This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. TEDxVilnius organizers met Ritik at TEDxKids@Brussels back in 2011. He was their hero since then. During this talk Ritik shares his extraordinary story and leaves everyone in awe.
Ritik Mehta is 14 – year old who started his fascination with 3D printing back in 2011 at TEDxKids@Brussels. This fascination led him from mastering the technology to understanding its potential and from educating his peers to helping the needy. Since then Ritik helped organise the last 4 editions of TEDxYouth@Flanders and also spoke at one. Besides being active in the 3D printing community and expressing his thoughts on the future of his generation, Ritik helps with Eyes for the World, a charity that brings eye care to needy children in Africa and Asia. He started a commercial venture to sell 3D printed eyewear to fund his ideas for Eyes for the World of 3D printed glasses for the needy.
As Forbes stated: “Not many people his age can claim an association with a technology as emergent as 3D printing, a non-profit organization, and the phenomenal TEDx, all at once.”
About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. 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.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)