The 3rd edition of TEDx, a global phenomenon, was held in BITS - Pilani,
Dubai Campus on November 10th 2013.The event unfolded with a welcome speech
from the organizers Vaibhav and Nayyab where they posed an interesting question
to the audience – "What TEDx is to you?” They went on to mention that in
today’s world of cutthroat competition, the greed pushes people to want more,
which is precisely what distinguished the speakers from the rest - They dared
The first speaker of the event was Ms. Sandhya Prakash, an Entrepreneurial
Business Development Strategist. Post- marriage, Ms. Sandhya was bombarded with
opportunities of starting an Industrial Product Business, a software business
or organizing social events. But she wanted to "dig her own desert
rose". She was not only a lady, but an expat in Saudi Arabia and faced a
number of obstacles achieving her goals. Engaging the audience in an anecdote,
she said she had an inherent fear of heights, but she decided to go skydiving –
and then, she realized that fear and faith make you believe in something you
A TEDx video of Mr. Marco Tempest, the Techno Illusionist at TEDxTokyo 2009
was shown enthralling the audience and leaving them mesmerized. A casual question and answer round followed,
to riddle the audiences' brains on how much they really knew about TEDx, where
they were asked the TED tagline and which edition of TEDx BPDC was being held
to win exciting e-Max gift vouchers.
The next speaker of the event was Mr. Iyad Mourtada, a Professional
Trainer. He began by posing the question, "Do you like your reality?"
pushing the audience to introspect whilst sharing the famous lion and sheep
fable wherein the lion was made to realize his true majestic nature. He quoted
Robertson Davies saying, "The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to
comprehend". Clad in a magician’s attire - wand et al, he went on to quote
Roald Dahl -"Those who don't believe in magic will never find it."
Last but not the least, the day ended on a humorous note with Mr. Michael
J Tolans’ "Lie, steal and cheat your way to success” mantra. He has 15 years
leadership experience in the Middle East in training, raising finance,
generation of Sales process Management and is a Business Consultant and Trainer
in the MENA Region. Every second of his talk, as to how
exactly to lie, steal and cheat one’s way to success, made the audience fall off
All in all, an inspiring day with the ringing message – Dare to Dream.