Paper Planes



Paper Planes

With a few folds from a creative mind, a blank paper can be transformed into colourful planes which soar through the skies. These paper planes are reminiscent of how even simple beginnings can lead to unimaginable things. TEDxBITSPilani aims to celebrate this aspect of ideas, their conception and purpose, rather than the prevalence of the idea in the moment because however fragile they are, all of them do fly against the winds to reach their destinies.

TED is a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less) which can be described as “the ultimate brain spa”. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — in more than 100 languages.

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. At TED, the world’s leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes. Talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. Two major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Long Beach, California (along with a parallel conference, TEDActive, in Palm Springs), and TEDGlobal is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the new TED Conversations, enabling broad conversations among TED fans; and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide.

TED has established the annual TED Prize , where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

For information about TED’s upcoming conferences, visit TED

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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, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event.

At TEDx events, a screening of TED Talks videos — or a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED.

TEDx events are non-profit, but may use an admission fee or commercial sponsorship to cover costs. Similarly, speakers are not paid. They must also relinquish the copyrights to their materials, which TED may edit and distribute under a Creative Commons license.

TEDxBITSPilani is an event that aims to broadcast and organize numerous TED talks at BITS Pilani. The event aims at celebrating the mission of TED – ‘Ideas worth Spreading’ at Pilani campus of BITS Pilani. We believe ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.

The Birla Institute of Technology &Science, BITS Pilani is an all-India Institute for higher education. The primary motive of BITS is to "train young men and women able and eager to create and put into action such ideas, methods, techniques and information". BITS Pilani offers degrees in engineering, sciences, technology, pharmacy, management and humanities. It is widely known as the best private engineering institute of India.

TEDxBITSPilani is an event that aims to broadcast and organize numerous TED talks at BITS Pilani. The event aims at celebrating the mission of TED – ‘Ideas worth Spreading’ at Pilani campus of BITS Pilani. We believe ideas have the power to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. We aim to provide a platform that brings together people from all walks of life under one roof.

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Balan Madhavan
Nature Photographer

Is an Associate of Royal Photographic Society (UK) and is one of the few Indians in the International League of Conservation Photographers.He has garnered over 150 accolades in various photographic salons worldwide. Through his photography, Balan actively advocates conservation of nature and employs photography as a tool to raise awareness of pressing ecological issues.

Christopher C. Doyle
Best Selling Author

is the celebrated author of the hugely popular mythological book, 'The Mahabharata Secret. Currently working as a consultant, he also mentors CEOs and plays in a band called ‘Mid Life Crisis’. Before embarking on his childhood dreams, Christopher pursued a career in the corporate world,with a post graduation in business management from IIM Calcutta.

Dr. Ramakanta Panda
World,s Safest Heart Surgeon

A Padma Bhushan awardee, is widely regarded as the safest heart surgeon in the world. Having performed over 23500 surgeries, his incredible 99.6% success rate is the platinum standard in cardiac surgery. He has operated on the ex-PM of India and other numerous leaders and holds a world record of performing 12 graft procedures in a man with 17 blocks. He actively promotes a healthy lifestyle for youth and is an ambassador for healthcare reform in India.

Dr. Shahshank Shah
Business Author and Strategist

Is a thought leader in field of study at the cusp of corporate strategy and sustainability with over 100 national and international publications to his credit. He has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard Business School, Fellow and Project Director at Harvard University South Asia Institute, Editor-in-Chief of Harvard University Postdoctoral Editors Association and Consulting Editor at The Business India Group.

Harika Dronavalli
Chess Grandmaster

Is an Indian chess grandmaster. Honored with the Arjuna Award in 2007, she is the second Indian woman to become a grandmaster, after Humpy Koneru.Harika took keen interest in chess at a very small age, she participated in under-9 national championship and won a medal. What began as fun, soon transformed into a passion, and she went on to win numerous medals in various championships.

Swapnil Tewari
The Madman

Popularly known as ‘The Madman’, is a world-renowned specially-abled social reformer and inventor from India. Dyslexic and synaesthetic by birth, his work in Alternative Intelligence, explores the synergy and congruence of human senses and the ability to explore the expanse of human consciousness.His ideas and work have helped beget joy in more than 35 violence stricken underdeveloped and developing regions across the globe.

Urmi Kothari
Energy Coach

Is the founder and facilitator of ‘Kinetic Living’. She is an athlete by spirit, a yogi by soul and a dancer by heart. With a cumulative experience of over 15 years in sports. Urmi is an IFAA master trainer and a certified Elevated Nike coach.Owing to her passion for fitness, Urmi left her established marketing career and founded her fitness center to transform people's minds.

Divya Dureja
Spoken Word Poet

Is an international Spoken Word Poet, Curator and Preceptor. A psychologist by education, Divya designs and conducts skill development programmes with university students on topics of gender and health. Her powerful poetry film on female sexual dysfunction has received accolades from distinguished audiences. She is also the co-founder of Performers' Consortium, a platform for nourishing artists.

Cara Tejpal
Wildlife Conservationist

A self-described conservation generalist, 28-year-old Cara lends her skills to help confront the gamut of conservation challenges in India. She writes, fundraises, works on policy documents and develops campaigns under the umbrella of the Sanctuary Nature Foundation, while also heading their unique Mud on Boots Project. As an independent writer, her articles on wildlife have appeared in publications such as Outlook, Scroll, Sanctuary Asia, Conde Nast Traveller and National Herald. She has previously worked with Bagh Foundation on conservation policy matters and The Gerry Martin Project on snakebite management and mitigation in India. When she isn’t travelling in wild places, Cara lives between Mumbai and Goa.

Tanuj Kumar
Bitsian Speaker

Is an undergraduate at BITS Pilani. He is team leader of the Publicity and Business Development subsystem of Team Anant, the satellite making team of BITS Pilani. Having given a talk at the European Space Agency and worked on satellite dynamics at ISRO, he hopes to put his knowledge to use in improving current satellite technologies.

Satyajit Padhye
Professional Ventriloquist

Is a 3rd Generation Ventriloquist and Puppeteer. Interested in this art of puppetry since childhood, he left his career as a Chartered Accountant to become a Professional Ventriloquist and Puppet Maker. With his razor sharp wit and rib-tickling humor, he has graced big stages like Kaun Banega Crorepati, Big Boss and has also made it to the finals of India’s Got Talent.



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