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November 2, 2014
10:05am - 7:00pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)
Mumbai, Maharashtra

TEDxGateway is oriented at developing a community of like minded highly informed and engaged innovators, designers, thinkers, technologists and environmentally and socially concerned individuals in India's biggest metro - Mumbai.

TEDxGateway is an independently organized TED event operated under license from TED. At the day long conference we will feature eminent speakers from different walks of life will share unique ideas from India and all around the globe.

We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.

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Voctronica is India’s first all-vocal ensemble. Voctronica was set up by world-renowned beat boxer, Shlomo (UK), along with MC Testament (UK), Sony Music India and British Council India. After an online audition which received over a hundred entries, Shlomo and MC Testament short-listed the top-16 candidates. A month later, after a 7-day long workshop conducted by MC Testament at British Council, Mumbai, the top-16 were narrowed down to 6 members who went on to form India’s first All-Vocal ensemble, Voctronica. Voctronica consists of beat-boxers, Indian Classical, Pop, Blues and Rock vocalists who collectively bring to you the real power of the Human Voice. No Instruments. No Kidding.

Adam Magyar

Traveller, artist, visualizer and a self-taught photographer who is taking the world by storm; it wouldn’t be wrong to call this high-school dropout the Einstein of photography. Adam has successfully invented a new technique of photography which allows him to take high-resolution photos of speeding trains and passengers in the subway and turn this footage of seconds into minutes, allowing his audience to get a slow glimpse into the fast-paced human life. Born in Hungary, Magyar started taking pictures in his late twenties. A traveller at heart, he wandered through Asia and captured images of Indian street vendors, holy men, and students. His work evolved rapidly from conventional documentary photography to surreal, radically experimental imagery that reflected his obsession with finding innovative new uses for digital technology.

Anuradha Koirala

Born in 14 April 1949 to Colonel Pratap Singh Gurung and Laxmi Gurung, Anuradha Koirala was brought up in a family that regarded providing services for humankind as the best form of pious work. She studied in Saint Joseph Convent School Kalimpong, India. For more than twenty years, she taught English at various reputed schools of Kathmandu. Mother Teresa was the biggest source of inspiration to initiate a mission for the betterment of humankind. Therefore , in 1993 Ms. Koirala founded Maiti Nepal with the aim of providing services for both children and women who have endured untold pain and suffering, often in silence. Children ,girls and women were being trafficked within and from Nepal for commercial sexual exploitaion. She set up Maiti Nepal with a vow to put an end to this heinous crime. On 25th November 2010 she was declared as CNN Hero of the year through global on line voting . Her victory as a CNN Hero is a pride and honour to the nation itself

Arsh Shah Dilbagi

Arsh Shah Dilbagi, a 16-year-old from India, won a spot as one of Google's 15 Global Science Fair finalists for his project about helping people with developmental disabilities like locked-in syndrome, Parkinson's, or ALS communicate using only their breath. "In nutshell, Talk has the potential to change the world by enabling people with disorders like LIS, ALS etc., speech impairments like Dysarthria and even Mutes to communicate and interact with the world like never before," Dilbagi writes. "It's my turn to change the world."

Cynthia Koenig

Cynthia is an entrepreneur whose career focuses on incubating mission-based businesses designed to alleviate poverty in the developing world. She spent the last decade living and working throughout Central America, Southern Africa, South and Southeast Asia, where she became intimately familiar with the challenges associated with the lack of access to clean water. Cynthia launched Wello with a bold vision – to effectively deliver clean water to a thirsty world. By reframing the water crisis as an opportunity, Wello reinvented the wheel, and developed an innovative business model that empowers individuals to use the WaterWheel as an income-generating tool to lift their families out of poverty.

