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TEDx Thiruvananthapuram Showcases 10 Eminent Speakers

Thiruvananthapuram: The third edition of TEDxThiruvananthapuram, which was held on the UST Global campus here on January 20, showcased 10 eminent speakers from different walks of life. UST Global was the presenting partner of TEDxThiruvananthapuram this year. The speakers included mathematicians, activists, educators and entrepreneurs. Sally Varma, a philotherian and activist, spoke about the dire

Thiruvananthapuram: The third edition of TEDxThiruvananthapuram, which was held on the UST Global campus here on January 20, showcased 10 eminent speakers from different walks of life. UST Global was the presenting partner of TEDxThiruvananthapuram this year. The speakers included mathematicians, activists, educators and entrepreneurs.

Sally Varma, a philotherian and activist, spoke about the dire situation of stray animals, and how and why we should treat them with more compassion. Aparna Gopan, a social activist, drew attention of the guests to the need for introducing sex education in India and eradicating other taboos.

Aharsh M S, Co-founder of Accubits Technologies and an AI and Blockchain enthusiast, spoke about the metamorphosis of human mind, and a future where blockchain will be prevalent. R Sreelekha IPS, DGP (Prisons) regaled the audience with her tales of incarcerated people and how systematic reform and resilience turned their lives around. Dr. George Gheverghese Joseph, a renowned international mathematician, delved into the history of mathematics and how Kerala played and still plays a huge role in it.

Child-rights’ activist Anson P D Alexander delivered the powerful message that the power lies in us, despite the challenges we see in society. Archana Gopinath, Founder, Reading Room, identified the need for social discourse and described how she does that through her Facebook page Where in Trivandrum (WIT), a community of authentic people trying to build a support system for anyone new to the city.

Prasanth Gangadharan, an alternative educator, displayed the power of storytelling and learning alternatives and expressed the need to change the story, choose a better story and to write your own story as per the situation. The translational civil engineer and entrepreneur Nanma Girish threw light on amphibious housing projects and how they could be employed in flood-prone areas.

Climate change is becoming exponentially drastic and would end in a disaster if humanity did not make solid intervention, warned District Collector Dr. K Vasuki IAS, who also urged the youth to take part in the ‘C5 – change can change climate change’ campaign. The event witnessed 300 national and international participants ranging from students to professionals and entrepreneurs.

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