Fringe and Geekery

Fringe Topics and Geekery Track of The Goa Project 2016

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!

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Karan Bellani

@karan-bellani

What is it like to work on a global book project with a celebrity Chef?

Submitted Dec 31, 2015

A candid discussion about the experience of working on Utsav - a global, once in a lifetime book project about Indian festivals being authored by Chef Vikas Khanna.

Outline

A lot of us aspire to write a book, and have it release across the world. But the journey has to start somewhere. For me, it began with project managing, and co-ordinating the content for ‘Utsav’, an encyclopedia on Indian festivals, which is being written by Chef Vikas Khanna, that is set to set a world record as the most expensive cookbook in the world when it has its global release in 2016.

I’ll talk about my experiences that I’d while being a part of this mega project - the travels, trysts with people from various religions across India, the superstitions that are deeply ingrained in the psyche of India, and how all of it shaped up Utsav.

Requirements

An interest in books, and the diverse Indian food, culture, and history!

Speaker bio

Karan Bellani is a Food and Beverages Industry Professional, and a Writer based out of Mumbai, India. After having studied Accounting and Law, and being in the corporate world, the passion for food, and entrepreneurship led him to begin his career in the F&B Industry that has seen him work as a consultant for new restaurants, as a researcher in the production team of MasterChef India, and his current assignment where he is working with Chef Vikas Khanna, and helping him manage the project, as well as coordinate the content for his upcoming book, ‘Utsav’, which is an epic on Indian festivals, their history, food, and culture. The book, which is slated to be is set to be launched across the world in 2016.

Along with pursuing his passion for writing, he has also converted his passion for cinema and culture into a startup called ‘Project O’ that he has been running since September 2015, which has seen him organize regular screenings of lesser known, but outstanding cinema spanning across genres, languages, and countries. Currently, he is working on a business plan to chart the course for expansion of his venture.

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The Goa Project Funnel The Goa Project is an unconference - where unlike a typical conference, the talks are not put together by a panel or knowledge partner - but is proposed by the attendees themselves. You propose a session or talk that might be of interest to the audience at the unconference, a… more