January 10th 2018



TED which stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design is today the global benchmark for speakers and enthusiasts alike to interact for new ideas in a vast variety of fields. In order to facilitate a greater exchange of ideas, conferences under the name TEDx began to be held and are independently organised of TED. As a result, several organisations and educational institutions have benefited due to the sheer splendour of the TEDx speakers. TEDxNITKSurathkal is in its third edition this year, having previously been conducted in 2016 and 2011. The event has grown in scale each year and we expect a spectacular evening of enriching ideas this year around as well. The event is scheduled on 10th January 2018.

Our theme Perspectives perfectly encapsulates how we would like to change the manner in which our audience perceives systems around them after being exposed to new and innovative ways of thinking through our speakers. Traditional education has conditioned us to perceive problems in a particular way. This has become our approach to the rest of our lives as well. However, there is a need to step back and look at everything around us with a fresh perspective. It is only in such an environment that innovation can thrive.

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Michael Foley

A design student from the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, Michael Foley joined Titan Industries as a product designer. After spending more than a decade with Titan, where he is credited with designing the hugely popular Titan ‘Edge’ and ‘Fastrack’ watches, he set up his own design studio, Foley Designs, in 2006.

Over the last eight years, the Bangalore-based designer has stamped his aesthetic sensibilities on a body of work which, more likely than not, has a place in many Indian homes, sometimes even without their owners’ knowledge. Foley has designed water purifiers for Hindustan Unilever and the understated but elegant packages for ITC’s Fiama Di Wills range of personal care products. He has built an impressive client list, which includes Microsoft, Godrej, HP, Wipro and Mindtree. He also conceptualised and created the baton for the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Ashrita Vemuganti

Ashrita gained familiarity with audiences across the nation when she played the part of Devasena's sister-in-law in the S.S. Rajamouli epic, Baahubali 2. Learning dance from the age of five, Ashrita has been a part of many dance productions, picking up the nuances of emoting along the way.

The dancer has forayed into other media to experiment and widen her reach. She has anchored TV programmes, beginning with Geetanjali music show for TTD, Viswanadamrutham for ETV, interviewed director K Viswanath for Vanita TV and is currently part of Poojaku Velaye series on SVBC.

Akash Gaurav

Akash founded India’s first blockchain company, Auxesis Group during his undergraduate studies at IIT Bombay. Auxesis today is counted among The Top 100 Most Influential Blockchain Companies in the World.

Under his supervision, Auxesis has set up a Blockchain Lab in India with a dedicated team of entrepreneurs and researchers. They work together on innovations in blockchain technology to find solutions to problems faced by the masses in developing countries like India. This publicly available Blockchain infrastructure aims to act as a value chain for the Indian economy by enabling trust, transparency and efficiency in various business processes.

Revathi Roy

In love with driving from a young age, Revathi counted the days till she turned 18, and then enrolled for driving classes, which were a rarity in the 1970s. Revathi’s passion manifested in multiple ways and primary among them was ForShe (pronounced for-she), the first women taxi service in Asia.

Revathi is CEO of India’s first all-female hyperlocal delivery startup, Hey Deedee. Hey Deedee mobilises women from low-income communities, trains them to drive two-wheelers and has them undertake last-mile delivery for companies like Amazon, Pizza Hut, Subway and logistics provider Shadowfax among others. Roy is a serial entrepreneur who has been working towards empowering urban poor women since 2007. Awarded the ‘Women Transforming India Award’ in 2016 by NITI Aayog, Revathi, at 56, still enjoys driving, and as a seasoned driver and entrepreneur has weathered heavy storms.

Charan Singh

Dr. Charan Singh is full time visiting faculty and former RBI Chair Professor (Dec 2012 to Dec 2016) at the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore, India where he teaches comparative monetary policy; and policy issues on the Indian economy.

Earlier, he was a Senior Economist at the International Monetary Fund, Washington DC from Aug 2009 to Nov 2012 and Research Director at the RBI from 1997–2009 where he had joined in 1984 as a Research officer in the Economic Policy Department. He is now serving as Director on the Board of National Housing Bank, Delhi and NABARD Financial Services Ltd, Bangalore.

Chakshu Gupta

Chakshu Gupta is a Ground Software Engineer at TeamIndus. TeamIndus is the only Indian entrant amongst the last 5 teams in the Google Lunar XPrize competition. They are building a privately funded Spacecraft and a Rover to land on the Moon, a mission planned for early 2018.

Being part of this audacious journey since 2016, Chakshu’s typical day at work includes developing softwares for TeamIndus’s Mission Control Room –from planning, analysis, mapping out timelines, program design reviews to performing integrated system analysis for power, thermal and trajectory designs, this Aerospace engineer juggles it all. An alumnus from Karunya University, Coimbatore she strongly believes in Gene Kranz’s words, “Failure is not an option”. Designed to be inclusive and an open mission, TeamIndus is inviting everyone to join their journey, making it truly #HarIndianKaMoonshot.

Sriram Gopal

Sriram Gopal is the founder of Future Farms, a company focusing on the nascent field of hydroponics and aquaponics and in developing farming technologies suited for tropical climates. In the current scenario of depleting water resources world over, hydroponics has an advantage over traditional farming since it consumes about 90 per cent less water, requires no pesticides, and provides better yield.

Sriram is pinning his hopes on an urban farming revolution, where the new-age farmers would be people who would be comfortable handling the computers and sensors that are part of the hydroponic set-up, and rooftops in the cities would be the harvest field.

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Our Past

Previous editions of TEDxNITKSurathkal

TEDxNITKSurathkal 2011

Prasanta Karmakar
India's best paralympic swimmer

Kumaresh Rajagopalan

Poonam Bir Kasturi
TED fellow and founder of Daily Dump

Mohandas Pai
CA, Former Member of Board of Directors, Infosys

Rishikesha T Krishnan
Professor, IIM-B

TEDxNITKSurathkal 2016

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Organisers: Rajashekar V and Abhilash Krishnan

Binoy John
CoFounder of Tvara

Ashok Rao
Professor, IISc

Robin Chaurasiya
Founder of Kranti, NGO

Rajeswari Vaidyanathan
Artist, Former employee of Yes Bank

Sriram Ramaswamy
Director, TIFR

Sammilan Shetty
Butterfly Conservationalist

Tim Poston
Chief Scientist, Sankhya Sutra Labs

The Organising Team

K V Gangadharan

Professor, Mechanical Department
Faculty Incharge

Dr. Sheena

Professor, Humanities Department
Faculty Incharge

Jatin Nayak

Fourth year Undergraduate Student, Chemical Department

Azif Hidayat

Third year Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Department
Marketing Head

Noumaan Syed

Fourth year Undergraduate Student, Chemical Department

Emmanuel Biju

Third year Undergraduate Student, Mechanical Department
Media Head

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For event related queries, contact:

Jatin Nayak

NITK Surathkal
Mangalore, Karnataka 575025



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Azif Hidayath

NITK Surathkal
Mangalore, Karnataka 575025



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