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About Eduspark

With technological innovations, evolved mindsets and acceptance of new career options in the world, the world is swiftly undergoing a transformation in the education sphere. Right from new education policies to market forces to platforms to tech-innovators to academicians, the ecosystem has collectively felt the need to rethink the way we educate in the new age.

Although fragmented, the education sphere has witnessed a flurry of innovations to address the current demands of this generation. With concepts like gamification, remote learning, online courses and personalized learning, the education engine is roaring with new possibilities. Digital proliferation has indeed opened up newer gateways of learning with numerous tools at our disposal. 21st century educators are gauging the ebbs and flows to determine which tools work the best with the digital-savvy generation.

AnimationXpress' Eduspark is all set to explore, aggregate and engage with the stakeholders and drivers of change with an aim to identify the trends, strategies and pedagogies that will define and dominate the next level of education.

Key Themes

Through keynote sessions, stimulating dialogues, engaging panel discussions, and candid fireside chats, Eduspark is poised to contribute to the education renaissance of the 21st century.

Gamification Of Education

New Education Policy

Remote Learning

Education Trends

Why should you attend Eduspark?

India's first ever digital education summit

In a first of its kind event, Eduspark aims to be the largest gathering of the entire edu-tech ecosystem under one roof.

Excellent networking opportunities

The Summit aims to bring the industry under one roof. Hence it goes without saying the opportunities of networking you would get, up close and personal with the industry itself.

Valuable tips up for grabs

A promising line-up of speakers and delegates interspersed with an interesting mix of sessions brings in the prospect of excellent knowledge sharing that you would not want to miss out on.

Facilitating Connectivity

Catch some of the Edu-tech stakeholders from the country share insights into the process of creating some of the best works the country has witnessed! Ask questions and connect with them.

AVGC Galore

Meet the creme de la creme of the AVGC industry who are all set to not only accelerate the education space of their own ecosystem but also add engines to the mainstream pedagogy by way of gamification, animation and effects.


3:00 - 3:10 pm - Welcome Note by Anil Wanvari | Founder, chairman and editor-in-chief, AnimationXpress.com

3:10 - 3:30 pm - Fireside chat on 'UTSIDE & THE NEED FOR UPSKILLING IN AVGC INDUSTRY'

  • Speaker: Puneet Sharma, Co-Founder & Managing Director, UtSide

Moderator: Anil Wanvari, Founder, chairman and editor-in-chief, AnimationXpress.com

3:30 - 4:30 pm - Re-writing curriculum for new-age learning

The session will share insights on how new institutes are setting up with the rising demand of AVGC content as well as how it has opened opportunities for students to pursue as a career option. Apart from that the session will highlight challenges, student rush and the funding part of the institutes.

  • Jitender Arora , Dean - Atlas School of Film and Animation, Atlas SkillTech University
  • Prof Sekhar Mukherjee, Director, NID Andhra Pradesh
  • Diwakar Shukla , Dean of Journalism and creative studies, Jagran Lakecity University
  • Siddharth Jabade , Vice-Chancellor, Vishwakarma University
  • Bejoy Arputharaj , Founder / CEO / Vfx Supervisor, phantomFX
  • Moderator:SANJAY KHIMESARA , Partner - Arena Animation, Geeta Bhawan, Indore Core Committee Member - Asifa India Founder - Horizon Institute of Design

4:30 - 5:30 pm: AVGC education making best use of online learning

This session will specifically focus on how the training in AVGC and XR based courses shifted online. Despite being skill-based training for which classroom interaction is a must, the AVGC institutes managed to quickly sketch a roadmap to take the entire teaching and learning process on online platforms.


  • Dr. Anuj Kacker , President & Executive Director, Aptech
  • P.Jayakumar , Founder and CEO, Ri8brain (Part of Toonz Academy)
  • CB Arun Kumar , Academic Director, Pearl Edge
  • Puneet Sharma , Co-Founder & Managing Director, UtSide
  • Shajan Samuel , Chief Revenue Officer, Safalta
  • Moderator:
  • Anil Wanvari , Founder, chairman & editor-in-chief, AnimationXpress

5:30 - 6:30 pm - Growth of Creative Arts, Media, AVGC-XR and Entertainment career pathways through specialized Institutions

In this session, the panelists will share insights on how the rising demand of AVGC and XR content has opened opportunities for students to pursue this field further as a career option. Further, it will explore how institutes have started focusing on these fields and will also throw light on how the specialised institutes are giving wings to creativity.


