Trailblazers 2014: INK Fellows U.S. Tour

May 5 - May 17, 2014 in Washington, D.C. , New York, Portland, SFO, Bay Area




The following INK Fellows have been chosen to represent the INK Fellows Community, selected based on an application and review process. 

Dr.Vivek Sahadevan Nair

Dr.Vivek Sahadevan Nair

CEO, Clean Carbon Technologies Pte Ltd, South Africa

Dr. Vivek Nair had stumbled upon a process to convert carbon emissions into carbon nanotubes (a material stronger than steel). His discovery led him to start a company focused on automating this process and turning carbon emission into a useable resource for many applications. Vivek was named one of the today's disruptors and tomorrow's brightest stars by Forbes "30 under 30" list,for the year 2012 & MIT Technology Review outstanding innovators under 35, for the year 2012.He has also received the National award for meritorious invention from NRDC, Gov. of India. Vivek has also been named by Tehelka as "Tipping point - Architects of the Future", for the year 2012. He was also the winner of Ashoka/Staples Social Youth Entrepreneur award.  In addition, Vivek is a double doctorate from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore & Loughborough University, UK . 
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Elishai Ezra

Elishai Ezra

Bioengineer

Elishai’s polymathic training in Electrical and Bioengineering, Life Sciences, History and Philosophy lead him to found Jerusalem’s Centre for Trans-disciplinary Innovation, looking at complex questions like the origins of life and alternatives to monetary economics. A recent graduate of Singularity University, Elishai has co-invented new medical interfaces like the ‘Glove Tricorder’ to seamlessly integrate technology into the patient-physician relationship. He is based at the Hebrew University where he is a PhD candidate for Bioengeering, teaches mathematical programming, and received the 2013 Nano-science and Nano-technology award.
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Joi Barua

Joi Barua

Musician

Joi Barua is a musician from Assam, India who fell in love with music at the age of four, after his father gifted him a violin. Growing up, his town had one piano and no music teachers, and his father had to cross the border and get him a keyboard from Bhutan. Since then, Joi has been making waves in the advertising, music, and film circuit in Mumbai with his musical stylings and melodious voice. He is also the lead vocalist of the band Joi and has a mixed musical style incorporating elements of rock, soul, jazz, folk and world music.
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Madhumita Halder

Madhumita Halder

Educator, Entrepreneur

Madhumita Halder is the founder of MadRat Games, creators of the World’s first Indian Language word game – Aksharit (www.aksharit.com). She graduated in Computer Science from IIT Bombay and being an artist at heart, worked for a FX studio. However her creative energies not finding room for expression in the corporate world, she chose to work with children. She subsequently taught middle school children at an alternate education center for 4 years.
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Shankar Tucker

Shankar Tucker

Clarinetist, composer

Shankar Tucker is an American-born clarinetist and composer who creates music that explores contemporary and traditional Indian sounds. He collaborates with other musicians to represent new generation Indian artists - bringing their music to an internationally and culturally diverse audience, both on- and offline.
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Shilo Shiv Suleman

Shilo Shiv Suleman

Artist

Shilo Shiv Suleman is an Indian illustrator, animator and visual artist based in the city of Bangalore. Her primary area of interest is visual storytelling through multiple mediums. She illustrated her first book for children at the age of 16 and has illustrated eight others since with some of the most well known publishing houses in India. She has also been actively involved in setting up community art projects and collectives that get people to appreciate and create street art in their surroundings as well as use art and design to bring socially relevant issues in India to the forefront.
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Sunil Khandbahale

Sunil Khandbahale

Linguistic Enabler

Sunil’s goal is to help Indians bridge the ‘language’ and ‘digital’ divides, due to the dominance of English on the internet and in technical published texts. He has developed digital dictionaries for mobile phones and computers with a repository of 9.6 million audio and textual words in 16 domains, like Legal, Agriculture and Pharmacy, in 22 different Indian languages. Educated in Marathi-medium in a village near Nashik, Sunil believes the root of the rural inferiority complex is the linguistic divide, due to which many abandon their education. He hopes to reverse this with his free platform.
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Varun Agarwal

Varun Agarwal

Media/Merchandise Maverick

By the age of 25, Varun Agarwal was already a filmmaker, entrepreneur and the bestselling author of 'How I braved Anu Aunty & Co-founded A Million Dollar Company'. He is the co-founder of Alma Mater, India's biggest college apparel/memorabilia company, and also the co-founder of Reticular, a social media marketing firm. The pursuit of his interests brought about collaborations with A.R. Rahman, Preity Zinta, and many others.
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Vicky Roy

Vicky Roy

Photographer

Vicky Roy ran away from home as child and became a ragpicker to earn pocket money. He found refuge at a NGO for street children where he met a photographer that changed his life. Despite his turbulent past, Vicky pursed his passion for photography in which he was selected to photo document the reconstruction of the World Trade Center in NYC. Today, Vicky focuses on helping the disadvantaged by giving them a voice through his photography. 
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