Nawneet Ranjan is a filmmaker and social entrepreneur who uses Story & Technology to make Change Makers from the slum and rural community. He is the founder of Dharavi Diary: A Slum Innovation Project. He uses hands on learning methodology to make learning and teaching joyful.
Brazilian artist Angélica Dass's photography challenges how we think about skin color and ethnic identity. Hear about the inspiration behind her portrait project, Humanæ, and her pursuit to document humanity's true colors rather than the untrue white, red, black and yellow associated with race.
By cataloging every conceivable human skin tone, Angélica Dass illustrates that skin color and race are more complex than they might appear at first glance.
Boaz is a Quantum Physicist at Tel Aviv University, founder of Quantum Experience and a lifelong restless tinkerer, constantly taking things apart and putting them back together.
Boaz recently launched a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign for BRIXO, an innovative educational product that lets kids learn about electricity through building blocks. Boaz has been devoting his time and energy to bring about a new educational experience that touches both traditional everyday physics and electricity with BRIXO and modern quantum physics with Quantum Levitation and its educational programs and experiments.
Titled "Around the World in 80 Anthems", Capri was featured in over 100 television and print interviews globally. She was invited to sing at such venues as the Marseilles Opera House, the Luxembourg Peace Forum, Carnaval Uruguay, the International Gilbert and Sullivan Festival and at over 40 SOS Children's Villages around the globe. She was also the anthem singer at Major League Baseball games in both Washington, DC and Toronto, Canada to complete her journey.
Capri feels a special connection to India as she was invited to be part of the "Heal the World" collaboration done by the popular Indian duo, Maati Baani, quoted by IANS as "breaking the Internet".
He is the Founder & Artistic Director of Project FUEL. FUEL stands for: Forward the Understanding of Every Life Lesson. The organisation collects life lessons from people of all ages and backgrounds around the world. It seeks to build a community of young adults who live, learn and share in order to make meaningful psycho-social and emotional contributions to themselves and the society in large.
Deepak is a United Nations speaker, two times TEDx speaker, an educator, a writer, actor, lyricist and a gold medalist in Mass Media studies from the University of Mumbai.
Divyanshu is a clinical psychologist, behavioural facilitator, two-time entrepreneur,
adventure enthusiast, and India’s first solo blind paraglider. As the founder of Adventures
Beyond Barriers Foundation, he champions the cause of inclusive sport. Divyanshu recently became the first blind tandem pillion cyclist to complete the 550-kilometre ride from Manali to Khardung La.
Dr. Zarir Udwadia
Dr Zarir F Udwadia is a Mumbai based chest physician. He has a special interest and expertise in drug resistant tuberculosis. About 7000 patients pass through his clinics annually.
He is a prolific researcher and has over 125 PubMed indexed publications and 3000 citations to his credit and is co-author of "Principles of Respiratory Medicine" published by Oxford International.
His recent publication of the first Indian patients with Totally Drug Resistant TB featured on the front pages of Wall Street Journal, Time magazine, the New York Times and on BBC, and served to galvanize great change in the community.
Edith is tapping into an underutilised resource -- families of patients -- and equipping them to play a pivotal role in the healthcare system. By providing skills, awareness and tools to family members who accompany patients in hospitals, Edith is reducing their dependence on medical professionals like doctors and nurses, curbing the rates of re-hospitalisation and ensuring a smooth transition to and proper care at home.
eL Seed fuses Arabic calligraphy with graffiti to paint colorful, swirling messages of hope and peace on buildings from Tunisia to Paris. Born in Paris to Tunisian parents, eL Seed travels the world, making art in Paris, New York, Jeddah, Melbourne, Gabes, Doha and beyond. His goal: to create dialogue and promote tolerance as well as change global perceptions of what Arabic means. In 2012, for instance, he painted a message of unity on a 47-meter-high minaret on the Jara mosque in Gabes, Tunisia.
Florian is currently leading communications at Meta, an augmented reality (AR) company that is one of the companies at the forefront of designing our AR future. Meta’s focus is not on creating experiences that distract or pull us out of the real world, but rather that enhance our natural environments and facilitate greater learning and communication than has been available before.
