Archive for November, 2010

Thank you – Part 3

Yashasvini Rajeshwar   November 24th, 2010

Here is the hatrick post of this series. This one is dedicated to the faces behind our look, our team spirit and the way in which we made sure every attendee at TEDxYouth@Chennai was registered, given a badge and escorted to the auditorium with minimal hassle. Basically, this blog is about Revmakx, Somu Sundar and Adhavan.

Revmakx is a three member team consisting of Vinod David, Amrith and Yuvraj. While Vinodh is the business maker, Amrith works with the designs and Yuvraj is the official developer. TEDxYouth@Chennai‘s banners, posters and any other visual material was all thanks to these young men and their help!

Somu Sundar, who most often answers to the call of ‘Somuuu!!!’, is the one with the witty comebacks and quick reflexes. For our event, he was the behind-the-scenes pillar, helping with live streaming, hospitality for the speakers and entertainment for the audience. On D-Day, Somu was the one person everyone in need of some help could turn to.

Adhavan Rajadurai is the marketing head at infySEC and has been instrumental in the successful completion of about 30 national and international programs. For Saturday, he reached out to various city colleges to invite their students and staff to help ensure that TEDxYouth@Chennai benefited as many people as it could. Also, if you were able to pick up your ticket without a fuss, it is Adhavan you have to thank!

TEDxYouth@Chennai was not only about those of us who got on stage and were seen on the outside. We could not have put up such a great show if it wasn’t for the rock solid support we received from people like the Revmakx team, Somu and Adhavan. They represent the foundation behind TEDxYouth@Chennai.

Adhavan (extreme left) and his team working at the registration desk

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Thank You – Part 2

Yashasvini Rajeshwar   November 23rd, 2010

As selfish as this may sound, my second blog post of this series is going to be dedicated to all of us – the student team of TEDxYouth@Chennai.

TED talks have created a brand for themselves and it is a known fact that everyone connected TED(x) talks are beneficiaries of the trickle down effect and their own brand value raises up a notch. Being students from the city’s schools and colleges, a few of us had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be associated with a brand like TED and experienced people behind the Chennai team very early in our professional lives. Truth be told, our professional lives haven’t even started officially yet! So this blog post is dedicated to us and to the work we put in, the experience we gained and the memories we gathered.

As the students wing of the organizing team, we learnt a lot – both by doing as well as by merely looking and listening. The others made us feel our opinions mattered and we had an equal say in helping finalize speakers. We were given a free reign to learn the skills necessary to organize an event of this scale. We were allowed the space to explore the avenues available to us and we were given the confidence that lest anything go wrong, we always have guidance behind us. Whenever we were in need of a word of motivation, we got a paragraph, sometimes even an essay!

The core members of the students team must be mentioned or I would not be doing credit to this post. Ladies and gentlemen, here is presenting Pratik Bothra, Lakshiya Reddy, Vishruth Venkat, Nitin Jayakrishnan, Vignesh Raju, Shreya Murali and me, Yashasvini Rajeshwar. Each one of us did our bit. Each one of us put in our 200% and our phone bills will be able to prove it to you, thanks to the late night conference calls! Each one of us will carry back tales to tell and friendships that we picked up along the way.

Special mention to Nitin’s confidence on stage and the ease with performed as my co-compere, Shreya’s constant willingness to get in touch with the right people to make sure the event went off smoothly (she was responsible for ensuring accommodation for the speakers) , Pratik’s silent and wholehearted helpfulness, Lakshiya’s tireless efforts to make sure TEDxYouth@Chennai benefits the most people, Vishruth’s attention to detail and meticulous following up which made us all keep moving and Vignesh’s efficient management of the technology on D-day and the presence of mind with which he handled any issues he was faced with.

Personally, it was great working with you guys and as a team, I think we are taking a lot away from this experience and this exposure. TEDxYouth@Chennai isn’t going to be something we will forget very soon.

The 'youth' at TEDxYouth@Chennai 2010

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Thank you – Part 1

Yashasvini Rajeshwar   November 23rd, 2010

Samuel Eddy and Kiruba Shankar - the mentors behind the show!

