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Published on Apr 23, 2012
TEDxKCG is a local, independently organized university event in Chennai that strives to re-create the unique experience found at TED. We hope to bring together some of the most distinguished individuals from our local community to share, inspire and demonstrate the power of original ideas. Our theme for this year is 'Ekavira: Be original. Be different.' where 'Ekavira' is Sanskrit for an Eminent person or hero.
KCG College of Technology has been officially recognized by the parent organization and given the necessary license to host a TEDx event. KCG College of Technology, part of the Hindustan Group of Institutions, was founded in 1998 to fulfill the Founder-Chairman Dr. KCG Verghese's vision of "Making Every Man a Success and no Man a Failure". It is affiliated to Anna University, Chennai and approved by AICTE, New Delhi.
Yuvi Panda (aka Yuvaraj) currently hacks at the Mobile projects at Wikimedia Foundation (the people who run Wikipedia). He is an open source contributor, and has contributed code to GNOME and Mediawiki. He was an early employee at InterviewStreet, a hotshot YCombinator based Silicon Valley startup where he helped them scale up as they took on customers like Facebook, Amazon, Flipkart and Cleartrip. He's given technical talks at various places, such as IIT Madras, WMF San Francisco Hackathon, GNOME.ASIA, PyCon India and many others. He's also mentored students from IIT Madras, University of Waterloo, University of Toronto and University of British Columbia. He also wrote the code for busroutes.in. He has been writing code since he was 9, and been in love with the internet since discovering it at age 14. He is a hacker at heart, trying to write code no matter the location or situation. He also believes in free speech at all costs, and helped write some of the code for the Wikipedia SOPA blackout protest. He believes that writing code is one of the most purest form of creativity, and the unbirdled joy that can be obtained from programming can not be obtained from anywhere else at all. He also identifies himself as a 'Digital Native', having spent more time on a computer than off it in his life. He is currently a programming nomad, living in a different city every month while writing code and meeting new people.