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13 Esteemed Guests Who Will Attend The Talk Series At Techkriti, 2017

Published on 20 March, 2017 at 6:28 pm By

Techkriti is an annual international technological and entrepreneurial festival held at the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur. Being one of the largest technical festivals in Asia, it attracts over 40,000 people from all over the world. This year, the fest will be held from 23rd to 26th March.

With a huge line-up of challenging competitions, workshops, and talk series, this fest is hard to ignore. From ‘Techkriti Grand Prix’ to ‘Robowars’, from ‘Electromania’ to ‘Astro Treasure’, every event has its own appeal.




A major part of this fest are the Techkriti talks, which bring great speakers and leaders together to spread ideas and inspire the youth to widen their intellect. This year, too, many eminent personalities will enlighten students with their knowledge and prowess.

Here is the list of the speakers attending Techkriti 2017:

1. Richard A. Muller, eminent American physicist

He is a professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. He founded the group, Berkeley Earth, a non-profit organization which aims at addressing some of the major concerns of the climate change skeptics.




2. Rajat Sharma, Editor-in-chief, India TV

 He is one of India’s most powerful editor-entrepreneurs. He rose to fame hosting the hit interview show, ‘Aap Ki Adalat’.  


3. Ashish Chauhan, CEO of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE)

His vision has led to the foundation of India’s first successful screen-based trading framework in equities.



4. Balaji Viswanathan, co-founder of Invento

He is a Quora rockstar with more than 24K followers. His ambition is to solve India’s biggest problems through his write-ups. His company, Invento, specializes in building world-class robots.


5. Meinolf Sellmann, computer scientist

He is best known for algorithmic research, with a special focus on self-improving algorithms, automatic algorithm configuration and algorithm portfolios based on artificial intelligence.

He currently leads the machine learning and knowledge discovery teams at the General Electric’s global research lab. 


6. K C Nicolaou, Cypriot-American chemist

He is known for his research in areas like natural products and total synthesis. In 2016, he was awarded the Wolf Prize in chemistry. He is also the co-author of three popular books on total synthesis; Classics in Total Synthesis I, II, III.



7. Andrea Mocellin, chief designer at Granstudio

He has played a key role in designing numerous production vehicles for leading brands, including Audi.


8. Henry Schaefer III, notable scientist 

He was awarded the ACS (American Chemical Society) award in 1979 for the development of computational quantum chemistry into a reliable quantitative field of chemistry and for his prolific exemplary calculations of broad chemical interest.

In March 2015, he was elected as an honorary fellow of the chemical research society of India.



9. David Reitze, American laser physicist

David is an expert in ultrafast optics and laser spectroscopy. He is currently specializing in laser-based interferometric gravitational wave detection.


10. Vijay Prasad Dimri, geophysical scientist

He is known for his research work in areas like earth sciences, minerals, and oil and gas exploration. He was awarded the Padma Shri for his immense contribution in the field of science and technology. He is the first Asian to receive the Lorenz Lecture award.



11. Sumit D. Chowdhury, former Chief Information Officer, JIO

He has served as a leader in consulting companies across the US, Australia, and India. He was also responsible for creating the ecosystem of companies that will build solutions on top of RJio platforms. He is currently planning to start his own venture.


12. Rajiv Memani, chairman of Ernst and Young (India)

In his role as chairman of the Global Emerging Markets committee, Rajiv’s responsibilities include connecting emerging markets with developed markets, ensuring that the voice of the emerging markets is considered in all key decisions, and recommending investment plans for the emerging markets.


13. Arsh Dilbagi, entrepreneur and roboticist

He is currently an undergraduate at Princeton University. He developed “TALK”, which won the Voter’s Choice award at the Google science fair.

“TALK” is an assistive device to convert breath into speech. It uses the variations in a person’s breath and dictates letters, which are further combined as sentences.




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