years searching for new opportunities before heading to Stanford Business School in 2014.

Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith is a senior at NYU Gallatin where she is designing a self-directed major in government, human nature, and innovation. Sam is a leader in the entrepreneurship and social innovation communities. She is the co-founder of Startup Booster, a company working to grow entrepreneurship in Hungary, and the co-author of an untitled multi-media book & brand that introduces teens to the topic of major world issues. Previously Sam worked at the Kairos Society, a non-profit uniting top student entrepreneurs, and prior to that worked across the public, private and non-profit sectors for organizations including, KIND Healthy Snacks, and the office of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. She opened her first company in 2005- a retail fashion boutique.

Delian Asparouhov

Delian Asparouhov is a sophomore year at MIT and currently working on a healthcare startup. This last summer he worked at Square, and in his freshman year he worked on a startup in the music industry known as FanFuser. He is currently in the running for the Thiel 20 under 20 fellowship as a semifinalist. In high school, Delian worked on a variety of robotics and electrical engineering projects. He is passionate about the intersection of technology and healthcare. He is currently planning on moving to California in June to work on his startup.

Ian Cinnamon

Ian Cinnamon is finishing his final year at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, majoring in brain and Cognitive Science. Before MIT, he authored a programming textbook for Mcgraw-Hill, created the 22nd best selling iPhone app, and entered the world of startups and entrepreneurship. He has a love of user-centric design, solving large world-changing problems, and making a difference in the world. He is working on his current startup, Executive Digital Management, before starting at Stanford Graduate School of Business in the fall of 2015.

Romi Kadri

Romi Kadri is a Mechanical Engineering & Entrepreneurship student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is an Entrepreneur in Residence at MIT’s Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship, a Venture Capital Associate at Alsop-Louie Partners, a Fellow at Redstar Ventures, and an A&R/Management Associate at Interscope Records. In 2012, he co-founded Executive Digital Management, a boutique firm that works with select high-impact clients to source, deploy, and manage technologies & platforms that drive business growth through digital strategy. Although his work spans a number of industries, he is focused on remaining creative and adventurous as he applies his network and experience to drive the world’s most valuable, high-impact ideas to market.

Chelsea Mehra

Chelsea Mehra has a keen interest in empowering women and girls around the globe on financial literacy. She went on to found Invest in Girls with fellow Milton alum Dune Thorne after working at Silver Bridge Advisors, a boutique wealth manager, and at Vincent Ryan’s Schooner Capital, a private equity firm. Chelsea has been featured in Forbes, MSNBC, The Boston Globe, CBS, Fortune, and various media outlets for her work with high-impact millennial leaders. She has spoken at the exclusive Nexus Global Summit, Harvard’s Igniting Innovation Summit, and Yale’s Writer Conference. She serves on the Advisory Board of Ashoka and Hydros Bottle, while consulting for a number of start-up enterprises in Washington D.C., Boston, New York, and San Francisco. Ms. Mehra is currently enrolled at the University of California, Berkeley as an undergraduate with an intended double major in Economics and Computer Science.

Andreas Nicholas

Andreas is a storyteller, artist, and entrepreneur whose work centers around bringing underrepresented stories to the public eye. He spent last summer working on a film in Gulu, Uganda as a Mahraram STEAM Fellow with an anthropologist and GWED-G, a local human rights organization. Andreas has also worked with many organizations including the Global Health Corps, the Kairos Society, and the Better World by Design Conference to comprehensively re-define brand and vision. He is very passionate about the intersection of art+design with disparate disciplines such as math and science and has worked extensively on the STEM to STEAM initiative. Andreas is a senior in the Film/Animation/Video program at the Rhode Island School of Design. He has plans to start a film company that embodies the mission to share underrepresented stories after graduation.

Sivakami Sambasivam

Sivakami Sambasivam heads business development at GoodRx, a web startup with over 800,000 users that helps the underinsured find the best prescription drug prices. Siv is also the cofounder, President, & Chairman of the Board for Imaginate, a social venture that teaches soft-skills to university students in Mexico through social impact design courses. Previously, Siv worked in strategy consulting for Bain & Company and graduated from MIT with a bioengineering degree. While at MIT, Siv founded the Global Poverty Initiative Action Projects. She led student teams that worked in conjunction with a local university and the Peace Corps to bring advances in agricultural innovation and public health to communities in some of the most remote and poorest regions of Mexico. Sivakami was selected as a Laura W. Bush Travelling Fellow by UNESCO and was awarded the Priscilla King Gray MIT Institute Award for her public service work.

Divya Srinivasan

Divya Srinivasan is a senior at MIT. A double major in Management Science and Biology, she has conducted patent-winning research on bone-marrow stem cells. Outside of the lab, Divya served as President of MIT's chapter of Active Minds for two years, and has spurred numerous initiatives at MIT as part of a Chancellor-commissioned Mental Health Task Force. WBUR-NPR, USA Today, and The Boston Globe have all prominently featured her work to build a stronger, more supportive environment at the Institute. Divya also founded MIT’s chapter of GlobeMed, which is bringing HIV/AIDS prevention to Togo. Most recently, she coauthored a chapter in a new book, Do Good Well—endorsed by Muhammad Yunus and Nicholas Kristof—that focuses on the role of diverse advisory boards in creating cohesive visions for organizations. In her down time, she enjoys singing with her a cappella group, dancing, and running.

Organizing team

Luis A.

New York, NY, United States
  • Karine Hsu
  • Linda Zhang
  • Kevin Rustagi
  • Quinnton J. Harris
  • Joe Delfino
  • Nina Vir
    Director of Volunteers