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Theme: Dream.Act.Change

This event occurred on
January 31, 2014
9:00am - 6:00pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)
Shillong, ML

A great idea can be the start of a great revolution. At UTM Shillong, we're passionate about ideas, that can change our world for a better tomorrow.

TEDxUTMShillong is our way of sharing and spreading life changing works of individuals and societies at large, esp. from the unexplored abode of clouds "Meghalaya" in North-East India !

With the start of this amazing TEDx tradition at UTM Shillong, we wish to cultivate the seeds of curiosity, inspirational work, great ideas etc.in the hearts and minds of every individual around us, most importantly, our students, who hold the key to a sustainable future.

Come, Be a part of TEDxUTMShillong !

U SOSO THAM Auditorium
State Central Library, Shillong
Shillong, ML, 793003
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Kiriti Rambhatla

Born in India, I have been educated in Canada , Italy, UK and the USA. With the experience of working in fields like telecommunications, automotive , media and consumer electronics , I have been associated with brands like Indesit , TV9 and Mercedes in the past and invented the innovation measurement tool "Strategic Innovation Cube". An executive assistant to Dr. Renee Mauborgne ( adivsory board member to president Barack Obama) at the World Business Forum 2010 and a speaker at the EU- African Summit at the European Parliament in 2013. Now as the founder of BRICS Forum, I am also hosting a socio-political talk show "Arambham" in the state of Andhra Pradesh.

Sourabh Kaushal

Sourabh Kaushal (23 years) is an Electronics and Communication Engineer, Space Explorer and INK Fellow in association with TED. He is from Haryana, INDIA and has done his studies from prestigious Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra. He is doing research on Space Debris Mitigation (The collection of objects in orbit around earth that were created by human beings but no longer serve as any useful purpose in space and threat to our satellites, ISS and also threat to the life of astronauts) and Space transportation system from last half decade. He is very much passionate about Space Science and Technology and proposed some new techniques to mitigate space debris from space. The proposed methods may include use of nanotube mesh technique using laser and nanobot, recycling of space junk, energy production from space debris and de-orbit kit technology. He is also the recipient of runner up “Jerome Pearson Award 2010” by International Space Elevator Consortium, USA and Dr. Kalpana Chawla Young Scientist Award 2012. He also received “Young Innovator Award 2013” by Indira International Innovation Summit 2013 and “Youth Revolutionary Award” 2013. In addition, he is also the finalist of MIT Technology Review (India) 35 Young Innovator Award and nominated for Jerome Leaderer Space Safety Pioneer Award 2012-13 for his innovative research work. He wrote his first research paper at the age of 18 years and stood International Award for that paper. He is also the author and co-author of seven research papers and published in International and national journals and proceedings. Moreover, his research papers got selected in morethan 25 International and national conferences organized by NASA, ISRO, JAXA, ESA, AIAA, IAF, MICROSOFT, EUSPEC and so on.

Siddharth Rajhans

Siddharth Rajhans, a management researcher, and a TEDxSpeaker, is a known figure in the management fraternity and talk platforms, around the globe. -- Has been in the news for his latest offer from Google, as their Business Process and Risk Specialist, based out of the London Office. He is to join duty in January’ 2014 -- Siddharth has worked with Silicon Valley giants, such as Facebook (2012) as a Creative Strategist, and BlueLithium (Yahoo! Advertising) Adnetworks (2013) as their Chief Marketing Analyst. -- He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Research, in the University of London. He is the third youngest recipient of this title. -- Academically speaking, Siddharth holds an Honors Qualification in Management Technology from Singapore. -- He is at present, a graduate management researcher, associated with the National University of Singapore; Yale University, USA, and is a Senior Research Associate with the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA, and is working on Marketing 4.0: Perspectives and People with Dr. Philip Kotler, the Father of Modern Marketing, as his guide on the doctrine.

Daniel Syiem

Daniel Syiem is a successful fashion designer from North East India ,know for his ethnic collection showcase his designs at the North East Fashion Fest -Delhi Chapter. The 2nd edition of the biggest festival to promote North East Travel & Tourism, Sericulture, Art, Fashion, Culture, Literature and Music Basics Concepts & Marketing Pvt. Ltd. in association with Home Ministry of India - NE Division and National Textile Corporation presents the second edition of the North East Festival 2013- Delhi Chapter, an effort to embolden NE markets. Celebrity & Brand Ambassador Soha Ali Khan, the regal princess, who is marked as one of the prime fashion icons amongst the youth would be endorsing the legacy and rich culture of NE. … Daniel Syiem knew that the fashion world was his destination when he realized his true vocation- fashion. Recently, he showcased in the Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2013 in the Emerging category. He received a tremendous response from the press, fellow designers as well as national and international buyers. In 2000, he won the North-East Best Designer Award and there has been no looking back since. He has presented various collections all over India and his repertoire of fashion shows is immense. He has a string of awards recognizing his unique international style and focus on promoting organic and ethnic material exclusive to the North-East region of India. His forte in Western Wear is apparent in the clean silhouettes, seamless fluidity and interesting drapes in his collection.

