About XIMB & XUB

Xavier University, Bhubaneswar (XUB) was established in accordance to Xavier University Act 2013 and was inaugurated on 7th of July 2014. The University is India’s first digital University and an institution of higher learning for imparting professional and technical education. XIMB, an autonomous school of XUB is one of the prestigious Management Institutes of the country which was founded 27 years back through a social contract between the Odisha Jesuit Society and the Government of Odisha. Since its inception in 1987, Institute has been offering quality management education with a human face. It has traversed this journey from being just another B-school in Odisha to become one of the top B schools in India. XIMB not only provides excellent education but also believes in inculcating strong values in its students for their holistic development.

About TED

TED is a global community, welcoming people from every discipline and culture who seek a deeper understanding of the world. It was established to spread ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages. TED is owned by a non-profit, non-partisan foundation. Ted’s agenda is to make great ideas accessible and spark conversation. Visit www.ted.com to explore more about this unique initiative.

About TEDx

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." It supports independent organizers who want to create a TED-like event in their own community. TEDx events - a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos sparks deep conversation and connections at the local level.
TEDx believes in building a clearinghouse of free knowledge from the world's most inspired thinkers — and a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other, both online and TEDx events around the world.


XIMB believes passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. XUB and XIMB always promote lateral thinking, innovation and development. Organizing TEDx bears ample testimony to this spirit of XIMB. TEDxXIMB shares it vision with TED and TEDx and aims to uphold the same passion and commitment to ideas in and around the academics, business and social circles in Odisha. The first version of TEDxXIMB was held in 2013 and it witnessed an amalgamation of some of the finest ideas giving a new outlook to today’s society. In line with the same concept of bringing out ideas shaping the world and the nation, the next version was held in 2015 and proved to be yet another exciting, interesting and inspiring event. This year again, XIMB, XUB shall host the third version of TEDxXIMB. The event like its previous versions promises to be a medium to share the ideas that are expected to reflect and let the society, the nation and the world evolve into a better place. Be there to witness TEDxXIMB 2016 on the 24th of January 2016. It’s time to Share. Reflect. Evolve.


TATHAGATA SATPATHY: Cool Neta & Not Your Typical MP

Deconstructing an Indian Politician

Tathagata Satpathy is a member of the 16th Lok Sabha from Orissa and also the editor of Dharitri, an Oriya-language daily newspaper published from Bhubaneswar and Sambalpur. The paper was the first Oriya daily to publish an internet edition. Mr Satpathy was a member of the 12th, 14th and 15th Lok Sabha between 1998 and 2009 and served as a member of the Orissa Legislative Assembly from 1990 to 1995.
He was a member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology, comprising of the departments of information technology, posts, information and broadcasting, and telecommunications. He has served as a member of the Marine Products Export Development Authority, India.
Mr Satpathy is the founder and president of DSM College in Koilpangi, Orissa, a twin-stream (arts and science) higher-education institution, imparting value-added education to approximately 400 students. He is also an adviser to Nrutingyana, a non-governmental organisation that provides a platform for talented young people in the state of Orissa in the sphere of dance and theatre; and convenor of UrJa- Itz My World, an annual meeting of more than 120 girls representing various colleges from all parts of Orissa.
Mr Satpathy graduated from Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education in Pondicherry, South India.

