In Bangalore, TEDxBMSIT has fun with the theme “Hide and Seek”

TEDxBMSIT is an event based at the BMS Institute of Technology and Management in Bangalore, India (Photo: TEDxBMSIT)

TEDxBMSIT is an event based at the BMS Institute of Technology and Management in Bangalore, India (Photo: Tejaswini Shashidhar)

For their very first event, the team at TEDxBMSIT wanted to make a splash: They recruited seven speakers and performers to speak on everything from traditional Indian crafts to ten-minute plays and put together a thought-provoking event around the theme, “Hide and Seek.” Below, four things that made the event stand out:

1. A group breakfast

TEDxBMSIT teamed with local start-up Brekkie to provide breakfast for all attendees (Photo: TEDxBMSIT)

Brekkie brought breakfast to the event (Photo: Tejaswini Shashidhar)

A close-up of the Brekkie cart (Photo: TEDxBMSIT)

A close-up of the Brekkie cart (Photo: Tejaswini Shashidhar)

The team at TEDxBMSIT made breakfast a priority — energizing attendees for the day. “[We wanted] to promote the importance of an early morning meal among [the] college community,” says TEDxBMSIT organizer Raashi Saxena. TEDxBMSIT teamed with Banaglore start-up Brekkie to provide a morning meal for everyone — from Brekkie’s fun breakfast cart — and get people talking from the start.

2. A playful stage backdrop

Mohammed Salahuddin plays a song for the TEDxBMSIT crowd  (Photo: TEDxBMSIT)

Mohammed Salahuddin plays a song for the TEDxBMSIT crowd (Photo: Tejaswini Shashidhar)

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TEDxBMSIT project a TED Talk onto their stage backdrop (Photo: Tejaswini Shashidhar)

TEDxBMSIT worked with designer Tuman Poddar to develop a design scheme that reflected the playfulness of a game of hide and seek as well as the depth and diversity of their speakers’ ideas. The doodle-filled TEDxBMSIT backdrop acted both as a  fun screen for projecting slides and a perfect representation of the event’s theme.

3. A mystery lunch

Attendees eat mystery lunches outside (Photo: TEDxBMSIT)

Attendees eat mystery lunches outside (Photo: Tejaswini Shashidhar)

A look at the mystery lunches (Photo: TEDxBMSIT)

A look at the mystery lunches (Photo: Tejaswini Shashidhar)

TEDxBMSIT teamed with another local startup — Mystery Box — to provide lunch. Mystery Box takes into account users’ dietary preferences (and allergies) and then delivers a mystery lunch based on this. After a Q&A session with attendees, Mystery Box distributed “mystery” boxed lunches based on the theme of “Hide and Seek.”

4. Elaborate volunteer thank yous

One of TEDxBMSIT's thank you letters to volunteers, unfolded (Photo: Injeel Ahmed)

One of TEDxBMSIT’s thank you letters to volunteers, unfolded (Photo: Injeel Ahmed)

TEDxBMSIT's thank you letters to volunteers in action (Photos: Injeel Ahmed)

TEDxBMSIT’s thank you letters to volunteers in action (Photos: Injeel Ahmed)

How do you distribute letters of thanks and certificates of recognition to TEDx team members when your event theme is “Hide and Seek”? You hide them in an envelope filled with doodles. “[In the doodles] we decided to hide some of our logos,” Saxena says, “allowing it to reflect our theme ‘Hide and Seek’ in the most unique way possible.”

4 Comments

  1. Amar

    Unexpected things are the best and TEDx BMSIT managed to keep their audience on the edge of their seats.

  2. Sarah Harkin

    Great theme! Inspired by the energy!

  3. Safra Anver

    Amazing work Raashi and Team! great ideas

  4. Shaayaan Shaikh

    Splendid work Raashi! Super proud of you!

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