INK2013: All That Matters

October 25 - October 27, 2013 in Kochi, Kerala




Friday, October 25th, 2013

09:00 - 10:45 IST, Oman Hall

Session 1: Future, Now

David Gallo

David Gallo

Deep Ocean Explorer

David Gallo is an American oceanographer and Director of Special Projects at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - a preeminent, globally recognized scientific laboratory. For more than 25 years, David has been at the forefront of oceanic exploration, participating in and witnessing the development of new technologies and scientific discoveries that shape our view of planet earth. He has been described by TED as “an enthusiastic ambassador between the sea and those of us on dry land.” With more than 8 million views on his TED talk, “Underwater Astonishments” is among the top 3 most-viewed TED Talks to date.
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Lakshmi Pratury

Lakshmi Pratury

Founder, Host , Curator

Lakshmi Pratury brought TED to India in 2009, when the first TEDIndia conference was held in Mysore. In December 2010, she curated and hosted the first INK Conference, in association with TED, which carried forward the momentum created by TEDIndia. Lakshmi Pratury brings with her a varied and rich experience that spans for-profit enterprises, venture capital and nonprofit organizations. Featured in the list of ‘100 Most Powerful Women’ by Forbes Asia in 2010, Lakshmi has traversed an incredible distance professionally.
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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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Rajeswari Kannan

Rajeswari Kannan

Scientist With A View

Rajeswari Kannan heads Media Technologies Lab at Nokia Research Center, Bangalore, which focuses on computational imaging research by exploiting novel camera optics, sensors and signal processing techniques to capture and visualize information in new ways. She firmly believes that research cannot exist in silos, there needs to be a constant flow to core businesses. She pushes hard for building a strong ecosystem for the future of imaging by spending quality time collaborating with vendors, technology as well as design schools.
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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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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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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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10:45 - 11:30 IST

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:15 IST, Oman Hall

Session 2: Design, Random

Co-hosted by Stefan Sagmeister
Amar Hanspal

Amar Hanspal

Digital Portfolio Designer

As a leader, Amar Hanspal builds teams that empower everyone to imagine, design and create a better world. 
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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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Maira Kalman

Maira Kalman

Illustrator Extraordinaire

Maira Kalman is an author/illustrator who travels the world and depicts her experiences. She creates articles for The New York Times, The New Yorker and numerous other publications. She is the author of over twenty books for adults and children.
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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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Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan Sagmeister

Designer

Stefan Sagmeister is one of the most celebrated figures in the world of visual communication. He has won two Grammy Awards for his work in album covers and packaging design. Sagmeister & Walsh produces work that stands out among mediums and disciplines of graphic design.
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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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13:15 - 14:30 IST, Space Frame 1

Lunch

14:30 - 16:15 IST, Oman Hall

Session 3: Business, Unusual

Asima Ensemble

Asima Ensemble

Vocal and Percussion Ensemble

Asima is a boundary-breaking vocal and percussion ensemble from Trivandrum, Kerala. The word “asima” in sanskrit means "beyond boundaries", and the ensemble combines elements from India's rhythmic and melodic systems with harmonic traditions of western music. 
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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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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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Sabriye Tenberken

Sabriye Tenberken

Co-founder of Kanthari, Social change agent

Coming from the margins of society, Sabriye Tenberken developed an intrinsic interest to create ethical social change. She studied Tibetology/Central Asian Sciences at Bonn University. Travelling on horseback through the Himalayas she discovered that Tibetans who in majority are Buddhists have a stigma against people with disabilities. Especially blindness is seen as a punishment for something you have done in your previous life. Accordingly blind children are often neglected, locked away in dark rooms or sent to the streets to beg for money. Experiencing this situation inspired Sabriye to start the first school for the blind in Tibet. This school formed the foundation of Braille Without Borders, an organization that empowers blind people to take their lives in their own hands. In 2005 she co- founded Kanthari in Kerala. Kanthari fosters participants from all over the world, who, like Sabriye, have a passion to make the world a better place and strength to be forces of good rather than victims of circumstance. Sabriye is the driving force behind the academic program.
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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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Shwetal Patel

