Viplav is an eLearning researcher and entrepreneur who is passionate about digital learning experiences. He blogs actively at http://learnos.wordpress.com and is furiously working on what he calls the NBT (Network Based Training), a new futuristic format for digital learning, based on networked collaboration, that he believes will be a logical evolution from the Computer (CBT) and Web (WBT) based training models of the present.
Jayesh Sachdev, graduated with a major in Advertising and Design from Lasalle-SIA College of the Arts, Singapore, in 2005. In 2006, he founded Emblem, a contemporary Art & Design studio, followed by the Emblem Art Gallery and Emblem Couture. His enterprising dynamicism saw him being acknowledged and credited as British Council Recipient for the Top 5 Young Arts Entrepreneurs in India, 2008. Sachdev holds the National Record for having painted India’s largest concept artwork, a new-media artwork 40ftx40ft through a never before initiated 'Tyre-Art' concept that was witnessed by the nations art fraternity.
Jayesh has held several exhibitions in New York, India, Singapore and Paris. His works are with private collectors across the globe including French Royalty and Bollywood icons. He has shared platform with Original works of legendary Raja Ravi Verma and has the distinction of having works featured at Cannes and Pune International Film Festivals. . He has also been involved with charity art events attended by the President of India, APJ Kalam, He is also the finalist of the Tiger Translate India Arts Awards and Crow Bar Asia Advertising Awards.
He is currently working on his paintings for a show in New York, a solo show in India and his two new Life Style and Fashion labels, Quirk Box and Stuck with Stupid.
After 10 years in the corporate world, Amit decided to follow his heart and co-founded Go!Places (www.goplaces.in), a heritage tourism venture on a mission to Bring History to Life! He is an avid traveler, photographer, writer and a keen student of entrepreneurship. More important, he is the father of a three-year-old who shows him every day what is truly important.
Amit’s experience managing a fresh startup gives him ground-level perspective on ‘bringing order from chaos’ that he is keen to share with participants at TEDxSPSU. He hopes the discussion will inspire wannabe entrepreneurs to take the plunge, start their very own ventures and give shape to long-cherished dreams.
Amit studied Physics at St. Xaviers’ College and Management at IIM Calcutta. He has worked in India, Singapore, Philippines and the US, his last corporate position being Vice President, Business Planning at Citi (New York).
Mohit Pawar is the CEO of New Media Consulting Group. He is also part of the worldwide team of Seth Godin’s The Domino Project, powered by Amazon.com. Pawar thinks of internet as a big social unifier and is a firm believer in its ability to inform, educate and entertain. His associates know him as a go-to person for start-up advice and using technology for strengthening brands. He spends his leisure hours spinning music and writes a widely read blog at www.mohitpawar.com.
Award winning geologist Dr Ritesh Arya is alumina of Geology Department Punjab University Chandigarh. He started his career in 1993 as a hydrogeologist working on daily wages @Rs 82.80 paisa per day but in later left his govt job in Himachal Pradesh to work as an entrepreneur to explore and develop groundwater resources for Indian Army and Civil population on guaranteed basis in high altitude cold mountain desert of Ladakh, Kargil,Drass Leh, Nubra Valley, Siachen glacier and Chushul which were earlier considered to be devoid of groundwater resources. Doing so earned his name in Guinness World record for drilling highest artesian borewell in 2004.
He is nominated member of Water Management Board. Govt of Himachal Pradesh,preparing draft Water Policy for the Hill state.
Dr Aryas micro geothermal findings was nominated as top 10 innovations by Guardian Newspaper from UK in World Future Energy Submit 2011 Abu Dhabi
He is member of various International organisations and has published more then 50 papers in national and Internationl journals /seminars /papers and magzines in India and abroad on various topics of geology, water,energy and climate change.
His findings C cycles and Climate change and has been accepted for presentation in Global Conference on Global Warming to be held in Lisbon later this year. Today he will be speaking about his latest findings about climate change being a natural process based on geological findings and establish the fact that warming and cooling is a cyclic process and man is too small to make an impact
Jay Thakkar is an Assistant Professor at Faculty of Design, a member of SID Research Cell and Research Head of Design Innovation and Craft Resource Centre (DICRC) at CEPT University, in Ahmedabad, India. He is a professional consultant in Visual Communication and Traditional Building Practices and Crafts. He is also a Hon. Secretary of IIID (Institute of Indian Interior Designer) Ahmedabad Regional Chapter.
He has a Masters in Visual Communication from the Birmingham Institute of Art and Design (BIAD), United Kingdom (2004) and a Diploma in Interior Design from the School of Interior Design, CEPT University (2000). He received gold medals from the School of Interior Design, CEPT University and the Gujarat Institute for Civil Engineers and Architects (GICEA).
Jay Thakkar is an author and designer of two books 1. “Matra: Ways of Measuring Vernacular Built Forms of Himachal Pradesh” (CEPT, 2008) and 2. “Naqsh: The Art of Wood Carving of Traditional Houses of Gujarat – Focus on Ornamentation” (CEPT, 2004) He was the principal fieldwork researcher and project director for Matra, where more than 50 students, researchers, designers, illustrator were involved in making of this book. Matra won a Critic’s Choice Award – Best Written Work on Architecture 2009. This national level award was presented by ArchiDesign Awards for Excellence in Architecture and Infrastructure, organized by Foundation of Architecture and Environmental Awareness. His book Naqsh has been chosen by Government of Gujarat for ‘Swarnim Gujarat’ Celebrations, where the book will be given as a regal souvenir to chief dignitaries.
Jay Thakkar is one of the principal coordinator for a collaborative project – Indigenous Building Practices of Himachal Pradesh, India – of CEPT University, India and University of Melbourne, Australia. He organized a Space Making (Bamboo) Craft Workshop at DICRC in collaboration with national and international institute where more than 60 designers and traditional bamboo artisans from Kotwalia Community of Dang participated to generate 24 designed products. He has worked on design projects in India and Britain, including the internationally reputed Indo-French project for the revitalization of the walled city of Ahmedabad. He is passionate about Design Education, Visual Communication, Vernacular and Traditional Architecture, Craft Development and Indigenous Building Systems.
Anuj studied post graduation in Apparel Design at the famous design school, National Institute of Design (NID), India. He was then awarded prestigious Charles Wallice India trust scholarship in 2002 to study Masters in High performance Sportswear Design from the University of Derby, UK.He was also invited to attend fashion coterie in New York. He was selected amongst four finalists for International Young Fashion Entrepreneur of the Year award (IFFEY) by British council, India.He was recently awarded the most innovative collection of the year award at Marie Claire Made in India fashion awards, 2009.
He was recently invited by HCL as one of the two speakers to give a talk on unconventional management during World Economic Forum at Davos in Switzerland.He was also invited by British Council, India to do a show at Alchemy festival in London. He was invited to give a talk at TEDxDelhi on his collection called button masala. He was also invited to be a jury at an international fashion competition in Sweden recently.
Mainly working with areas of craft development and performance wear, Anuj’s other areas have included teaching fashion and understanding human behaviour with the help of fashion. He has previously shown collection in Japan, UK, and Sweden and has been a regular at Lakme fashion week in Mumbai.