Published: 04th August 2018
From Annadurai to Mahesh Raghvan, everything you need to know about TEDxThiruvanmiyur next weekend
TEDxThiruvanmiyur is bringing ideas that are worth spreading to inspire the community and that too from the local champions that reside near you
Engage with multifaceted, passionate and open-minded individuals who will share their ideas of change to impact the community at TEDxThiruvanmiyur. This event brings together quick-witted minds to spread ideas for the future. The theme for this year is 'Get ConnecTED.' And the best part is that it did not just get bigger this time, but also got greener. This is going to be the first ever zero-waste TEDx event!
"We all are connected in some way or the other. The speakers are connected with a thread to the city. For instance, Sriram Venkatakrishnan, one of the speakers, is a historian who will connect us to our history. So all the speakers have a connection to the city in one way or the other. They will recount their journey of change so that you can spread your own ideas of change," says Veena Balakrishnan, one of the organisers of the event.
Upon asking why did she choose Thiruvanmiyur, she said, "I couldn't relate to any other place, so that's how I came up with the name TEDxThiruvanmiyur. While we were discussing the event, we thought why not do an event that brings about a change in our community as well. There are a lot of ideas around us, so many people who've done something extraordinary but we don't know a lot about it and maybe while bringing out these ideas, a lot of people might start doing things that are worth inspiring. If you see the speaker list, all of them are local superheroes."
The speakers include Annadurai, an auto driver and customer satisfaction expert; Mahesh Raghvan, an artist who is known for his experiments with classical music; Madhumitha Gomathinayagam, a transgender woman social activist; Roshan Santosham, Pulmonologist; Malini Jeevarathinam, filmmaker, actor and social activist; Sindhuja Parthasarathy, humanitarian photojournalist; Sriram Venkatakrishnan, historian and writer; Varun Gunaseelan, mountaineer and adventure entrepreneur and Gloria Benny, social entrepreneur.
"The speakers are varied. We didn't want to repeat an idea this time and TED itself is known for its variety and unique talks. We tried to get people who are trying to bring about a change in the society by doing some amazing work. We went ahead with what disconnect is there in the society first, got speakers on board after that, as organisers, we had to bring everything together and then we were connected like a canopy," adds Veena.
The event will be held at Holiday Inn Chennai OMR IT Expressway on August 12. So consider this as your Save the Date invite.