Shwetal Patel

Officer, Kochi Muziris Biennale

Born in India, Shwetal A. Patel spent his childhood in Lusaka, Zambia, migrating to the U.K when he was nine years old. During his time in the U.K, Patel studied Economics at the University of London, graduating in 2001 whilst working in the fields of music, fashion, film & art in the burgeoning artistic scene of East London. Patel chose Florence, Italy as a base to live and work for 4 years and in 2010 was invited to Mumbai to develop a project to create India's first contemporary art biennial; an artist led initiative spearheaded by the Kochi Biennale Foundation.
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Sri. Tatwamasi Dixit

Sri. Tatwamasi Dixit

Vedic Business Consultant

Sri Tatwamasi Dixit, a successful Family Business Advisor by profession, specialises in working with business owning families. He founded FABRIC (Family Business Research International Centre), a boutique consulting firm, offering family business advisory services and coaching to Family Business Entrepreneurs.
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Tina Sharma

Tina Sharma

Wellness Consultant

There are zillions of benefits in being human. Our life is complex, our problems are complex, the world around us is complex. So Simplify. It is beautiful to be Simple. Simplification leads us to being human.
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18:00 IST Onwards, Samudrika Cruise Terminal

Dinner

Saturday, October 26th, 2013

09:00 - 10:45 IST, Oman Hall

Session 4: Life, Radical

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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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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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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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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Mark Magidson

Mark Magidson

Visionary Filmmaker

An entrepreneur, inventor and industrial designer with a diverse technical background, Mark is a filmmaker who has undertaken artistic projects that are epic in scale, entail great technical complexity and innovation, and transcend an ordinary view of the world. Producer, co-writer, co-editor of award winning films Chronos (1985), Baraka (1992), and Samsara (2012), he has taken crews to over 50 countries in search of profound and one of a kind imagery.
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Rekha Parameswaran

Rekha Parameswaran

Healing Historian

Rekha Parameswaran is a healer, educator and writer. She is currently the chair of the Hemostasis Study group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer, the largest multidisciplinary organization of its kind. Rekha has special expertise in taking care of people with genetic bleeding and clotting disorders by working closely with the highly skilled surgeons at Memorial Sloan Kettering to ensure that people can safely undergo extensive cancer operations.
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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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William Pennell Rock

William Pennell Rock

Social Anthropologist

William Pennell Rock developed ORIGINS, a methodology for presenting insight into self-development and realization in workshops and performing arts. He began his professional career as a child actor appearing on television and theater. 
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10:45 - 11:30 IST

Coffee Break

11:30 - 13:15 IST, Oman Hall

Session 5: Wisdom, Crowd

Co-hosted by Nikesh Arora
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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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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Nikesh Arora

Nikesh Arora

Senior Vice President and Chief Business Officer

Nikesh oversees all revenue and customer operations, as well as marketing and partnerships. Since joining Google in 2004, he has held several positions with the company. Most recently, he led Google’s global direct sales operations. He also developed and managed the company’s operations in the European, Middle Eastern and African markets and was responsible for creating and expanding strategic partnerships in those regions for the benefit of Google’s growing number of users and advertisers.
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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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Scott Cook

Scott Cook

Financial Software Maven

Scott Cook's was born and raised in an LA suburb after his parents emigrated from Wisconsin. Scott was 'nerdy' as a kid and even programmed his school district's one computer. Scott attended USC and later went to Harvard Business School.
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Sunil Thankamushy

Sunil Thankamushy

Creative Director Virtual Worlds

Sunil Thankamushy is a US-based, sixteen-year veteran of the video game industry who was part of the core teams that developed highly acclaimed, successful video game franchises, such as as Call of Duty™, Finest Hour™, and Medal of Honor™.
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Usha Uthup

Usha Uthup

The Voice

For over 44 years now, Usha Uthup has spread a message of love and unity, peace and harmony, tolerance and integrity, and happiness – through music. From discotheques to concerts, across India and the World, she has addressed the youth about the values of music that makes us human.  She lives as she believes, presenting even the most contemporary songs dressed in traditional attire projecting the fact that India is a true melting pot of cultures, with its own distinctive cultural identity.
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13:15 - 14:30 IST, Space Frame 1

