Be a part of India’s largest TEDx event

The inaugural TEDxBangalore event will take place on August 3rd 2014, under the theme ‘Challenge_____’, at the MLR Convention Centre. TEDxBangalore is poised to be India’s largest TEDx event with over 1500 ardent TEDx aficionados, leading thinkers, visionaries and doers coming together in Bangalore to find inspiration and celebrate dialogue.

“We are fortunate that we live in an era of change and abundance, and that we have everything we need to build something far bigger than ourselves”, said Sartaj Singh Anand, TEDxBangalore curator.It was with this belief that TEDxBangalore was conceived. The event will be hosted in three thematic sessions to capture and address the aspirations and issues that make Bangalore what it is.

The platform will bring together 16 incredible speakers from across India as well as from countries like Morocco, Bahrain and Lebanon who are redefining success and have fascinating lessons to share with Bangalore. These are people who have challenged the status quo, challenged long held societal beliefs, challenged themselves to be better and in doing so pivoted their communities and cities into a world of alternatives and possibilities.TEDxBangalore hopes to do the same for its city and community!

Event details:

Date – August 3rd 2014

Venue – MLR Convention Centre

Time – 9.30 am till 6.00 pm


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Session details

BLR to Bangalore – This opening session will attempt to reintroduce Bangalore to all of us

Down South – The second session stresses on the need for a conversation between Bangalore and the rest of India to occur.

Outsourced – The final session will invite ideas from different parts of the world to help redefine Bangalore’s identity.

Speakers’ Line up

  • Jadav ‘Molai’ Payeng – Better known as the ‘Forest Man of India’, Payeng has single handedly planted nearly 1400 acres of forest to save his island, Majuli.
  • AnamikNagrik – A volunteer with The Ugly Indianwill share rare insights from the inspirational story of the anonymous group of motivated volunteers who clean Indian streets.
  • Abhishek – musician, lawyer, visual effects artist, entrepreneur and a skateboarder. He is the Founder of the Holystoked Collective, which is the first and largest skateboarding crew in India.
  • Debarghya Das – an aspiring computer scientist who hacked and exposed stark anomalies in the grading policies of the Indian education system.
  • Nitin Pai – Co-founder and Director of the Takshashila Institution, an independent networked public policy think tank and Editor of ‘Pragati’ – the Indian National Interest Review.
  • Aditi Gupta and Tuhin Paul – the husband-wife designer duo from Menstrupedia spreading awareness about menstruation the fun way.
  • RupsaMallik – Director of Programs and Innovation at CREA and responsible for developing and implementing CREA’s strategic initiatives and programmes in India and the South Asia region.
  • Shobha Murthy – Founder of the NGO, Aarambh, who at 54 years of age is leading a group of friends to bring hope and happiness into the lives of underprivileged children in Navi Mumbai.
  • Ibrahim Nehme – the Editor-in-chief of ‘The Outpost’ magazine, a quarterly print publication that aims to ignite a socio-cultural renaissance in the Arab world by inspiring its readers to explore a world of possibilities.
  • Carla Diana – a designer, writer and educator who explores design visions for near-future technologies and who recently completed a children’s book about the future of 3D printing and design titled, ‘LEO the Maker Prince’.
  • Jon Mark Walls – a social entrepreneur, lecturer and speechwriter who is driven by the idea that better communication can lead to better politics.
  • Tamadher – Founder of Project Ulafa’a, a team of young artists, which is based on reconciliation through the arts, and is creating a new image for Islamic art and design based on philosophical references and by going back to the profound principles of faith.
  • Zak Greene – an independent web designer, front-end developer, and member of Strike Debt New York.
  • AdnaneAddioui – a social commentator, aspiring social entrepreneur and disruptive-thinker, Adnane has committed his life to work in the MENA region, particularly in Morocco, to enable creative thinking, entrepreneurship and innovation for the common good

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a conference in California 1984, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, NgoziOkonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. 

On, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos. A new TED Talk is posted every weekday. Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide. Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. Selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world. The TED Fellows program helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit

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The content is provided by Charanya Chidambaram of TEDx Bangalore and has been published as is, under the Message Forward section, a space meant for non-profit messages by individuals and organisations.

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