About TED

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). 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. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events to help share ideas in communities around the world.

The goal of the TED Foundation is to foster the spread of great ideas. It aims to provide a platform for thinkers, visionaries and teachers so that people around the globe can gain a better understanding of the biggest issues faced by the world, and feed a desire to help create a better future. Core to this goal is a belief that there is no greater force for changing the world than a powerful idea.

About TEDx


TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection at the local level. 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.

These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, under a free license granted by TED. TEDx events are non-profit but may use an admission fee or commercial sponsorship to cover costs.

About TEDxSIULavale

TEDxSIULavale 2021 Countdown event is being curated by Symbiosis Institute of Technology, a constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed) University for the first time in association with TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event.  This day-long marathon of “ideas worth spreading” marks the coming together of brilliant speakers and sets a tone to embark on a journey of attaining a sustainable environment. We aspire to make a synergic effort by setting up an influential platform along the lines of our theme: COUNTDOWN. The countdown is a bold, global movement to draw attention to rapidly changing climatic conditions and to find ways to shift to a world with net-zero greenhouse emissions and tackle the climate crisis. The audience will comprise representatives from communities, schools, universities, businesses, non-profit organizations, and city representative offices.

We are all familiar with the global emergency of climate change that transcends national boundaries. It is a matter that needs to be coordinated across the board. The global conversation is growing at an exponential rate, and the playing field is levelling TEDxSIULavale, committed to inviting speakers and intellectuals to present their blueprint for a beautiful net-zero future. TEDxSIULavale 2021 Countdown event will take place virtually for the first time on 27 November 2021, a step towards its sustainable aspirations to amplify and demonstrate climate solutions.

The focus of the discussion will be on "Climate Change and its impacts" which will cover up five subject areas ranging from Energy, Transport, Materials, Food, and Nature. It is our small effort towards making our planet a better place to live in and motivating as well as inspiring people via thought-provoking talks. The Speakers’ thoughts, imaginative ideas, and solutions can help us build a healthy society and transform the future and impact of climate change.

Symbiosis Institute of Technology, a constituent of Symbiosis International (Deemed) University has always gone big with combating climate change: from raising awareness about the ongoing ecological catastrophes to making a stand to actively fight against the same by housing a wide array of clubs and events dedicated to contributing towards the amelioration of the environment.  Symbiosis International (Deemed) University strives to encourage and shape young minds towards the overall welfare of society.

To intensify the optimistic hopes regarding climate change in the next generation, TEDxSIULavale is organized by an exclusive youthful team of undergraduates with the right charges overlooking them, and is committed to its mission of bringing forward “ideas worth sharing”.

Join TEDxSIULavale on making history on 27 November 2021 by registering here.

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Dr Medha Tadpatrikar
Chief Plastic Warrior, Writer, and Serial Entrepreneur

Dr Medha Tadpatrikar, a serial entrepreneur, writer, and Director at Rudra Environmental Solutions (India) Ltd. Environmentally conscious from an early age, Dr Medha started working on waste plastic issues after witnessing the death of deer in a wildlife sanctuary. The passion and determination to find a solution to waste plastic resulted in pioneering and innovation that successfully converts waste plastic into usable fuel. Looking at the bigger picture has led Dr Medha, a trustee of “Keshav Sita Memorial Foundation Trust” to create awareness of waste plastic and segregation at source for better waste management. She is the recipient of many awards and was among the top 30 Women Transforming India of Niti Ayog 2019.

Dr Rekha Lalla
Programme Manager-Green Campus Program The Climate Reality Project, India

Dr Rekha Lalla is a CII-Certified Expert in Climate Change and sustainability. She is also a Buddhist scholar. She has been an educator for over twenty-four years. She has taught Science for twenty-Four years and was also the Head of TERI Prakriti School, Gurgaon. Dr Lalla holds a PhD. masters' degree in Botany. She is an Environmentalist; she is also a Mentor and a Climate Reality Leader. She is an artist having conducted Painting Exhibitions at India Habitat Centre and CSOI. She has authored children’s books in GK and Science. She has played a vital role in several educational and environmental projects undertaken by the Department of Environment, Government of Delhi. She has designed educational toys for LEO METTLE Thomson Connect. She has worked with several NGOs and was also awarded for her environmental projects by the then Chief minister Ms. Sheila Dixit.

Mr. Sanjeev K. Kanchan
Environmental Research & Advocacy Expert, Advisor, Consultant, Author

Mr. Sanjeev Kanchan is an environmental expert who has contributed to the development of various regulatory tools, real-time pollution monitoring systems, and new pollution norms for industrial sectors in India. Besides being an Independent Environmental consultant, he is currently also associated as Faculty Advisor at various firms working towards sustainability. He has also trained hundreds of environmental practitioners across SPCBs, industries, and consultants in India.

Dr Bal Ram Singh
Professor and President at Institute of Advanced Sciences, Dartmouth, MA; Prime Bio, Inc.

Dr Singh has been a Professor since 1990 and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-scholar since 1997 at UMass Dartmouth (until 2014) and the Institute of Advanced Sciences (INADS), Dartmouth, Massachusetts. He is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Sanskrit and Indic Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He is currently the President of the Institute of Advanced Sciences, and also the founder of Prime Bio Inc., a biotechnology-based company. He has been researching botulinum and tetanus neurotoxins and he is also the Founding Director of the Botulinum Research Center. His field of research also includes Ayurveda, yoga, mind, and consciousness, and has published 14 books and over 325 articles. His village development initiative, HaatNow, is to empower villagers to trade their products for a self-sustaining society. He is also the President of Prime Bio, Inc., a biotech company of 23 years, working with botulinum and tetanus toxins, vaccines, antibodies, detection and diagnostics, drug delivery, biosensors, Ayurvedic green chemistry, nanomaterials, and drug development. Dr Singh has started a news media outlet TCN productions in collaboration with Kuruom Jankalyan Sansthan in Sultanpur (UP) for documentaries (Aarohan series) featuring inspirational stories of the common man’s success throughout the world.