Lunch

14:30 - 16:15 IST, Oman Hall

Session 6: Collect, Connect + 'Launched at INK' segment

Co-hosted by Asha Jadeja
Aisha Chaudhary

Aisha Chaudhary

Inspirational Artist

Seventeen year-old Aisha Chaudhary was born with an immune deficiency disorder and overcame a predicted life expectancy of only one year to have become an accomplished artist today. Despite a serious lung disease called Pulmonary Fibrosis, her persistent optimism, extraordinary maturity in the face of impossible odds, and calm perspective on life’s challenges have been an inspiration to many.
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Asha Jadeja

Asha Jadeja

Founder, Dot Edu Ventures

After investing in about 75 technology companies as a venture capitalist, Asha is currently a top Silicon Valley angel investor, social entrepreneur, global philanthropist, speaker, a mentor to Stanford entrepreneurs, and mom to her two daughters. She lives in Palo Alto and New York. 
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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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Roger Fisk

Roger Fisk

Presidential PR Guru

Roger Fisk has had a key "behind the scenes role" in President Obama’s organization since then-Senator Obama announced his run for president in February 2007. He has seen from the beginning the development of cutting-edge organizing strategies, the application of agile on-line organizing tools, and a truly innovative, thoroughly modern mobilization of social media.  With 6 months of service on the President’s successful 2012 re-election, Roger has worked with all of those tools as they were perfected in the second campaign.  
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16:15 - 17:00 IST

Coffee Break

17:00 - 18:15 IST, Oman Hall

Session 7: Static, Viral

Co-hosted by John Werner
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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John Werner

John Werner

Project Innovator - Camera Culture Group, MIT Media

John Werner is the Project Innovator for the Camera Culture Group at MIT Media Lab.  He is helping to create new imaging platforms, developing hardware and software technologies for augmenting (super human) human vision.  He is bringing young people from around the world together to use rapid prototyping to solve some of real-world problems, working on large scale online learning, and building a community to disseminate technology for human vision and visual computing.  By disseminating technology to prevent blindness, he is enabling the visually challenged, and bringing eye care to developing countries.  His aim is to foster entrepreneurship, to take ideas into the real world for impact, connecting industry with the untapped knowledge of the geniuses of the Media Lab.  
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Joichi Ito

Joichi Ito

director, MIT Media Lab

Joichi Ito is the Director of the MIT Media Lab. He is the Chair of Creative Commons, on the Board of The New York Times Company, on the Board of the MacArthur Foundation, on the Board of Trustees of The Knight Foundation, and co-founder and board member of Digital Garage an Internet company in Japan. He is on board of a number of non-profit organizations including The Mozilla Foundation and WITNESS. He is a member of the IT Strategic Headquarters of the Japanese Cabinet. He has created numerous Internet companies including PSINet Japan, Digital Garage and Infoseek Japan and was an early stage investor in Twitter, Six Apart, Wikia, Flickr, Last.fm, Kongregate, Fotonauts/Fotopedia, Kickstarter, Path, Pinwheel and other Internet companies.
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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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Ramesh Raskar

Ramesh Raskar

Associate Professor, MIT Media Lab

Ramesh Raskar is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab. Ramesh Raskar joined the Media Lab from Mitsubishi Electric Research Laboratories in 2008 as head of the Lab’s Camera Culture research group. His research interests span the fields of computational photography, inverse problems in imaging and human-computer interaction. Recent projects and inventions include transient imaging to look around a corner, a next generation CAT-Scan machine, imperceptible markers for motion capture (Prakash), long distance barcodes (Bokode), touch+hover 3D interaction displays (BiDi screen), low-cost eye care devices (Netra,Catra), new theoretical models to augment light fields (ALF) to represent wave phenomena and algebraic rank constraints for 3D displays(HR3D).
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Tod Machover

Tod Machover

Musical Innovator

Tod Machover is head of MIT Media Lab's Opera of the Future group. An influential composer, he has been praised for creating music that breaks traditional artistic and cultural boundaries; his music has been performed and commissioned by some of the world's most important performers and ensembles. In 1995, he received a "Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres," one of France's highest cultural honors, and in 1998 he was awarded the first DigiGlobe Prize from the German government. He has composed five operas and is the inventor of Hyperinstruments, a technology that uses smart computers to augment virtuosity. Hyperinstruments have been used by performers such as Yo-Yo Ma, Prince, and Peter Gabriel. Machover is also the creator of the Toy Symphony, an international music performance and education project. His research group is currently examining ways to use music in therapy for emotionally and physically challenged individuals.
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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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18:30 IST Onwards, Le Meridien

