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Theme: The Case For Optimism

This event occurred on
September 25, 2021
Rourkela, Orissa

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National Institute of Technology, Rourkela
National Institute of Technology, Rourkela
Sector 1
Rourkela, Orissa, 769008
Event type:
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Adam Grant

Organizational Psychologist | New York Times bestselling author
Adam Grant is a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in organizational psychology. Apart from being a psychologist, He is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 5 books: Think Again, Give and Take, Originals, Option B, and Power Moves.

Isha Datar

Executive Director New Harvest
Isha Datar, apart from being the Executive Director of New Harvest has made her mark by emphasizing and focusing on the advancement of cellular agriculture. She has highlighted the opportunities for cutting-edge innovation to farmers, producers, grocery stores, to name a few.

Jamil Zaki

Stanford Director Social Neuroscience Lab
Jamil Zaki is a professor at Stanford Universityand the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. He is the winner of the prestigious Sage Young Scholar and has his writings featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic

Jennifer Aaker & Naomi Bagdonas

Psychologists & Professors @Stanford
Jennifer Aaker and Naomi Bagdonas are psychologists and professors at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. They have co-authored the bestseller, “Humor, Seriously,” and have given numerous talks. They are best known for their deep knowledge of the importance of humour in business.

Jenny Scheinman & Nels Cline & Todd Sickafoose

Top violinists in the DownBeat Critics Poll • Guitarist | Composer • Jazz and Rock musician
Jenny Scheinman is a singer, fiddle player, and songwriter. She has been on numerous Grammy-winning recordings.Nels Cline is best known as the lead guitarist in the band Wilco.. His recording and performing career — spanning jazz, rock, punk, and experimental — is well into its fourth decade.Todd Sickafoose is an American jazz and rock musician, composer, and producer. He is a legatee of the Grammy Award and Tony Award.

Pardis Parker

Award winning Director | Comedian
Pardis Parker is an award-winning director, writer, actor, and comedian. He has done commendable work in the field of entertainment and has been validated with several prestigious awards and nominations. His acting work has received acclamation from the National Screen Institute of Canada.

Steven Johnson

Author | Media Theorist
Steven Johnson has authored numerous books on the intersection of science, technology, and culture. He is the recipient of Newhouse School’s fourth annual Mirror Awards for his TIME magazine cover article. His writings have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, etc.

Zack King

Filmmaker | Illusionist
Zach King is one of the most eminent internet personalities, filmmakers, and illusionists. He created his mark in building digital magic through his exemplary editing skills and has been honored as well as featured in several media outlets for his vines, including Mashable and Complex magazine.

Organizing team


Rourkela, Odisha, India


Rourkela, India
  • Aswathy Rajendran
  • Lokesh Jain
  • Prabhanshu Chaturvedi
  • Ritesh Patil
  • Shrey Jha
  • Sourav Priyadarsi
    Post production
  • Spandan Patra