The possible applications range from more immersive classroom learning to a collaborative creative tool that can be used in real time to bring storytellers together from around the world.
Josy is an award winning journalist based in New Delhi, is the National Security Editor of The Hindu newspaper.
He has been Editor-Special Projects for the Times of India, an Associate Editor with the DNA newspaper, and has also been with Rediff.com, the Asian Age, Delhi Mid Day, and the Blitz.
Josy’s stories have fostered greater public debate and have contributed to significant policy and systemic changes. His reporting has resulted in several high-profile officials being forced out of office, triggering the arrest of many others as well as federal criminal and military investigations.
Kalyani is the co-founder of Inclov, the world's first matchmaking app for people with disability and health disorders to find love. Inclov is accessible to people with visual impairment and cerebral palsy amongst others. The app matches people on the basis of cure availability, medical condition, level of independence and lifestyle choices.
Today, Inclov has 2000 matches and Kalyani has demonstrated early success with two Inclov users getting married in May 2016.
Krtin is currently a school student at Sutton Grammar School. His fascination with science started at an early age when he underwent a series of operations. Krtin was fascinated by the breakthrough technologies developed by scientists that were employed by doctors to deliver cutting-edge healthcare on a daily basis.
His research on Alzheimer’s disease received international recognition at the international Google Science Fair 2015 held at Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Krtin’s breast cancer research also received international recognition and he was named one of 9 Young People Changing the World by VSO International. He now works with the Institute for Research in Schools to encourage students to undertake scientific research and to show people that age is not a barrier when it comes to innovating and exploring the world of science.
Lakshmanan aka Lux Narayan is an entrepreneur with a previous life in the entertainment and advertising industries. He is currently CEO & co-founder at Unmetric, a brand-focused social media intelligence platform used by Fortune 1000 brands and agencies across over 25 countries. Unmetric's team of 70 people are distributed across its operations in Chennai and New York City - where Lux is based.
Maati Baani & Guilhem Desq
Maati Baani is a music duo formed by Music Composer/Producer Kartik Shah and Indian Classical Vocalist Nirali Kartik. Till now they have collaborated with over 150 artistes across the world and are known as the contemporary sound of traditional India. Their songs feature street musicians, famous Youtubers, Folk artistes from different countries and also rare and endangered traditions of music. Together they are redefining collaborations in music with their unique approach of creating music - over the internet.
They find musicians online, co-create a piece together without meeting the musicians in person with the help of skype rehearsals and studio technology. Their aim is to create a song in every country of the world!
Guilhem Desq is an electric 'hurdy gurdy' player from France, offering a surprising journey around his unusual instrument. Although he draws his energy from his instrument’s tradition, he gets his inspiration mainly from modern music and improvisation.
Neel is the founder of the Robin Hood Army. Being a finance student and having worked in a New York based hedge fund (D.E. Shaw), Neel looked set for a career in finance – only to realise that he found excel sheets and financial analysis exceptionally boring. This led him to the world of food and startups, and he joined a small passionate team that believed in building a world-class product. Neel is a bit of a nomad and has lived in 8 cities across 5 countries in the last couple of years, setting up operations of the startup Zomato, worldwide.
In his free time, along with his friend Anand, Neel has set up the Robin Hood Army - a volunteer based organisation which collects excess food from restaurants and distributes it to the less fortunate. In a little over two years, the RHA has served over 1.5 million people through over 8000 Robins across 12 countries. He likes to believe that the RHA is just '1% Done'.
Prukalpa is the co-founder of SocialCops, a data intelligence company. Their platform brings the entire decision-making process to one place — from collecting primary data and accessing secondary data to merging internal data and visualizing data via easy-to-use dashboards. They work with over 150 organizations in 7+ countries, including the Gates Foundation, Tata Trusts, Government of India, Unilever, and Frost & Sullivan. SocialCops was on the 2016 Forbes Asia 30 Under 30 and Fortune India 40 Under 40 lists.
