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January 18, 2014
12:00am - 12:00am IST
(UTC +5.5hrs)

Create. Make. Fail. Transform.
The World is your playground to tinker with and change. It is a place to create something meaningful that can be shared with others who think similarly. Tina Seeling, Executive Director for the Stanford Technology Ventures Program, said "Creativity allows you to thrive in an ever changing world and unlocks a universe of possibilities." Imagine, create, fail, transform, repeat. There are unlimited opportunities to change the way the world works and thinks, all we need is a creative mindset and the ability to embrace failure.

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Maeve Aickin

Maeve is a ten year-old who loves to tinker, read, and explore (but not always necessarily in that order). For her, tinkering means to play with words, program computers, and bring her ideas to life. She is an American by birth and a Brazilian by heart, though she loves her new life as a transplanted Indian. This is her first TEDx talk and she is excited to share her thoughts about creativity and making.

Ashutosh Phatak

Ashutosh Phatak is the founder of the True School of Music, India's fist comprehensive institute of contemporary music and is one of the key founding partners of Blue Frog Media Pvt. Ltd. which single handedly changed the face of the live independent music scene in India. Ashu is also a multi-instrumental music composer and producer. He has released over 15 albums, composed music for over 3000 television commercials and the soundtrack for 10 feature films. A popular figure on the live music scene in India plus a regular at the festival circuit, he continues to perform with, and produce multiple bands across India. He lives in Mumbai, India along with his dogs, Frodo, Magic and Scruffy.

John Kilbane

John Kilbane has known since he was thirteen years old that he was meant to be a game programmer. During his high school years, John participated in several regional and state competitions in computer programming while attending a half-day vocational high school that specialized in computer science. After high school, John attended Full Sail University where he graduated with a degree in Game Development and gave the commencement speech for his class. John since has been consulting with ASB to promote Gamification and the Maker Movement in schools. He has worked with teachers to help bring their classroom game ideas to life and has been working with students during Maker Faires to introduce them to computer programming and robotics in a fun and carefree environment.

Sean Blagsvedt

Sean Blagsvedt is the CEO of, which connects employers to informal sector employees in the developing world - such as maids, guards and office helpers - through a combination of mobile phones, location, skill and price filtering and social connections. The site has added over 500,000 users and 1 million job positions, launched with 6 large mobile carriers in India and has been profiled by the New York Times as a significant innovation that "seeks to bring the social-networking revolution to the world's poor." Previously, Sean spent 9 years with Microsoft in the Office, Windows and Research groups. In 2004, Sean moved to Bangalore as the 3rd member of Microsoft Research India, heading the Program Management and Advanced Prototyping team, focusing on novel approaches to mobile phones and technology in emerging markets. Prior to Microsoft, Sean worked at the White House with the Internet Policy czar, Ira Magaziner. Sean holds dual bachelor degrees in Computer Science and Public Policy from Brown University (1998) and is a TED Fellow.

Organizing team


Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  • Savio D'Mello
    Director of Tech Support
  • Karishma Galani
    R&D Asst
  • Joseph Cubas
    Director of Institutional Advancement
  • Shabbi Luthra
    Director of R&D, and Tech