Mumbai, 15th January 2018: Oberoi International School, one of the leading schools in the country, hosted the fourth edition of TEDxYouth@OIS in presence of a range of speakers from diverse backgrounds. The entire event was designed around its unique theme – ‘Everglow’, which aimed at inspiring the young students to become “change makers”. The event was organized by a set of 11th & 12th graders from Oberoi International School who strategized, managed and led the event into becoming a success. The Committee comprised of Accounts & Sponsorships, Speakers & Communications, Publicity & Registrations, Design & Tech, and Logistics teams.
The speakers, all coming from different lifestyles, age groups, social classes, and upbringings, came together to give talks that featured ideas that inspired and sparked discussions on social topics that needed to be addressed (such as ‘Curing Autism’ and ‘Pursuing Happiness, a Fundamental Right’). All inspirational speakers, who shared their insights and experiences on these interesting topics, left the audience thoughtful every time they left the stage.
Zarine Khan, Organizer, TEDxYouth@OIS, said, “TEDxYouth@OIS is one of the most creative events of our school since they are organised by, or catered toward students. This event lends a platform to inspirational ideas of students and achievers of the society who strive to create a better world with their ideas and example.”
Notable speakers included Dr. Swati Lodha, best-selling author cum Dean of AIMSR, who spoke on “Pursuing Happiness, a Fundamental Right”. She commented, “The event was extremely well organized and seeing such diverse topics being covered was a delight. It was an enriching experience to listen to voices of such varied age groups whilst sharing my own story with the OIS Community. I wish this team the very best and hope to stay connected with these authentic minds.”
“It was a wonderful experience being at TEDxYouth@OIS today. It was encouraging to see young minds bustling with new energy and ideas! Platforms like these will certainly help channelize the enthusiasm of these youngsters in the right direction. Kudos to Oberoi International School for this wonderful initiative,” another speaker, Pooja Chaudhari, Executive Director, Concept PR, was quoted as saying.
The diversity was exemplified from the speakers’ variety of professional backgrounds:
- Evan Luthra (Investor, Serial Entrepreneur, Motivational Speaker) – Entrepreneurs are dreamers and doers
- Yash Vaid (DJ) – Is musical vocation an unconventional path?
- Sukant Khurana (Scientist) – You will look at Autism differently
- Pooja Chaudhari (Executive Director – Concept) – Can we succeed without social media communication?
- Sachi Maniar (Social Entrepreneur) – Should juvenile criminal justice system focus on rehabilitation or punishment?
- Partho Gupte (Child Actor) – Spectacular achievements are always proceeded by originality and preparation
In the spirit of TED’s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program helps communities, organizations and individuals produce TED-style events at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis, under a free license from TED. OIS passionately believes in the ‘Power of Ideas’, to change Attitudes, Lives and the World and supports student-led initiatives to the fore in order to inspire them to change and innovate.
About Oberoi International School
Established in 2008, the school aims to provide an elevated learning environment through comprehensive facilities and an enriching curriculum. A co-educational private school, Oberoi International School offers the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) from Nursery to Grade 5, CLSP (Cambridge Lower Secondary Programme) and the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) curriculum from Grades 6 to 10. In addition to this, the school also offers the IB Diploma Programme for Grades 11 & 12. The school provides facilities like a multi-purpose hall with multiple badminton courts, basketball courts, tennis courts, swimming pool, and space for yoga, martial arts, gymnasium, and indoor games to lay special emphasis on various physical activities for the all-round development of students. A new campus has recently been started at JVLR.
About TED and TEDx
TED, a non-profit organisation started about 30 years ago, has been a growing platform for ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’. Expanding from a 4-day conference in California, TED now reaches out to hundreds of countries around the world. TED as developed and grown to support world-changing ideas that are brought to stage at these events. The TEDx Event is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to replicate a TED-like experience. The main goal of these is to initiate meaningful conversations and help create a closer-knit community of intellectual thinkers. In the term TEDx, x = independently organised TED event. The TED Conference provides the organisers of these events with general guidelines, but individual TEDx events are self-organised under a license issued by TED Conference.