  • Kiran Sippy , Managing director, Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema & Entertainment
  • Binoj John , HOD Animation, MIT Design
  • A S Krishna Swamy , HOD Animation Cinema, SRFTI
  • Chaitanya Chinchlikar , Vice President & Business Head CTO & Head of Emerging Media, Whistling woods


  • Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury , Secretary Strategic Adviser & Professor, Global Media Education Council Daffodil International University, Dhaka

6:30 - 7:15 pm - Gamified learning: the way forward?

Learners learn best when they are also having fun. Gamification in learning involves using game-based elements (like leaderboard, competition, teamplay, use of social skills and so on) to learn and test their knowledge. In this session experts will shed light on how the results have been after implementing gamified learning, scope of gamified learning, where it is heading . How teachers can hone their skills and incorporate in the classroom. Rise of gamified content for virtual classroom environments and so on.


  • Prerna Jhunjhunwala , Founder, Creative Galileo
  • Bhavna Padmanbhan , Head of Product, Bigfatphoenix Interactive
  • Abhinav Anand , Co-Founder, Quizbee
  • Vikash Srivastava , Co-Founder and CTO, AlmaBetter
  • Vineet Raj Kapoor, Founder | SXILL School
  • span>Moderator:Preethi Vickram, Founder, Tapas Progressive Learning

3:00 - 4:00 pm - Balancing Art and Commerce

Are the courses offered by institutes and universities more inclined towards software learning? How can these be evolved to include a greater focus on creativity and management skillsets? What is the studios' view on this? Does this lacunae put an extra on studio executives and creatives to instill these much needed requirements in hirees? Also, this session will also focus on how to choose projects which will benefit commercially without compromising on the artistry/creativity of the studio to continue to satisfy the creative urges of artistes?


  • Vaibhav More , Founder, Vaibhav More Films
  • Aby John , Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer, 88 Pictures
  • E Suresh , Founder, Studio Eeksaurus
  • Soumitra Ranade , Co-founder, Paperboat Animation
  • Vaibhav Kumaresh , Director, Vaibhav Studios


  • Abhijeet Kini , Founder, Abhijeet Kini Studios

4:00 - 5:00 pm - Growing need for Gaming, esports and Metaverse learning/courses

This session will focus on the boom in the Gaming, esports and Metaverse space and how it has become essential to have courses focusing on the various aspects of these sectors.


  • Simran Bahal , Behavioral Designer, Boolien NFT
  • Rajat Ojha , Founder, Gamitronics
  • Chaitanya Chinchlikar , Vice President & Business Head CTO & Head of Emerging Media, Whistling woods
  • Rajesh R. Turakhia , Founder & Director, Frameboxx Animation & VFX
  • Tanmay Kanth , Analyst - Office at CEO, GuardianLink
  • Moderator:Anil Wanvari , Founder, chairman & editor-in-chief, AnimationXpress

5:00 - 6:00 pm - Understanding the hiring process at the AVGC studios(HR talks on hiring):

Here HRs from the eminent brands and studios will shed light on how challenging is hiring the right candidate for the right position. What skillsets they look for before hiring someone. Over the past couple of years, the number of skilled talents are rising, and how challenging it becomes for the HRs to choose the best of the best from the lot.

  • Aditya Pillai , HR Professional
  • Geeta Khatwani , HR Manager, Famulus Media & Entertainment
  • Savio Mascarenhas , Group Art Director, ACK
  • Astha , Operations Manager Gamitronics
  • Avin Sharma, Vice President, U-Games, | Games24x7
  • Ashok Rajavel, Talent Acquisition Manager | Technicolor Creative Studios
  • Moderator:Anil Wanvari, Founder, chairman & editor-in-chief, AnimationXpress

6:00 - 7:00 pm - The young leaders

Here kids will share their experience in the sector. What do they see when they opt for AVGC courses? How these young talents are rolling their animated content and games in the AVGC industry starting as early as under 18 years and setting their footprints in the AVGC industry.


