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Theme: Can/Did

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February 11, 2024
Ahmedabad, Gujarat

"Can/Did" at TEDMICA 2024 celebrates achievements that unfold when individuals believe in their abilities. It revolves around triumphs and challenges, illustrating how aspirations become reality. Can/Did underscores the notion that greatness is not reserved for a select few. We invite those who have turned their ' wish I could' into 'I did it!' to candidly share their experiences and illuminate the path they navigated to accomplish their goals.

Telav Ghuma Road
Off Sarkhej Sanand Highway
Ahmedabad, Gujarat, 380058
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Akashdeep Arora

Actor, Uri: The Surgical Strike, Mirzapur | ITA Award Winner
Akashdeep's journey is a testament to the power of passion and dedication in shaping one's path. With a background in video and photography, Akashdeep embarked on his professional career as a photographer, capturing moments in acclaimed films like "Titli" and "Detective Byomkesh Bakshy!" Yet, his journey didn't stop there. Venturing into the realm of acting, Akashdeep honed his craft under the tutelage of Mumbai's renowned SHABD Theater Group. His talents soon caught the eye of audiences nationwide with notable roles in various web series and television shows, including the award-winning "Inside Edge" and the gripping action film "Uri."His versatility and dedication have earned him accolades, including the prestigious ITA Award for Best Actor in a Web Series.

Captain Dharmveer Singh

Fit India Ambassador | Youth Icon Awardee
Capt. Dharmveer, an Indian Army veteran and JNU and NMIMS alumnus, exemplifies versatility. From conquering challenges on 'Khatron Ke Khiladi' to hosting his own reality show, his journey is marked by diverse achievements. An avid mountaineer and rider, he embodies the spirit of the 'Fit India' campaign, showcasing a blend of adventure, fitness, and leadership. This man wears many hats and owns them. It’s his journey of trying everything and never stopping that can truly inspire the youth of today.

Harpriya Bains

Comedian | Proud Army Wife | The Viral "Carry on Mummy"
Hailing from Delhi, Harpriya is not just a comedian but a beacon of humour in our everyday lives. With her unique perspective and sharp wit, she challenges societal norms and stereotypes, all while bringing laughter to the forefront. As a stand-up comic, she draws inspiration from the experiences of the average Indian housewife and mother, infusing her performances with puns that shed light on the hypocrisy of our patriarchal society. Her comedy sets resonate deeply, addressing the unspoken struggles of homemakers and the expectations placed upon them by society. With her "Carry on Mummy" solo show and insightful observations on stage, she has become a symbol of empowerment and liberation for women everywhere.

Himanshu Chakrawarti

CEO - Snapdeal | CEO - Arvind Lifestyle Brands | CEO - HiCare Mobile Services | CEO - The MobileStore
Himanshu Chakrawarti is a Metallurgical Engineer from IIT-Kanpur. A good jammer in Hindi and English, this Marketing Man of IIT’s D-Block secured a Lakme job (Marketing) - after majoring in Finance. He spent the first 9 years of his life with Lakmé (HUL) and then joined Heinz. Then, he met Mr. Noel Tata in September 2000. Mr. Tata offered him an opportunity to work in retail, and even though everyone wasn’t sure of the shift, something instinctive inside Himanshu made him take it up. That began his love affair with Retail- when he joined Westside. He then left retail for 4-5 years, only to join back because he found it challenging and exciting. His key learnings were to focus on the product and customer experience. Lastly, there are no magic bullets; steady progress gets you where you want to reach.

Manjri Varde

Artist & Social Media Influencer | Digital Content Creator
Ms Varde is an artist hailing from Goa whose creativity knows no bounds. Beyond her artistic prowess, she embodies the roles of a dedicated homemaker, nurturing mother, and cherished grandmother. However, her captivating presence on social media has endeared her to countless followers. Recognised as an ageless influencer for Estée Lauder and a nominee for the prestigious Cosmo Awards in 2023, Ms Varde is a woman of remarkable achievements. Whether pursuing her passion or becoming an influencer in the latter half of her life, she has never backed out from challenges and lives her life to the fullest. Truly, Manjri Varde is a woman of substance whose legacy continues to inspire and captivate audiences worldwide.

Natasha Gandhi

Chef | Entrepreneur | Forbes Top 100 Digital Stars | MasterChef India Season 6 (Top 5 Finalist)
Chef Natasha Gandhi was among the top five finalists on Masterchef India Season 6. She is the founder and owner of House of Millets, which began with the goal of bringing nutritionally rich food to you. She was also named one of Forbes' Top 100 Digital Stars. She began her Instagram journey three years ago and has built a community of more than one million followers after working incredibly hard on her content. Her journey has been one of resilienc

Rishi Kakar

CMO - Kokuyo Camlin | Director of Marketing - IDFC | Brand Manager - Marico
Mr. Kakar is heading the marketing operations of a company that has truly made our childhood memorable. He has always heard people say that it’s hard to find joy at work, so he decided to see it outside and bring it to work. Interesting, isn’t it? His captivating journey towards finding happiness at work offers amusement and intrigue and a powerful lens for young people to transform their workplace perspective to help them navigate the ups and downs of their professional lives with renewed purpose and fulfilment.

Zabi Khan

Animal Rights Activist | MTV Roadies Revolution 2020 |National Youth Icon 2018 | Padma Shree Nominee
A 25-year-old trailblazer in animal rights and social entrepreneurship, Zabi is the Founder of a leading animal welfare organisation, “A Place to Bark”. His work has impacted 10,000+ animals and educated 133 million people, and he has been felicitated with awards like the UN's Best Volunteer with a nomination for the Padma Shri. Zabi's influence spans from MTV Roadies to the United Nations. His story inspires resilience and compassion, driving positive change worldwide.

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