Delhi Technological University recently hosted the latest edition of TEDx DTU on 18th April 2017.
The 90-member strong organizing committee successfully organized the independent TED-like event. The one day long conference was hosted in alignment with the principles and guidelines issued by TED. The theme for this year was “Because Grey Matters” which aimed to address the notion of unconvention within convention.
The proceedings of the day started with invoking blessings of the almighty, in the presence of Prof Yogesh Singh – Vice Chancellor, Delhi Technological University, Pro Vice Chancellors – Prof. Anu Lather and Prof. S. K. Garg, Faculty Advisors – Prof. Nand Kumar, Prof. Ranganath Singari, Prof. Parinita Sinha, Prof. Shailesh Pandey, members of faculty and the esteemed speakers for the day. This was followed by a performance by rising Progressive-Rock band “Above The Shadows”.
The first speaker to take the stage was Dr. Nandini Sundar. Her talk revolved around the economic and social obstacles faced by adivasis and their diminishing distinct identities due to state policies. Mr.Onkar Khullar talked about self-help and his insights on “ Vow of Silence” and how efficient channeling of energy turned his life. Ms. Premlata Agrawal is the first Indian female mountaineer to scale the Seven Summits. A Padma-Shri awardee, she started mountaineering at the late age of 37. Her talk “Height of Destiny” was focused on her struggles and journey from being a housewife to scaling the Everest.
Mr. Sanjay Aggarwal who is the Managing Director of Finnish Energy company Fortum and an alumnus of DCE, talked about the need for solar power and its significance in our progress in his talk titled “In search of energy in mortality”. Ms. Aranyani Bhargav who is an acclaimed Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer shed light on the reimagination of history of Bharatanatyam and caste dynamics in classical dance.
Next up was Mr. Tanmoy Chakrabarty who is the Vice President and Global Head at the Government Industry Solutions Unit (ISU) at Tata Consultancy Services Limited (TCS). Mr. Chakrabarty brought to the limelight the need for reducing the digital divide and how it can reduce corruption and increase employment in the remotest parts of the country.
Ms. Rajashree Agarwal was the next speaker. She specializes in probabilistic systems, AI, global catastrophic risk and incentive structures. Her talk emphasized on algorithms and data science to solve almost every problem in the most logical way possible.
The Rural India Project (TRIP) is a rural storytelling initiative by a group of students from the School of Communication at Manipal University, and were ninth in the speaker line-up. TRIP attempts to bring stories of rural India to the national forefront.
Mr. Rishabh Seen, who is touted as the youngest classical music player in the country and the world’s first Metal Sitar player shed light on his musical background and his love for Metal and Classical music. ‘5 Magical Approaches for Achieving the Impossible’ was the title of his talk at TEDx DTU, 2017.
An eminent singer and one half of the Mumbai based electronic duo Shaa’ir and Func, Ms. Monica Dogra was the last speaker for the event. ‘The Need for Intimacy in the Digital Age’’ was the title of her talk which aimed to highlight the lack of human connection and interaction in urban spheres and how it is eating away the very roots of our society. Her talk was highlighted by her slam-poetry and singing, which left the audience in awe.
The attendees took with them memories of a conference which is one of its kind!