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Theme: Stop and Think

This event occurred on
September 2, 2018
Surat, Gujarat

TEDxSVNIT is an independently organised TEDx event operated under license from TED. Innovation takes place when diverse ideas reach out to the inquisitive minds of people. At TEDxSVNIT, we present an opportunity to bring up out of the box thinkers and let their ideas, innovations and inventions kindle a think tank among the student. With an event such as this, we aim to create a turbulence in the mainstream engineering mindset of students so that newer ideas incubate with a blend of art and technology.

SVNIT Guest House Conference Hall
Ground Floor, SVNIT Guest House, Ichchanath
Surat, Gujarat, 395007
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Anil Charanjeett

An Indian Bollywood film actor who has worked in films like PK, Singh is Bling, Raees and Hasee toh Phasee, Anil Charanjeett is a talented artist who always gives 100% on screen . Much lauded from his presence in the phenomenal Indian Netflix Original Sacred Games, Charanjeeett hails from Balaghat in Madhya Pradesh. Having earned a bachelor’s degree in commerce, Charanjeett was expected to join his father’s business- but he had completely different ambitions. He came to Mumbai- like millions of other Indians- for a career in acting and through a sheer hard work, he has been able to cement his place in the bollywood industry.

Anjan Prakash

Biomimicry Consultant
Anjan Prakash started her career in Ogilvy Advertising and then co-founded Brown Skins – a film production house in Mumbai which produced several commercials for national and international clients. After 16 years in advertising, she realized her passion was actually in working at the intersection between business, design and nature. Currently she divides her time between being a Masters cum Professional Certification student and a Biomimicry Facilitator. Her talks and workshops are aimed at educating and informing audiences about how to design better products, processes and systems by looking to nature for time-tested solutions. As a facilitator, she holds the intention of bringing together multidisciplinary professionals to design biomimetic products.

Dhiraj Jalan

Founder, YogaMilk
Passionate about safety of health and environment, Dhiraj Jalan, the young entrepreneur, has taken multiple initiatives to help address the issues of adulteration and toxicity. From healthy fashion jewellery (Lustreus Ornaments Pvt. Ltd.) to healthy foods (YogaMilk), his journey has been diverse and has only just begun. He believes in building responsible organisations that are conscious of their impact on both, society and surroundings. The 22-year-old speaker is currently working on redefining how health is delivered at your doorsteps without sacrificing convenience. Today, the healthfulness of our food has largely been compromised in the name of convenient consumption and he is striving to set this right.

Jitendra Singh

Security Guard
Jitendra Singh is a security guard at SVNIT, Surat. He once had a dream of joining the Indian Defence Services but couldn’t due to him lacking in physical requirements. This however, did not bog Singh down; instead it inspired him to do something great in another way- he decide to honour those people who have joined and sacrificed their lives for the country. He has written over 6000 letters over the past 15 years to the families of martyrs. He believes that if someone has sacrificed something for the betterment of society and country, he should receive encouraging words from those people for whom they have sacrificed.

Nikhil Malhotra

Creator, Mahindra's Thin-q-bator lab
Renowned for being an amazing father, Nikhil Malhotra was instrumental in the innovation of the healthcare robot Saarthi. His inputs, along with his little son’s, helped the healthcare robot become a reality which has the potential to help millions, maybe even billions of people all over the world. The initial idea of Saarthi was achieved by Malhotra through the numerous questions asked by his four-year old son, Angad, about what a robot could possibly do in the future. Nikhil Malhotra is the creator of Maker’s Lab, a unique Thin-q-bator space within TechMahindra with over 17 years of experience in a variety of technology domains.

Pratul Vishera

Astrologer, Musician
A 24 - year old Musician/Astrologer/Mythologist hailing from Agra. He has deep interest towards science, arts, culture, philosophy and there is nothing called "hobby" in his life. There is a "passion" and sometimes an obsession. This unquenchable thirst of knowledge and his attraction towards occult science drew him to astrology. It all started when his parents were informed about serious problem in his 'kundli' and asked to perform bizzare practices. Later when his interest grew in astrology he found that there is no such Yog in his chart. He lived 2 years of his life by believing that he is a born loser and nothing good can happen in his life. Henceforth he decided that he will aware people about the several myths prevailing in our country and lead them to a positive and practical approach of living.

Surmai Kaushik

Climate Change Activist
A backpacker, a conservationist, an educator and a marathon runner. While working at Mahindra Susten- Mahindra’s clean technology arm- Surmai Kaushik got the greatest opportunity of her life- to go to Antarctica with Robert Swann. While this may not be everyone’s cup of coffee, it certainly was for Surmai who has been trying to raise awareness of climate change for her entire life. With her background in climate science, she was a perfect pick for the program Mission 2041- which aims to clean up more than 300 million tonnes of Carbon Dioxide. Kaushik consistently saw the horrible effects of global warming on the poor continent of Antarctica which was covered with melting glaciers and destroyed wildlife for native animals. Kaushik has actively pledged to address this problem by bringing up more clean technology in India with the help of Mahindra Susten.

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Surat, India