Kilter 2017

Kilter 2017

On health, nutrition and fitness

About the conference #

Kilter is a conference on improving your body via better nutrition, fitness and habits.

In this first ever edition, the conference will feature talks on data-driven approaches to health and fitness; diets and nutrition; science of food; and food hacking. We are inviting proposals for talks, workshops and demos from researchers and practitioners on these topics.

Kilter aims to appeal to the widest possible range of individuals who are passionate about and curious to learn how the body works.

Proposals are currently closed.

Topics #

We are looking for talks covering the following topics:

  1. Medical tests relating to nutrition & well-being
  2. Body fat, body temperature and other in-depth aspects of the body
  3. What do you monitor when you monitor your health?
  4. Exercise and fitness, and its impact on physical and mental well-being
  5. Exercise testing and monitoring
  6. Cravings and couplings: what we can eat instead when we crave for a specific item, and what two food items do or don’t go together because they catalyze/inhibit nutrient absorption

Please take a look at the submitted and confirmed proposals below before you submit yours.

Format #

Kilter is a three-track conference:

  • Talks in the main auditorium.
  • Demos, workshops, and Birds Of a Feather (BOF) sessions in the banquet hall.
  • Activities like Slack Lining and Bicycling in the lawn.

##We are inviting proposals for:
On event days, talk and activities held:

  • Full-length 40 minute talks, which cover conceptual topics and include case studies.
  • Crisp 15 minute demos and how-to talks for when you don’t need more time.
  • Sponsored sessions, of 15 minutes and 40 minutes durations (limited slots available; subject to editorial scrutiny and approval).
  • Hands-on workshop sessions of 30 to 60 minute duration where participants follow the instructors in practice. (Please indicate equipment and space requirements when submitting your workshop proposal.)
  • Birds Of a Feather (BOF) sessions of 1 to 1.5 hours duration: focussed discussion topics with three to four facilitators who guide the conversation.
  • Performance sessions of 15 to 45 minutes with one or more persons. (Please indicate equipment and space requirements when submitting your performance proposal.)

Selection process #

Proposals will be filtered and shortlisted by an Editorial Panel. Please make sure to add links to videos / slide decks when submitting proposals. This will help us understand your speaking experience and delivery style. Blurbs or blog posts covering the relevance of a particular problem statement and how it is tackled will help the Editorial Panel better judge your proposals.

We expect you to submit an outline of your proposed talk – either in the form of a mind map or a text document or draft slides or a blog post within one week of submitting your proposal.

Selection Process Flowchart

You can check back on this page for the status of your proposal. We will notify you if we either move your proposal to the next round or if we reject it. Selected speakers must participate in one or two rounds of rehearsals before the conference. This is mandatory and helps you to prepare well for the conference.

A speaker is NOT confirmed a slot unless we explicitly mention so in an email or over any other medium of communication.

There is only one speaker per session. Entry to the conference is free for selected speakers.

Travel grants #

As our budget is limited, we prefer speakers from locations closer home, but will do our best to cover for anyone exceptional. Grants will be made available to speakers delivering full sessions (40 minutes or longer).

*Speaker travel grants will be given in the order of preference to students, women, persons of non-binary genders, and speakers from Asia and Africa.

Important dates #

Deadline for submitting proposals: 18 Mar, 2017
Conference dates: 1-2 April, 2017

Contact #

For more information about speaking proposals, tickets and sponsorships, contact or call +91-7676332020.

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Kilter is a group for geeks and enthusiasts who want to discuss nutrition, diet, fitness and lifestyle. Follow Kilter on Twitter more

Steven Deobald


Ancient Systems, Modern Applications

Submitted Feb 13, 2017

The older nations of Earth form a rich tapestry of varied approaches to health. Newer nations often struggle with weight management and mental health problems. Fad solutions to these problems have become their own industries.

As a modern society who value the scientific method, what can we learn from these ancient systems? Where Science cannot be applied, how do we evaluate their merits?

Intended audience: Anyone

Outline #

First, a walkthrough of my own personal journey through asthma, digestion problems, weight problems, mental health issues, and alcoholism.

Second, a survey of health systems I have stumbled upon and applied myself and others which I have studied, as they are related by history. Direct experience will include “modern” medicine, Ayurveda, raw diets, heavy meat diets, sattvic/vegetarian diets, various meditation techniques (Thich Nhat Hanh’s methods, Zazen, Vipassana, and Yogic meditation), and various heavy exercise regimes (swimming, Kempo, weight training, running, bicycling, skiing, kayaking, climbing, yoga). Related systems include Chinese medicine, Tibetan medicine, and energy practice martial arts.

Finally, we will discuss drug and alcohol use, sleep, self-evaluation of health, and our poop.

Speaker bio #

I am an unlikely proponent of moderate diets and daily exercise. Outside of childhood asthma, I have never had any significant health issues -- at least none I had noticed. In retrospect, it’s obvious that my friends and family were almost constantly concerned with my health and well-being but having no serious obesity or clinical mental health issues I remained unaware of my issues until I stumbled into solutions entirely by accident. These discoveries are recent. Well into my 30s I was still under the impression that society was binary: on the left, healthy people and on the right, unhealthy people with problems like obesity, depression, and disease. How wrong I was.


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Kilter is a group for geeks and enthusiasts who want to discuss nutrition, diet, fitness and lifestyle. Follow Kilter on Twitter more