Pune, September 10, 2019 : Now for the second time, St. Mira’s College for Girls, Pune, hosted a TEDx event – TEDxStMirasCollege. It was a BBA initiative and was officially organised by Pratiksha Bokadia and co-organised by Manvi Malhotra, mentored by Prof. Abhradita Chatterjee Nahvi and supported by Principal Dr Gulshan Gidwani and Course co-ordinator Mrs Stella Ambrose.
It was hosted in the auditorium within the college itself, on 7th September 2019. The umbrella theme for the event was “Halfway there”; with the auditorium being full of experts and growing buds in their respective fields, the event took the opportunity to recognize that no learning is ever complete, until we know the other side of the story, until we know what it takes to complete our journey to reach the other end from this half-way standpoint. With the hope that everybody learns, grows, expands their mindsets to discover new things and grow as individuals, St. Mira’s College for girls actively recognized the need for this at a local level.
TEDxStMirasCollege was definitely a one of a kind event in its environment and not one to be missed. Their aim and objective was to change perspectives and openly talk about certain issues that need to be highlighted. They definitely took a step ahead to make our local community a better place to live in.
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. 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.
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).
The event had curated a careful and handpicked list of speakers that included dignitaries like Nabomita Mazumdar, Thomas Dal, Geetika Sehgal, Suresh Devnani, Malcolm Raphael, Major Mohammed Ali Shah, Aditya Kriplani and KanishkPriyadarshi. Each one of them is an expert in their field and inspiring to say the least. They covered all the halfway standpoints, right from the ones we face with the raging OTT apps, to the trends in millennial and the power of creativity and the responsibility that comes with it.
TED stands for Technology, Entertainment and Design. While the event may have included Technology and Design among other things through their TEDx speakers, Entertainment has been consolidated into their event by way of two very interesting performances – The first one being by the talented Tribe Vibe Dance Company, a highly accomplished and sought after dance academy in Pune; and the second one was a highly engaging and energizing performance by WFM, a super band of 4, specialising in Bollywood, Sufi, Indie-Pop and Rock music.