Startups, filmmaking, agriculture - Knowledge Factory festival offers 'learnatainment' for the mind

Gear up for the sixth edition of Knowledge Factory - an annual event that brings discussions, talks and quizzes on offbeat and thought-provoking topics into the limelight.

after four successful editions, the event turned virtual last year due to lockdown restrictions
After four successful editions, the event turned virtual last year due to lockdown restrictions. Photo courtesy: Knowledge Factory

Knowledge Factory 2022 (#KF2022) will be held in a virtual format on March 25 from 2-7 pm IST. Those interested can register for the upcoming event through this link.

The event is the brainchild of veteran journalist Madhavan Narayanan, who co-founded Knowledge Factory with media and PR guru Amith Prabhu and social entrepreneur Meena Vaidyanathan. The first edition was held in New Delhi in 2017.

Madhavan, an editor, journalist, writer and columnist with more than 30 years of experience, is well-known as a pundit and on Twitter as an expert in technology, business, economics, public policy, politics, diplomacy, entertainment and social issues. 

"I had intended it to be a brand that offered offbeat lectures from not-necessarily-big-but-inspired speakers on a range of topics," Madhavan said.

Speaking about the upcoming #KF2022, Madhavan told Connected to India that after four successful editions, the event turned virtual last year due to lockdown restrictions and the sixth edition is in the same format, but they are hoping to hold an onground Knowledge Factory next year.

"What I'm delighted about particularly is the range of topics that we have managed to produce alongside speakers so that Knowledge Factory is true to its purpose of building intelligent citizens; it is at once serious and fun," he added.

sign up if you are ready for intellectual stimulation througha seemingly casual activity.
Sign up if you are ready for intellectual stimulation through a seemingly casual activity. Photo courtesy: Knowledge Factory

Over the years, the different editions of Knowledge Factory have featured a variety of topics, ranging from discussions about the relevance of Shakespeare to beer connoisseurship, with multiple sessions and interactions with pioneers of India's startup ecosystem and sports persons over the years a defining highlight of the event. 

The topics for discussion this year include 'The promise of India’s startup economy'; 'Questioning gender stereotyping through art'; 'Accelerating an electric future'; 'Powering agriculture into the new decade' and 'Understanding the ever-mutating novel coronavirus'. 

The daylong festival of knowledge, insights and trivia features a impressive ensemble of experts this year as well. Ajaita Shah - the founder and CEO of Frontier Markets, Abhishek Bannerjee – actor and director, Indian Film Industry, Aishwarya Raman - associate director and head of research of Ola Mobility Institute, Anurag Kashyup – film maker extraordinaire, Venkat Vishwanathan - the founder and chairman of Latent View Analytics Ltd, Tinu Varghese – Supermodel and artist, Shashank Kumar – co-founder and CEO – DeHaat, Dr Sudha Rao – founder, Dhiti Omics, professor Neharika Vohra vice chancellor of Delhi Skill and Entrepreneurship University, Manu Saale - MD and CEO of Mercedes Benz R&D, Madan Padaki - co-founder, Global Alliance for Mass Entrepreneurship and Anu Acharya, the CEO of Mapmygenome, are among those slated to speak at the event. Conversations will be hosted by Rini Simone Khanna of Doordarshan Fame.

The purpose of Knowledge Factory is to break the mould of conventional learning with a passion for 'learnatainment', says Madhavan. So sign up if you are ready for intellectual stimulation through a seemingly casual activity.

Tushaar Kuthiala
Tushaar Kuthiala – Associate Editor

Tushaar has extensive experience as a journalist and in founding two start-up newspapers. He has developed editorial models for both copy and content, and has written several articles, news reports on a wide range of topics. He is a graduate of St. Stephen’s College and earned a post-graduate diploma in TV Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism (ACJ), Chennai. He has worked as a special correspondent based in New Delhi with Daily World, an international media organisation. 


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