TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three major realms : Technology, Entertainment, Design. The main Idea was to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world.
The TEDx Program is designed to help communities, organizations and individuals to spark conversation and connection through local TED-like experiences. Although governed by the TED body, TEDx events are self-organized. (x=Independently organized event).
TEDx Thiruvananthapuram an independently organized TED event, operated under license from TED. It is part of the Anchor program and supported by Infosys. TEDx Thiruvananthapuram will take place on December 10th 2016.
It started off with the mission to provide underprivileged school kids access to a reading environment by setting up small libraries in rural schools and communities. The project is ongoing and is still an all-volunteer project with international presence in 4 countries, and national presence in 4 states of India.
Stand-up comedy is just catching on in the State. Vinay Menon is among the very few who pursue this genre. He is an IT professional turned comedian, and focuses mainly on observational humor.
He is the only Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and one of the two from the whole of Asia in this elite group of 60 nature photographers of the world in which almost every one is a National Geographic contributing photographer.
Started Green Worms, an organization dedicated to making the environment more safer by specializing in waste management techniques. Green Worms conducts waste literacy programmes in schools, where they educate young minds about the adverse effects of ill treated waste.
He has been active in motorsports from 1984 driving rallies or working with J A Motorsports, one of the biggest motorsports company in India. He owns a team M&N Racing and is also making a film on the lives of two racers, Mathias Lauda and Freddie Hunt.
He is the co-founder of Ellipsor. Along with some friends he created NEOSENSE, a monitor to identify breathlessness in premature babies and alert the caregiver. NEOSENSE is an apnea detector for neonates designed by Ellipsor. His team was shortlisted at the MIT Global Founders’ Skill Accelerator last year.
When it comes to Mr. Vijayan, a tea shop owner from Kochi who travelled to 16 countries from the income he got on his tea stall, a decade’s worth of stories echoing hard work, sweat and conquered dreams fall onto our laps. He serves as one of the best examples of the famous proverb, “Where there is a will, there is a way”.
He has been performing since the age of 15 and is one of the most sought after drummers in India. He has performed with veterans like Sivamani, Raghu Dixit and many more. He is now a published psychologist, master neurolinguistic programming practitioner, a drum kit player, percussionist and drum circle facilitator.