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Theme: The Big Leap

This event occurred on
July 26, 2014
9:00am - 5:00pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)
Chennai, Tamil Nadu

TEDxThoraipakkam is about bringing big ideas to spark connection and deepen conversation. It's a vibrant mixture of online and live content – both TED Talks videos and in-person talks. We think it’s going to be a pretty great time

Benzz Park
Thirumalai Pillai Road, T.Nagar
Chennai, Tamil Nadu, 600001
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Arun Loganathan

Inspirational Magician
Arun was born and brought up in Chennai, Despite attacked by polio he believes his disability is his motivation to success. He is a law & MBA graduate but his passion for magic led him to be a magician. His shows were featured in NDTV, Sun TV & STAR. "The Hindu" newspaper titled him as "David Blaine in making". Arun is a trustee of "Raindropss" - a NGO which concentrates mainly on delivering social awareness messages to the public in the form of short movies and theme songs through entertainment and media.

Auditya Venkatesh

A 25-year-old, self-taught photographer from Bangalore, Auditya launched his photography page on Facebook — AudiPhotography — in October 2010 and since then there has been no looking back. Auditya’s Facebook page is liked by more than 3 lakh people and the number swells up every day. He has worked with Make A Difference (MAD), a youth-led organisation working in the field of education for which he travelled to 13 cities across India documenting the work done by its fellows.

Fahim Vora

Fahim Vora is a final year B.Com student, In March 2010 along with Tauseef they started Be The Local Tours, offering tourism in one of world's largest slum - Dhravi. Around the world 1000's of foreigners have taken their tours. Intel in 2013 made an inspiring clip about their startup. Fahim supports local students in pursuing higher education by offering them employment & training them as tour guides.

Jaya Priya

Jayapriya is an award-winning Leadership & Behavioural trainer. She is the author of a book on personal effectiveness and emotional intelligence called “From crippling emotions to can-do attitude” This book has got a foreword and recommendation from Shri Narendra Modi, Hon Prime Minister of India, who for the first time given a foreword to a book on Leadership.With high energy, inspiration, interaction, fun and effectiveness, her programs are much sought after for the positive transformation they cause.

Madhumitha Viswanathan

White Hacker
Madhumitha Viswanathan is a Hacker School alum, and is on the pathway to becoming a geek. She started writing code 3 years back during her undergraduation, when interning for the Gnome Foundation as part of Google Summer of Code, and has been hooked since. Before her recent 3 month stint at Hacker School in New York, she worked as a Web Developer and built hobby projects on the side for fun.

Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar started getting on stage from his BITS Pilani days where he was part of a comedy mime team and taking inspiration from Papa CJ, his stand up comedy career started in 2009 where he hit the Open Mics in Bangalore. The turning point of his career came in the form of Weirdass Comedy-Hamateur Night where he won the event in Oct, 2009 and since then, he started hitting the clubs, pubs in Bangalore and have done many corporate gigs. His humor is observational and he has the knack of turning anything that irritates him into comedy.

Priti Rajagopalan

Climate Activist
Priti Rajagopalan is one of the youngest climate change activists and bloggers in India. She holds an engineering degree in Electronics but to describe her as just that will be highly limiting to the marvellous work she has done. She has received the coveted Commonwealth Youth Award 2013 for excellence in development work. she has been a part of the Indian youth delegation to the 16th session of the Conference of Parties (COP16) held in Cancun, Mexico and the 17th session of the COP held in Durban, South Africa.

Saravanan Poo Ko

History Enthusiast
Poo. Ko. Saravanan is an alumnus of College of Engineering Guindy. He had won many state and district level oratorical events and was the ‘Best Speaker’ for two years in a row in CEG,A.C.Tech. He was christened as 'Authority of Thirukkural' by former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. He received the "Best Debater" award in "Perithinum Perithu Kel", on Vijay TV. He received the "Outstanding Student Reporter" award in 2011 .He contributes to Vikatan group of magazines,Kumudam and Tamil Hindu

Shobhana Kumar

Founder - Small Differences
Shobhana Kumar founded Small Differences in Coimbatore on 22 March 2012 with a mission to create liveable environments for old, abandoned people and enrich their lives; create a movement that inspires people to contribute 2-4 hours every week towards community development. Shobhana Kumar is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in two collections of poetry, four anthologies and numerous literary journals around the world. She has authored five books of non-fiction.

Vikram Sridhar

Performance Storyteller
Vikram Sridhar is a Performance Storyteller who believes in Storytelling as a strong medium for Conservation, which is highly relevant in the modern context. A marketing professional, Vikram combines his work and interest in Theatre, Wildlife Conservation and the social sector in his Storytelling. He has been written about in various media for his high energy interactive style of Storytelling . He has been supporting the social sector space over a decade by volunteering and consulting them.

Organizing team


Chennai, India
  • Shradha Ramprasad
    Speaker Manager
  • Vishnu Prasad
    Speaker Manager
  • Arjun Gk
    Event Manager
  • Thamizh Arasan
    Event Manager & Web Designer
  • Puneet Murthika
    Event Manager
  • Sampath Kumar
    Event Manager
  • Karthi Keyan
    Event Manager
  • Davis Prabhu
    Event Manager
  • Apoorva Dorai
    Event Manager
  • Harish Shivaraman
    Event Manager
  • Aswhin Irudayarajan
    Event Manager