TED is a global non-profit organization to uphold the spirit of ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. It was started in 1984 as a small conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology Entertainment and Design, to talk about how their ideas were converging. The annual TED conference invites world’s leading thinkers and Doers. TED has been host to an illustrious repertoire of speakers including Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Gordon Brown, Billy Graham, Richard Dawkins, Richard Stallman, and Bill Gates.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.
The theme for this year is ‘I’ for Ideas where ‘I’ stands for an individual i.e. the speaker and the second “I” represents the ideas and innovations that come from within a person. Ideas become powerful only if they appear in flesh; ideas which do not lead to action remains at best in paragraphs or as footnotes. We encourage speakers and the audience to bring in ideas that can be brought into existence. Once upon a time, people believed that the earth was a flat disk, and that the sun was revolving around the earth until someone discovered that it was otherways. The potential of ideas is indefinite, unlimited and can bring about a paradigm shift in thinking for the generations to come.
An IT engineer by qualification and an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur, Chaitanya Lila Das has been serving as a resident monk at ISKCON Chowpatty, Mumbai for the last 11 years. An expert at sharing life enrichment lessons, blending ancient wisdom and personal realizations, he inspires & guides modern-day individuals, from both the academic and corporate world, helping them upgrade the quality of their lives.
Lt Gen Balbir Singh Sandhu is an alumnus of National Defence Academy (NDA), was commissioned in Dec 1978 and superannuated in2017. During his army career, he held all important appointments and attended all prestigious courses. He has served extensively in counter-insurgency areas. He has been an instructor at the NDA and Defence Services Staff College.
An outstanding sportsman who has played polo for the Indian Polo Association(IPA) and Indian Army teams. He is currently the Vice President Of IPA. He is a good golfer and is on the management committee of the Delhi Golf Club.
Diya Chordia is the 17-year old who ran a 3-month campaign in rural areas of Rajasthan to educate people about voter rights before the 2019 Lok Sabha Elections. She ideated and published booklets for voter awareness and a textbook which is a step-by-step guide for activists on party politics. Diya has been praised by Mary Robinson, Shashi Tharoor, Col. Bhatt, and featured in DoSomething Organisation's newsletter for her innovative campaign.
Saachi Soni was the youngest woman to climb Mount Elbrus, Europe's highest peak; Youngest Indian to climb all the ten highest peaks of Australia in 50 hours and made it to Limca book of records. She was also the youngest woman selected in the team to climb Mt. Everest by the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute. Born in Jaipur, Rajasthan, she was initiated into mountaineering by her father at the tender age of seven, and spent her childhood, trekking, climbing and summiting peaks all over the world.
Mayank Bhardwaj apart from being a student of the discipline of Humanities, is also a Counter Speech Fellow with YLAC, India (Young Leaders for Active Citizenship) and Instagram. He believes in using the expression we all have to facilitate change using various performing arts such as singing, poetry and public speaking to advocate for various issues that aren’t talked about.
Nidhi Kalal is a 16-year-old who loves to communicate with nature and her endeavor is to assist nature in the best way possible to overcome the problems prevailing in the environment. She tries to interact with public, talk about social issues, in order to make them aware of the problems as well as the possible solutions. She likes to read books of different authors and to explore their vision of the world.
Saumya muses on the mundane, the common, the ordinary and the everyday. For a living, she teaches design. For love, she works with yarns and for inspiration, she looks at the overlooked, up close. As the HOD at IIAD Delhi, Saumya connects with young minds in classroom and as the Co-Founder of Zameen Astar Foundation (ZAF), she creates livelihood for artisans at grass root level.
03:30 - 03:35 Introduction & Welcome
03:35 - 03:45 Every kid needs a champion by Rita Pierson
03:50 - 04:05 Diya Chordia, Founder: We Talk Back
04:10 - 04:25 Lt. Gen Balbir Singh Sandhu, AVSM, VSM (Retd)
04:30 - 04:45 Mayank Bhardwaj, Counter Speech Fellow with YLAC & Instagram
04:50 - 05:05 Saumya Pande, Textile researcher & Design educator
05:10 - 05:30 Refreshments Break
05:35 - 05:45 Forget shopping. soon you'll download your new clothes by Danit Peleg
05:50 - 06:05 Saachi Soni, The youngest Indian to scale the ten highest peaks of Australia
06:10 - 06:25 Nidhi Kalal, Ideated Green Path
06:30 - 06:45 Chaitanya Lila Das, Monk & Life Coach
06:50 - 07:00 Thank you note & Closing remarks