We at TEDxPICT work for the sole purpose of bringing together an event that prioritises the sharing of ideas, stories and innovations that benefit the world at large. The sharing of ideas is crucial for the survival of a society that promotes progress, and TEDxPICT plays its part by providing various speakers a platform for the same. Encouraging free thought on issues many barely speak about, shedding light on hidden stories and bringing forth a surge of inspiration, energy and enthusiasm is what we're known for.
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"...And maybe when you didn’t have anybody to turn to, and that one friend stood by you through everything, hearing you out and giving you advice, you realized that love is friendship, that love is relief, and that friends are the gold you can’t find in mines even if you dig deep." Click here to read the blog.
"...I dream of taking the leap and freeing myself from the shackles of obligation. I dream of being everything that makes me, me. I dream every single night of standing apart and living a life that I will remember. And I hope I never have to be one of the people lost in the crowd. That’s the mediocrity I despise." Click here to read the blog.
"Any humanitarian crisis hurts us all as a collective populace of this planet. The death of a fellow human makes all of our souls weep, and the inhuman situations in war zones rend the hearts of those watching. We have suffered through millennia of war, peace, and war again; it is now time for us to discard the prejudices we so willingly embrace..." Click here to read the blog.
"Ali was surely The Greatest and his supremacy lied not only in his physique but much more beyond that. His self-belief and revolutionary attitude gave hope for black pride, liberating minds and the developing world. His charm, wit and extraordinary humanitarian qualities gave rise to a new image of a sportsman." Click here to read the blog.
What does it take to create tunes so mesmerizing and enthralling, that you get millions feeling euphoric? Ritviz, Pune's own homegrown talent has it figured out. He started dabbling in music since the age of 10. Now, Ritviz is a music composer, producer, songwriter, singer and rapper all packed into one. He kickstarted his journey in July 2003 with his debut EP titled "Vizdumb". With bangers like Udd Gaye and Jeet to his name, and his debut album Ved coming out this year, a lot can be said about the meteoric rise of this young musical genius. His signature style of heavy bass fused with classical Hindustani musical influences calls for a unique and mesmerizing experience, bringing to us waves of nostalgia but also having us tapping our feet and hearts to the beats. His journey so far speaks volumes about imbibing your passion into you from an early age, so much so that it comes naturally to you after a while, as if drawn from the very depths of the soul.
As a society, we've come a long way from times where even the most prominent and valuable individuals such as Alan Turing were severely discriminated against, to now where in many countries, gay people can exercise their right to love freely. India, too, is on the path towards true equality through the work of activists like Bindumadhav Khire. Bindumadhav Khire is a Gay Rights Activist from Pune. He retired from his IT career at the age of 35 and in 2002, founded Sampathik Trust in Pune to work for LGBTQIA+ Rights. He has written 8 books, 3 plays and has made 2 short films on these issues. He has been organizing annual LGBTQIA+ Pride Walks in Pune since 2011. His work is a testament to sheer will, hard work and resilience, and to how even the worse of odds can be overcome by courage, perseverance, hope and love.
What happens in the name of education these days but pandering to the needs of the bureaucracy and those in power? Thankfully, some do exist who, through grassroots movements, have started revolutionising the meaning and means of education. Mr. Prasan Wilfred is one of them. Mr. Wilfred is the Founder and ex-Director of The Genius, based in Indore. The Genius started off as a small group of children of varied ages, visiting Mr. Wilfred's house to solve puzzles, read books and have discussions. Mr. Wilfred - or "Uncle" as he is fondly known - aims to celebrate the learning process of a child via recreational activities. He firmly believes in the process of self-learning and emphasises on the importance of teaching children soft skills from a young age. His work underscores the importance of imparting the necessary values of education to children, that they may be truly learned in not only the academic ways and methods, but also worldly ones.
A world without plastic is unimaginable, even if we know the adverse effects it can have on our own health, and on the environment in general. Plastic is non-biodegradable, which made it rather difficult to dispose of - until now. Dr. Medha Tadpatrikar has shown us a fantastic innovation that allows us to recover plastic by converting it to fuel. Witnessing the death of deer due to plastic ingestion was the catalyst for Medha to begin working on waste plastic and segregation at source. Under her leadership, the Keshav Sita trust collects waste plastic. Till date, more than 200 metric tonnes of plastic has been collected and saved from the landfill. She is also instrumental in developing the technology that recovers usable fuel from waste plastic. Sustainable technologies are expensive, but Dr. Medha has shown that with enough dedication, one can innovate and figure out easier and more cost-effective ways of reducing the burden on this planet of ours.
The toughest of problems that plague the world are challenged not by the governments or organisations, but by activists working at the base level to uproot these ills. It takes real determination to become a youth activist for a cause. What does a youth activist do, however? Aakash Shah shares his experiences and lessons as a youth activist and gives us a different take on how we can create a positive impact in society. Aakash is a 23 year old Human Rights Activist and chairman of Action for Pune Development, a youth organization based in Pune. He is one of the very few youth advocates to have attended the official session of the 35th Human Rights Council in Geneva. His activism proves that no problem is too large for us to overcome as a society and as a united front.
Many ancient cultures were based on nature-worshipping, drawing most inspiration from it and sustaining themselves off of it. The tribal communities in India may seem to lead a life devoid of the comforts and facilities we are so used to today - but are they really backward? Himani Chaukar takes us through her journey in Ziro and shows us what makes tribal culture special and important to the outside world. Himani Chaukar is an enthusiastic teacher of Philosophy at Ruia College, Mumbai. She is a recipient of Asiatic Society’s research fellowship for a social sciences and the best research project award in the state level inter-university research convention ‘Avishkar’ She has been studying and researching on the subject of tribal studies focusing on the tribes of Arunachal Pradesh and is well versed with the intricate details of their lifestyles! Her work presents a rather unique and important insight into the lives of these people, showing us that deep inside, we're not so different after all.