Abhiir Bhalla
Youth Environmentalist, President - Executive Council at Youth Connect Centred

An active youth environmentalist at the national and international level, Abhiir has been working in the field of environmental conservation for over 8 years. The BBC recently identified him as one of the foremost emerging youth environmentalists at the international level. His work focuses on air pollution and waste segregation, and he is currently producing a climate change podcast with a UK-based think tank. As a prominent youth leader, Abhiir is passionate about driving youth climate action.

Dr Gurudas Nulkar
Ecologist, Teacher, and Author

Dr Nulkar has a PhD in environmental management within industrial ecosystems and has been the Endeavour Fellow of the Government of Australia, and the Sir Ratan Tata Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bengaluru. Gurudas has published three books, several research papers, and articles, with his area of research in the alternative economy for a sustainable planet. His Marathi Book "Anartha Shashtra" has been awarded the Maharashtra State "C.D.Deshmukh award for economic literature”. He is a trustee of Ecological Society, Member-Secretary 'Carbon Neutral Pune 2030' and a founding member of the Ram nadi Restoration Mission, an advisor to the Meenanadi and Agrani River Restoration Programs. He is also a member of the Indian Society of Ecological Economists, India, Association for Sustainability in Business, Australia, and an adjunct faculty at Symbiomotivatingsis Centre for Management & HRD, and the Biodiversity Committee of SIU.

Mr. Abhishek Rana

Mr. Abhishek Rana, 23 years, is an engineer turned entrepreneur. With just 3 folks they have scaled their company called CODENERA to more than 100 employees in just 1year span of time. With most of his work in educating students and also a bottom-up approach towards nature. They are trying to restore forests, helping various NGOs to achieve the sustainable development goal and trying to have minimum carbon footprints. From childhood he believed in making a difference towards climate and at this young age, with the help of Codenera and other organisations they are achieving that.



Dr Ketan Kotecha
(Head Mentor)

Dr Meena Laad
(Head Mentor)

Dr Neha Divekar
(Convenor and Lead Organizer)

TEDx Student Mentor and Organizer

Harsh Sinha


Om Nankar

Poorvi Thakur

Rubhav Mahendru

Jinay Sheth

Publicity and Promotion

Prof. Pooja kamat
(Faculty In-charge Publicity)

Student Team

Rhea Sawant

Tania Muley

Arjun Sharma

Namya Patiyal

Suhanee Mimani

Finance Management

Dr B.S. Veena
(Faculty In-charge Finance Management)

Student Team

Vaishvik Tripathi

Kairav Panchal


Mrs. Mrunal Madiwale
(Faculty In-charge Design)

Student Team

Viren Narvekar

Ishika Maheshwari



Dr Neha Divekar

Prof. Mugdha Kshirsagar

Web Management Team

Mr. Rajesh Tripathi
(Faculty In-charge Web Development)

Student Team

Avi Shah

Om Varshney

Manasi Seta

Executive Producers

Dr. Neha Divekar

Student Team

Ishaan Bhadrike

Priyanka Bansal

Nikhil Thakkar

Yashika Asrani

Sakshi Chauhan

Riya Vishwanath

Riya Ganguli

Priyanshi Shiwran


Prof. Shilpa Malge
(Faculty In-charge of Photography)

Event Managers

Dr Anil Sharma

Mr. Sriram Tajave

Student Team

Charvi Jaiswal

Ishmeet Kaur khanuja

Aarohi Panicker

Kermi Kotecha

Angad Singh

Post Event Management

Dr Niva Devi Sharma
(Faculty In-charge)

Post Event Management

Priyanshi Shiwran




Global climate change is a threat of the gravest magnitude that has become irrefutable in recent times. At the heart of TEDxSIULavale 2021 lies the theme COUNTDOWN, an initiative by TED to accelerate solutions to the ongoing climate crisis and progress towards preserving our planet.

The goal of the COUNTDOWN campaign is “To build a better future by cutting greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 in the race to a zero-carbon world – a world that is safer, cleaner, and fairer for everyone.”

TEDxSIULavale aims to contribute to this green-climate drive by hosting this TEDx Countdown event curated by the Symbiosis Institute of Technology. A more sustainable, prosperous world is in reach. Join us in taking action to claim it, starting now. #JointheCoundown #TEDxSIULavale

While we know our planet is facing a crisis, there’s still time to make amends. Our theme centered around the TED campaign, COUNTDOWN, helps in turning ideas of some of the greatest thinkers into a series of actions. Aimed at leaving a mark, these actions will enlighten young minds and stimulate society at the most basic level towards an optimistic tomorrow. Countdown sets a realistic pathway to answer five pivotal and fundamental questions to sketch a blueprint for a cleaner future. These questions cover the aspects of cleaner energy, upgraded transport, eco-friendly materials, healthier food systems and majorly focusing on “regreen-ing” the Earth.

The COUNTDOWN Campaign was launched in 2020 and is actively working ever since, to seek progress on the five fundamental questions and more. The latest addition to this noble motive was the Global COUNTDOWN Summit Livestream in October of 2021. This event saw leaders, excelling in their respective fields, come together and share a social moment while also creating unique blueprints for a beautiful “Net-zero Future”. It consisted of talks, case studies, and workshops causing a unified effort in breaking people from their silos and inspiring them to work towards a successful goal.