MASAKO ONO: Renowned Odissi Dancer from Japan

Seven methods from the ancient India

A renowned Odissi dancer, Masako Ono started dancing at the age of 4 under a modern dance graduate from the Martha Graham Dance School, USA. She additionally trained in western classical ballet, jazz & hip hop in Tokyo. In 1996, Masako joined Nrityagram, the dance village started by the noted Odissi dancer, late Protima Gauri Bedi. She received training in Odissi, Kalaripayattu and Mayurbhanj Chhau. Subsequently, she has been living in Odisha where she received further training in Odissi from Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra and Guru Naba Kishore Mishra.
She is the only Japanese Odissi dancer and an empanelled Artist of Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Govt. of India. She has performed and given lecture-demonstrations and workshops globally in more than 20 countries. NHK BS 1 has made a documentary film on Masako Ono in the series of “First Japanese” in 2007. Ono was selected as one of the 100 most respected and outstanding Japanese in the world in their respective fields by the Japanese issue of Newsweek.
In between performances, she also puts her effort to nurture the future Odissi / contemporary dancers through MOPA (Masako Ono Performing Arts) and Mudra Foundation.
Masako Ono currently performs contemporary dance choreographies of her own derived from Indian classical dance form on yogic concepts and pan-asia themes besides Odissi dance repertoire.

VIJAYENDRA MOHANTY: Mythological Storyteller

Epified & the evolution of storytelling in mythology

Vijayendra Mohanty is an Indian writer and journalist and is the Head of Story at Culture Machine where he runs an online video channel by the name of Epified. The channel, which has a presence on multiple platforms including Youtube and Facebook, showcases animated content that explains and tells stories from mythology. Epified brings mythology and epic literature to life through whiteboard animation. The idea behind ‘Epified’ is to create a mythological universe that will expand over time to include more diversity and tap into the rich culture of storytelling that India has had and nurtured for millennia.
He is also the writer and co-creator of Ravanayan, a fantasy/mythology comic book series published by Holy Cow Entertainment, Mumbai. He is passionate about digital culture, storytelling and cultural discourse and has been mentioned in publications such as The Indian Express, The Times of India, Hindustan Times, Mumbai Mirror, Mail Today, and DNA regarding his work. In addition, he has written stories and scripts for publications such as Comic JUMP and COMIX.INDIA.

RONAK KUMAR SAMANTRAY: Coder since class 5, turned entrepreneur

Converting an idea into reality

Ronak is the co-founder of NowFloats, a start-up aiming to make the internet relevant for India’s innumerable small businesses. He did his B.Tech in Computer Science Engineering from College of Engineering and Technology, Bhubaneswar. He worked as a senior software engineer at Microsoft for 3 years before he took the route of entrepreneurship and started NowFloats along with three co-founders.
NowFloats enables local businesses to get online and get discovered. It provides frictionless, mobile technology that connects online consumers to local offline businesses via latest content. Without access to the internet or even a computer, NowFloats helps business owners set up and update their own websites entirely by SMS. Currently, over 70,000 businesses use the platform to attract more local customers.
Ronak is also the co-inventor and chief adviser of Bolt, world's first 'smart' mobile-phone charger for motor bikes. It is a charger designed for all phones. The "Bolt Experience" comprises of the Bolt Charger and Bolt Pocket + Bolt Riders app. It also has an anti theft design. He has also co-designed a ‘Speech Glove’ that has the capability to recognize finger gestures and convert them to speech. Ronak is also an INK Fellow.

DEEP MUKHERJEE: Expert in Talent Solutions & Broadcast Media

Massification of Sports in India and the implications.

Deep is a Business strategist in the human capital domain. He is the Co-founding member of India's largest HR Solutions Company- TeamLease and has substantial cross functional experience in HR services driving business outcomes in the APAC region.
Deep is an expert on global talent solutions in programming & broadcasting; currently setting new benchmarks in sports broadcasting by redefining talent protocols at Star TV where he is the Head of Talent- Commentary and Broadcast. At Star Sports, he is involved, along with his team, in creating new paradigm in sports broadcasting in terms of sports commentary across different sports, languages and genres. They are in the process of creating a massification effect with respect to sports programming. Deep sees a lot of potential in smaller towns and cities across the country and not necessarily in the metro and also aims at getting in young people across faculties and genres in sports broadcasting.
He is driving new initiatives on skills and employability working with industry and trade bodies. He is a member of FICCI and CII.
Deep has done his Bachelors in Computer Science Engineering from University of Pune and has also worked with NIIT, Adecco and Kelly (India). He is an active sportsman and an avid traveller