Deepak Ramola

Deepak’s favourite words in life are ‘seeker’, ‘artist’, ‘boundless’, ‘energy’, ‘potential’, ‘creativity’ ……. And these are also words that make him, him. Apart from being a life skills educator, interacting with more than 1500 differently abled (visually impaired, physically challenged, autistic, deaf and mute and other special cases), aged, tribal and under privileged people, from the ages 4- 96 years old, all across the country in 2013 alone; Deepak Ramola is a gold medalist in Mass Media studies from the University of Mumbai Deepak uses his multi-faceted experiences and multidimensional talents towards channeling everyday wisdom and experiences into easy to imbibe and apply, life lessons

Dr. Aparna Hegde

During her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Sion hospital in Mumbai, Dr. Hegde witnessed how pervasive systemic problems in the provision of health care to underprivileged pregnant women and children led to deaths that were actually preventable. Unable to accept the status quo, she founded ARMMAN (Advancing Reduction in Mortality and Morbidity of Mothers, Children and Neonates;, a non-profit dedicated to designing cost-effective solutions at scale for complex health care problems. ARMMAN’s four projects; mMitra, HERO, Arogya Sakhi home based care and mother and child high risk factor tracking, will impact the lives of millions over the next three years. mMitra was awarded the “People Choice’s Award” at the Saving Lives at Birth grant event in Washington DC in 2011.

Dr. Nirmalya Kumar

Dr. Nirmalya Kumar is Member – Group Executive Council at Tata Sons. He reports directly to the Chairman of the $100 billion plus Tata group and is responsible for group strategy. Previously, he was professor of marketing at the London Business School and also taught at Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, IMD (Switzerland) and Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management). Dr. Kumar has written seven books, including Marketing as Strategy and India Inside. He has also published several articles in Harvard Business Review and many other leading academic journals. As a consultant, he has worked with more than 50 Fortune 500 companies in 60 different countries as well as served on several boards of directors.

Dr. Ramanan Laxminarayan

Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan has overseen the growth of a research division from 80 to over 700 technical and research staff between 2011 and 2014 at PHFI. In 2012, Laxminarayan established the Immunization Technical Support Unit that supports the immunization program of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Government of India. Laxminarayan is an economist and epidemiologist by training. His research work deals with the integration of epidemiological models of infectious diseases and drug resistance into the economic analysis of public health problems. He has worked to improve the understanding of antibiotic resistance as a problem of managing a shared global resource. He is a series editor of the Disease Control Priorities for Developing Countries, 3rd edition. He has served on a number of advisory committees at the World Health Organization, Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, and the US National Academies of Science/Institute of Medicine.

Dr. Vijay Kumar

Vijay Kumar is the UPS Foundation Professor with appointments in the Departments of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, Computer and Information Science, and Electrical and Systems Engineering. Vijay Kumar has held many administrative positions in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, including director of the GRASP Laboratory, chair of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and the position of the Deputy Dean. He served as the assistant director of robotics and cyber physical systems at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Erica Hagen

Erica is co-founder of Map Kibera, which created the first free and open map of the Kibera slum in Nairobi in 2009. Map Kibera has evolved to include Voice of Kibera, a website that maps stories citizen reporters; the online video initiative Kibera News Network; and more. She is also director of GroundTruth Initiative, in Washington, DC, using digital technologies, citizen media and mapping for greater citizen voice and impact around the world. Websites: Twitter: @ricaji

Graham Hill

Graham Hill is the founder of LifeEdited, dedicated to helping people design their lives for more happiness with less stuff. When he started the company in 2010, it brought the ideas of his previous project, the eco-blog and vlog, into design and architecture. (The TreeHugger team joined the Discovery Communications network as a part of their Planet Green initiative, and Hill now makes appearances on the green-oriented cable channel.) Before Treehugger, Hill studied architecture and design (his side business is making those cool ceramic Greek coffee cups). His other company, ExceptionLab, is devoted to creating sustainable prototypes — think lamps made from recycled blinds and ultra-mod planters that are also air filters. Hill is the author of Weekday Vegetarian, available as a TED Book on Amazon and Apple’s iBooks.

Hemani Kalucha

At 16 years of age, Hemani Kalucha has already made her mark in the field of robotics. Her most recent accomplishment was winning the Indian Robot Olympiad 2012 for her project ‘AR-Jen’. This project explored the myriad theme of Indian mythology by taking the wonders of human capabilities and attempts, to decode and replicate it using the laws of physics and motion engineering. Her robot was also displayed at Techfest 2013, one of Asia’s largest science and technology festivals, in IIT Bombay. This project not only showed Hemani’s intellectual capabilities, but also her ability to strongly connect to judges and audiences using ingenious concepts and gripping ideas.

