INK2013: All That Matters

October 25 - October 27, 2013 in Kochi, Kerala




Alicia Souza

Alicia Souza

Illustrator

After working as a banker, Alicia took up a full-fledged career in illustration as a designer for Chumbak, India’s trendiest home-grown souvenir company. A year and a half later, she set out on her own as a freelancer, drawing cute and quirky everyday cartoons for a sizeable and loyal online fan-base, and illustrating for some of India’s oldest institutions – like Tinkle magazine!
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Anand Gandhi

Anand Gandhi

Filmmaker, Screenwriter

Anand is a filmmaker, playwright and artist, deeply interested in philosophy, evolutionary psychology and sci-fi. His first feature film, Ship of Theseus, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it was touted as the ‘hidden gem of the year’. It has since gone on to win accolades worldwide – the only contemporary Indian film to be short-listed by the Critic’s Circle (UK) as one of 15 life-changing films of all time. Besides making films, Anand illustrates, writes songs, plays chess and dabbles in magic.
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Andrea Colaço

Andrea Colaço

INK Fellow from the MIT Media Lab

Andrea hails from Goa, and is currently a PhD student at the MIT Media Lab. Her research focuses on creating novel user interfaces in the smart-everything era. Recently, she invented a miniature, low-power 3D sensor for touch-less gestural input to mobile devices and other wearable tech (like the Google Glass). Andrea is also an aspiring tech entrepreneur – her startup, 3dim, is producing a compact, low-power mobile 3D camera. In her spare time she enjoys mentoring young geeks. In 2010 she co-founded the Media Lab Design and Innovation workshop series, conducted annually in partnership with top Indian universities.
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Anirudh Sharma

Anirudh Sharma

ENTREPRENEUR, GRAVIKY LABS

In 2011 Anirudh started the LeChal project. Anirudh won the MIT Tech Review TR35 ‘Innovator of the Year’ award.
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Anu Sridharan

Anu Sridharan

Founder-CEO of NextDrop

As a Civil & Environmental Engineer, Anu is passionate about providing more reliable government services to citizens. NextDrop began by tackling the problem of erratic water supply – in most of urban India, water is available only a few hours at a time or a few times a week, but residents have no way of knowing when. Working with operators in the field, NextDrop sends text messages 60 minutes before water arrives in your tap, while also offering utility boards the tools to better manage and track leakages in water supply. Anu has also been selected to the Forbes “30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30” list.
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Balazs Gardi

Balazs Gardi

Photographer

Hungary-born Balazs is a leader in the practice and theory of photojournalism, with a vision to reshape modern media practice for the 21st century. His multi award-winning work includes in-depth coverage of the Afghan war - much after media attention had turned to Iraq - and initial photography of daredevil Felix Baumgartner during his jump to earth from the stratosphere. His project 'Facing Water Crisis' is an independent worldwide expedition exploring the far-reaching consequences of water scarcity. The latter has evolved into Azdarya, an online documentary magazine solely dedicated to water, which he recently launched with his wife.
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Elishai Ezra

Elishai Ezra

Bioengineer

Elishai’s polymathic training in Electrical and Bioengineering, Life Sciences, History and Philosophy lead him to found Jerusalem’s Centre for Trans-disciplinary Innovation, looking at complex questions like the origins of life and alternatives to monetary economics. A recent graduate of Singularity University, Elishai has co-invented new medical interfaces like the ‘Glove Tricorder’ to seamlessly integrate technology into the patient-physician relationship. He is based at the Hebrew University where he is a PhD candidate for Bioengeering, teaches mathematical programming, and received the 2013 Nano-science and Nano-technology award.
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Girish Ramdas

Girish Ramdas

Entrepreneur

Girish is the CEO and Co-founder of Magzter, the world’s fastest growing cross-platform digital newsstand selling magazines and books. Girish’s foray into digital publishing comes from understanding first-hand the pain of being a magazine producer and getting people to buy magazines, in today’s difficult publishing world. Magzter is currently the only platform that provides publishers a host of tools that simplifies the digital publishing process, making it easier to offer digital editions globally. With 15 million+ users, 2,500+ magazines and 900+ publishers, Magzter is revitalising an age-old industry.
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Isha Sharvani

Isha Sharvani

Dancer

Isha began her journey in dance at the age of 8 under the guidance of her mother and Guru, Daksha Sheth. She trained in  yoga, gymnastics, and various movement traditions from different states of India, including Kathak, Kalaripayattu, Malkhamb, Aerial ring technique and Mayurbhanj Chhau.  Today, she is one of India’s most prominent young dancers. She has also acted in both Bollywood and Malayalam films, and has films like "Luck by Chance", "David" and "5 Sundharikal" to her credit. She has performed at various venues, including "Lets Dance" Festival in Leicester, Jamshed Bhabha Theater in Mumbai, The Perth International festival and at The South Bank Center in London.
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Karthik Reddy

