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Everything You Need to Know About 3rd Edition of TEDxVITPune 2017 | 15th April

Vishwakarma Institute of Technology Pune, established in 1983, holds a position of pride in being one of the premier institutions imparting quality Engineering education within Western India. VIT is the first private engineering college to achieve academic autonomy and has set a completely new standard of excellence for itself and others to follow.

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The aim of VIT as an institute is to contribute towards the overall development of individuals by conducting a variety of events which can provide exposure and unique opportunities for all the students. One of such events being TEDxVITPune.

About TEDx VIT Pune

TEDxVITPune is a university level TEDx event held at Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune. The event was originally conceived back in 2015, and this will be the third edition of the event.


With the successful execution of the first two events, with eminent speakers from varied fields such as literature, medicine, entrepreneurship, etc. who stayed true to TED’s vision of  “Ideas Worth Spreading”, this year the event will aims to be bigger and better. Each year a specific theme is decided for the event which is central to all the talks and the entire event execution. In 2015, the theme was “Growth” and for 2016, it was “Let’s Cross Over”. The theme for this edition of TEDxVITPune 2017 is “Connect the Dots”.

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What is the Theme of TEDxVITPune 2017 all about?

According to a Chinese proverb: An invisible red thread connects those who are destined to meet, regardless of time, place or circumstance. The thread may stretch or tangle, but will never break. Whether we talk about human connection or individual personalities, there are so many parts which make up a whole. Each individual has a story to tell, a story which is unique. A story which can be simple or complex, but all of us need to embrace it, because in order to be successful in your future, you need to deal with your past. While a single musical note may seem insignificant, a perfectly timed combination of musical notes can make up a melody. All living organisms are made up of cells that are why a cell is termed as the basic structural and functional unit of life.

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“Connecting The Dots”: is an idea which is relevant to every aspect of our life, whether it is scientifically, literally or philosophically. Our experiences, our failures, our qualities, our shortcomings, our interactions with the people around us are equivalent to the dots which make up the complete picture: Our Personality. The individual connections and interaction of the several organisms, is what ultimately makes up the world. So the idea is its true sense is the basis for existence, and this year we plan to explore the significance of the connections which design the world around us.

TEDxVITPune 2017 Event Schedule

The event will be held on 15th April 2017. The venue for the event is Vishwakarma Institute of Technology Pune. The event will start at 9 am in the morning and will continue till 6 pm. Throughout the day, several speakers from varied field will be presenting talks pertaining to several ideas of Technology, Entertainment, Entrepreneurship, etc.

Who are the Speakers at TEDxVITPune 2017

Akshai Varde

A self-taught designer and entrepreneur


Akshai Varde founded Vardenchi at the age of 25 in the year 2005. Today Vardenchi has single-handedly designed and sold the highest number of custom built motorcycles in the country. He seeks to bring back the culture of craftsmanship, where every product is a work of art.

Anand M

A Trainer. Environmentalist. Consultant.


M Anand is a Green Building Professional, at the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre, Hyderabad, India. He is a Principal Counsellor and a team member of Indian Green Building Council (IGBC) of CII.  He has been involved in helping Architects, Builders and Corporates in designing green buildings.

Aniruddha Sen

Designer. Filmmaker. Photographer.


Aniruddha Sen is an expert illustrator and is the director of over 500 Television Commercials. A graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, he is not just a designer but also a storyteller and a photographer. The distinct quality in his films comes from handling and understanding of human emotions as well as his skill in finely unfolding narratives.

Devendra Jani

Leader. Mentor. Nature-lover.


Devendra Jani balances his work-life with active volunteering; He is an Executive member of Blossom team , a Mentor at Mentor Together’s Pune chapter, Shaper at Global Shapers Pune and volunteer at Seva Sahayog. ‘Bee-The Lead’ is his initiative to share Leadership experiences and promote Bee conservation.

Geetanjali Tomar

Scientist. Professor. Innovator.


An INSPIRE faculty at the Institute of Bioinformatics and Biotechnology, Pune University, Dr. Geetanjali Tomar is a leading scientist in the upcoming field of Stem Cell Research. Her notable Ph.D. thesis on methods of extracting stem cells from teeth, as opposed to bone marrow, received much applause from the scientific community. Dr. Tomar’s research interests lie in the increasingly relevant fields of Cancer Research, Molecular Biology, and Cell Biology.

Mahesh Kale

Singer. Teacher. Engineer.


Of Katyar Kaljat Ghusli fame, Mahesh Kale is called as the pioneer of the new generation of Hindustani Classical music. An engineer having an Electronics degree from Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, he’s done his Masters from the USA and currently teaches Hindustani Classical music in San Francisco Bay Area.

Ramesh Botaljee

Engineer. Innovator. Entrepreneur.


An engineer by profession, Mr Ramesh Botaljee invented a machine that can generate up to 800 liters of water per day by harvesting moisture from air. This revolutionary product has the potential to save many lives in India, where a large share of the population doesn’t have access to safe drinking water.

Sachin Sanghe

Micro-Sculptor. Software Engineer. Art Enthusiast.


Sachin Sanghe is a self-taught micro sculpture artist. His passion towards art is truly unique as he creates intricate and detailed designs, by sculpting pieces of chalk and pencil lead. He was recently titled the “Star of the Month” at MTV presents Nescafe Labs-A platform for experimental, unique and fresh talent, across India.

Sujata Deshmukh

Expert Coach. Trainer. Consultant.

Sujata Deshmukh is an expert in coaching CEO’s and Top teams to align on strategy and shape their behavior to enhance their effectiveness. She has almost two decades of consulting experience. She has worked with global MNC clients, family run organizations as well as professionals who are domain experts like medical doctors, magazine editors, economists among several others.


  • Event: TEDxVITPune
  • Date: 15th April, 2017
  • Venue: VIT, Pune, 666, Upper Indiranagar, Pune – 411037
  • Application deadline: 4th April, 2017
  • Meals and merchandise included in entry fees

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