We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future. ― Franklin D. Roosevelt
20th November was yet another sunny sunday in the vibrant city of Hyderabad but what was shining brighter were the faces of the young group of 100 curated attendees of TEDxYouth@Hyderabad 2016.
Our young attendees walked in collecting there personalized badges into the beautiful Wells Fargo office auditorium where the day held many suprises for them.
Ridhiey,the event co-organizer and host for the day greeted the attendees and shared with them the idea behind the theme of “What Now?”
Next up for the attendees was a fun Ice Breaking session hosted by Eeshitha and Kiswa
The first amazing speaker of the day was Venkatesh Potluri whose interests range from drumming to paragliding, an engineer despite his vision impairment,he shared with the attendees his story and his beleif that continuous encouragement from his family, friends and assistive technology give him the strength to move mountains.
Further up were some learnings from failure and a big dose of inspiration from a young innovator as the TED talks “The hidden opportunity behind every rejection” by Jia Jiang and “My invention that made peace with lions ” by Richard Turere played.
Following up with a bang the first performer of the day the winner of Telangana’s Got Talent – Sandilya’s sonorous performance left the attendees spell bound.
Pizzas,cakes and pasta were just few of the scrumptious dishes served during lunch where one could hear exciting conversations and lots of laughter.
It was then time for some more fun with a rapid fire hosted by Nikita.
Our second speaker of the day, Sulakshana Sen trained in Odissi and Bharatanatyam dancer . She is currently a faculty at Symbiosis School of Liberal Arts where she teaches international relations, politics and performing arts.
The attendees were introduced to the concept of multipotentialites by the TED talk “Why some of us don’t have one true calling” by Emilie Wapnick.
Our second Performer for the day was Silvester Stephen,who has been performing for the past 4 years and is widely known for his Harmonica and Flute beatboxing.
Our final speaker for the day was Vineet Kumar : the founder of Cyber Peace Foundation, a global think tank of cyber security and policy experts.He talked about Ethical Hacking and how there is a need for Indians to aware of various risks that are associated with being on the internet on a personal and social level.
Soon after there was surprise fusion performance by our two performers which left the attendees on a huge high.
Then came on stage and bowed the team of young volunteers who worked on the event for weeks together as the event concluded with thundering applause.