Dr. Athiqul H Laskar

Dr. Athiqul H. Laskar (MSc, Sports Psychologist, USA, and PhD in Communication and Creative Writing,USA) is a retired American Army Officer, former NATO commander and a renowned scholar. Dr Laskar is a well known author, a strong motivator, renowned scholar and Academic Guidance Consultant. Renowned motivational trainer Dr Laskar is the founder of the state-of-the-art Conant Institute which is a leading institution offering motivational training, personality grooming, training in life skills, soft skills, communication skills, stress management etc. The Conant Institute has several wings dealing with life skills training, motivational training, basic education, social etc. Dr Laskar had served in various army assignments in different places across various countries. He served in various army assignments in Turkey, Japan, Korea, and Germany. He had been posted in various places across different parts of the world and he has traveled across different parts of the globe for more than 26 times. His vast experience and mammoth global exposure gets reflected in the powerful, motivational lectures to the youth in several countries. Dr Laskar has already delivered more than 6000 lectures. Dr Laskar has lived and worked in the USA for 38 years and has trained more than 30,000 students. He is also a corporate trainer and handles corporate events. Dr Laskar has written more than eleven books which have been published by the American publishers. His book Sensation Seeking is very popular among readers.

Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma

Pradyot Bikram Manikya Deb Barma , also known as P.B.K Manikya (born July 4, 1978), is the head of the Royal House of Tripura. He was born and brought up in Delhi, India.He is the current General Secretary of the Tripura Pradesh Congress and also the Editor of TNT-The Northeast Today Magazine. The present Maharaja Pradyot Bikram Kishore Manikya Deb Burman is the 186th ruler of the dynasty who took over after the death of his father Late Maharaja Kirit Bikram kishore Manikya Deb Burman.

Rahul Joshi

Rahul Joshi is a Partner and Director at Synthesys Solutions. After spending over a decade in US working in software research and development, he moved back to India to start his own venture in the area of legal software and services. Since then he has been part of failed ventures and started new ones, with his entrepreneurial spirit alive and well to keep him going. A strong proponent of it’s never too late to start on the journey of entrepreneurship, he believes everyone has potential to make an impact however small to the greater benefit of the community. Rahul holds a Master’s degree from LA Tech University in US and Bachelors in Mechanical engineering from Government College, Aurangabad. An occasional blogger he also regularly shares his experiences and learned skills in project management, enterprise application and communication through workshops and seminars at local colleges and institutions.

Vajresh Balaji

Vajresh Balaji is a homeschooler. He is the Chief Knowledge Officer of Project DigiKnowledge which is a non profit organization devoted to increasing the accessibility of highly-credible knowledge to people. He is also also the Licensee, Organizer and Curator of TEDxKids@RSPuram, x=independently organized TED event. The first TEDxKids@RSPuram event happened on May 25, 2013 which saw 14 speakers who spoke on various topics. Some of his hobbies include collecting stamps, coins, reading books and building new things. He built a wheelchair that can be controlled using an android mobile. He volunteer with Make A Difference and visits several conferences.

Rahul Antao

In 2006, Rahul finished his education in hospitality, culinary arts and applied nutrition in India and went on to work in the hotel industry. Not long after, he took a keen interest in agriculture – specifically to understand the link from farm to fork. From then on, it seemed more of a joy to learn from farmers and this fascination took him to Italy, where he studied at the University of Gastronomic Sciences. Having worked with Navdanya in India and Slow Food in Italy, Rahul spent the better half of the last eight years working with and learning from chefs, producers and farmers, who all seem to possess wisdom that few textbooks can share. All this knowledge further cemented Rahul’s passion for food and agriculture, and led him to explore the world of indigenous people, where one can always find the interlinking holy-trinity of culture, man and ecology. Today, Rahul works as a consultant for the North East Slow Food & Agrobiodiversity Society based in Meghalaya, India – an organisation that intends to bridge the pleasure of taste, with the responsibility of sustainable food production amongst indigenous peoples.

Annurag Batra

Annurag Batra is an entrepreneur, media expert and a journalist rolled into one. Batra is a B. Tech in Computer Sciences, a degree, which he acquired before joining Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon, one of India's leading Business School. He is the Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of exchange4media group which includes exchange4media.com, PITCH, IMPACT, Realty Plus and Franchise Plus. In early 2005 Indira Group of Institutes in Pune awarded the Young Marketer of the year award to Anurag Batra. Early in 2006 the prestigious Management Development Institute (MDI) and Batra's Alma matter awarded him the “Most Distinguished Alumni of the Decade Award”. Anurag Batra is also a member of the Sales & Marketing committee of the Delhi Management Association and President of the Franchising Association of India, Northern chapter. Anurag is passionate about Magazines and is on the Executive Committee of the Association of Indian Magazines (AIM). He wants to give back to the industry and his love for teaching comes into play in his position as the Chairman of the Advisory Board of FMCC (Futuristic Media Communication Centre), a leading Media and Communication School in India. Anurag is also on the core group of TIE's (The Indus Entrepreneurs), a special internet group focused on Education and Training. He is also advising the government through his white papers on Internet, Media and Telelvision and their impact on society. He also writes a monthly column on Entrepreneurship, in India's only Entrepreneurship magazine, Dare. He is also a regular speaker on National and International Conferences on Media, Internet, Television, Media policy and Entrepreneurship.

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Shillong, Meghalaya, India