An accidental TEDx organizer in Bangalore kickstarts a community at her college and beyond

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Seema Raman (on the near left) on the TEDxPESITBSC stage. Photo: Courtesy of TEDx Seema Raman (near left) holds a mic on the TEDxPESITBSC stage.

TEDx organizer Seema Raman has held three events in the past year, and traveled from her home in Bangalore to the snowy mountains of British Columbia to learn more about putting on great events. But the funny thing is: Raman never intended to organize anything at all.

Raman, a 20-year-old engineering student at PES Institute of Technology—South Campus, was excited to learn last year that something called a TEDx event was taking place near her home in Bangalore, India. Because she loved watching TED Talks online, she and her friends were eager to attend. But sadly, tickets had already sold out.

Inspired by her new knowledge of the TEDx program, Raman urged her fellow TED fans not to despair; she discovered online that they could apply for a license and throw their own event. “We thought, ‘Okay, instead…

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