Now that TEDxYouth@Chennai is behind us, there are a lot of people to thank. As cliched and diplomatic as it may sound, the event just would not have been the same without them. The team meetings, the atmosphere, the efficiency with which the entire event happened would not been possible without the guiding forces that all of us had in the form of Kiruba Shankar and Samuel Eddy. Kiruba is the CEO of Business Blogging which is deep into social media. Though he was flying in and out of the city constantly, his words of wisdom and advise through midnight emailing helped us all keep the spirit up and make decisions faster. Eddy is currently working for a shipping company, was a planter at some point and is, of course, the life of the party. Our once-weekly then almost-daily meetings would not be the same if it wasn’t for Eddy’s jokes, his sense of humour and his esay going spirit. Especially for us in the students team, the confidence he had in us was instrumental in us believing in ourselves and putting on the show that we did.

This post would be incomplete if I didn’t mention our licensee holder Karthick Sundar (an activist, designer and philantropist), the man behind TEDxYouth@Chennai’s e-persona Sandeep Varma (also from Business Blogging) and the T of our TED, Vinod Senthil (an ethical hacker with infysec). Karthick’s midnight phone calls, constant messaging and frequent emailing definitely paid off and he was the man we all turned to when we hit a blind end. Somehow, the answers never ceased to come! Sandeep is the quiet yet hyper efficient one on the team. While the rest of us bring the roof down during meetings, his voice is hardly ever heard. Yet, any improvement that needs to be made on the website, or any bloggers/tweeters that we needed to rope in for the event, Sandeep would take only minutes to figure it all out. All feedback that our website ( was user-friendly and informative is all his. Vinod is the other pillar of strength to the team. Starting from mikes arrangements to ticket sales and technical doubts, he is the one we turn to.

Everyone had a part to play to make this event a success. A great team often has great leaders up front. These, ladies and gentlemen, were our leaders!

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TEDxYouth @Chennai >> STARS Line-up >> Jayakrishnan

karthick sundar   November 19th, 2010


A Chartered and Cost Accountant by qualification, V. Jayakrishnan is the secretary of Padma Sarangapani Matriculation group of schools in Chennai. He is the founder director of V.V.Rajan & Co. Pvt. Ltd., a leading Publishing house in Chennai. The company publishes 300 titles of school textbooks, which are being used by 3,500 schools in South India. In the last 5 years, the company has diversified into many fields like newspaper publishing, with its 13-edition neighbourhood newspaper, Apollo Times, real estate-Vaikund Estates and educational multi media- Digi Class. It has recently entered into a partnership with an American firm to supply Standard Aptitude Test(SAT) books for American schools.

A dynamic entrepreneur, Jayakrishnan has introduced many innovations in the school. He has been responsible for introducing effective teaching methodologies in the school like using mind mapping and using technology and multi media for effective learning. He is the brain behind the annual Science Expo- Synergy in which he ensures that every student participates, with the motto- Learning by Doing. His networking skills, good market sense and visionary approach have made him a leader in the field.

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TEDxYouth @Chennai >> STARS Line-up >> Manoj Chelvanambi

karthick sundar   November 19th, 2010

Manoj is currently a standard 12 student of Bhavan’s Rajaji Vidyashram, Kilpauk. Constantly driven by the need to make his surroundings a better place to live in, Manoj has made a significant contribution by joining the Young Indians (Yi) student body. He had always volunteered for the pro-social events organized by this body; one of which includes carnivals for the specially able on the World Disability day. He is also one of those students who sees a limitless number of domains where he can exert his influence. He is an avid quizzer and has taken part in a number of local as well as national quiz competitions.

He also enjoys performing arts. For which, he is elected as the cultural secretary of his school. He extends his interest in sports for socially benefitting activities like for being a pack leader in cycle rallies organized by the ‘Young Indians’ against cyber crime. Manoj is also a long time tennis player who has consistently been ranked in the top 15% in the nation. He was a part of the South Indian delegation for the Young Indians national summit, 2010, held in New Delhi where he was one of the 8 speakers across the nation to speak in a national showcase event on India’s development. Being a science student in school, Manoj has taken part in ecological conservation events in the reserve forests of Nanmangalam and has volunteered to promote afforestation on World Environment day as a part of Yi. Manoj is one of those students who stays positive and never looks back. He can be described, in one word, as eclectic.

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TEDxYouth @Chennai >> STARS Line-up >> Nikila Srinivasan

karthick sundar   November 18th, 2010


Nikila Srinivasan is a computer science engineer with a passion for writing and technology. Having completed her bachelors degree in engineering at Chennai, she is currently a graduate student at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs in Washington, DC. Studying Global Communication, she specializes in information technology and communication in international affairs. Nikila has been a professional writer since she was 15 and was a columnist for a national youth magazine for over four years.Her successful column was compiled into two books that have received great response. She also authored a book about the history of a universal temple in south India. Nikila was an active organizer of a national youth personality pageant, ‘The Teen of the Year’ for over five years, after she won the national title ‘Teen of the Year 2003′. She has been instrumental in building a strong team of young organizers who continue to take the youth movement forward.

