23 March 2019


IIIT Bangalore

Counter until the big event


About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Vancouver, British Columbia. TED's media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project that takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self- organized TED-style events around the world, and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at

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 TEDxIIITBangalore

TEDxIIITBangalore strives to serve as a platform to share ideas and experiences that fundamentally change a person's thinking. The first iteration explored the concept of demystifying the unknown, bringing out a hidden curiosity in the hearts and minds of the community.

The event had now grown to be one of the biggest events in the university, stimulating ideas and spurring conversation that travels far beyond the walls that surround it.


We create the reality in which we live. With every choice and every decision, we design it. Our choices and our decisions are largely influenced by our outlook on life and what we expect out of it. This varies tremendously among the multitudes inhabiting the world.
Each one of us has a unique pair of lenses through which we see the world. We see what we look for and so everything we see is a perspective. Billions of people, billions of shades which contribute to a grand mosaic of ideas and perspectives. However, this means that there is a huge diversity of thought and ideas yet to be explored and tried. Maybe if we looked at life itself from a different angle or another perspective, we may discover something enthralling. When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.

Everything has a Flipside, an aspect which is obscure, enigmatic and unfathomable. Learning about people from various walks of life and their experiences may help us fathom the unfathomable. So let us broaden our minds and allow our lenses to see past the mundane.
Welcome to the Flipside!

Our Speakers

Richa Kumar

Richa Kumar is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi. Her research and teaching interests are in the Sociology of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition, Science and Technology Studies, and Rural and Agrarian Policy. She is a recipient of the New India Fellowship and is also a member of the Network of Rural and Agrarian Studies (NRAS).
Roopa D Moudgil

The first woman from Karnataka to become an IPS official, she is currently the Inspector-general of Police in Bangalore. She has vehemently opposed the politicisation of bureaucracy, and is also a crusader for women empowerment. Besides being a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, a Hindustani music singer and a sharp shooter, she also writes columns for newspapers.
Kanchan Kaur

A stint at the University of Florida’s Institute on Teaching Digital Journalism turned this die-hard print-medium journalist into a believer in the web. She has since driven IIJNM’s emphasis on Multimedia. She now focuses on news literacy and fact-checking and thinks there is the need to counter the blight of fake news.
Shashank Udupa

Shashank is the co-founder of Avalon Labs, a company that takes a completely new approach to shipping products, growing brands and building businesses. He is also an Ex-IIFL investment banker, a $3.5Bn stocklisted diversified financial services company. He is an early Ethereum and Ripple investor.
Jagdish Chaturvedi
Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi is a practising ENT surgeon, a medical devices Innovator, an author and stand up comedian. He was recognised as one of the 35 Innovators under the age of 35 by MIT technology review in 2016. He has authored 3 books and has performed over 250 stand up comedy shows across the country and Internationally.
Akshay Saxena

Akshay is an award-winning entrepreneur and science teacher. He currently serves as the Director of Avanti, a science and mathematics teaching company. His prior work includes, project implementation with the UN World Food Programme and fundraising at The International Save the Children Alliance.
Rohini Rau
Introducing India’s former top woman sailor. She created history by winning India's first international gold medal by a women's youth team at the Asian Sailing Championship in 2004. A 2009 TEDIndia Fellow as well as India’s first ‘medical clown’ who has worked with The Little Theatre’s Hospital Clowns Troupe. In 2018, she was a Facilitator for 4 International Design Thinking projects.
Sairam Sagiraju
Known for his pioneering work in VR filmmaking, Sairam is a visual storyteller based in Bangalore. Through Meraki, a Visual Reality studio he started, he has helmed many projects like the world's first cricket match in VR and Bollywood's first VR talkie. With over a 100 films to his credit, he is a filmmaker by profession who has remained a villager at heart.
Drums Kumaran
A drummer, percussionist, session artist and soloist, Kumaran began playing drums at the tender age of 8. He is in The Asia Book of Records for his attempt at 50 hours of marathon drumming. He has been performing for over 10 years all over India and around the globe. Apart from stage shows, he has also been a part of several Tamil movies and TV shows.

