Students shine at TEDxYouth@OIS

Mumbai: 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.