Raghu Raman has possibly one of the most unique career profiles spanning over 25 years. He spent eleven years as an officer in the Indian Armed Forces , followed by another eleven years in the corporate sector before joining the Government as CEO of the National Intelligence Grid.
Raghu is a Distinguished Fellow at the Observer Research Foundation, a frequent guest faculty in business schools, keynote speaker and columnist on National Security Strategy and Leadership in leading publications. He is also the author of “Everyman’s War” - a book published by Random House.
Dr. Roozbeh Ghaffari is the co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at MC10 Inc. Roozbeh is responsible for defining and developing emerging soft bioelectronics and biosensors at MC10. Roozbeh's efforts have led to the launch of the first ever soft and conformal wearable products: BioStamp® and My UV Patch.
Roozbeh holds B.S. and M.Eng degrees in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from the Harvard-MIT Program in Health Sciences and Technology.
Sparsh is a 13-year old child prodigy, singer/song writer/rapper born with brittle bones (130+fractures), but an unbreakable spirit. He became a worldwide internet sensation with his Purhythm versions of Eminem covers. He aspires to inspire and sing in front of a billion people one day.
Sparsh has been learning Hindustani classical music for the last seven-and-a-half years and American vocal music for the last three years. Sparsh is multi-talented. He performs at community events and has appeared on local radio stations and television shows, besides hosting shows as an MC.
He is a self-taught jazz, blues and soul singer/songwriter who is heavily inspired by the vocal stylings of Amy Winehouse and Nina Simone.
Sumit is a sophomore at Ashoka University, where he also heads the Broadway
Society. He was one of the Delhi finalists at The Korean Pop Culture Festival 2016, has performed for Youtube Indie Music Outreach and has also performed with The Performers’ Consortium and Hammer Talents. He is currently signed to a talent management agency in Delhi and does jazz gigs across the city. He was also featured as one of the up and coming artists in Delhi with an offer already in hand to study jazz at Berkley College of Music and is considering the possibility of starting his professional education in May 2017.
Being a reputed National level player of Mallakhamb in the early seventies, helped Deshpande to achieve a natural feel for the sport and to understand the unique demands of a sport like Mallakhamb. As a result his approach has been two – folded. On one hand he has coached and created several outstanding Mallakhamb players, both within the country and abroad. On the other he has helped organize over a hundred Mallakhamb demonstrations and camps within India and has taken Mallakhamb to large audiences spread over a dozen countries around the world.
Vandana Trivedi has grown up across the major urban cities of India, absorbing multiple cultures and traditions.
As she has been charting the journey of her life, she chose to follow her heart, and it lead her to the mountain ranges. An avid trekker and mountaineer, she spends her weekends and vacations climbing the Himalayas and the Sahyadris.
Being with the nature has only invoked her strong resistance to turn a blind eye to human and environmental abuse, particularly the one emanating from open burning of unsegregated garbage in our dumping grounds. She has spent the last few years rallying to create awareness and action from citizens and the establishment towards this cause.
Wim van Egmond
He primarily works as an independent artist but since his work brings together both art and science his images are often used as scientific illustrations. For many years he collaborated in the development of the unique museum for microbes, Micropia in Amsterdam for which he helped making content, images, films and a visitor friendly microscope.
For Ebrahim, a childhood amid terrorism was all he knew. After his father’s incarceration, his family moved more than twenty times, haunted by and persecuted for the crimes of his father. Though his radicalized father and uncles modeled fanatical beliefs, the hateful ideas never resonated with the shy, awkward boy. The older he grew, the more fully Ebrahim grasped the horrific depths of his father’s acts. The more he understood, the more he resolved to dedicate his life to promoting peace.
After several years of hiding his true identity Zak began to speak publicly about his personal path to peace. In 2014 he gave his first TEDtalk in Vancouver, Canada. He released his first book, The Terrorist's Son: A Story of Choice through TEDBooks and Simon and Schuster in September 2014. It won an American Library Association Award in 2015.