Prior registration is required to attend talks at MakersLoft Tinker Fest 2019

There is no fee for teachers, school students and their parents to attend talks at Tinker Fest. 

Registrations are on first-come-first-serve-basis. Limited seats. 

SCHEDULED TALKS

Creativity & Innovation

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By Dr Jayanta Sthanapati

Saturday, November 16, 2019

At 10.45 am 

  

The former President of India, A P J Abdul Kalam once said to the students: “Learning gives creativity, Creativity leads to thinking, Thinking leads to knowledge, and Knowledge makes you great.”


 Dr Sthanapati shall discuss about creativity, inventions and innovations with the audience and site several examples of inventions and innovations that took place both in India and abroad.  

How to learn?

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Panel Discussion

Saturday November 16, 2019

At 2.15 pm 


How do we educate students to thrive in this rapidly changing world?  Technology is disrupting how we travel, work, search, connect with others, live, love and  learn.


How do successful people learn? What do they do differently than others? Hear from our eminent speakers on how they learned.


Learning to learn and relearn, and to pivot quickly and learn more and differently, throughout one's lifetime, is key.

Game Design as a career option

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By Rajat Ojha

Saturday, November 16, 2019

At 3.15 pm 


Many children these days are interested in gaming as a career option. But some parents don't think very highly of the act of gaming itself. 


Did you know that a career in game development is a very lucrative choice in this day and age. And only the very best, intelligent and creative individuals can succeed in it. Game development is a rock star career track. Developers are known by their names and not just the company they work for, unlike what it is in other professions.

speakerS Profile

Dr Jayanta Sthanapati

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 Dr Jayanta Sthanapati is a postgraduate in Physics from Jadavpur University. In college days, he got First prizes from Jadavpur University, Jagadis Bose National Science Talent Search (JBNSTS) and Birla Industrial & Technological Museum (BITM) for innovative scientific model making.


He had researched in solid-state physics at the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science and earned a PhD (Physics) degree from the University of Calcutta. Later he carried out studies in the history of science concerning the Second World War at Jadavpur University and received a PhD (History) degree. 


Dr Sthanapati started his career in the National Council of Science Museums (NCSM) as a Curator and served the council for thirty-three years. He held positions of Director, BITM; Director, NCSM (Headquarters); and Deputy Director-General, NCSM. As project head, he established ten science museums, science centres and science parks in various cities in India. He had represented NCSM in over thirty Science and Technology Museums in the USA, UK, Japan, China, Germany, Holland, Belgium, Brazil, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Hong Kong.

Dr Manas Pratim Das

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Dr Das did his M.Sc. in Physics and PhD in History of Science and Technology from Jadavpur University. He is a Programme Executive at All India Radio and is now posted at Siliguri. He has won several national awards for his radio productions. For 20 years (1999-2018) he presented a live, phone-in programme titled ‘Bigyan Rasiker Darbare’ (In the Court of a Science Connoisseur) on FM Rainbow (107 MHz) of AIR Kolkata. This has no parallel in the whole of South Asia. 


Dr Das is known a National Science Communicator. He received the National Award for Outstanding Contribution to Science Communication by the Department of Science & Technology (DST), Government of India. He is a recipient of the Satyendra Puroskar for his popular science book on nanotechnology. 


Dr Das is  an independent researcher in History of Science and has been invited by the Asiatic Society, Bangiya Sahitya Parishad as well as renowned educational institutions to deliver lectures. He is a Fellow of the West Bengal Academy of Science & Technology. He is a prolific author and contributes regularly to regional and national periodicals. He has edited several books on popular science and the art of science communication. 

Rajat Ojha

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Rajat has been in the game industry for over 23 years now and has done pioneering work right from pocket pc era to console and VR. Rajat started playing video games at the age of 14 and decided to make a career in gaming only. Rajat released his first game in 1995 and there’s no looking back since then and Rajat worked on over 50 games, simulation and full blown theme parks in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, USA, India and many other locations and credited for titles like Resident Evil, Battlefield, Final Fantasy and many more. 


Today, Rajat’s company, Gamitronics,  is recognized as one of the leading theme park and game development company globally. Rajat is awarded by Chief Minister and IT minister for contribution towards innovation. Rajat is an active speaker in various international conferences and is the only jury from Indian origin in the prestigious Serious Play Conference.


Achievements:

1. Shared Stage with Steve Ballmer regarding Project Management different streams.
2. Frequent Speaker in Casual Connect (Hamburg/Singapore), NASSCOM Gaming Summits, IITs, Anifest and many reputed events.
3. Received award by Chief Minister for Technology Innovation 

Yashovardhan Poddar

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Yasho did his Bachelors in Economics and Masters in Public Policy at Stanford University. He has worked in the Prime Ministers office, Reliance Jio at the time of its inception and TrueCaller in San Francisco. 


Yash is the co-founder of Openhouse, a first of its kind co-learning space where a some of the best teachers and students can meet to exchange ideas, skills and knowledge for all age groups. Learn more at: www.openhouse.study

Meghna Bhutoria

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Meghna is the Founder and CEO of MakersLoft, a leader in hands-on  STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) Education. Tinker Fest is her brainchild, to develop creativity in children. 


She has an MBA from INSEAD, France. Meghna has over 18 years  of experience in Marketing & Business Management. She worked at large corporates in Switzerland, USA and India in Semiconductor,  Agro-Biotech, Chemicals and FMCG. She has found her calling in Education.

Richa Wahi

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Richa Wahi, the proprietor of Word Munchers, has a post graduate degree in Teaching and Practice of Creative Writing from Cardiff University, a post-graduate diploma in Advertising and Marketing from Xavier’s Institute of communication and a post-graduate certificate in copywriting from Mudra Institute of Communication. She received grants from the prestigious Charles Wallace India Trust and British Council’s Hammond Trust while pursuing her higher education in Cardiff.


Richa has worked with children and adults on diverse writing projects. Her experience in schools and in communication consultancies has given her the opportunity to design bespoke creative writing solutions as per the need of the hour. Her freelance work at British Council from 2006 – 2018 has enabled her to conduct training with teachers, students and corporates in Kolkata as well as in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai, Shillong, Raipur, Ranchi, Guwahati, Silliguri, Bokaro, Bhubaneswar and Nasik.

Richa is passionate about reading and travelling and has several stories and poems
published in anthologies in India and abroad.

Mayura Misra

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Mayura Misra is a children's books specialist with over 30 years of expertise. 


She started off as a magazine subscription agent in the early 90s, eventually opening her own bookstore. 


Currently based out of the EM Bypass, her store "The Storyteller" regularly hosts authors from across the globe. 


This includes the recently concluded Librarian's Meet and Children's Literature Festival hosted in collaboration with Penguin Random House India. 


She also hosts over 100 book fairs a year across the city of Calcutta in different schools and educational institutions. 


Stocking over 15,000 titles for children, Mayura says "we're bringing the brick and mortar store back into fashion!"