Theme: The Possible Dream

We’re conditioned to tell ourselves that our dreams won’t come true. It’s a default setting. We’re told from a very young age that some things won’t work, some things can’t happen. Some things just aren’t possible. We’re forced to accept limitations imposed by others, because others imposed limitations upon them, and then we’re trained to accept those limitations as though they were our own idea. And this Chain reaction of negativity continues.

We, at TEDxSMIT, believe that the world is in dire need of dreamers. People who believe in their art and their ideas for it is through the successful implementation of these ideas that the chain of negativity can be broken. The world needs more people who aren't afraid to turn their dreams into reality. In the last few years, we have seen a rise in the number of people pursuing unconventional career paths from the region. Musicians, artists, sportspersons and entrepreneurs (among others) have started to crop up and this could be a stage for them to find their inspiration.

It is to this end that we present the third edition of TEDxSMIT with the theme "The Possible Dream". This edition of TEDxSMIT will feature speakers who can inspire people, guide them and give them the push they need to follow their lifelong dreams. To paraphrase John Lennon- we may be dreamers but we're not the only ones.

TEDxSMIT Speakers

Sunny Vaghela
Founder & Director, TechDefense

Sunny is a 28 year old countries' pioneer Information Security & Cyber Crime Consultant. The young and dynamic pesonality of Sunny has not only assisted in solving complex cyber crime cases but has also played an instrumental role in creating awareness about information security and cyber crimes.

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Arjun Pratap
Founder and CEO, Edge Networks Pvt. Ltd.

Arjun Pratap is founder and chief executive officer at EdGE Networks. Fueled by the vision to build future-focused HR technology solutions – Arjun leads EdGE to be an innovative Artificial Intelligence driven HR technology solutions provider - focused on helping organizations solve their toughest talent acquisition and workforce optimization challenges.

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Major Surendra Poonia, VSM
Ex Special Forces, Indian Army

Surendra Poonia is an international award-winning sportsman, Limca book record holder, physician and former Special Forces officer of the Indian Army. He had served with the President's Bodyguard at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. He also had a political career in the Aam Admi Party and is the first Indian athlete with the rare distinction of having won medals in power-lifting and athletic events in four consecutive world championships. On Jan 26, 2012, he was felicitated by 'Vishisht Seva Medal' by The Hon'ble President of Republic of India for his 'Distinguished Service of an Exceptional Order' in the field of sports.

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Lokesh Yellapu
Principal, DXC Technology

Always believed in the power of entertainment to bring the unknown people together and share every emotion. He is a certified professional working as Principal at DXC Technology by the day and a passionate Filmmaker by the night. Founder member at Pondfreaks Entertainment in collaboration with the equally passionate alumni members from the Institute of Aeronautical Engineering as a short film production house from Hyderabad in the year 2007, it later went onto become one of the most wanted film production houses by the leading Film Producers in the state of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The Studio’s activities spans across creative development and filming of the feature films in Tollywood. Some of the noted ones are "Karthikeya" and "Premam" included in the list of many hits.

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Sandeep Gurung
Fashion Designer and Social Entrepreneur

Omi Gurung​ (Sandeep Gurung) is an eminent ​fashion designer​ and a ​social entrepreneur​ from ​Sikkim​. He has been a tinted face in many leading newspapers in the country for creating cognizance about sustainable fashion and preferment of green living in India. Being listed as ​“the top 50 fashion designer 2015”​, he is the gratified owner of Green Gangtok, a first of its kind eco-friendly boutique in Sikkim, whose designs come under his own brand name.

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Jubanashwa Mishra

Jubanashwa Mishra
Author and Explorer

He worked 28 jobs in all the 28 states of India for one week each, immersing in a process of re-discovering himself. He started this journey in mid-May 2013 which ended in December 2013, with a variety of jobs ranging from mountain cleaner to TRP Analyst to Tattoo maker to Rafting Trainee to Cremation Assistant to Tea Factory Worker to Bullet Mechanic. After a stereotypical Indian profession of software engineer in TCS for three years and a Post Graduation from the School of Ideas MICA Ahmedabad, he worked upon couple of assignments before starting this One Week Job India journey. He wrote a book on the same exploration called “28 Jobs 28 Weeks 28 States.” Presently, he resides in Bhubaneswar, Odisha and founded a preschool called Paper Boat. The foundation does career counseling workshop in schools too. His latest venture “BookMyTalk” is to create the market place for the speakers and organizers in India.

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