About TED & TEDx

TEDx IITRoorkee | Questioning the Fullstop

History is created by those who look beyond the horizon. The theme of this year's TEDx event: Questioning the Full Stop, embodies in itself this spirit of treading the untrodden path, creating a way where there is none. TED as a society is dedicated to ideas that are worth spreading and have the potential to surpass limits. We, here at IIT Roorkee, celebrate those who have questioned the current norms and excelled extraordinarily.


TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences - the TED Conference in Long Beach and Palm Springs each spring, and the TED Global conference in Edinburgh UK each summer - TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.


In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)


Satish Gupta

A versatile artist, Satish Gupta is a painter, sculptor, poet, writer, printmaker, skilled draftsman, muralist, designer, calligrapher and ceramicist all in one. Winning the Sanskriti award at an early stage in his career, his work, that comes in a fine blend of his skills in multi tasking and a deep engagement with mysticism and Zen spirit has been exhibited in more than 33 solo shows at important art galleries within the country and abroad including those in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Calcutta, London, Paris, Altea, Murcia, Amsterdam, San Francisco, New York , Washington and Melbourne besides numerous group exhibitions in various parts of the world.

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Krushnaa Patil

Krushnaa Patil is an Indian mountaineer. In 2009, at the age of 19, she became the youngest Indian woman to successfully ascent Mount Everest, earth's highest mountain. She is also the first civilian woman from Maharashtra to scale the peak. Her record of the youngest Indian to climb Everest has subsequently been surpassed by younger mountaineers. In 2010, Krushnaa attempted to ascent the Seven Summits. Her last summit on Mount McKinley had to be abandoned due to technical reasons, leaving her one short of completing the feat.

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Neelam Kler

An eminent neonatologist, she was awarded the Padmabhushan in 2014 for her pioneering work on neonatal intensive care and ventilation. Her prolonged efforts to develop a state-of-the-art department of neonatology rendered the survival rate of extremely tiny preterm babies (less than 1000 grams) to rise to 90 per cent. Dr. Kler has constantly collaborated with leading global communities like World Health Organisation (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF). She also chairs National Neonatology Firm and is an advisor in CNAG services. She has also contributed in initiating a three-year doctoral program in neonatology by the National Board of Examinations.

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Rifat Jawaid

With a compelling 17 years of experience in the domain of impact journalism, this former BBC Editor has scaled all divisions and platforms. Excellent Editorial judgment and expertise on Indian and international affairs radiate in his work- digital journalism, TV/radio production, editing and managing programmes and teams. Rifat Jawaid is known for fostering key partnerships and content integration within and outside the BBC thereby reaching out to millions. Also an ex-TV Today Managing Director, he is an epitome of leadership skills, renowned for leading very successful, creative and productive teams.

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Sonam Kalra

She’s a singer-songwriter and a national award winner who featured in Commonwealth Games 2010 and Coke Studio 2013. Her brainchild, The Sufi Gospel Project, is an enchanting blend of the ‘voices of faith' and has moved the audience from Delhi to Muscat, Jodhpur to Toronto. Sonam Kalra, with her perfect diction and warm tonal quality encompasses an appealing blend of Western genres like Jazz and Gospel, as well as Classical Opera. Also the founder of World Sufi Spirit Festival, Rajasthan, The Rajasthan international Folk festival, The Bengaluru International Arts festival, to name a few, she became the voice of Discovery Travel and Living, and was heard in several jingles..

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Aalok Misra

Most of you might know him as a Professor in the Department of Physics, IIT Roorkee, but there is more to the man than meets the eye. A Ph.D from University of Rochester, USA, Dr. Aalok is a globally recognized physicist for his work in String Theory and High Energy Physics. He has participated and contributed to numerous researches around the globe including those at CERN Geneva, Neils Bohr Institute, Copenhagen et al.

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The Team