The Fringe: Live on the Edge
This is where you have no limits. This is the part of TGP 2016 where you can truly be what you want to be and express yourself about anything. This is where the rebels and nonconformists gather and talk about anything and everything.
Fringe/Geekery is the track which hosts the content that doesn’t fit anywhere else. If your talk is the square peg and the other tracks are round, come to Fringe and find your place - we’ll talk about anything that you’re passionate about and want to tell us about. The zanier and more offbeat the better - we don’t have guidelines for Fringe, because there aren’t any - there is no content limitation and no restriction - come and tell us about your passion (except for the overall restrictions placed on politics and religion).
In particular, the geekery aspect of this track is unique: While modern civilisation may exist purely due to technology and the inventions of the gifted geeks among us, there are few platforms where geeks get to communicate and discuss their vision of what can be, and what must be.
This year, we hope to touch upon forward-looking sessions, participate in sessions that bridge the gap between where we are today and the fantastic future that geekdom is envisioning and creating: Renewable energy and the end of the oil economy, Elon Musk, Artificial Intelligence and interplanetary diaspora, and perhaps the end of electronic privacy as a concept.
Proposals with a flavor of futurism, rather than a rehashing of the present, are especially welcome for this track. Promote geekdom, adopt a babygeek today!
The #100SareePact Proposal
To show how a simple idea that stemmed from a conversation between two virtual friends brought people across the globe together over their love for sarees and stories. To understand why a hashtag went viral and what it meant to several people.
2015 was the year that saw women, men and children from across the world share saree stories on social media. The saree far more than language, food, economics is the thread that runs through the vein of India, Indians and anyone associated with Indianess. People used the saree as a medium to touch empathy, kindness, generosity, inclusiveness and positivity – all singular points unique to our emotional connect. The session will show why the #100sareepact is relevant to all of us and explore the tools that ordinary women used to tell extraordinary stories through something as common yet beautiful as the Indian saree.
Hear from women who embraced the pact and made it their own. Although the pact was founded by Ally Matthan and Anju Maudgal Kadam, several women and men embraced it and made it their own. Hundreds of unique voices came together in a choral transformatiom.
Deeptha Vivekanand is a professional story-teller . The #100sareepact drove her to dwelve deep into herself and find points of communication that touched a chord with women who related to the stories that her sarees told. Be amazed as she unfolds this magic
Monika Manchanda is a blogger and food person. She comes from a very different background from Deeptha, yet the sarees she wore spoke a language common to so many others . Join her as she talks you through a passion that she has lived with for years.
Ally Matthan is a fragrance person and manufacturer of Areev a personal skincare brand. Her experience from the #100sareepact moved her into a different world. Weavers, designers, activists – different stories , with a single medium.