TEDxPariChowk Blog

TEDxPariChowk aims at inspiring the community to step forward and take action.
Through ideas, we facilitate a conversation between thinkers, doers, change makers.
As a result, we open up avenues for dialogue to expose the local community to future possibilities
of growth in the fields of art, science, technology, business, etc.

 

 

TEDxPariChowk | What to Expect?

TEDx aims to inspire and instil the ideas into every community possible and this time, we have brought the crazy ride of inspiring ideas and great talks to your city!

Greater Noida is organizing it’s very first TEDx talk. The hustle behind the event started in July 2017 and now as the day of the final event is approaching, we know you are just as excited as we are to listen to the wonderful speakers we have lined. But before you assume that this might be like other conferences you’ve attended in the past, let’s clear the cloud for you!

TEDxPariChowk is going to be one of a kindevent. Other than inspiring talks, we have a lot more exciting stuff and activities for our attendees to have an experience of a lifetime. To get a piece of this cake, first BOOK YOUR PASSES now!

In this blog, we’ll mention all that TEDxPariChowk is offering its attendees and what pass gives you access to which activity. The following broad categories of passes are:

  1. Student Pass:  1000 (attendees registering under this category need to provide a valid school/college ID)
  2. Standard Pass:  2000
  3. Executive Pass:  3000

Conference Attendance

(Available for all Passes)

This year, we have gone far and wide to bring some of the most inspiring and revolutionary ideas for our annual conference. We aim at changing this world by targeting individual lives yet we wish to keep the spirit of celebrations alive. The conference on 27th January 2018 and can be attended by everyone, regardless of what pass they choose. The main event where you get to listen to the incredible speakers, delivering their terrific ideas, doesn’t require much convincing from our side for you to attend. Attendees get the opportunity to interact with the speakers as well. so, pour out what’s on your mind and celebrate life with us.

Breakfast and Lunch

(Available for all Passes)

How would one hear those incredible ideas on stage if the stomach keeps growling, right? Don’t worry, we have all that specially arranged for you. Forget lunch packs because we’ve got you covered. Taste the local delicacies at the light breakfast on the morning of event and then to keep you charged throughout the day, we have arranged for a sumptuous lunch. Taste the cuisines of Uttar Pradesh, as you listen to the intellectuals of this region.

Experiential

(Available for all Passes)

Ideas, when given a visual and tactile aid, become more powerful than they were before. With the experiential section, we have lined up 5 such experiences for you that will run simultaneously with the conference. We bring to you some added fun to the intellectual experience of the TEDxPariChowk conference that will make this conference a remarkable one for you.

Goodie Bags

(Available for all Passes)

We believe that once a part of TEDx community, you always stay connected. On the same thought, we would want you to remember this conference for years to come. While we are certain that our speakers will give you, ideas worth cherishing for the rest of your life, a few souvenirs from the conference can go a long way. As parting gifts, we have t-shirts, badges, and other TEDxPariChowk merchandise for you to take back wonderful memories of the event. You can even get your favourite speaker to sign them for you. Isn’t that something to be excited about?

Event Booklet

(Executive and Standard Passes only)

Need a map to set sail on this adventure with us? Here’s a detailed account of TEDxPariChowk 2018? Every dignitary that takes the stage of TEDxPariChowk has a story worth sharing. An inspiring account of these amazing people can be found in our event booklet, along with the ideas they are going to share. Read about the entire TEDxPariChowk experience and get a first-hand insight into our conference.

Early Theatre Access

(Executive Pass only)

Behind the scenes is always fun, wouldn’t you agree? With the executive pass, we offer you an opportunity to catch the action that goes on before the final event begins. Get a chance to interact with the speakers before the conference begins and interact in a one-on-one session. No! it won’t be a boring “all work, no play” experience. We promise that an early theatre access would add to the highlights of your 3 days TEDxPariChowk experience.

Invitation to Salon Events

(Executive Pass only)

(Available as Add-on for Standard and Student Passes)

No matter how much we try, there will still be those brilliant minds who will be left out from our 2018 speakers’ list. But that’s no excuse for us to hinder the flow of ideas between them and our amazing audience. To facilitate that, we are organizing Salon events or mini TEDx-like events that we’ll be hosting around the Pari Chowk region in January 2018. With the Executive Pass, you get direct, free of cost invitation to 6 Salon events organized during this period. Interact with more inspiring minds of Uttar Pradesh community in the upcoming Salon events.

Adventures

(Executive Pass only)

(Available as Add-on for Standard and Student Passes)

This time, we have stepped up the TEDxAdventure game for you!

