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Theme: E.N.D.- Energy Never Dies

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April 13, 2018
Bhubaneswr, Orissa

The cosmos is ever-expanding, translating every bit of endeavour into a tangibility of sorts. We go on in our lives, weaving our efforts into the seams of a universe that, in turn, goes on to encompass and mould every perceptible existence. Within the numerous boulevards of this continuum, we coalesce our actions to carve numerous eternities that contribute to shape the world as we know it. When we look at things from a universal standpoint, the concept of futility ceases to be. Our generation is a product of the strains of our forefathers, and the ones before them. We advocate that the world is an amalgamation of human efforts that have been supplemented by the generations that have passed, and thus painting each of their achievements as eternal.

We intend to establish that human energy is in proportion to the number of hindrances it is subjected to, which renders it quite incapable of perishing. With this, we present to you the theme for the third edition of the conference – Energy Never Dies (E.N.D). This year, we aspire to extend our platform to the cause of celebrating the immortality of human perseverance. Let it be known to the world that, our efforts to carve it into a better version of itself, can never be insignificant. They can only be translated into tangible changes in the society. We strive not for a comfortable today but direct our intentions at preaching the importance of such actions that might help the world evolve in the years to come.

Campus 6 Auditorium Hall
KIIT University
Bhubaneswr, Orissa, 751024
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Chef Neha Lakhani & Chef Ashay Dhopatkar

Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat. These two, who go by the name of “The Troublesome Duo”, have worked alongside some of the greatest names in the culinary world including a number of Michelin starred restaurants, MOF chefs & Hotel such as Mark Hix, Gordon Ramsay, Sebastian Chevalier & many more. Known for their distinctive flair for the dramatic, glamorous and innovative culinary skills in the arena of European Cusine, Patisserie & Baking, the Duo have been rustling up a storm in various kitchens in Delhi for the city’s creme de la creme.

Dr. Vishal Rao

Oncologist + Inventor
The chronic nature of cancer not only affects the patient but is also emotionally taxing for those close to them. For patients suffering from throat cancer, the usual voice prosthesis, a Rs.30,000 device, is required to restore their voice after a surgery. This was out of reach for the general middle class before the AUM voice prosthesis, which cost Rs.50, that is, 0.17% of the cost of the previously available solution came into picture. He is a Bangalore based Oncologist who was deeply affected by the depressed mental state of one of his patients who had lost his voice after the surgery. He came up with this revolutionary invention to cure millions like him and helped them find their voices and individuality again.

Lt.Gen DS Hooda

General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command
National security is said to be the root password to our Constitution. The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionable integrity. Our sixth speaker is one of the best commanders India has ever witnessed. The daring surgical strike of September 2016 was his brainchild and when executed, it went on to mark a significant stroke on the Indo-Pak peace talks. He has served on both the Northern, as well as the Eastern borders of India, and is the former General Officer Commanding-in-Chief of the Northern Command. His career has spanned a course of more than four decades, wherein his great valour and strategic planning garnered for him, a myriad of accolades.

Mr. Rishikesh Potdar

Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time. Rishikesh, is a paper artist, a graphic designer, a web/UI designer and an interior designer. As one of the most proficient participants of India’s Got Talent Season 5, he has garnered a unique array of admirers for himself throughout the nation. He has done over 150 shows throughout India, including TV shows at Star Plus and Zee TV and live shows in IITs, NITs and numerous corporate and wedding events.

Mr.Abhas Kumar Mitra

: In the beginning there was nothing, which exploded. We are mere stardust that has been brought to life, and the universe lives within each one of us.Mr. Mitra, is an Indian astrophysicist renowned for his distinct views on several concepts of front-line astrophysics that are particularly related to black holes and the Big Bang cosmology involving the black hole information paradox. He has regularly questioned the mainstream cosmological concepts of the Big Bang and black holes, and has been claiming the resolution of black hole information paradox about thirteen years before Stephen Hawking. At the age of 62, he is one of the most brilliant minds at work in the field of astrophysics.

Mr.Akash Gaurav

A Blockchain entrepreneur and the Founder of India’s first Blockchain company, Auxesis Group, one of the top 100 most influential Blockchain companies till date. An alumnus of IIT Bombay, he also founded the Blockchain Lab, India and Auxledger Foundation. He is in the Advisory board of Hot Blockchain Startup Cashaa, a zero-fee money remittance company, and VEDA- and enterprise of decentralised apps network. He is also a mentor in the Entrepreneurship Club at MISB, Bocconi.

Mr.Ashwani Upadhyaya

Civil Engineer
A new technology, an old problem and a big idea turns into an innovation. Mr. Upadhyaya is the GM at Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS). A civil engineer from IIT Delhi,a PG Diploma holder in management and public policy from IIM Bangalore and a doctoral fellow in ‘Future mobility’ group at Singapore-MIT alliance, he completed his PhD research focusing on application of analytics in urban transport. This led him to come up with the concept of Caterpillar Trains, known as cTrains. With more than 20 years of experience in operation, marketing, strategic planning and information technology, he has presented papers and delivered keynote addresses in prestigious institutions like MIT Cambridge, NUS Singapore, ETH Zurich, Tongji University Shanghai and Sapienza University of Rome, just to name a few. Being awarded the eminent MIT award for designing the 'cTrain', his concept of driverless, noiseless, pollution-free electric trains has been widely acclaimed all over the world.

Mr.Patrick Rajkumar

sports man + professor
The only thing worse than being blind is having a sight without a vision. A blind person, in reality, is the only person who can truly see. Mr. Rajkumar has led the Indian blind Cricket Team to three World cup wins. Being neither a professional coach nor a sportsperson, he did a detailed research on the sport and trained the players by focusing on both physical and mental preparedness. A multilingual and a political science professor, he has been training the team for over six years now. A true visionary with an unbreakable spirit to bring a change to this world, we, at TEDxKIITUniversity are deeply honoured to have Mr. Patrick Rajkumar in the panel of speakers for this year. Let us welcome him with a huge round of applause.

Mr.Risabh Seen

To quote Plato, “Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” Music has come to our next performer as naturally as breathing. Born in a family of musicians, he enjoys global reputation in the field of classical music. Known as the creator of the Global phenomenon “sitar metal”, he is one of the rare Indian Classical Musicians to get an Official VEVO certified VEVO Music channel. Mentioned as the 'Sun of Indian Classical and Metal music' by The North-East Today Newspaper, 2016, he is truly a force to reckon with, in the world of music.

Mrs.Lalitha Raghuram

Social Activist
No one has ever become poor by giving. When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Ms. Raghuram has paved the way for a new system that manages organ donation in India and delivers them to the organ failure patients that are in the last stages of their live. As the Country Director of MOHAN Foundation, this compassionate and dignified individual is committed towards achieving organizational objectives through optimal leverage of human & technological resources. Over the last 13 years, she has created a chain of responsibility in which trained doctors, nurses, transplant coordinators, counsellors and social workers play integral roles to enable organ transplantation in a safe and sensitive way. Recipient of the Ashoka Fellow, Rotary Vocational Excellence Award and the Womentor award, she has become a salient obelisk in the arena of social activism.

Ms.Bhumika saini

She is a visionary in the truest sense of the word. With the ambition of reshaping the minds of the youth towards a better tomorrow, she played a pivotal role in the formation of Study IQ and is a faculty at the same. She is one of the most viewed educators at Unacademy and is a core faculty at Her perspicuity, keen intellect and far-sightedness has added a new dimension to the education system which will hopefully create a wave from which the students of our country can benefit from.

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Bhubaneshwar, India


Bhubaneshwar, India