Inspiring stories

Inspiring stories

BNM Institute of Technology hosted the second edition of TEDxBNMIT recently. TED is a non-profit organisation devoted to “Ideas worth spreading”. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a programme of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

Among the speakers were Dr BS Srinath(senior surgical oncologist), Sharath Gayakwad (Indian paralympic champion), Anil Shetty(co-founder, Peace Auto), Uma Hoysala(organic farming enthusiast), Gadhadar Reddy (founder, NoPo Technologies), Abhay Swamy (Co-founder, The Axiz), Sadiq Pasha (Inspector of Police) and Shriya Dinakar (budding astronaut). The theme of the event was ‘Next is Here’. In a powerful description of the theme, the organisers explain, “For many years now, the future has been looked at as a Utopian concept. A concept that sounds exciting but one that we always thought was too good to really exist.

But on numerous occasions in history, some individuals have shown us that it is possible to create a future that we dream of. The weak while ‘believe only when they see’, the strong ‘see what they believe’. And today, because of the efforts of some common people who had some exceptional ideas, nothing seems “too good to exist”. In the true spirit of ideas worth sharing, TEDxBNMIT is proud to have brought together a group of such extraordinary people. With their skills, ideas and tenacity they’re bringing the future, to the present. At TEDxBNMIT we believe that it isn't the time to ask ‘What’s Next’ any more, because ‘Next is here.”

The audience listened keenly to talks ranging from affordable healthcare to organic farming and from 3D printing to carbon nanotubes and to tackling cyber crime. From inspiring stories of those who overcame hardships to the dreams of those who wish to chase the stars and those who hope to see a peaceful world, the variety of genres ensured that there was something for everyone in the audience.

The interactions between the speakers and the attendees and among the attendees themselves was proof enough to show that audience was well in tune with the proceedings.
Apart from the engaging speakers, there were two performances that caught the eye. A sand art performance by the talented Jahanvi Bananki and an enthralling dance performance by renowned dancer duo Shruti and Parshwanath Upadhye had the audience captivated. The organisers had a surprise for the attendees as they walked out of the beautifully decorated seminar hall at BNMIT An arrangement of made-for-the-occasion cupcakes awaited the attendees as they made their way out.

The shutter-bugs among them were seen clicking photos of the baked goodies while others enjoyed the cupcakes. The attendees were also pleasantly surprised to receive a picture postcard with a picture they had taken at a photobooth set up by the organisers earlier in the day. The attendees went home with a bag full of goodies, lot of memories and an experience worth remembering.

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