We have arranged for a grand and fun Cyclathon event for the Pari Chowk audience. With our sponsors being the fantastic sports company Decathlon, we ought to have planned something that would kick the adrenaline rush within us all. This Cyclathon will be held as pre-event on 21st January with more than 50 cyclists participating on a 30 km track. Not only will this compensate as a city-tour for the newbies in Pari Chowk area but also this day out in the real world would give you a full experience of the various facets of life in this city. 

But wait, don’t forget to drop by the amazing music event after the Cyclathon that’ll be held at Decathlon, Greater Noida. So, whether you’re a sports enthusiast or not, this TEDxPariChowk Adventure is tailor-made for you!

Seating

(Executive Pass)

Attendees with the Executive Pass get VIP seats in the front, around the area where the speakers will be seated. With a front row view and interesting company, who knows you might catch a word with our wonderful speakers in between the conference too.

(Standard and Student Pass)

Separate sections for the attendees with Standard and Student pass will be available for the respective category of passes. We aim at making the experience memorable for all those who wish to attend.

Speaker Reception Dinner

(Add-on under Executive Pass only)

Every moment of this journey has been a celebration and so will be the eve of the final event where we’ll host our speakers. A Gala which is exclusively for the TEDxPariChowk team and the speakers for the event is now being opened as an add-on to those who opt for the executive pass. With an additional sum of  1500, you get an invitation to the Pre-event Gala. And in case you’re in double mind, Gala Dinners are always worth it!

Speaker Rehearsals

(Executive Pass only)

(Available as Add-on for Standard and Student Passes)

The excitement and energy are all over the place the day before the final event. Get the chance to watch our speakers getting the final details of their speech delivery on the TEDxPariChowk stage and a head start on their ideas before everyone else does. Attend the speaker rehearsals and take in the vibe of the platform, and get hyped for the event to come.

TEDxPariChowk 2018 will be everything you are hoping for and more. In the time to come, we’ll give more information about our event to keep you updated on the experience. So, what are you waiting for? Click here and buy your pass today!

And to kick-start, this year, let’s together Celebrate Life at TEDxPariChowk’18!

Buy Your Pass Today! 

Speaker 4 – Sheetal Agarwal | Who is She?

Doing something that you have never imagined for yourself and helping others with it is something like finding a precious gem or a reason to live.

Sheetal Agarwal, an ordinary girl from the crowd of millions realized where her heart lied and embraced a profession that involves helping people and bringing a smile on their face. Sheetal Agarwal is a social anthropologist by training, a lecturer by profession and a BIG clown at heart and emotion. She believes in smiling even in the darkest times of life, fighting everything with a smile and fostering courage that can beat any devil in life.

This spirit of facing everything in life with a big smile and never losing hope made Sheetal Agarwal start a unique and funny volunteer group known as ‘Clownselors’. This is a group that attempts to spread a smile on the faces of the ailing and convalescing children. Clownselors interact with ailing children and entertain them under the medical clowning therapy that is used to reduce anxiety and pain using comicality. Sheetal Agarwal with everlasting smile wanted to make a difference in the lives of people who are fighting with death and can’t find a single reason to smile or celebrate. Sheetal Agarwal becomes a Joker to help patients to smile in a moment of pain.

Sheetal Agarwal came up with the idea of ‘Clownselor’ by a chance, the idea was highly liked by her family and with the help of her brother she was able to get a permit from the government to perform this activity, called Clownseling. The locus of the whole Clownseling is to de-stress ailing children, their parents and the staff of the hospital with a big red nose, wigs, balloons and painted faces. Sheetal Agarwal’s attempt to bring a smile on ailing people has been helpful and brought a new wave of change and treatment in the medical field.

Let’s witness together how Sheetal Agarwal would bring us a smile to our faces at the TEDxPariChowk stage.

Speaker 3 – Mihir Koltharkar | Who is he?

Imagine if you could increase your business by a thousand dollars, or a million dollars that too without increasing your manpower or investing in technology? Isn’t the idea exciting?  How would you approach to this target?

You would obviously start with focusing on the most important assets in your organization – the People. If they could consistently perform better, reduce the friction, then any business is bound to grow at a faster pace.

Here’s another interesting thought! What if some professional expert could get it done for you in an accelerated way? A professional who is equally passionate about your growth – a professional and reliable Training Partner.
Sounds too good to be true? Well, that where 24 Karat Training comes in to the picture!


24 Karat Training is founded by extremely committed, result-oriented and competent training maestro – Mihir Koltharkar. The name 24 Karat signifies ‘Highest Quality’ and ‘Purity’ in Training and specializes in delivery of courses related to Sales, Service, Management and Leadership.