Karthik Reddy

Managing Partner at Blume Ventures

Karthik believes the venture capitalist industry was imported into India from the US with very little adaptation to Indian conditions or recognition of the building required to support local businesses. With a view to inspiring and facilitating young entrepreneurs in India who can truly shape the country, Karthik is instigating a reimagination of startup financing with Blume Ventures.
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Kelli Swazey

Kelli Swazey

Anthropologist

Kelli is an American-born cultural anthropologist based in Indonesia, whose work focuses on the role of the media in the construction of religious identity. With a strong belief in the potential of new media to change perspectives, she is launching a collaborative platform to facilitate the circulation of stories and voices from the communities of Eastern Indonesia. Her work has landed her in interesting situations - she once lived with and studied the Toraja people of South Sulawesi, whose practice it is to live with the mummified bodies of their deceased relatives.
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Krithi K. Karanth

Krithi K. Karanth

CONSERVATION BIOLOGIST

Dr. Krithi K. Karanth (Associate Conservation Scientist at Wildlife Conservation Society) is a Fellow at the Centre for Wildlife Studies, and Adjunct Assistant Professor at Duke University. 
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Luke Iseman

Luke Iseman

Director of Hardware,Y Combinator

Luke Iseman is Director of Hardware at Y Combinator, a venture fund which focuses on seed investments for startup companies. Prior to this, Luke worked on a Burning Man installation that generated light art from heartbeats (Pulse & Bloom), invented a smart gardening probe distributed by The Home Depot (Edyn), built and managed a fleet of 25 pedicabs, and wrote a book about traveling around the world. His projects have been covered by Make Magazine, Wired, Bloomberg, Techcrunch, Boing Boing, CBS This Morning and others. Luke resides in West Oakland, inside an off-grid shipping container home of his own design (Boxouse).
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Neville Mars

Neville Mars

Architect & Urban Researcher

Neville is a Dutch architect who has been active in China since 2003 as the head of the Dynamic City Foundation, an international research platform investigating hyper-speed urbanization. At his design studio, Mars Architects, Neville works on sustainable projects on all scales – from buildings and furniture to urban master plans. Working on the premise that urban growth is essentially organic, Neville has applied his radical new Evolutionary Planning methodology in response to China’s accelerated and pressured market conditions. His most fascinating projects include the new Sino-Dutch Ecocity in Shenzhen and an ongoing sustainability strategy for Mumbai with the BMW-Guggenheim Lab. Neville is a 2013 INK Fellow.
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P S Jalaja

P S Jalaja

Visual Artist

As the daughter of a carpenter, Jalaja’s father’s background and interest in the arts strongly influenced her to pursue painting. She is intrigued by the duality of man as a single person with individual emotions and aspirations, and man as an element in a mob, a queue, or in ‘human’ history.
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Param Jaggi

Param Jaggi

Eco-innovator

Param is the 19-year-old founder & CEO of Ecoviate, a research and development company focusing on disposable green-technologies. Since the age of 13, he has innovated bio-fuel preparation, designed highly effective bioreactors, created a device that mitigates motor vehicle emissions (currently patented), and many more. Param was named to the 2012 & 2013 Forbes ‘30 Under 30: Energy’ list for his work in green-technologies. Aside from being a Junior at Vanderbilt University, studying Mechanical Engineering & Economics, Param has consulted as a research associate and even a rocket scientist.
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Pushpa Basnet

Pushpa Basnet

Social Worker

A CNN Hero of the Year 2012, Pushpa set up a home in Nepal for children who once lived in prisons with their incarcerated parents. For seven years, she has been running a centre to provide them with education, food, medical care and a happy childhood outside of prison walls. The children call her “Mamu” because of her loving and motherly care. With about 80 children still living inside prison walls, she is determined to bring them out and live out her promise as “Mamu” to these children in need.
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Robin Chaurasiya

Robin Chaurasiya

Activist

While serving in the US military, Robin had a bone to pick with her big bosses: along with several other activists, she campaigned against the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy, which forbade lesbians, gay and transgender people from serving openly. Herself a lesbian and survivor of abuse, Robin’s interest in girls’ and women’s issues led her to work with NGOs around the world for 10 years before starting her own NGO in Mumbai to challenge the status quo. Kranti empowers girls from Mumbai’s red-light areas to turn round the ‘victim’ status and become agents of social change.
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Rohan Dixit

Rohan Dixit

Neurotechnologist

Trained in classical neuroimaging at the Harvard-MIT-MGH Martinos Center and Stanford Medical center, Rohan started a company called BrainBot which helps people be more mindful through biology. His work is based on his first-hand research with sadhus and monks in the Himalayas, where he recorded their brainwaves and heartbeat patterns during meditation. This culminated in a forthcoming consumer wearable device for increased calm and emotional self-awareness.
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Ronak Samantray

