Tinniam V Ganesh
Tinniam V Ganesh is a visionary, thought leader and pioneer with 25+ years in the software industry. He has worked extensively in the telecom industry in various multi-nationals across the globe. He is the holder of an International patent and has several publications to his credit. His interests range from cloud computing, distributed systems, computer vision and Artificial Intelligence. He is currently an Infrastructure Architect at IBM India.
He will be giving a talk on the “Internet of Things”. This topic is extremely significant as we move towards a more connected, networked and instrumented world. His talk will focus on the increasing importance of this key technological trend and its impact in our near future.
Dr. Jayant Murthy has been involved with many space missions starting with a payload on the Space Shuttle running through to the TAUVEX and UVIT missions at IIA. Prior to joining IIA, he was a Research Scientist at Johns Hopkins University, Maryland, USA from where he completed his BS, MS and Ph.D in Physics. Dr. Jayant is passionately involved in Science popularization and is working towards a better public understanding of science. Dr. Jayant also has an active interest in SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence).
He will be giving a talk on “Low cost revolution in space”.
Dr. Ashwin Mahesh has always pushed the envelope, be it technology, business, journalism or urban
development. The last mentioned field, specially, has immensely benefitted from his vision and extra-ordinary acumen. As a social technologist, Dr.Ashwin has contributed to the development of Bangalore, particularly exploring the healthy involvement of citizens in making their city a better place to live in. The various initiatives he has taken up in this direction include the introduction of exclusive cycle lanes in Jayanagar, the popular Big10 buses that link key trunk routes in Bangalore, reviving city lakes, and Bangalore Transport Information System.
Armed with an MBA, an MS(astronomy) and Ph.D(Geophysics), Dr. Ashwin Mahesh has vast experience in various fields and was included in the “The Smart List 2012: 50 people who will change the world”, compiled by Wired UK, a periodical focusing on the impact of technology. He is the urban research strategist at the Office of Urban Affairs for the Karnataka government, which makes him the ideal person to speak about Urban Development.
Auditya Venkatesh, or Audi, as he is more popularly known, is familiar to shutterbugs, thanks to his breathtaking and thought provoking photography. But at TEDxBNMIT , he will swap the holiest of photography tools, the DSLR, for a smart phone! So don’t fret if you can’t lay your hands on a slick DSLR or the camera of your dreams, for Audi will demonstrate the art of producing equally scintillating stills from the more proletarian smart phone!
Crowd sourcing, the newest rage in harnessing creativity, is catching up in India. It is the practice of generating the needed services from the public, particularly the Internet users. This novel concept opens the doors to a plethora of prospective options for the project at hand, while being profitable too. Among the forerunners employing this idea in India is Sitashwa Srivastava and Manik Kinra, founders and of Jade Magnet. Since its inception in 2009, Jade Magnet, has catered to nearly a thousand customers, employing the services of around 6500 freelancers.
Manik will be speaking about this ground-breaking idea, from which businesses are bound to benefit.
Shradha Sharma is the Founder and Chief Editor of YourStory.in – India’s leading online platform for first generation Indian entrepreneurs and also, the official online partner of CNBC TV18 Young Turks. The Yourstory team operates across India remaining in touch through the miracles of modern technology bringing Entrepreneurs to the forefront, come rain, hail sleet or snow…Prior to starting YourStory, Shradha was Asst.Vice President with CNBC TV18 and Brand Adviser at Times of India. In 2010, Shradha won the NASSCOM Ecosystem Evangelist Award for her efforts in building an inclusive startup community. She also won the Villgro Journalist of the Year Award the same year, for covering over 2000 startups in a short span of one and a half years.
She will be giving a talk on “How to successfully pitch a topic”.
Mr. Khan, 63, is trying to solve two of the biggest problems in India:battered roads and overflowing landfills. His solution: streets made with recycled plastic. In the 1990s, Ahmed Khan’s company in Bangalore, India, churned out hundreds of thousands of plastic bags and other packaging material each month that eventually ended up as garbage. Now, he is in the business of scouring the city’s landfills and trash cans to reclaim some of that waste and pave the way to a more environmentally friendly enterprise.
He will be giving a talk on “Roads made with recycled plastic”.
Pramath Kiran is a percussionist who believes in creating intricate music. Being a trained musician and a sound engineer, Mr Kiran thrives to extract intricate rhythm patterns and ever attractive cultural blends from his technical know-how. He is an active performer in many popular contemporary music bands. Mr Kiran can play anything, ranging from pure classical to folk and jazz. He is also a much sought after rhythm programmer, having composed and sequenced contemporary music and rhythm for many jazz and world music productions
Mr Kiran will be speaking about the ubiquitous auto-tuning. This process has already affected the music industry and is set to affect the entertainment industry (TV shows, etc). His talk will focus on the impact of auto-tuning.
M S Ananth
Prof. Ananth is an Indian academician who is currently the head of NPTEL’s Project Implementation committee. The National Programme on Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), started by him, is a Government of India sponsored collaborative educational programme. By developing curriculum-based video and web courses the programme aims to enhance the quality of engineering education in India. It is being jointly carried out by 7 IITs and IISc Bangalore. Prof. Ananth served as the Director of Indian Institute of Technology,Madras from 2001 for ten years.
He will give a talk on “Future of online education and Massive open online courses (MOOCs)”.