Mihir Koltharkar is a highly accomplished and a renowned International Corporate Trainer, Motivational Speaker and Business Coach with a rich experience spanning for seventeen years. He has helped companies to improve their business performance through his High Quality, High Value Training and Coaching sessions.
As an internationally recognized trainer in Sales, Service and Leadership Strategies, Mihir delivers in his unique and engaging way, the powerful principles which can accelerate organizational growth. He has a proven track record of growing the organizational revenues spanning Manufacturing, Telecom, Banking, Consulting, Real Estate, Contact Centers, Facilities Management and many more. He has successfully conducted 2000+ sessions in seven countries. 

Thousands have been inspired and motivated to take charge of creating the desired results. Mihir knows how to bring out the best in people whether it is through an individual coaching session to discuss business and life challenges or through training sessions which bring out the transformation! Currently pursuing his PhD and a recent author of a book titled “Double Your Sales!”, Mihir has already won over many educational qualifications including MBA, NLP, Six Sigma, PMP and others.


Excited to hear what his talk is going to be about? Well, just a head’s up for you all. Mihir is taking the entire HR industry through a revolution and to witness the how, why and where of the interesting transformation, you ought to hear his talk. So, book your seats for TEDxPariChowk now!

Speaker 2 – Ambika Agarwal | Who is she?

This is the season of celebrations and weddings too! While the world sings the jingle bells, here in India, we are also dancing to dhols and baajas, making us all groove in weddings.
Weddings in India are a huge affair. What do you enjoy most about a wedding? The brilliant décor, the scrumptious food, the pleasant vibe, the gorgeous bride and the handsome groom looking perfect for their day or something else? Although the rituals and traditions vary from culture to culture, one thing that unifies all weddings in India is the fact that weddings are a glorious occasion of celebration for the couple and for the two families as well. But what goes behind the picture-perfect day is an untold story.

Ambika Agarwal started out her life journey and experimented various fields of interests until she found the profession which appealed to her the most. Currently, the head of a successful firm called The A Cube Project which designs weddings in uniquely fantastical ways, Ambika will join us on TEDxPariChowk as a speaker and share her story.
No, this will not just be like “Band, Baaja, Baraat” because for Ambika and her team, wedding planning is just a part of the whole affair. The A Cube Project team designs weddings, create experiences and crafts golden memories that everyone will cherish throughout their lives. To plan, manage and execute awesomeness to the biggest day of a couple’s life is the aim of their team. But wait, all good things come at a price and here the price is hard work and immense efforts. Sounds a bit twisted? Well, let’s hear from Ambika Agarwal about her journey into this interesting profession and what it takes to add happiness and celebration into a wedding.

Speaker 1 – Amritanshu Dutta – Who is he?

Amritanshu Dutta

 

With 2018 just around the corner and giving us all new hopes, we have an awesome conference coming up on the 27th January 2018.
Welcome 2018 together with us at #TEDxPariChowk. With our unique and lively theme of Celebrating Life, we hope to see you all there.
Book your passes and get excited because TEDxPariChowk is going to one of a kind conference. Apart from basking in the glorious winter sun and doing a lot of amusing Adventure activities, TEDxPariChowk has an incredible speaker line up for you. In a series of blog starting from this, we’ll be dedicating one post to each of our speakers. Stay tuned to us for awe-inspiring and innovative talks.

 

All he required was an opportunity to substantiate himself, to know his extremes, to investigate the potential outcomes and an enthusiasm so effective which would lead him to the way of accomplishment. From engineering to photography, he had done tried and tested everything except what extremely fulfilled his spirit, music. The connection with music was always there, but Amritanshu Dutta discovered his love for music in a unique manner. He began making some lovely music to feed his soul. From playing at his college to the stage of a celebrated reality show Dil Hai Hindustani, his journey has been a long one. With the battles he experienced to influence individuals to comprehend the significance of an instrumentalist and getting to be noticeably outstanding amongst other instrumentalists we have today in our nation, he never lost he connect with music. Realizing the bitter truth that instrumentalists are not given the equal appreciation in our country, he continued in this endeavor. Walking through the downfalls, achieving success, facing criticism and feeding the soul with his love for music, Amritanshu has a special story to impart. Let’s hear him out at TEDxPariChowk’18.

Find your passes at www.tedxparichowk.com

 

Ideas Are Bulletproof

 

We, humans, are more than just skin and blood, we are an entire universe, waiting to be discovered but at the same time trying to fit in a single world. Too scared to be declared as maniacs, we hide the very essence that builds our identity, our thoughts, and ideas!