Jay Herratti

Jay Herratti joined TED in 2014 as Executive Director of TEDx, a global movement devoted to bringing Ideas Worth Spreading to communities all over the world. In this role, he leads the strategy and drives long-term growth of the program. Since 2012 Herratti has been serving on the Board of Directors of Constant Contact (NASDAQ: CTCT), a digital-marketing platform to help drive small businesses, and NutriSystem (NASDAQ: NTRI), a comprehensive, Internet-based weight loss program. Herratti has a B.S. in Business & Management from the University of Maryland at College Park, and an MBA from INSEAD in Fontainbleu, France.

Jeremy Heimans

Mr. Jeremy Heimans is a Co-founder of and serves as is Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Heimans serves as Chief Executive Officer and Directorof Purpose Global, LLC. In 2007, he co-founded Avaaz, the world’s largest online citizens’ movement, now with more than 15 million members. In 2005, he co-founded GetUp, an Australian political organization and internationally recognized social movement phenomenon that today has more members than all of Australia’s political parties, combined. He serves as Advisor at HomerLearning, Inc. The team at Purpose, has built movements to fight cancer with LIVESTRONG, to eliminate nuclear weapons with Global Zero, launched to promote LGBT rights around the world, and is working with Jamie Oliver on a national movement to transform our food culture.

Jerry Sanders

Jerry’s a former Navy SEAL who went on to found two technology accelerators: San Francisco Science and The Triana Group; acquired a law degree; holds post-graduate qualifications in German Socio-economics from The Goethe Institute in Bonn, Germany and Comparative Constitutional Law from The National Autonomous University in Mexico City, Mexico; is a fellow of the New York and California Bar Associations; and an Associate Fellow and faculty member at Oxford University’s Saïd Graduate School of Business, and a Professor of The Law of the Sea at the Ruppin Academy. As Chairman and CEO of SkyTran Inc. – a cutting-edge, NASA Space Act company – Jerry gets to play part mad-scientist, part game-changing innovator. In his spare time, hosts a radio talk show entitled: “The Devil’s Advocate, the show where every caller is wrong.”

Joe Landolina

Joe is the 21-year old inventor of VETI-GEL, a gel that can instantly stop traumatic bleeding without the need to apply pressure. He recently built a state of the art manufacturing facility in Brooklyn, New York to bring the product to market. Joe has research experience in biocompatible polymers and was selected as a Barry M. Goldwater Scholar in 2013 in recognition of his outstanding potential in scientific research. He was named a 2014 TED Global Fellow and is an active Innovation Consultant at NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering. He holds an MS in Biomedical Engineering with a focus on Biomaterials, and a BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from NYU Polytechnic School of Engineering.

Joe Madiath

At the tender age of 12, Joe Madiath helped farm workers in his father’s field organize a protest to fight for better working conditions. Since then, he has never looked back. Witnessing the devastation of the 1971 Orissa cyclone, and realizing the comparatively little attention received by the disaster victims, Madiath and a small group of volunteers decided to provide help in the area. Once their relief efforts were complete they decided to stay back and work there as development activists. Thus, Madiath founded Gram Vikas in 1979.

John Werner

ohn is the Head of Innovation & New Ventures for the Camera Culture Group. He is working on new imaging platforms, developing hardware and software technologies for augmenting human vision. John is also working on large scale online learning, bringing young people from around the world together to solve some of the most important problems through rapid prototyping and helping foster an environment of entrepreneurship to take ideas into the real world for impact. He is a a co-instructor of MIT’s Computational Photography and Imaging, Fabrication and Ventures and an advisor for MIT’s Engineering the Medical Tricorder. John is building a community to foster and disseminate technology for social impact. He is a founder of Ideas in Action/, All-American Triathlete, Loeb Fellow, Harvard University, one of the founding members of Citizen Schools, active photographer (blog has over 100k images, over 1m views, contributor to Getty Images) and family guy.

