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

Ashwin Hariharan


Using catalysts to stay consistent

Submitted Feb 28, 2017

The talk would be about how I started with my fitness journey. Will discuss about everyday struggles we face in staying committed and taking care of our health, and how you could overcome them with simple yet tried tested methods. By making small changes to your environment and creating a system, you can create life changing habits that ensure you stick to your goals.


We spend so much time on deciding the right choice of ingredients, reading how-tos and watching youtube videos on the right way to perform exercises, but we falter. The novelty of doing something new wears off soon and we slack off. That’s because most often we rely on motivation and will-power to do something. Usually people say that they don’t have the time or they’re busy with work.

In physics, potential energy is needed to get converted into kinetic energy, so we need to get on top of our metaphorical mountain if we want to get rolling and build momentum. That requires that we make small but effective changes to our surroudings to reach the peak, after which our environment does more work than us, and we no longer have to rely on will-power to roll. Here’s a broad overview of my content -

  1. Systems vs goals
  2. Why relying on motivation or will-power alone is a bad idea
  3. Reducing the effort and energy required to get activated - how you can do this in the context of fitness and nutrition
  4. Don’t have time to cook? What can you do about it?



Speaker bio

I’m a software engineer and tech blogger, and fitness is one of my other interests - something I first began with when I was still in High School. I’ve tried everything from regular gymming to jogging and swimming. In the last few years I’ve been into crossfit and cycling, and beginning of this year I began with Muay Thai. I cycle to any place that’s within 10 kilometres of my home.

Staying away from family and living the startup life has also made me experiment with lot of food and dieting hacks - I understand the challenges involved in maintaining a healthy lifestyle while being drowned in routine work.


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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