Nikila holds the unique honour of being one of India’s torchbearers during the Athens 2004 Olympic torch relay, an event that went down in world history as the first of its kind for the Olympics. She was one of the handful of civilians chosen for the honour. Nikila has been part of a vibrant, young magazine ‘The Score Magazine’, based in Chennai. She continues to stay on board the magazine as the Editor-in-Chief, working remotely. ‘The Score Magazine’, in print since 2007, has grown to become a niche music magazine that caters to the local music scene while incorporating diverse and global musical elements and has recently expanded to Bengaluru as well. Nikila is an avid reader, music enthusiast, and writer. She has been a speaker at the prestigious Fortune Global CEO Forum, representing the Indian youth and was also recognized by Google India as a finalist for their Women in Engineering award. She hopes to merge her love for technology, creativity and communication for a career in international development and management while pursuing her diverse interests.

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TEDxYouth@Chennai in Media

sandeep   November 18th, 2010

NXg of The Hindu, dated Nov 18 hit the stands with an article on TEDxYouth@Chennai, written by Yashasvini Rajeshwar, one of the key organisers for the event.

What do Tim Berners-Lee, Harsha Bhogle, Bono, Melinda French Gates, Gordon Brown and James Cameron have in common? They do not share a common nationality, they do not share a profession and they do not come from similar backgrounds either. Yet, there is a common binding thread about them. They have all, been speakers at a TED/TEDx event. (We will come to the difference soon).

Here is the link to the complete article

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TEDxYouth @Chennai >> STARS Line-up >> Balaji Lakshmanan

karthick sundar   November 18th, 2010

Balaji Lakshmanan is the founder and CEO of Geeky Technology & Consulting (, working in Robotics and Embedded System space. He did his MS by Research in Computer Science with specialization in Robotics and Robot Learning from IIT Madras. He has published two international papers in IEEE conferences and has reviewed a paper for international conference. He also has two provisional international patents to his credit from USPTO. He was one of the fifty selected international students to attend student entrepreneurship summit at Stanford University, USA.

Balaji is passionate about Robotics and has made a number of robots from mini mobile robots to Humanoid robots. His company makes mobile robotic solutions, embedded systems products and Do it yourself kits for
students. He has also conducted Robotics workshops in colleges and schools and has covered over 1000 students. He truly believes that robotics can kindle young minds towards creativity and imagination.

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TEDxYouth @Chennai – STAR – Satish Sikha

karthick sundar   November 17th, 2010

Satish Sikha, a simple man with a not so simple mission. A mission that will not only benefit the
planet, but the entire mankind. An Endeavour to save the planet, takes him all across the world
from the North Pole to the south with a kilometer long silk fabric, longest in the world, with ‘Go
Green’ messages from all over the planet, from important dignitaries, who join hands with him
in this noble task.

He is a man with a heart, a man who gave up his flourishing career as a couture designer
alongside great names like Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Eli Saab, Armani or as a hotelier or a
cinematic veteran to save this planet.

Inspired by his own health shortcomings, he wanted to spread awareness as to the importance
of a green healthy planet. His aim is to ensure that every human being has at least one tree
flourishing within 10 ft. radar of his abode. Realizing the importance of life, the superficiality of
material things, he strongly believes that service to mankind is the only path to salvation. One
must dedicatedly serve god and believing children are the reflection of god himself; Satish has
thus dedicated his life to Creating environmental awareness among children from around the
world from Arctic Ocean to Antarctica Ocean.

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Experience with TEDxYouth

sandeep   November 10th, 2010

It isn’t everyday that the opportunity to help organize a TEDx event comes knocking on someone’s door, let alone a schoolgirl’s. So it should come as no surprise when I say that I grabbed it with both hands. The journey has been a memorable one to say the least, filled with frequent meetings, brainstorming, new contacts, and more than our fair share of fun. What the world will see on
November 20th, 2010 will only be the finished product – the result of hours of work, numerous phone calls and many frayed brain cells. But the behind-the-scenes story is one of great activity and many lessons learnt as well – how to put together an event of this scale, bring in sponsors and speakers, work effectively as a team… The famous proverb goes ‘Rome wasn’t build in a day’. Neither was TEDxYouth@Chennai but every step of the way has been an exhilarating experience.
(Post by Yashasvini Rajeshwar)

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