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Theme: Freedom Meets Courage

This event occurred on
November 1, 2015
11:00am - 6:00pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)
Gangtok, Sikkim

With the passionate belief in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world, we want to build a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the most inspired thinkers and a community of curious souls that engage with ideas. With the intent of spreading thoughts, we proudly announce the first chapter of TEDxSMIT.

Freedom is power, but requires courage to unveil its strength. Courage is strength, but requires freedom to explore its power. TEDxSMIT will celebrate the ideas where freedom met courage to spark actions that have the potential to impact the civilization. It will give the stage to people who can inspire and engage through their stories and initiate the movement of unveiling and exploring.

Sikkim Manipal University Auditorium
Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences
5th Mile, Tadong
Gangtok, Sikkim, 737102
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Anurag Singh Rathor

After gaining industry experience and expertise in various fields and technologies during his 6 year stint with Wells Fargo & Co, Anurag came up with a novel idea which would not only prove to be a good business idea but also a noble concept with the potential to change the way we look at daily commuting, forever. Zify was shortlisted out of 150 applications for the Google Launchpad Week where Google mentored 16 Best Startups in India.

Avinash Saurabh

Wellness Expert
This man is on a mission. To form healthier habits for a whopping 100 million people across the globe. To create a revolution in mankind by giving health and wellness a completely different dimension. The more far-fetched his dream might seem to you, the closer he is actually in achieving it. Meet Avinash Sourabh, founder and CEO zoojoo.BE, a startup that has a clear road map to create a salubrious world for us in the near future.

Bibeth Sharma

A big fan of Steve Jobs, he believes in innovation and says that ideas can come from any corner. He is a Rotarian and has been a Group Exchange Member to USA in 2009. He is a professional Quiz master, Professor, Photographer and Philosopher, he is the epicenter of student activities in SIkkim Manipal Institute of Technology.

Krishna Hasa

Hasa is an independent thinker with entrepreneurial attitude. She is the quintessential leader who doesn't leave any stone unturned for making an assignment successful. She has 5+ years of experience in BFSI and currently works as a program manager for game changer projects in big data domain with keen focus on data visualization and commercialization aspects for Barclays. She is also the recipient of BITSAA Global 30 under 30 Awards and Mantra award for women leadership which is given to recognize and reward outstanding alums of BITS Pilani who demonstrate extraordinary leadership potential and/or entrepreneurial initiative. She also has an MBA in Strategy and Finance from ISB, Hyderabad.

Naveen Jaiswal

After various stints as a computer-engineer working on large number of technologies including network-on-chip, he co-founded Vehere as its Head of R&D. Vehere pioneered communication intelligence for Government and Large Enterprises. Vehere is a niche R&D driven technology company working in the field of electronic warfare, communication and cyber intelligence. Vehere leverages its technology to help LENS (Law Enforcement and National Security) Agencies, Intelligence Agencies, Defense and Large Enterprises tackle complex challenges with the ultimate goal of enabling a safer world.

Raghav Mimani

Security has always been of paramount concern, whether it is personal security, the security of your family, your co-workers or your employees. As India evolves into gen next our security paradigm needs a transformation. Issues such as cyber bullying, harassment and teasing are rampant in our society. However, we are glad Raghav Mimani took the initiative of making our society a better place.

Will Harris

Social Entrepreneur & Author
Business success depends on the generation of profit. Spirituality provides inner peace to pursue philanthropic causes. A new concept is arising where social entrepreneurs are combining established disciplines and creating beautiful outcomes. Bestselling author and humanitarian, Will Harris is one such entrepreneur that combines Business and Spiritualty. He does not make money from spirituality; rather he makes money because of spirituality. Through the philosophy of use what you love to fight what you hate, Mr. Harris co-founded Willpower Improvement Leaders Private Limited. WIL Pvt Ltd has a dual purpose of generating profit and changing the world. He provides examples of how to solve the puzzle of your passion and purpose. It begins with understanding: We are one.

Organizing team


Bangalore, India
  • Aditya Biswas
  • Arindam Bharadwaj
  • Avishek Dev
  • Baibhav Konwar
    Team member
  • Himan Goswami
    Team member
  • Karan Sharma
  • Khagendra Pradhan
  • Nilesh Agarwal
  • Prajnan Goswami
    Post production
  • Prakash Natarajan
  • Srinivasa Saketh
  • Utkarsh Mishra