INK2012: Designing the Future--Now


October 11 - October 14, 2012 in Pune, India

Alok Shetty

Alok Shetty

Architect

Alok Shetty designed a full fledged, multi-specialty hospital at the age of 20, and has since then gone onto start a firm that takes simple ideas and combines them with innovative building solutions to bring about radical change in the social infrastructure of a community. Whether its projects like creating rural clinics made of locally available materials, designing aquamarine parks that are a source of fresh water and electricity, or transforming shipping containers into auditoriums, Alok is striving to improve the standard and quality of living in developing countries around the world.
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Anu Vaidyanathan

Anu Vaidyanathan

Ultraman athlete, IP professor

Anu Vaidyanathan is the only Asian to have competed in and finished 6th at Ultraman – a three day stage-race comprising a 10K swim, 420K bike ride and an 84.4K run. She also received her Ph.D., is a visiting professor of intellectual property, and has her own intellectual property managment company. 
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Bilal Ghalib

Bilal Ghalib

Catalyst

Bilal Ghalib is an Iraqi American promoting the maker spaces (a "Do-It-Yourself"/ open-source platform) around the world.  His makerspaces fostered ideas such as landmine detection systems and a heart monitor that works without the use of electricity, a limited resource in developing nations. 
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Dale J. Stephens

Dale J. Stephens

Lifelong Learner and Entrepreneur

Dale J. Stephens left school at twelve to become an unschooler, the self-directed branch of homeschoolers. Instead of going to middle and high school he organized collaborative learning groups, found mentors, and volunteered in his community. Dale leads UnCollege, the social movement empowering students to create their own education. 
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Darbuka Siva

Darbuka Siva

Performer/ Music Producer/ Entrepreneur

‘Darbuka’ Siva focuses on reviving ancient folk forms, which are almost extinct. He identifies rare artists and engages them in collaboration with contemporary artists, which creates an accessible art form for everyone around the world. He has put together a platform for folk music called ‘La Pongal’ for Tamil folk musician to take their music outside of the interiors of Tamil Nadu. 
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Hind Hobeika

Hind Hobeika

Self-tracking engineer

Hind Hobeika is a self-tracking engineer who believes biological parameters are the most fascinating input for technological systems. She is the founder of Instabeat, an award winning startup that creates high-tech tools that track and improve athletes' performance and well-being. Hind is a WEF Global Shaper and founder of the Quantified Self, Beirut chapter.
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Isabel Pedraza

Isabel Pedraza

Physicist

Isabel Pedraza is a high energy physicist from Mexico, and works on cutting edge science such as the search for the 'God particle' at CERN. Besides science, she also skis, boxes, and sings. 
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Kalki Koechlin

Kalki Koechlin

Actor & Writer

Kalki Koechlin is an Indian film actress of French origin. She has starred in critically acclaimed films such as That Girl in Yellow Boots and Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara. Kalki also stars in award-winning plays which she writes and directs. 
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Noorie Sadarangani

Noorie Sadarangani

Urban designer

Noorie Sadarangani invents narrative products and experiences using disappearing antiquated manual industrial processes still found in slums and various other informal areas of Mumbai. By setting up artisan schools, she formalizes and cultivates out-dated floating talent. The idea is to transform common things that otherwise would be factory-cut (without totally busting the wallet).
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Peter Frykman

Peter Frykman

Entrepreneur

Peter Frykman is the founder and CEO of Driptech, Inc., which is concerned with the challenge of water scarcity, especially in developing countries. His professional interests include mechatronics, medical devices, and design for extreme affordability. He is an avid rower and two time national champion for Stanford.
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Priyanka Sharma

Priyanka Sharma

Nano-biotechnologist

Priyanka is a Ph.D. in environmental nano-biotechnology with a great aptitude towards biotransformation and biomonitoring of environmental pollutants . Her research focuses on the development of low cost immunosensors for pesticides detection. She has published many research papers in prestigious international journals cheering high impact factors. Recently, she has been selected as a sole women MIT TR35 young innovator award. She was also among the top innovators under the DST - Lockheed Martin India Innovation Programme 2012. Her innovation has been covered worldwide in many prestigious magazines and newspapers (CSIR News, Technology review, India today, Tehelka, Elektor, Femina, Chemical industry Digest, Good News Tab, BBC etc.). She has also been invited by Northwestern University, IL (USA) as a visiting research fellow .
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Saba Ghole

Saba Ghole

Architect, Urban Designer, Entrepreneur

Saba Ghole is an architect and urban designer turned education and technology entrepreneur. As the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of NuVu Studio, Saba leads a innovation center for middle and high school students. NuVu’s focus on creativity and experimentation sets the stage for students to collaborate with experts on projects ranging from new medical technologies to interactive games to brainwave-generated music and art.
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Sai Gaddam

Sai Gaddam

Neuroscientist and Author

Sai Gaddam is a computational neuroscientist, a data geek, and the co-author of A Billion Wicked Thoughts, an internationally acclaimed book about desire. He believes understanding how our brains tick is the way to truly discovering and liberating ourselves. Sai is currently working on a book about anger. His parents are still holding out hope he will come to his senses and put his IIT pedigree to better use.
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Sandesh Reddy

