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Edition Sessions

At EdgeSpire, the sessions are designed to interact, learn, and imbibe from visionaries and path breakers. The philosophy behind EdgeSpire is to help an aspiring student understand unimagined and unlimited possibilities so it translates into opportunities. Our collective experience with students at Edmappers, has helped understand phases in the thinking process that deter the ability to identify an opportunity. We have combined these observations with the cognitive knowledge of helping students realize their life ambitions to curate a format for this event that propels one to:

  • Explore Possibilities
  • Discover Yourself
  • Grow out of Fears
  • Emerge with an Edge

The essence of EdgeSpire is to ensure you get the maximum mileage in the form of learning, networking, conceptualizing, internalizing and crafting a plan of action in a space that you thought never existed! Watch this space for detailed session plan and topics.

Edition One – Creative Careers & Entrepreneurship

8.30 – 9.30 Registration with Refreshments

9.30 - 10.00 Opening Ceremony & Introduction

10.00 – 10.10 Opening Performance – Prajna Yoga

10.10 – 11.15 Explore – the unlimited possibilities

Every new discovery, an innovation or a path breaking idea and every such creator has something common – the desire to ‘Explore the unseen possibilities.’ Exploring uncharted territories come with both the first mover advantage and the huge risk of failure and criticism. The sessions in this category features two extremely versatile and completely different personalities yet who commonly share the passion to steadfastly explore their interests to carve a unique identity for themselves.


10.10 - 10.55 

Session 1: Mr. Khurshed BatliwalaPublished Author & Faculty, Art of Living

Popularly known as ‘Bawa’, he co-created the Art of Living (YES!+) Program under the guidance of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. He has been a speaker at Ivy League Universities and TEDx. He is also a published author of two books, ‘Ready Study Go!’ and ‘Happiness Express.’


10.55 - 11.15 

Session 2: Ms. Kanti D Suresh, Editor-in-Chief, Power Sportz ession

The first Indian woman to lead a 24/7 Digital Sports Channel, ‘PowerSportz,’ Kanti is an example of defying and breaking gender stereotypes. She has in the past been a successful and top-notch newscaster at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games & Asian Games for India 

11.15 – 11.25 Break out session

11.25 – 12.30 Discover Yourself

Most discoveries, personal or transformative, are born out of ‘blackberry moments.’ A talent never taken seriously, a passion that was never given its place – the most unusual and innovative product or a service comes from corners least expected. The speakers in these sessions let you see how they created utility, value, and usability from their own unique – ‘blackberry discoveries.’


11.25 - 11.50

Session 1: Mr. Venket Ram, Photographer

For the last 25 years, he has worked with distinguished personalities from sports, politics, and films. Some of the celebrities he has worked with include the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Narendra Modi, M.S. Dhoni, Sania Mirza, Saina Nehwal, P.V. Sindhu, etc. His work on brand campaigns includes MRF, Ponds, Reebok, Samsung, Airtel, Pepsi, Coca Cola, etc


11.50 - 12.10

Session 2: Ms. Deepti Varma, Director HR and Country HR Leader, Amazon India 

An HR professional with over 22 years experience leading all facets of HR and organizational effectiveness, talent acquisition and management for leading companies such as Amazon, Dr. Reddy’s Lab, and NIIT, she brings a rich understanding of what it takes to work, lead, succeed and be a role model in today’s fast changing and disruptive work environment and lead transformative organizations for the future.


12.10 - 12.30

Session 3: Mr. Nischal Narayanam, Child Prodigy & Founder: Nischal’s Smart Learning

A recipient of the National Child Award, Gold Medal (President’s Award) and World’s Youngest Double Guinness World Record holder and accredited by National Geographic Channel as one among the ‘7 most brilliant brains of the world,’ he has been spearheading innovative and futuristic educational products through Nischal’s Smart Learning.

12.30 – 1.00 Memory Magic

1.00 – 1.50 Lunch Break

1.50 – 2.00 Follow your Heart

2.00 – 3.00 Grow out of your Fears

Fear is the most formidable road block to success. If you can conquer your fear, you have conquered the world. Speakers in these sessions have demonstrated how to grow out of fear to embrace success. They didn’t stop there – they moved on to help others break their own fears too!


2.00 - 2.20

Session 1: Ms. Dhatri Bhatt, Head of Communication & Media Relations, H&M India

A marketing professional with over 15 years of experience in fashion retail, she has overlooked all activities from launching retail stores, building a team, hands-on operations, buying, marketing and communications strategies for businesses of leading international luxury brands including H&M, La Senza & Swarovski.


2.20 - 2.40

Session 2: Mr. K. Hariharan, Film Director, Writer, Professor

An alumna of FTII, Pune he has produced and directed over 350 short films and is the Founder Director of LV Prasad Film & TV Academy, Chennai. He has taught at leading universities in India and abroad, including The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Miami, Ashoka University. His numerous awards include the National Film Award for Best Film, Afro-Asian Award at the Moscow Film Festival and Best Critics Award for his films.     


2.40 - 3.00

Session 3: Mr. Arun Pillai, Director, KPMG India

An alumna of Indian School of Business with over 18 years experience in client relationship, government relationship, project management and business development, he has rich experience in facilitating trade and investment for international businesses in India for brands such as Foxconn, Hitachi and others. His former role includes working as the Deputy Head of Mission for British High Commission.

3.00 – 3.30 Master Class Session 1

3.30 – 3.45 High Tea

3.45 – 4.15 Master Class Session 2

4.15 – 5.00 Emerge with the EDGE

Not every stone becomes a sculpture. The one which stands the chisel and goes through the long painful hours of work - turns into a marvel. To emerge successful takes more than talent – it calls for learning beyond one’s immediate interest, a mind that seeks, an eye that looks for more, and a passion to be a better version of what one sees in the mirror every day. Speakers in these sessions let you understand those skills that definitely can give you the EDGE.


4.15 - 4.35

Session 1: Mr. Shantanu Chaudhari, Architect & Interior Designer   

An ace architect and interior designer, he is member of the IIID’s national committee. Under his chairmanship, IIID Hyderabad chapter won the Best Chapter award. Besides several awards and accolades, he has designed the iconic temple at Dehu, Maharashtra, The Hare Krishna temple, Hyderabad. His clients include prominent groups such as Mahindra & Mahindra, Gulf Oil Corporation, Sun Microsystems, Axis Bank, and IndusInd Bank.


4.35 - 5.00

Session 3: Mr. Gaurang Shah, Indian Textile Artist

His name is synonymous with hand-crafted textile art and is known as the master of weaves by his peers and is a household name for his high-end Jamdani sarees and outfits. He brought back handloom which was fading into the oblivion with his innovative designs and revived several weaving techniques. Today he works with more than 700 weavers across 8 Indian states.

5.00 – 5.30 Closing Performance & Vote of Thanks