Philosophy student, Mohan Sudabattula, will present during the 2018 TEDx Salt Lake City, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Kingsbury Hall at the University of Utah. This year’s theme, “At the Edge,” brings together speakers and performers who will urge us to think beyond our comfort zones to explore new ways of engaging with the world.
Sudabattula, a Humanities House resident, is founder and executive director of Project Embrace, an international medical nonprofit that aims to reduce global health disparities and promote sustainable healthcare. Project Embrace does this through the reuse and repurposing of previously owned medical equipment from the U.S. to meet the need of patients worldwide.
“Ten years ago, I visited an orphanage in India where children suffered from these exact same diseases (of U.S. patients) but didn’t have access to the medical devices needed to treat them,” said Sudabattula, who double majors in philosophy and health & society. “Those images stuck with me. So, I started Project Embrace, a non-profit that repurposes unwanted medical devices for patients-in-need abroad. Right from the beginning, I knew I wanted to partner with that orphanage.”
Since the launch last year, Project Embrace has successfully completed two donation campaigns in Swaziland and India. Sudabattula has also been invited to present about Project Embrace on stages across the United States and England at universities such as Stanford, John Hopkins and Oxford. Sudabattula is the first ever U student to present on the TEDx stage and his talk will focus on social innovation in healthcare through simple solutions and community empowerment.
TEDx conferences are independently-organized events that carry the spirit of the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences, which aim to share “ideas worth spreading.” There are still tickets available at tedxsaltlakecity.com/tickets. The ticket includes a day of talk, performances and your choice of lunch from various food trucks.