Sandesh Reddy

Chef

Sandesh Reddy is steadily climbing the ladder to become one of India's most promising chefs. It is his love for good food and more importantly the art that goes behind it, that fuels his passion. What sets him apart is his ability to deconstruct cuisines and reinterpret existing dishes that provoke the senses and promote personal memories. Sandesh's expertise lies across a broad range of culinary traditions, from the spicy ethnic fare of his ancestral hometown Nellore to contemporary trends in international cuisine.
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Shankar Tucker

Shankar Tucker

Clarinetist, composer

Shankar Tucker is an American-born clarinetist and composer who creates music that explores contemporary and traditional Indian sounds. He collaborates with other musicians to represent new generation Indian artists - bringing their music to an internationally and culturally diverse audience, both on- and offline.
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Shayamal Vallabhjee

Shayamal Vallabhjee

EQ Consultant & Sports Scientist

Shayamal Vallabhjee has over 12 years of experience in the sports industry, working with the world's best creatives, personalities and industrialists. Some include: the South African High Performance Cricket Team, Indian National Cricket Team, Indian Olympic Association, and many others. He has authored 5 books on sports science and motivation. Also, Shayamal is the director of Speed Kids -- a program that caters to the bio-mechanical gross motor development of children between the age of 3-8 years. 
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Shubhendu Sharma

Shubhendu Sharma

Founder/ Director at Afforestt

Shubhendu Sharma, an industry experienced Industrial Engineer turned Eco Entrepreneur, is the Founder/Director of Afforestt, a company which creates urban forests. Developed on world’s best afforestation methodology from Japan, backed by robust management, intensive research and cutting edge technologies, Afforestt creates a 100 years old natural forest in just 10 years.
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Sourabh Kaushal

Sourabh Kaushal

Engineer & Space Explorer

Sourabh Kaushal is researching space debris mitigation and the development of a space elevator system(The transportation system from Earth into Deep Space). He also proposed new methods to mitigate space debris. His research was selected in many international conferences organised by NASA, ISRO, JAXA, ESA, IEEE, ISEC, Microsoft etc. Sourabh worked with Google Lunar X prize team-Team Indus as a System Engineer. He received "Dr. Kalpana Chawla Young Scientist Award", Runner Up "Jerome Pearson Award 2010" by ISEC, USA ," finalist of MIT TR35 Young Innovator Award and nominated for "Jerome Lederer Space Safety Award 2013" by IAASS, Received "Young Innovator Award 2013" by Indira International Innovation Summit, India. He has also spoken at TEDxBITS GOA, INK+MIT Media Lab Salons, SAM Youth Conference, Indian Institute of Technology (IIT-KGP). He also works to spread awareness about science and technology among youth in villages by teaching them how to conduct research, sort out their problems, and  link them with international and national experts. research work has been appreciated and recognized by The Vice President of INDIA, Sh. M.H.Ansari, Dr. V.Adhimurthy (ISRO), Donald Kessler (EX-NASA Scientist), Dr.K. Rao (ISRO), Dr. Peter Swan (ISEC,USA) and Dr. Angel Abbud Madrid (Director of the Centre for Space Resources,US). Website: www.sourabhkaushal.in
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Tanmoy Ghosh

Tanmoy Ghosh

Wildlife conservationist

Tanmoy Ghosh brings new sustainable solutions to solve problems in wildlife conservation whether its through leading survey expeditions, promoting ecotourism, or wildlife photography. He has also discovered an new population of gharial, the most endangered crocodilians in the world. His many conservation projects paved way for collaborations with the BBC (Natural History Unit), Discovery Channel, National Geographic Channel among many others.
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Varun Agarwal

Varun Agarwal

Media/Merchandise Maverick

Varun Agarwal is a 25 years old filmmaker, entrepreneur and a bestselling author. He is the co-founder of Alma Mater, India's biggest college apparel/memorabilia company, author of bestseller 'How I braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded A Million Dollar Company', and also the co-founder of Reticular, a social media marketing firm. The pursuit of his interests brought about collaborations with A.R. Rahman, Preity Zinta, and many others. 
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Vicky Roy

Vicky Roy

Photographer

Vicky Roy ran away from home as child and became a ragpicker to earn pocket money. He found refuge at a NGO for street children where he met a photographer that changed his life. Despite his turbulent past, Vicky pursed his passion for photography in which he was selected to photo document the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in NYC. Today, Vicky focuses on helping the disadvantaged by giving them a voice through his photography. 
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Vivek Sahadevan Nair

Vivek Sahadevan Nair

Inventor & Entrepreneur

Vivek Nair had stumbled upon a process to convert carbon emissions into carbon nanotubes (a material stronger than steel). His discovery led him to start a company focused on automating this process and turning carbon emission into a useable resource for many applications. Vivek was named one of the today's disruptors and tomorrow's brightest stars by Forbes "30 under 30" list,for the year 2012 & MIT Technology Review outstanding innovators under 35, for the year 2012.He has also received the National award for meritorious invention from NRDC, Gov. of India. Vivek has also been named by Tehelka as "Tipping point - Architects of the Future", for the year 2012. He was also the winner of Ashoka/Staples Social Youth Entrepreneur award.  In addition, Vivek is doing his double doctorate in Materials Science and Mechanical Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore & Loughborough University, UK to further his effort in developing advanced materials of the future. 
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