So scared, that we forget to explore the power of ideas that lies within us. A power that can unite a state or divide two countries, a power that can calm an uprising or start a war, a power that can change the world.

All you need to do is look within your mind.

But just having an idea didn’t make Gandhi ‘Mahatma’, or separate Newton from all the others that sat under the same apple tree. It was more than their idea; it was their courage to share it. What was behind the origin of language? Behind the revolutions that created wars and creations that healed the damage?

The questions are many, but the answer is simple. One word, three syllables: just an idea. 

Your thoughts, emotions, ideas, stories, however illogical or embarrassing, make you who you are. The decisions you are proud of and a few dark secrets you hide from all. 

You are your mind and your soul.

Even if someone tries to snatch away everything that you own, your identity, no one will still be able to steal you from you. No one can ever take away or destroy the power you possess in your mind.

If you just stop, anywhere, in a park or classroom or even the road, you’ll see inventions, quotes, theories, and beliefs. You probably won’t know who invented the very first vehicle, who started the tradition of marriage, or who deemed some behaviors socially fit or unfit, but these social norms, inventions, superstitions, beliefs, theories, and habits rule your life.

People die. Names fade away. But ideas? They don’t have a lifespan. They aren’t limited by mortality. They just need a shield against the harsh world. Fortunately, even a sliver of belief makes an impenetrable armor.

No sword can slay something that doesn’t have a mortal form. No bullet can penetrate a body that does not exist. For better or for worse, no one can kill an idea, as long as one believes.

As a wise, albeit fictional, anarchist comic book character once said, “Beneath this mask, there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask, there is an idea… And ideas are bulletproof.”

-Devika Saxena

Is ignorance really bliss?

Sitting in a park, thoughts muddled with the stress over the amount of work I have left, I saw a girl riding down a slide and comfortably crashing into a mud puddle. She and her three little friends burst out laughing. The adorableness of this cut through the worried thoughts racing through mind – ‘that dress is going to be really hard to clean!’ ‘The wet dress may just get her sick in this weather!’

But did they care? No. And why would they? They didn’t know the effort that would into cleaning it; their minds too little to even consider how she might fall ill. Their ignorance allowed them to enjoy a small moment that, in turn, gave me a dose of anxiety.

Is that the key to happiness? Is that what we’re missing – the innocence and ignorance? But is it even possible to attain happiness by disregarding the consequences? Childhood was the time of unbridled laughs and giggles, but is that real happiness?

Relationships, college, exams, work, bosses, assignments, peer pressure, family issues are all that plagues our minds. As children, we were free from all of those, but were we happy even when they didn’t exist? Didn’t we still find reasons to be sad and worried?

As a child, I would have cried if my pretty dress got spoilt; she didn’t. Maybe because she is a child yet to understand the difficulties of life, or maybe that’s just the way she is – she chose happiness.

She could worry about being embarrassed in front of her friends, or dent her bicycle, or even getting scolded by her parents, yet she chose happiness. 

In essence, life is nothing but the choices we make. Yes, it has real struggles. All of us face them, as hungry babies, exploring toddlers, caged individualities, self-conscious teens, wandering graduates, and worried adults.

So when did ignorance ever give us happiness? It gave us ease, at best and blurred perspectives.

But happiness? Real happiness? That’s a choice. It doesn’t come by ignoring problems expecting them to fix themselves or to simply cease existing, but by solving them on our terms.

On some days, our problems will not have a solution. But that just means that they’re not problems – they’re light nudges that are meant to steer us down a different path. Different? Yes. Bad? Only if you make it. Can’t you find bliss in despair, little moments? Little things?

As an aged wise headmaster of a magical school once told a young orphaned wizard, “happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

-Devika Saxena

Artificial Intelligence: Fear or Future?

Ask people what is Artificial Intelligence and you won’t get two same answers. Some will name sci-fi films and some will name search engines. The variation in the meanings derived from one simple word is alarming, but the concern here is not just about awareness but about the fundamental approach to the supposed symbiotic relationship between man and machine.

Artificial intelligence had its firm roots in Science fiction and fantasy way before it sprung up to reality, feasibility and possibility. Thus our first impression of AI is subconsciously derived from the terror these tales orchestrated. The oldest was Frankenstein, an artificial life form, created through forbidden procedures, which ends up devouring his creator. Then there are movies like Ex Machina that chill you to the bone.  Though there were positive characters like C-3PO from star wars and Astro boy, they could not win against Terminator and the Skynet.

