Monday, February 1, 2010

TEDx was worth the 1000 bucks

Long time i was thinking of starting a blog. I went to this event TEDx @ Hyd last weekend. It would be worthwhile to get kick started, blogging about this event.

Most of you must have come across this term TED.To those who havent it stands for Technology,Entertainment and Design.Chris Anderson is the curator and it was co-founded by Richard Saul Wurman. Its an open event where anybody could come and give a talk on an area of expertise. It has been gaining much attention of late with so many TEDx events being organised across the globe.

This event held in Hyd on Jan-31 was called TEDxHiTechCity.The venue was ISB. I started from my place at 8 in the morning. I was accompanied by my collegemate Allwyn and his colleague from TCS.

No surprise, the auditorium was almost packed to capacity. The event started off around 9.30 with a bharatanatiyam performance by Smitha Madhav. First talk of the morning was "Honey,I shrunk Everything" by a program manager @ microsoft. He explained about how he networked various electronic gadgets in his home.It was followed by a doc from an eye hospital explaining about curing eye damages using stem cells.

There were handful of social activists speakers at the event. Kanthi kannan spoke about her org. 'Right to walk foundation".She emphasised on the importance of pedestrian footpaths in a city.She quoted "40% of hyd population walk to work. But they have to take an auto to cross the road!!". There was a slide "Bravery Awards" showing people struggling to cross the road.Another lady Karuna Gopal is working on urban development.She is president of Foundation of futuristic cities. She lost her parents due to ailments, survived a heart attack @ 14,auto immune disease @ 19 and to add insult to injury her son suffers from neural disorder.Phew,was else a person can take! Kudos to her for what she is doing now.

Nagesh kukunoor, maker of "Hyderabad Blues",narrated how directing was a not so easy profession. Iqbal in which he put in minimum efforts became a hit. On the contrary, Bombay to Bangkok a film in which he put in maximum efforts, flopped.Prosenjit Ganguly an animation designer spoke on how to made a animation clips using the ideas of 8-12 yr school children.The directors of the animation movie were the children themselves.

Vijay Anand from 5th pillar,an organisation to fight corruption urged everyone to give up bribing. He distributed zero rupee note. If you are asked for bribe from any govt. employee you can use this zero rupee note :-). guys in chennai can try this out. The org. operates predominantly in chennai and is trying to expand to other parts of the country.

Sharat Chandra, an IIT-IIM graduate and founder of butterfly fields is education children with the concept of "learning by doing". His speech was on the lines of the theme of 3 idiots.A trumph card game on vegetables,snake and ladder game to teach integer addition and subtraction.

Other speakers at the event were Nadendla Manohar-deputy speaker of AP, S.M.Ahmed-Scientist who worked on Chandrayaan,Vasudeva varma- Faculty @ IIIT-Hyd,Dr.Neeraj-he spoke on transforming healthcare education,Mujeeb-President of BHUMI,jyotirmayi sharma - "Do we really need democracy" and Iqbal Patni- a poet.

Pick of the evening was a 18 yr old guy,chaitanya,recipient of United Nations Youth Excellence Award for Community service and Social Entrepreneurship. He is the founder Secretary of Passionate. At the end of his speech he was given a standing ovation.

Audience at the event were mostly software professionals and a small group of school children.Atleast 10-15 PSGians were present.At the end of the day TEDx was very inspiring and was worth the 1000 bucks.You can find interesting videos at


  1. Nice starter..
    It'd be better if you keep the posting as short as possible. If its too lengthy, then you will be the only person reading your blog again and again. :)

  2. @ braga..i ll try to stick to ur suggestion from my next blog..i wanted to keep this blog short but couldnt help it..

  3. Intersting read..Very interesting information and anectodal..

  4. dude.. i am daily checking your blog for any new posts.. come on dude, post something!

  5. @ braga.I am busy cooking da :-) you ll have to wait..

  6. Its quite interesting to hear an event which has lot of meaningful activities in a single day :)