Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body,but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming – WOW – What a Ride! ~ Mark Frost
Heartwarming things about the event is that it was primarily organised by the very young .. mostly school and undergrad students, ably guided by the mentors. Checkout the team here http://www.tedxyouthchennai.com/team.php
The attendees also included significant number of students from schools and college. This to me is something to smile about.
One of the objectives for any generation is to mentor the GenNext and feed them with inspiration and information to achieve more significant things. I am sure TEDxYouth is a brilliant step in that direction.
Our concept is a health gadget to improve primary health (like infant mortality, maternal mortality inwhich India is very ver poor)
This helps people in remote villages who have to travel long from their place and leave daily job/ pay for primary health care.
We want to extend this to different levels of medical care including tele medicine.
The team is fantastic with Doctors of Stanley Medical College and engineers from IITM and NIT.
The project also got Govt funding to make the gadget and do pilot in two villages arnd 100 km from chennai.
The impact factor is gratifying.
The video also reflects the actual poor state of health care infrastructure, as pitched by one of the doctors of our team.
One important suggestion to folks. Get a good team … rest will follow.
Once a VC (Venture Capitalist) told me. Idea is like chariot and Team is like horses. Success is when the chariot reaches its destination. The chariot might be fantastic but if the horses are not up to the mark, it may not be able to take the chariot to its destination. But if the horses are good success is more probable even for less fantastic chariot.
I was driving in my two wheeler ( as usual in a hurry ).
Got stuck near an important signal in koyambedu ( Chennai, India . One of the high dense traffic areas). Though there was a space to move forward vehicles couldn’t move to the front.
The problem was that few big cement block used to control traffic had fallen out of place and caused extra traffic jam.
I managed to traverse through the traffic and move front (using an unpublished AI algorithm) near the signal and i had to stop.( It was a stop sign )
I was thinking, shouldn’t the cement block be put back to its place.
Then suddenly, i dont know how it happened. A guy like me suddenly got off his bike and lifted the cement block and pushed back to its place. The vehicles started moving forward.
The cement block was heavy. Well, i know this coz the guy who looked like me was me.
I could see lot of people surprised and smiling. One fellow inside a car nearby actually clapped.
It may not be a great act of courage or achievement, yet it made me feel nicer about me. And that is all we need 🙂
I recollect this Lead India film which is par excellence. You should watch it whenever you feel you can’t make a difference to the world. All of us can. It doesn’t matter how much. It only matter if we choose to do or don’t.
Whenever required, i identify myself with the kid and motivate myself 😉