Drumjam followed by Dinner(Bollywood Night)

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

09:00 - 10:45 IST, Oman Hall

Session 8: Chaos, Contained

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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Mahesh Kale

Mahesh Kale

Hindustani Classical Musician

Mahesh  Kale, based in San Francisco Bay area, is an accomplished vocalist of the new generation in the North Indian Classical style. Honed in the Gurukul system of learning from the legendary Padmashree Pandit Jitendra Abhisheki, he has an illustrious pedigree, and his thrilling performances bear this out.
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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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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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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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10:45 - 11:15 IST

Coffee Break

11:15 - 13:00 IST, Oman Hall

Session 9: Wander, Find

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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Christopher Kirchhoff

Christopher Kirchhoff

PARTNER AT DEFENCE INNOVATION UNIT EXPERIMENTAL

Christopher Kirchhoff was appointed by Secretary of Defense Ash Carter to lead the Pentagon's Silicon Valley Office, Defense Innovation Unit X (DIUx), as one of four partners overseeing the Defense Department's nation-wide investment portfolio harnessing emerging commercial technology for national security innovation. Christopher along with his team will steer nearly $100M of R&D co-investment funds and run offices in Boston and Silicon Valley scouting for technology that can be integrated into military systems. Chris previously worked as Special Assistant to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He investigated and documented the space shuttle Columbia’s accident report and co-authored the historical U.S. Government paper titled Hard Lessons: The Iraq Reconstruction Experience, that was coined “The Iraq Pentagon Papers” by the New York Times.
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Darren Abrahams

Darren Abrahams

Tenor, Naciketa

Darren Abrahams is a singer and performer who has appeared in opera all around the world, working for such companies as the ROH, ENO, Scottish Opera, WNO, Wexford Festival Opera, Teatro Comunale di Bologna, American Opera Projects and the Young Vic. Darren regularly premieres new works and has helped develop new operas for The Royal Opera, Scottish Opera, Complicite, The Opera Group, Opera Circus, the Batignano Festival and the Brian Irvine Ensemble in places as diverse as Belfast, Italy and India. Concert appearances have taken him around the UK, US and Europe and includes performances with the LPO, the Royal Seville Symphony, and the St Petersburg Symphony. Darren is also a busy recitalist, creating concerts that defy genre and style.
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Dr. Jakob van Zyl

Dr. Jakob van Zyl

Jet Propulsion Expert

Dr. Jakob van Zyl is the Associate Director at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory responsible for Project Formulation and Strategy. He has more than 20 years of research experience in various aspects of satellite remote sensing. 
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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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Nigel Osborne

Nigel Osborne

Composer, Naciketa

Nigel Osborne has studied composition with Kenneth Leighton, Egon Wellesz, and Witold Rudzinski. 
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Prakriti Dutta

Prakriti Dutta

Dhrupad Singer, Naciketa

Prakriti Dutta is an internationally acclaimed dhrupad singer .She is a performer, actor and composer. After securing first position in M.A from Rabindra Bharati university, India, she had received a MSc degree in Music in the community from University of Edinburg and honed her skill as an music therapist and community musician .She was under the tutelage of  Ustad Zia Fariduddin Dagar in his dhrupad gurukul in Mumbai.  Recently she has founded a performing art company ‘Sound Space’ for sound, movement and arts in her hometown Kolkata. It is an organically designed amphitheatre which promotes creative minds and art in South of Kolkata. Presently her work is divided between two cities Kolkata and London. She is actively associates with a London based music theatre company ‘Opera Circus’ in their production Naciketa based on Upanishad.
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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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Varun Agarwal

Varun Agarwal

Media/Merchandise Maverick

By the age of 25, Varun Agarwal was already a filmmaker, entrepreneur and the bestselling author of 'How I braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded A Million Dollar Company'. He is the co-founder of Alma Mater, India's biggest college apparel/memorabilia 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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