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Theme: Scintillate

This event occurred on
January 18, 2019
3:00pm - 6:00pm IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)
Surathkal, Karnataka

Having had four successful editions in the years 2011, 2012, 2016 and 2018, TEDxNITKSurathkal is gearing up for its fifth edition to be held on 18th January 2019.The theme for the 2019 edition of TEDxNITKSurathkal is ‘Scintillate’, meaning to emit brilliant sparks of light. This signifies the power of sparks in setting minds on the path to revolutionary ideas.

Silver Jubilee Auditorium, NITK Surathkal
Surathkal, Karnataka, 575025
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Anto Philip

How often have wished that we could find the right platform to express our ideas, the right community to encourage them and the right outlet to let them grow. This thought plagued our speaker as well who then decided to do something about it. Armed with passion and a dream, Anto co-founded Under 25 over 6 years ago and there’s been no looking back for them ever since. They now host the acclaimed ‘Under 25 Summit’ which is India’s Largest Youth Festival. Today, it is a media and entertainment company which collaborates with top influencers and creators in the country!

Gaurav Godhwani

Civic Data Scientist
Data is said to be the new petroleum, and has become one of the most vital resources of this century. The knowledge of analyzing this data has massive implications and great potential to do good. Organisations across the globe have dedicated their efforts to improve the quality of, access to and understanding of data in the social sector. Gaurav has been instrumental in bringing this data-for-good ecosystem to India, through various high-impact initiatives. The immense potential of data in solving key social challenges and strengthening civic-engagements in India is not to be overlooked.

Harish Sivaramakrishnan

Rockstar Techie
Overcoming our fears to pursue our dreams, especially if they are unconventional ones is something that most of us struggle with. Conformity is the word of the day and we are often taught to fit in than stand out of the crowd. But all you need is to look around for stories that tell you that its okay to step out of the norm, that its okay to be afraid because that’s the first step to overcoming it. Harish tells a similar story as to how those biggest moments of fear turned out to be the most definitive moments of his career as an engineer as well as a musician.

Lakshmi Selvakumaran

Conservation Activist
Nature in all its splendor and glory is to be found all across India. Yet we often shake our heads at the looming piles of refuse that seem to insidiously make their way into even the most remote places. Waste management is a crisis that has been knocking at our door for a while now and it might seem like there is no solution to the vast amounts of garbage that pile up almost everywhere from cities to hills and forests. Thankfully we have enterprising citizens like Lakshmi who made it their job to find a sustainable solution to this problem. She is part of Green trails, one such project that aims to clean up our mountains and reduce the carbon and ecological footprint.

Lt Cdr Pratibha Jamwal

Crew, INSV Tarini
Stepping out into the great unknown requires courage and it takes a certain kind of determination to let go and live the rip roaring adventure that life is. Taking the road less traveled is not easy and to do so while challenging norms is even harder. Lieutenant Commander Pratibha Jamwal took a giant leap of faith along with her crew and circumnavigated the globe aboard the INSV Tarini. An arduous and taxing voyage like this is no easy feat, requiring intensive training and gritty dedication.

Malika Verma

Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
The homo sapiens is a very intriguing species with complex behaviours and personalities that occupy a very wide spectrum. It is astonishing that at least some part of this can be codified into an accurate science, that of psychology. It is indeed a fascinating field where we delve into the minds of people to get an idea of what makes them tick. Often what is considered acceptable behavior is merely a matter of perception and Malika is someone who challenges a few conventionally held ideas of what is acceptable and what isn't.

Manisha Gera Baswani

Contemporary Artist
Art is the canvas where imagination brings forth to life, a world through another’s eyes often evoking powerful feelings within those who behold it. It is known to transcend boundaries, cultures, geographies and creating bonds that go beyond the local to become truly global. Manisha's work reminds us what art is truly capable of, telling us heart warming stories of people affected due to partition through her project ' Postcards from Home'. She is a painter, photographer and writer whose work has been capturing lives of artists on both sides of the border for over 16 years.

Neel Gala

Technical Lead
Neel is someone whose passion for technology led to innovative breakthroughs in India’s processor ecosystem. As the Tech Lead of the Shakti processor Project at IIT-Madras, he and his teammates developed India’s first open source 64-bit microprocessor based on the RISC V ISA architecture. His work holds immense potential for the development of open source, patent and royalty free homegrown CPU’s which is the culmination of years of work across India in this field.

Organizing team




  • Abhijith Kamath
    Post production
  • Akarsh Sonni
    Post production
  • Ali Asgar Khurshid
  • Avanika B R
  • Azif Hidayath
  • Emmanuel Biju
  • Fathima Shakir
    Team member
  • Govind Jeevan
  • Jessina Cherry
  • Karthik Krishnakumar
  • Mishal Shah
  • Nihaal Ahmed
  • Nihal Shetty
  • Nihala Karapoola
  • Saraswathi Vinod
  • Tharfeed Unus
  • Vinay Radhakrishnan