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.


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.


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


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

Nupur Paul


Fun. Fit. Fab. - An enduring step into the world of fitness.

Submitted Mar 15, 2017

With increasing desk jobs, unhealthy food habits and sedentry lifestyles, following fitness in some or the other form is becoming necessity of the day. Everyone realises this, but most fail to regularise fitness into their every day life. Resistances, be the psychological or physiological ones, eventually kill the spirit through most forms of fitness pursuits. Lack of interesting workout options or monotony in most workout formats tend to kill the long term commitment that fitness demands.

What, then makes for a ‘fun’ work out that leaves one feeling ‘fit’ and ‘fab’ at the end of it?

With an unending variety of music, Zumba can bring in ‘fun’ to one’s fitness pursuits. A non-steady, yet well planned pace through a session ensures 'fit’ness is achieved. Time and space requirement is a big factor that deters away any form of resistance that tends to come into practice with most other workout formats.

This session would be complemented with before and after examples of those who took up Zumba as an initiating step into their pursuit of fitness. Key take-aways for audience are that being fit can come with having fun; that feeling fab is always just one dance step away.


  1. A short and simple storyline of a day in a person’s life in today’s age
  2. Effects of this lifestyle (that most of usare aware of, yet not conscious about)
  3. Examples of characters in above storyline venturing into different forms of fitness which eventually are not pursued beyond a point of time.
  4. Highlighting reasons of resistances that come in the way of long term commitment towards fitness
  5. Characteristics of a workout format, especially for beginners into world of fitness, that can help them reach the stage of continued pursuit / engagement / habit of a fitness activity
  6. Zumba and how it meets above characteristics
  7. Real life examples that bring alive the characters from the storyline that began in 1)



Speaker bio

Nupur is a techie turned fitness specialist. Her life witnessed a turn-around when she realised one day that her techie job and eventual lifestyle was affecting her health with long term bad effects. Most of her ventures to add a fitness activity in her schedule were turning into failures after a period of time. She noticed this was the case with most of her friends and colleagues. It was when she found Zumba, that she realised working out can be fun. She noticed immediate effects in her well-being, both mental and physical. Now, on a mission to spread the joy and benefits of a fit life through this fun workout, Nupur is a noted expert in the field of Zumba.


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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