Brilliant Speakers, thought-provoking view points, interesting ideas and loads of inspiration summarized the recent TEDx Events conducted by Oakridge International School in the city. TEDx is an internationally renowned and independently organized speaking platform, which welcomes people from different cultures or fields to share their ideas through short, powerful talks.
Oakridge campuses hosted two separate TEDx events, each having a unique theme. Oakridge International School, Bachupally campus organized its first-ever TED talks themed ‘Venture to Adventure’. Five luminaries including Mr. Anjani Kumar (Additional Director General of Police, Law, and Order, Telangana State) and Mr. Udaynandan Reddy Padi (the founder and CEO of YuppTV) along with an Oakridge Alumna Ms. Samhitha Reddy presented their talks at the event.
They shared stories about their life experiences and inspired the audience to chase their passion and never give up on their dreams. Mr. Anjani Kumar spoke about the ‘Facets that determine an officer’ and said that “Being a police officer, masses of people look up to you and tend to idolize your behaviour and character, therein lies major responsibility”.
Mr. Sanak Kumar Athreya and Dr.Sowmya Sanak spoke about how Indian Music can have an impact on one’s health. They presented fascinating information on how music has positive effects on neurosciences and how it can help reduce stress. While, Oakridge Alumna Ms. Samhitha Reddy spoke about her journey from aiming to become an engineer to now owning a flourishing chocolate business.
“TEDx is about sharing the ideas worth spreading. It was great to see Oakridge taking the initiative to widen the footprint of this event” said Mr. Udaynandan Reddy, speaker at the event. The event also sprinkled a dash of fun through performances like cultural dance and live band by school students. The event brightens up with immediate laughs when Avinash the Agarwal, a stand-up comedian took the stage.
“Oakridge International School Einstein campus is proud to host TEDx for the first time. It has provided a platform for the entire community to come together, learn and be inspired from the journey of the speaker. What is so impressive is that this event is totally student-led and teachers played the role of mentor. Delighted at the entire setup, this is just the beginning” said Hema Sanjay, Principal – Oakridge International School, Einstein Bachupally Campus.
Another TEDx event recently conducted by Oakridge International School, Gachibowli campus was also a completely student-driven initiative themed “Square Pegs in Round Holes”. Student speakers from Oakridge contributed their knowledge and ideas on how to cope up with the world being the odd man out in a particular field through their personal experiences. They shared the stage with the speaker Smita Nair, Senior Divisional Vice President at Sears Holdings India Pvt. Ltd and mentor to many start-ups.
“Incredible student talent supported by an inspiring group of teachers. I am honoured and flattered to be part of the TEDx Oakridge event this year,” said speaker Smita Nair Jain.