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TEDxIITKharagpur is an independently organized TED like conference by IIT Kharagpur operated under a license from TED. It is a one of a kind gathering of all the leading thinkers and innovators at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur who will come, share and inspire. The last TEDx was held on 14th March, 2015.

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2015 Speakers

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Mayank Shekhar

Indian film critic, journalist and author


Anand Sivaraman

Cofounder, Remidio


Jayen Varma

Inventor, Indian Slap Bass


Bikash Barai

Co-Founder and CEO iViZ Security


Gerry Martin

Wildlife Researcher


Armstrong Pame

IAS Officer





Schedule

Date : 14th March, 2015
Time : 4:00 pm
Venue : Kalidas Auditorium



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Mayank Shekhar

Indian film critic, journalist and author


Having hosted NDTV Prime Filmy, Mayank Shekhar, cultural editor at Hindustan Times, has always been accredited for his film reviews. Through his blog, The W14, he brings a unique perspective on movies, transcending the boundaries of entertainment journalism while striking just the right chord with the viewers. For the first time, TEDxIITKharagpur presents a sneak peek into film theory and journalism.

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Anand Sivaraman

Cofounder, Remidio


Anand Sivaraman, an alumnus of IIT Kharagpur and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has a diverse experience in designing and bringing to market products at the intersection of Technology and Public Health. Anand is currently the Founder-Director of Remidio Innovative Solutions - a company that has designed smartphone based technology solutions in retinal and corneal imaging in ophthalmology, that allows non-ophthalmologists to help screen for preventable blindness. Anand's talk will focus on the need for bringing back simplicity in the way we think about products and their use, and how some radically different product ideas can evolve when one views the constraints at the bottom-of-the-pyramid, not as a challenge but as an opportunity to Innovate.

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Jayen Varma

Inventor, Indian Slap Bass


A bass guitar player and a playback singer, Jayen Varma currently holds the world record for being the fastest bass guitar player, clocking a peak of 660 BPM. Jayen Varma is also the inventor of the 'Indian Slap Bass' which combines the Tabla and Mridangam style finger techniques on the bass guitar. His feats have earned him praise from the likes of legendary bass guitarists including Marcus Miller, Victor Wooten and Bootsy Collins. This TED talk cum performance is all set to tread you through the unconventional paths of music and innovation.

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Bikash Barai

Co-Founder and CEO iViZ Security


He is an expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence, Cognitive Hacking, Social Engineering and Attack Simulation. Under his leadership, iViZ became one of the top 6 cloud-based security companies as recognised by the US Navy, US Department of Homeland Security and London Business School. He has done a double B.Tech in 'Computer Science' and 'Architecture', and a Masters in 'Computer Science and Information Technology' from IIT Kharagpur. He is passionate in his efforts to promote entrepreneurship and is a leading member at TiE and is an iSpirit Fellow.

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Gerry Martin

Wildlife Researcher


Passion for wildlife and expedition led Gerry Martin to become National Geographic Channel's first Indian 'Adventurer'. His brainchild, 'The Gerry Martin Project' is not just another conservation project, but is based on a commercially sustainable model that brings in profits by conserving nature. His talk is all set to open your mind to the unexplored terrain of conservation based entrepreneurship.

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Armstrong Pame

IAS Officer


Popularly known as the “Miracle Man”, Armstrong Pame is an IAS officer in the Tamenglong region of Manipur. Pame understood the plight of the people of Tousem, one of the most backward regions in India. He along with the locals took up an ambitious project to construct what the people of Tousem needed the most, The “People’s Road”, a 100 km all weather, motorable road stretch connecting it with rest of Manipur, Assam and Nagaland without any external aid. The funds needed for this noble endeavour were collected via crowdfunding through a Facebook page with contributions received from people all over the world.