Panchgani, a small but cosmopolitan town nestled in the arms of the Sahyadri ranges, has over the years developed into a hub for Education, and a centre of Arts, Culture and Environmental Awareness. It is the perfect mileu for holding a TedX event. This event is aimed at inspiring both local and visiting participants to inspire CHANGE through discussion, soul-searching and a meeting of minds.Through a number of inter-active sessions, TedxPanchgani will bring together a compelling mix of creative and powerful speakers and an aware and discerning audience.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. Our event is called TEDxPanchgani where x = independently organized TED event. At our TEDxPanchgani event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including ours, are self-organized.
Panchgani is a hub for education, with over 2000 students and 50 schools. Education reforms to make learning more interactive and interesting will shape the future of many kids.
Farming is integral to the local community in Panchgani, with 85% of the strawberries in India being grown here. Thus, sustainable farming practices are crucial for the future of this town.
A cosmopolitan town- Panchgani has attracted people from all over the world, many of whom have made it their home. A variety of cultures peacefully coexist and thrive here in harmony.
TechnologyWith its rich biodiversity, farming culture and large number of students, the application of technology will play a large role in the future development of this place and where it will go.
EnvironmentRich biodiversity exists in the hill station of Panchgani and it is also a ‘green zone’, with strict environmental laws. Conserving its flora and fauna is essential to retain its identity.
Art & DesignCreative spaces inspire creative thinking. Many art and design initiatives have begun cropping up in Panchgani and will play a significant role in the aesthetics and ethos of the town.
Mr. Piyush Pandey is a well-known as one of the most illustrious names in advertising; this man needs no introduction, This award-winning Creative Director is a person of many talents, and has had a wide-ranging and illustrious career that has spanned many fields. His many innovative campaigns have seen him winning numerous accolades and many prestigious Awards.
Mr. Piyush Pandey
Dr. Aditi Govitrikar, started her career as a model, winning Mrs. World 2001, besides being a model, actress, and mother is also a professional medical practitioner. A source of inspiration to an audience of any age.
Dr. Aditi Govitrikar
Kunal Kapoor besides being a talented theatre and film actor, he is also co-founder at Ketto an online fundraising platform, much like Kickstarter but with a social angle. he has co-founded Ketto, Asia’s largest crowdfunding platform, which has raised almost a billion rupees for social causes. He is also a style icon, who was recently rated by GQ as one of the Top Ten stylish Indian men.
Stefan Hermann is a social entrepreneur involved in youth mentoring and has worked as a business coach for several Fortune 500 companies. You may know him better however as a top 100 world-ranked pro tennis player and holder of the Guinness Book record for the longest rally in tennis history, at 6:45 hours with 12,464 shots!
Dr. Sandeep Kate is the Founder & Race Director of the Satara Hill Half Marathon, which holds the Guinness World Records title for “Most people in a single mountain run”. Widely popular in the Indian running community & recognised by Runners World magazine as one of best half marathons in the world, it has brought about a “running revolution” in Satara. Hear him speak about the power of community nostalgia to bring people together.
Dr. Sandeep Kate
Kailash Surendranath an Indian advertising filmmaker. Best known for the iconic “Mile Sur Mera Tumhara” that captivated the nation, he has directed about 3500 commercials in a career spanning 35 years.
Mangesh Desai is a Standup Illusionist and Mentalist. He is Bollywood’s favorite Magic trainer, featured on various News Channels, Talent Shows including India’s Got talent. He is an expert on improving decisions based on the principles of illusions.
Anil Singh is the founder and Managing Director of Procam International – the company that promotes the iconic marathons that are world renowned. The distance running events have helped over 700 non-profits raise over Rs 350 crores (55 million USD), making it India’s largest platform for charity.
Mandakini Mathur has founded Devrai Art Village, a NGO that strives to empower tribal craftsmen through their art. She has brought about an innovation in the ancient art form of lost wax nonferrous metal casting. ‘Rock Dhokra’.
Art & innovation
Siddharth Hande is the founder of Kabadiwalla Connect, an award winning social enterprise in the field of waste management. He worked as a consultant in some of India’s premier urban policy and research think tanks.
Krishna McKenzie’s exploration with the inspiration of Fukuoka has led to the development of a farm that values over 100 different plants. This exploration focuses firstly on their nutritional and medicinal value, then their cultural and social relevance, their ecological value and their economic potential.
Hirander Misra is the CEO of GMEX Group, a company that offers sustainable and innovative solutions for the new era of global financial markets. He was the co-founder and Chief Operating Officer of Chi-X Europe Limited.
Opening Ceremony and Refreshments - 10:00am to 11:00amPerformance Ajit Avadhani – Sings Plastic e’ Hind Qawwali
Session 1 - Technology & Education - 11:00am to 1:00pm
- Dr. Aditi Govitrikar
- Hirander Misra
- Siddharth Hande
- Stefan Hermann
Lunch Break - 1:00pm to 2:00pmPerformance by St. Peters School Students.
Session 2 - Farming - Sports - Charity - 2:00pm to 4:00pm
- Kunal Kapoor
- Krishna Mackenzie
- Dr. Sandeep Kate
- Anil Singh
Tea Break - 4:00pm to 5:00pmPerformance by Happy Hours School Students.
Session 3 - Empathy - Art - Media - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
- Mr. Piyush Pandey
- Mandakani Mathur
- Kailesh Surendranath
- Mangesh Desai
TEDx is a non-commercial event and to make it possible we need partners who believe in the idea and give us the required support to make this event a reality. We thank those who have pledged their support, and invite other interested folks to join us!
Charlotte Whitby Coles