Meet The Team

Amogh Johri


Amogh loves challenges, be it a bicycle kick in football or going for both Biology and Maths in academics, provided he has his daily dose of caffeine. He is humorous and is always up for an adventure. However, he also has a serious side to him, backed by the multiple research papers to his name.

Ram S


You can always find Ram pondering about something. Sometimes it's about the meaning of life, and other times it's about what to eat for dinner. He is someone who enjoys a great story, be it through books or movies. A laidback guy when relaxing and a hard worker when life demands it.

Phani Tirthala


Phani is a big bubble of energy. When he's not cursing his opponents (or teammates) in DotA 2 to eternal damnation, he's scrolling through dank memes, getting everyone around him to roll their eyes in exasperation. However, when he decides on doing something, no one can match his passion.

Prateksha Udhayanan

Speaker Curation

A graceful Bharatnatyam dancer, she's generally found humming a tune or dancing to one. Loves shopping and exploring new places. Enjoys meeting new people and getting to know about various cultures.

Advait Lonkar

Speaker Curation

A footballer with a little knack for dancing. If he wanted to, he could write an entire trilogy of obscure sports trivia. People are generally seen laughing around him, either at him or his jokes.

Rahul Murali Shankar

Speaker Curation

Voracious consumer of books. Self-styled "otaku" with a ton of anime under his belt. Religiously follows the NBA and is not too shabby at basketball himself. Particularly proficient at making witty comments. Can work hard when required. Probably.

Ronak Doshi


Movie addict. Ask him to recite any line from a great movie, and he'll flawlessly do it. Huge Nolan fan. Sense of humour akin to Chandler, but a true hard worker who won't take no for an answer.

Tejas Kotha


A caffeine addict, foodie and photographer among many other things. A dad like presence pushing the team forward with his experience. Meet the pillar of our organizers, Tejas ~ A curator, co-licensee and advisor

Gurleen Kaur


Hyperactive panjaban. Always ready for a good laugh. Stand-up over rom-coms any day. Loves interacting with new people and exploring new places.

Ayush Yadav


Serious baller. Proud army brat. Loves to play the guitar. Roamed here and there and everywhere. Self-proclaimed Mr. Worldwide.

Manpreet Singh Tuteja


Behind those big engineering glasses is a former bhangra champion at IIMI as well as a Cynophilist. Paaji, as he is affectionately known, handles partnerships and marketing. He is a fanboy when it comes to Kimi Raikonnen and Fernando Alonso and draws a lot of inspiration from them.

Sanjaya M.V


He believes that we all learn something new everyday, and that learning is a lifelong process. A curious personality who simply can't get rid his burning passion for robotics.

Tushar Narang

Event Management

If friends are our world, then Tushar is at the center of it. He is a comic and an affable punjabi dude. He looks after the website and technical aspects of the team.

Lakshay Agarwal

Event Management

A sports fanatic and a typical outdoorsy guy, Lakshay enjoys playing badminton and basketball, and claims to love trekking. His favourite hobby, however, is procrastination. Thankfully, TEDx work is immune to this! He has crazy, out-of-the-box ideas and can make light of any situation with his wild sense of humor.

Gaurav Joshi

Event Management

Gaurav is a curious, social and optimistic person and these qualities seem to rub off on anyone who is around him. He is also into anime, good reads, food, marketing, writing and meeting people from different spheres of life.

Jhanwwee Reddy


Enthralled by art and dance, Jhanwwee is a hard worker, especially when it comes to her passion projects. However, she believes much more in teamwork than going solo. She always tries to exceed people's expectations.

Ankita Victor


She renders 3D worlds most of the time, and illustrates on the side. She'd kill for good fiction, Padh Thai, and hopes that one day a Pixar animated feature film will roll her name in the credits. This is Ankita.

Kalyanapu Sailesh

Event Management

Sailesh is an inquisitive person by nature. An avid reader and numberphile, his free time is always occupied by cricket, history, mysteries or electronics. An extremely amiable personality with a deep dedication to his responsibilities.

Arbab Khan


Traveller, Photographer, Geek, Influencer! Presenting the person behind the lens who aims to capture everything he can, Arbab Khan.

Jay Kakkad


A committed shutterbug who finds solace in clicking pictures of anything and everything. Presenting our photography supervisory, Jay Kakkad.

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