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11th edition of TEDxBITSGoa on January 26

Speakers from various walks of life will share their experiences, ideas, and innovations at the 11th edition of TEDxBITSGoa to be held on January 26 at BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus. NT KURIOCITY gets more details

Started with the notion of sharing ideas and concepts at its crux, the first conference of TEDxBITSGoa was held in 2010. And the 2020 edition is now all set to be held on January 26, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the auditorium of BITS Pilani, K K Birla Goa Campus.

Part of the organising team for TEDxBITSGoa, Arjit Verma says that TEDxBITSGoa, strive to uphold that ideology and hope to bring together inspirational individuals from all walks of life together.

“Each year, the conference becomes a rich source of ideas for both professionals and students alike, as the stage acts as a seamless interface between the audience and the speaker sharing their idea,” says Verma adding that it is an entirely student-run event. Verma says that this year being the 11th year, the conference is now the longest running institutional TEDx conference in India.

Verma further adds that they aim to spread inspiration and encouragement by presenting a diverse line-up of speakers, whose ‘Eureka Moments’ have transformed into breakthroughs that are changing spaces around us. “In celebration of this spirit, the theme for TEDxBITSGoa 2020 is ‘Youreka’,” says Verma. The previous themes included, ‘Flip the Script,’ ‘Unherd,’ and ‘Rewired.’

Apart from a huge attendance from students of BITS Goa, other students and professionals also make their way to the campus for the conference. “We have students from Goan schools and colleges attending the conference as well as a significant amount of professionals who seek to expand their horizon of thoughts and take something away from a day of inspirational talks,” says Verma.

TEDxBITSGoa has been a host to ideas of several minds, including the likes of the first woman IPS officer of India Kiran Bedi; ex-deputy Governor of The Reserve Bank of India, Subir Gokarn; AIB fame writer and comedian, Ashish Shakya;  MIT TechReview 35 under 35 nominees Ajith Narayanan and Harith Soni; film and stage actress, Kalki Koechlin; poet, actor and writer, Piyush Mishra; actress and entrepreneur, Kajal Aggarwal; former RAW chief, Hormis Tharakan and many more.

This year, 10 speakers have lined-up so far. These include designer, CEO and founder, Della Group of Industries and Hotels, Jimmy Mistry; football freestyler, Archis Patil; Asia’s Got Talent Finalist as a flute-boxer, Sudhir Rangarajan; model and actress, Elli Avram; content creator and actor at FilterCopy, Viraj Ghelani; India’s first female activist for Medicinal Tetrahydrocannabinol, Priya Mishra; listed under Forbes 30 under 30, IITK and Wharton Graduate and IPS officer, Rajan Singh; singer, composer, and founder at Anand Bhaskar Collective, Anand Bhaskar; a BITSian LGBTQ+ activist, Padmashri Saravanan and author and financial literacy activist, Anil Lamba.

Apart from an enriching experience, this conference also offers great networking opportunities.

(The passes are  `850 each, and for more than five attendees in a group, a cashback of  `100 per pass would be rendered. Registration link: https://www.tikkl.com/tedxbitsgoa/c/2020)

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