Madan Padaki

An engineer from NIE Mysore and an MBA from SPJIMR, Mumbai, Madan had worked with Wipro, Infosys and Mphasis (Japan) – before he was bitten by the entrepreneurial bug in 2000 when he co-founded MeritTrac which was later acquired by Manipal Global Education Services and is India’s largest skills assessment company today. Madan is also the co-founder & Director of Sylvant, an initiative that supports early-stage education for entrepreneurs and has a current portfolio of 4 companies globally. In 2011, he was conferred The Young Education Leader Award by EDGE Forum – a forum of leading educationists and educational institutions in India. He is also on the Governing Council of TiE Bangalore, Indo-American Chamber of Commerce, Karnataka and is a founding Partner of Social Venture Partners, Bangalore.

Naresh Narasimhan

Naresh V Narasimhan is well known for his long-term association with Venkataramanan Associates (VA), an award-winning architectural firm. What resonates when you talk to him, is his enthusiasm and his role as an urbanist, activist, and creative entrepreneur in Bangalore. Some of Naresh’s most recent initiatives include Cobalt, a vibrant co-working space in central Bangalore that uses spatial and social strategies to trigger serendipity at work. He maintains a healthy and eclectic work‐style, with interests that range from social innovation, knowledge-sharing and communication strategies to cinema, art and popular culture.

Nirmalya Kumar

Nirmalya Kumar is a professor of Marketing at the London Business School and a passionate voice for new entrepreneurs in India. Dr. Nirmalya Kumar is Member – Group Executive Council at Tata Sons. He reports directly to the Chairman of the $100 billion plus Tata group and is responsible for group strategy. Previously, he was professor of marketing at the London Business School and also taught at Columbia Business School, Harvard Business School, IMD (Switzerland) and Northwestern University (Kellogg School of Management).

Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal is the Minister of State with Independent Charge for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy in the Government of India. He is currently a Member of Rajya Sabha and was earlier the National Treasurer of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He headed the BJP’s Information Communication Campaign Committee and oversaw the publicity and advertising campaign of the party including the social media outreach for the Indian General Elections 2014. He has had a brilliant academic record – all-India second rank holder Chartered Accountant and second rank holder in Law in Mumbai University. He was a well-known investment banker and he has advised top corporates on management strategy and growth. He earlier served on the Board of India’s largest commercial bank, the State Bank of India and Bank of Baroda.

Raghava KK

Raghava KK is a celebrated renowned Indian artist. CNN named him one of 10 remarkable people the world is yet to know of. He began his career in art as a newspaper cartoonist, and the cartoonist's bold line -- and dead-on eye for truth -- still powers his art. His work spans painting, sculpture, installation, film and performance, always linked by his challenging opinions on identity, conformity, gender, celebrity, ceremony. He was recently named National Geographic emerging explorer.

Ralph Simon

In this talk, Ralph introduces the audience to 'the world's first flying motor car.' Ralph Simon is one of the founders of the modern global mobile entertainment and content industry. He is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Mobilium Global, the mobile strategic group and think-tank based in London, providing high level creative and development advice and guidance to media companies, content creators and designers, multi-national telco operators, handset & tablet makers, technology infrastructure companies, brands, ad agency groups and platform providers around the world. Mobilium has worked with artists and trans-media global star such as Madonna, Irish rock group U2, and Lady Gaga.

Ram Subramanian

Ram Subramanian is regarded as one of the finest minds in advertising. His work has won numerous awards around the world. Ram is a strategist, innovator, writer and director who founded Handloom Picture Company in India. He is known for his talent to hold an audience with his multi-dimensional style of filmmaking. This year, unhappy with the state of India, his country, Ram wrote and directed ‘Mute’ and ‘Unmute’, two powerful films that resonated with a lot of people and raised valid questions in their minds.

Ramesh Raskar

In 1964 MIT professor Harold Edgerton, pioneer of stop-action photography, famously took a photo of a bullet piercing an apple using exposures as short as a few nanoseconds. Inspired by his work, Ramesh Raskar and his team set out to create a camera that could capture not just a bullet (traveling at 850 meters per second) but light itself (nearly 300 million meters per second). Stop a moment to take that in: photographing light as it moves. For that, they built a camera and software that can visualize pictures as if they are recorded at 1 trillion frames per second. The same photon-imaging technology can also be used to create a camera that can peer “around” corners , by exploiting specific properties of the photons when they bounce off surfaces and objects.

