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TEDx NUST 2016

TEDx NUST 2016, part of the global TED conference initiative aimed to give light to ‘Ideas Worth Spreading’ was held at NUST Institute of Environmental Science and Engineering (IESE), on February 20, 2016.

Based on the theme of ‘Embracing Differences,’ this year’s conference featured an exciting and diverse line-up of speakers invited to talk about their projects, passions and ideas.

The speakers included:

  • Zohaib Kazi, (Creator, Producer - Ismail ka Urdu Sheher)
  • Kanza Javed, (Author- 'Ashes, Wine and Dust')
  • Muhammad Jibran Nasir (lawyer, activist and independent politician)
  • Qasim Aslam (Founder- The History Project)
  •  Makhdoom Shah-ud Din ( Civil Engineering Student from NUST and is a co-founder of Meri Awaz Suno .)
  • Dr Asghar Qadir( Theoretical Physicist and Professor)
  •  Arvind Mishra (Asst. Professor- Mechanical Engineering, Educationist, Adventurer and a climate activist)
  • Muhammad Murtaza (Founder- Turr Lahore)
  •  and a lecturer from SADA
  • Some memorable quotes from the conference include:

     “Nature demands that you embrace each others differences.”

    -Zohaib Kazi

    “There are three worlds:

    The world of 'I want.'

    The world of 'is'.

    The world of 'should be.”

    -Dr. Asghar Qadir


    “Justice, truth and duty are the three pillars of ethics.”

    -Dr. Asghar Qadir

    “Ideas are hard to defeat. They dont live in a place. They live in the head.”

    -Muhammad Murtaza,


    The way you speak echoes your disposition.

    -Makhdoom Shahabuddin

          “ Aaj bhi hum sirf log maar rahain hain. Nafratain kam nahi kar rahain.”     (As a society, we are able to kill people, but it takes more to vanquish hateful ideas.)                                                                      

    -Jibran Nasir



    So, What Exactly is TED?

    TED is a global platform devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. TEDx is a locally organized event that focuses on individuals and innovation in various cities. currently has a library of over 600 amazing talks of such high quality that the site has become the platinum standard for innovation in digital storytelling.

    In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created a program called TEDx - local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.

    TEDx is part of a revolution in global education made possible by local organizers wanting to engage their communities. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.