Ronak Samantray

Co-founder, NowFloats

Ronak is the co-founder of NowFloats, a start-up aimed at make the internet relevant for India’s innumerable small businesses. NowFloats helps business owners without access to the internet or a computer set up and update their own websites entirely by SMS. An inventor at heart, this 2013 INK Fellow is also the co-inventor and chief advisor of Bolt, the world's first smartphone charger for bikes, and the co-designer of a ‘Speech Glove’ which recognises finger gestures and converts them to speech.
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Sanvar Oberoi

Sanvar Oberoi

AGRICULTURAL ENTREPRENEUR

Sanvar is a first-generation agricultural entrepreneur who is re-instating a super crop long marginalised for its association with cannabis – industrial hemp. Bombay Hemp Company (BOHECO) works with the government, local industry and farmers to manufacture innovative agro-products for pharmaceutical, construction, energy, paper, food, textiles, automobiles, oil and cordage, for a pan-Indian movement in poverty alleviation and rural development.
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Satya Hinduja

Satya Hinduja

Sound Artist

Satya's 9 year long journey has ranged from scoring for Indian films to collaborating with Indian artists and musicians. While her artistic footprint has evolved from eastern traditional to western electronica, Satya's spiritual vision is moulded by a blend of the two. Her label, Tabula Rasa, hopes to play a key role in revolutionizing the electronica movement.
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Shruti Ganguly

Shruti Ganguly

Producer & Director

Based in NYC, Shruti has been involved in feature, short-film, fashion, music video and documentary production for 9 years. She ran NYLON TV, spearheads content and strategy for MTV Desi, and works with James Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions. Past projects include Tar, a biopic on the poet CK Williams starring Franco, Mila Kunis, Jessica Chastain and Zach Braff, and Black Dog, Red Dog with Whoopi Goldberg, amongst others.
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Snigdha Manchanda

Snigdha Manchanda

Tea Sommelier

Having grown up collecting exotic teas from around the world in her father’s old trunk, Snigdha went on to train as a Tea Taster in Sri Lanka. Under the tutelage of Tea Master Nao Kumekawa from Japan, Snigdha specialised in crafting hand-blended teas, and finally set up her own line named after her childhood treasure chest – Tea Trunk. Snigdha works closely with a number of tea estates across India to promote quality Indian teas – to her, India without tea is like France without wine. She next plans to launch a global learning hub for tea in India.
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Sunil Khandbahale

Sunil Khandbahale

Linguistic Enabler

Sunil’s goal is to help Indians bridge the ‘language’ and ‘digital’ divides, due to the dominance of English on the internet and in technical published texts. He has developed digital dictionaries for mobile phones and computers with a repository of 9.6 million audio and textual words in 16 domains, like Legal, Agriculture and Pharmacy, in 22 different Indian languages. Educated in Marathi-medium in a village near Nashik, Sunil believes the root of the rural inferiority complex is the linguistic divide, due to which many abandon their education. He hopes to reverse this with his free platform.
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Tendekayi Katsiga

Tendekayi Katsiga

Founder-CEO

Based in Botswana, Tendekayi produces high quality low-cost solar powered hearing aids made for deaf people by deaf people. Most children in Africa cannot sustain use of hearing aids due to lack of electricity or the cost of batteries – solar power solves this problem of accessibility. Deaftronics now operates in Mexico, Singapore, China, Jordan and India, and have sold 10,000 hearing aids and 50,000 batteries to over 40 countries. Tendekayi has also worked on creating sign language dictionaries for banking and HIV vocabularies.
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Tushar Vashisht

Tushar Vashisht

Health Entrepreneur

In 2011 Tushar and a friend conducted a lifestyle experiment in which they lived at the government-stipulated poverty line of Rs 32/day. The experiment and its documentation gave scientific voice to the poor, creating empathy amongst India’s privileged, and providing concrete policy solutions to the government. This inspired him to co-found HealthifyMe, the world’s first Indian nutrition and calorie tracker for healthy living. Prior to this, Tushar worked as a banker, and then helped initiate the Indian Government’s Unique ID project.
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Uma Ramakrishnan

Uma Ramakrishnan

Scientist, TIFR

Uma uses genetic data to understand the history, present and potential future of populations. Her early research explored how choosiness for mates impacts genetic variation, and the relationships between African click-speaking hunter-gatherer groups. Uma now applies her research to wildlife, using non-invasive DNA sources (like poop!) to investigate tiger population sizes over the last 200 years, connectivity between populations, and how species came to the Indian subcontinent, given their recent arrival to Asia. She is a National Board for Wildlife member, Ramanujan fellow and DAE Outstanding Scientist.
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Vandana Srinivasan

Vandana Srinivasan

Musician

Vandana Srinivasan is a Playback Singer, Independent Musician and Live Performer based in Madras. Currently in her fourth year in the Film Industry, she has several noteworthy songs with reputed composers in Tamil as well as releases in Telugu and Kannada. She has toured the world with multiple performances in Australia, Canada, Singapore, Dubai; the most special one being at the London Olympics 2012 where she showcased Indian music along with her band Staccato. At the moment, she is actively collaborating with various musicians and hopes to release her album very soon. 
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