Sonam Kalra

Sonam Kalra has been trained in Indian Classical and Western music traditions and is equally adept at singing both genres. Sonam has learnt Indian Classical music from Smt. Shubha Mudgal and Pt. Sarathi Chatterjee and has also studied Gospel and Jazz with Ashley Clement in Singapore, as well as classical opera under the noted tenor, Hur Chul Young. Sonam is known for her powerful yet sensitive voice and ability to blend styles, yet stay true to the music. Her singing reflects the special meaning it holds for her and she brings to it a truth that can move you from deep within, with a freshness and gaiety that are both invigorating and infectious.

Sonam Kalra & Ahsan Ali

Sonam Kalra has been trained in Indian Classical and Western music traditions and is equally adept at singing both genres. Sonam has learnt Indian Classical music from Smt. Shubha Mudgal and Pt. Sarathi Chatterjee and has also studied Gospel and Jazz with Ashley Clement in Singapore, as well as classical opera under the noted tenor, Hur Chul Young. Sonam is known for her powerful yet sensitive voice and ability to blend styles, yet stay true to the music. Her singing reflects the special meaning it holds for her and she brings to it a truth that can move you from deep within, with a freshness and gaiety that are both invigorating and infectious.

Stuart Sender

Stuart Sender is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker whose credits include two documentary films nominated for Academy Awards. Stuart wrote, produced and directed Prisoner of Paradise, which was nominated for an Academy Award and a Directors Guild Award for best documentary feature. Stuart was Executive Producer of The Garden, also nominated for an Academy Award for best documentary. Stuart wrote the story for the movie The Vow starring Channing Tatum and Rachel McAdams. Stuart helped launch and was Senior Producer of the award-winning weekly newsmagazine South Africa Now, which was broadcast on 200 PBS stations and internationally. A career and life highlight was traveling to South Africa where Stuart produced the first exclusive interview with Nelson Mandela following President Mandela’s release from prison. And he was Senior Producer of Nelson Mandela: Free at Last a nationally broadcast documentary for PBS.

Sudha Kheterpal

Sudha Kheterpal is a British-Indian musician best known as the percussionist in Faithless. In 2008 she toured with The Return of the Spice Girls. She has also played with K-Klass, Kylie Minogue, Melanie Williams, Jo Roberts, Corduroy, Mark Morrison, Rae and Christian, Ian Brown, Talvin Singh, and Dido.

Toby Shapshak

Toby Shapshak writes and speaks about innovation, and how it differs in Africa. He believes Africa is a mobile-driven continent, about which he has written for CNN and The Guardian in London; and been interviewed by The Huffington Post. He’s been writing about innovation, telecommunications and the Internet — and the impact they have on people’s lives — for more than 15 years. He’s now working on a book about a passionately held belief: that in Africa, necessity is the mother of innovation. He is the editor and publisher of Stuff magazine. He co-hosts a live weekly TV show on CNBC Africa and writes a weekly column for the Financial Mail.

Trisha Prabhu

For as long as she can remember, Trisha Prabhu has been fascinated with the inner workings of the brain. In the fall of 2013, after hearing about a young girl’s suicide because of cyberbullying, she set out to design a long-term effective solution to stop cyberbullying. Her efforts resulted in ReThink, a product that gives adolescents trying to post offensive messages on social media a second chance to reconsider their decisions. Winning a spot as a Global Finalist at Google Science Fair 2014 and winner of PowerPitch 1871, Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurial hub, Trisha and Rethink has been covered by Business Insider, The International Business Times, The Huffington Post, and several other US and International media outlets. Trisha currently holds a provisional patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office for her ReThink product. Trisha is a 14 year-old high school freshman at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, IL, United States.

Zenia Tata

As a young girl, Zenia was inspired by her grandmother who contributed to the upliftment of the poor in slum areas near her home. Today, she has taken this inspiration to another level. Over the last 21 years, Tata has created a niche for herself by helping non-profits or social ventures leverage a market opportunity. She has opened diverse funding opportunities to several organizations and communities from across the globe, giving their business a much needed boost. Zenia has worked in over 20 countries spanning across Asia, South Africa and Central America, and is passionate about her work with economically disadvantaged populations. She believes that soon diverse issues – ranging from water and food scarcity, economic enhancement, climate change, land rights, healthcare, education and child welfare – will be addressed by the common man of this country, powered by just a little encouragement from XPrize.

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