Another interesting idea derived from movies like the Age of Ultron is the idea of putting humankind’s future, the planet’s future in the hands of AI. Though the icons were antagonists, the philosophy seems logical as, in the last 500 years, we plundered the planet of its life. So the perks of putting our future into a more sensible, sophisticated, and rational source code that doesn’t discriminate basis on origins, vendetta and beliefs are quite obvious. The fact that it will always be free of human bias is a trump card.

But bias is what makes us human. Emotional intelligence provides a wide array of actions based on personal judgment, morale, love, and compassion. An AI cannot provide that with any level of programming. The AI can select an optimal candidate for a job based on his qualifications, or find a solution to a complex problem. But, without empathy, the humanitarian grounds will never be considered. A person’s character won’t be assessed. Need will never be, over the deserved. The solution may be the most effective but may also be the most brutal and inhumane. The ill-fated shall remain the same.

The humankind has an adaptive learning method. We evolve from the mistakes we make. We alter the optimum to attain satisfaction and the freedom of choice.

Most successful and promising checkpoints in our history are guided by our gut. Yes, the Gut feeling.

AI could be an exoskeleton for the old, a companion for the blind, a superhuman ability, an interactive social persona for the depressed and much more. Rather than thinking of AI as a competition to our race, we can accept it as the tool it already is. 

Dependence is an underrated phenomenon. We depend on our parents, our community, and our social influences. Why is dependence on Artificial intelligence a cause for terror? It’s just that, however, if it goes down an ugly path, we should not forget that somewhere, some human stirred it. After all, we created it.

AI isn’t a threat. The bigger threat lies in our mind. In our perception and reception of all that’s in and around us.

-Harsha Madhu

Stories Worth Sharing

We are made of stories. Every man has a story, and every man is a listener. Always interested in others’ stories rather than creating his own. Interested in only knowing others’ journeys rather than learning from them. TEDx gives you 18 minutes to listen to the person on the stage sharing his story, but it’s not so that we can entertain you; it is because we have faith that you will be inspired.

The TEDx platform gives you the experience of losing yourself in another’s world. It’s what happens when people are not merely seeking entertainment, but when they slip into another person’s reality. The exceptional speakers that step onto the TEDx stage understand the power of stories, which is why they tell you theirs, so you may experience in a few minutes what they have in a lifetime.

We tell stories to avoid boredom. We tell them to our peers to entertain, we tell them to children to teach, and we tell them to ourselves to believe. Our speakers are experienced storytellers. They give you an entertaining, factual story riddled with quips, that wards off boredom. They make storytelling fun.

But like any true storyteller, they understand that stories are more than a pastime, that they hold a power like none other. These speakers wield this power to take you with them on a journey in hopes to inspire you.

These stories can make you wonder, make you imagine, and make you change. They will make you look at reality through a new lens. And they may just inspire you to share yours.

We just want to share these stories, these facts, these experiences, these ideas on this social platform, to bring people together to make them look at life with a new lens.

We are nothing more than our stories. And our stories are worth sharing.

-MAHAK BANKA

What is TEDxPariChowk?

TEDx talks represent more than just life stories or achievements; they represent the spirit of ideas. Ideas that transform lives. Ideas that need to be shared with the world. Ideas that inspire. The TED talks stage represents inspiration itself. Whether the person on there is Shahrukh Khan, Elon Musk, or someone whose name you’ve never heard. They’re each there because they have something to say, something that needs to be heard, and something that inspires masses.

TEDxPariChowk represents the very meaning of #IdeasWorthSharing. We are celebrating the ideas that have transformed our society and our world. The community here, in Greater Noida, is unique, one that consists of highly experienced individuals and students. Greater Noida is our home, and one that we believe can truly be a great one. With our event, we hope to start a dialogue that will harmonize our community and enable us all to work together to make it the best one.

So this coming January, we want to celebrate more than just a festival, we want to celebrate the human spirit.

We are working on bringing you the best stories and people, to create an event that is worthy of the TEDx stage. But, we need your contribution. We are asking you for your TIME. In any manner that suits you. If you can help us connect with companies or people who want to help us, volunteer with us, or even simply click on the share button, we’d appreciate it.  Help us reach out to the people in your community.

If you have any query regarding TEDx, TEDxPariChowk or if you and your company have a project you would want TEDxPariChowk team to work with you on, contact us:

POC: Abhisht A Pathak (Licensee and Curator)

Email ID: abhisht@365deg.con

Phone Number:  +91 89397 41101

Call us or text us on WhatsApp.