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Theme: Avant-Garde

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February 2, 2013

In the spirit of ‘Ideas worth spreading’ TEDxCET will be held on 2nd Feb 2013 under the guiding theme ‘ Avantgarde’. An attempt to profoundly explore the power of the indispensible ingredient: Unconventional thinking.

Its all about having the courage to be the first one to delve into unexplored domains, to challenge and redefine conventional endeavours, and to prove the unproven.
Because ‘ We’ve always done it that way’ theory is out of the window.
Fire. The wheel. Electricity. Space travel. Mona Lisa. Mt. Rushmore. All of these and countless other uncommon innovations, events, and talents have come from pushing the envelope, reaching beyond what was thought possible, and relying on creativity instead of convention.

There is a rather powerful observation by Steve Forbes: “Anyone who accomplishes something great or unique,often does so by defying conventional wisdom.”

At TEDxCET we’ll challenge you to take the road less travelled by, inspire followers and give the world what it needs now.

College of engineering Trivandrum
Trivandrum, 695016
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Mr Paul Kronenberg

Paul was born in Venray in the Netherlands. He has a technical background, graduating in the following studies: mechanical engineering, computer science, commercial technology and communication system science. During his studies, Paul gained practical experience while working for different organizations in development projects in Africa, Eastern Europe and Tibet. Together with Sabriye Tenberken Paul is the co-founder and co-director of Braille Without Borders. Paul is responsible for all technical and maintenance aspects in the project. He trains staff in bookkeeping, office work and the use of computers. In addition to communication and fundraising, Paul is responsible for the designs of the buildings and supervises all construction activities within the project.

Mrs Nanditha Prabhu

Nanditha is a Mohiniattam and Bharatanatyam dancer trained under her mother Kalamandalam Suganthi and Padma Subrahmanyam respectively. She runs her dance school Mythri Art Academy in Chennai. She also completed a PG Diploma in Arts Management from the Madras Craft Foundation Institute of Arts Management. She founded Aradhana Sabha, a not for profit organization that aims to nurture art among the residents of Adambakkam, Chennai where she currently resides. Nanditha is a founding partner of "Mythri", a centre for arts, which offers classes in Dance, Music, yoga . Mythri also conducts various workshops for children to create awareness on various social issues and to inculcate good values through storytelling, dance, music, yoga, art and craft activities. At present she is pursuing her research in dance under the guidance of Dr. Padma Subrahmanyium.

Mr Sanjay Vijayakumar

Sanjay belongs to the new breed of Indian Entrepreneurs who are unheard but fearless. Starting an entrepreneurial journey at the age of 22 while in third of engineering, Sanjay lead and created a team of engineering graduates who were passionate about technology to build up MobME, one of India’s most exciting and innovative mobile value added service companies.

Mr Freeman Murray

A second generation technology entrepreneur who has been working with internet startups as a volunteer, employee, founder, investor and mentor for almost 20 years. He believes the Internet revolution belongs to the youth and has been in India the past 7 years exploring how to help young people here create technology enabled businesses.

Mr Jithin Krishnan

Jithin graduated from Asian college of Journalism, Chennai. He was formerly working at The Hindu. Now he is the Public Relations head at Make A Difference (MAD), an NGO, working among underprivileged kids to give them better education and a bright future.

Mr N T Nair

Mr Nair is currently the chief editor of Executive Knowledge Lines , a monthly magazine which is an interpretation of technical development across the globe and india. Formerly he was The Editor, IEEE India Info Newsletter;Vice Chairman, IEEE Indian Council. And he also is the Former Head, Communication Division of Keltron Founder VP ( R & D c e n t e r ) , C M S Computers ltd.; Former Chairman, Institution of Engineers.

Mr P H Kurian

P H Kurian is currently the Principal Secretary, IT, Government of Kerala. An officer of 1986 batch of Indian Administrative Services (IAS), He was the Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trademarks prior to his present role and issued the first-ever compulsory licence in India for the manufacture of a drug still under patent thus taking on global patents system to make a very costly drug affordable for the poor. As Industries Secretary and IT Secretary, he has successfully negotiated many infrastructure projects in the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) mode, which includes the smart city at Cochin and many other projects of Kerala Industrial Infrastructural Development Corporation. He has also visited more than 20 countries either as leader or as member of national and state business delegations.

Mr Praveen Arimbrathodiyil

Mr Praveen is presently the Chief architect of PirateParty of India. He is also the Volunteer and lead developer at SMC Swanthanthra Malayalam Computing. He also leads the chaamba project and is a Debian DD - The completely free universal operating system.

Organizing team


Gurgaon (Delhi Ncr), India


Trivandrum,Kerala, India
  • Aju Elias
    Creative Head
  • Pranav Raj
    Website developer
  • Deepak V
    Publicity Head