Dr. Joe Madiath: Indian Social Entrepreneur

Inclusive Sanitation for Nirmal Bharat

Joe Madiath is the Founder of Gram Vikas. He was the Executive Director of Gram Vikas till 2014. Joe has spent over 43 years working in the field of development among the poorest communities in Odisha. Drawn to Odisha in 1971 to help communities that had been ravaged by a cyclone and tidal wave, Joe stayed on as an activist focused on sustainable development. Founded in 1979, Gram Vikas utilizes a holistic model of development, based on Joe’s conviction that every family in a village needs to have healthy living practices for an improved quality of life. Gram Vikas works in the areas of renewable energy, especially biogas and solar energy. Totally inclusive water and sanitation is the flagship programme of Gram Vikas. This model has transformed more than 1200 villages and has successfully proven that the rural poor can and will pay for better sanitation and water facilities to achieve a good quality of life.

Hemant Mallapur: Making the internet available in rural India

Creating a World Deep Web

Hemant Mallapur is a Co-founder and Vice President of Engineering at Saankhya Labs - an innovative Indian startup developing its own semiconductor chipsets, wireless and satcom communication equipment. At Saankhya he has managed the development of World’s first TV White Space rural broadband products called Meghdoot Base-station and Dhaval Modem built using Saankhya’s own Pruthvi chipset. Saankhya is a privately-held fabless semiconductor company funded by Intel Capital and holds 19 key patents in the US for its Software Defined Radio technology.
Hemant has over 23 years of industry experience in semiconductor & electronics product development. Earlier he was one of the early members of Sage Inc which went public on NASDAQ in 1999. Prior to this he worked at Synopsys on chip implementation methodologies and at Paxonet on PC and Graphics chipsets. Hemant was featured in the EDN ASIA Magazine as an Innovator in the year 2000. He holds 4 US patents and has co-authored 3 papers in international conferences.
While the World Wide Web reaches large parts of the world today, what is lacking is the penetration of internet in rural areas. At TEDxXIMB, Hemant Mallapur will talk about how White Space technology from Saankhya Labs will help create a World-Deep-Web that takes internet to the 3 Billion people who don’t have it yet.

Mayur Art Centre

Mayurbhanj Chhau Dance Performance

Mayur Art Centre, Bhubaneswar, is a unique one-of-its-kind institution in the state of Odisha established in 1980. It is devoted to the training, preservation, performance and research of Mayurbhanj style of Chhau dance. The group has been trained by eminent Gurus and has performed all over the country and abroad in countries such as Holland, Portugal, France, Spain, Sri Lanka, Tanzania etc. since the past two decades.
Chhau dance is a genre of Indian tribal martial dance which is popular in the Indian states of Odisha, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The Chhau dance is mainly performed during regional festivals. The Chhau blends within it forms of both dance and martial practices employing mock combat techniques (called khel), stylized gaits of birds and animals (called chalis and topkas) and movements based on the chores of village housewives (called uflis). One of the three subgenres of the dance, based on the place of its origin and development is Mayurbhanj Chhau. This is the style of Chhau where masks are not used. The Mayurbhnj Chhau had enjoyed royal patronage. In 2010, the Chhau dance was inscribed in the UNESCO's Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

TEDX at XIMB: A Glance at Past

Inir PInheiro

Tanaya Patnaik

Akshaya Rautaray

Keshav Dhar

Michael Burns

Deepak Gopalakrishnan

Gotipua Dance performance


Previous Speakers at TEDxXIMB


Inir Pinheiro

Michael Burns

Deepak Gopalakrishnan

Tanaya Patnaik

Keshav Dhar

Akshaya Rautaray & Satabdi Mishra

Orissa Dance Academy


Dilip Chhabria

Manisha Malhotra

Biju Dominic

Jatin Das

Hindol Sengupta

Ileana Citaristi

Mohan Kanan

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