  • Kushal Baid , Founder and CEO, GamerGage Studio LLP
  • Saksham Dwivedi , Co-Founder, Leader, Developer, Designer, Director, Agarthian Games
  • Deepak Kumar EP , Freelance Animator and Fine Arts Student, Thrissur Govt College of Fine Arts
  • Armaan DadyBurjor , Student, Podar International School(IBDP)


Tehzeeb Khurana, Founder, Toon Club

9:30 - 10:00 am : Welcome note: Anil Wanvari, founder, chairman and editor-in-chief, AnimationXpress.com

Lighting of Lamps:
  • Anil Wanvari, founder, chairman and editor-in-chief, AnimationXpress.com
  • Ashish Kulkarni, Founder, Punnaryug Artvision & Chairman of AVGC Forum, FICCI
  • Biren Ghose, Country Head, Technicolor India & President, ABAI
  • Kiran Sippy,Managing Director, Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment & Director, Ramesh Sippy Entertainment Pvt Ltd
  • Srinivas Sribhakta,CEO, VedAtma Animation Studios; director & CEO at Arena Animation, Malleswaram & Rajajinagar; and secretary, ABAI.

10:00 - 10:30 am: Making of 'The King's Man'

Speaker: Prashant Nair, CG Supervisor, Framestore

10:30 - 11:00 am: Making of 'Angry Maushi'

Speaker: Abhijeet Kini, Founder, Abhijeet Kini Studios

11:00 - 11:30 am: Launch of Utside, India's 1st Online AVGC Campus

Speaker: Puneet Sharma, Co-Founder & Managing Director, UtSide

11:30 - 12:00 pm: Case Studies on VFX & animation in advertising

Speaker:Vaibhav More, Founder, Vaibhav More Films

12:00 - 12:30 pm: Making of 'Mumbai Gullies'

Speaker: Nikhil Malankar, Founder & CEO, GameEon

12:30 - 1:00 pm: Wacom enabling new ways to teach and learn

Speaker: Jay Prakash Mishra, , Regional Sales Manager, Wacom

1:00 - 2:00 pm: Lunch Break

2:00 - 2:30 pm: Fireside chat with Ram Dhumne, Dean, Cosmos Creative Academy

2:30 - 3:00 pm: Fireside chat on 'Women in Animation' Speakers: Rounak Magoo, Creative Producer - Virtual Production, Green Rain Studios Gayatri Rao, Director, Animagic India

3:00 - 4:00 pm: Panel discussion: Catching them young

In this panel, the experts will discuss the importance of introducing young minds to creative arts to channelise their interest in the basic skills pertaining to the AVGC sector. They throw light on how beginning early can help a young aspirant to understand his/her true calling. The school principals/HOD will also talk about the NEP and how it has revamped the education structure.


  • Ms. Kavita Sukhani, Principal, Seven Rivers International School
  • Parveen Shaikh,Principal, Somaiya School
  • Tehzeeb Khurana,Founder, Toon Club

4:00 - 5:00 pm: Panel discussion: Reshaping India's University education

The session will bring top universities which have animation, gaming and other creative fields-related courses under one roof. They will discuss their courses, what is new and what more can be done to make the students industry-ready.


  • Mohit Soni, CEO, MESC
  • Dr Manju Rughwani, Head of the School & Professor, Ajeenkya DY Patil University-School of Film & Media
  • Sanjay Khimesara, Business Partner - Arena Animation, Geeta Bhawan, Indore; Core Committee Member - Asifa India; Founder - Horizon Institute of Design
  • Dr. (h.c) Ankit Jain, Assistant Professor, School of Design, Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University
  • Kiran Sippy, Managing Director, Ramesh Sippy Academy of Cinema and Entertainment & Director, Ramesh Sippy Entertainment Pvt Ltd
  • Radha Ambekar, Principal, L.S.Raheja School of Art, Worli
  • Vipul Saluja, Vice Principal & Head, Department of Computer Science, RD & SH National College of Engineering
  • Jigesh Gajjer, Head of VFX, DNEG India


  • Ashish Kulkarni,, Founder - Punnaryug Artvision & Chairman of AVGC Forum - FICCI

5:00 - 5:30 pm: Awards Ceremony

5:30 pm onwards: Cocktails & Networking * Invitation Only *



Co-Founder & Managing Director UtSide

Ashok Rajavel

Talent Acquisition Manager Technicolor Creative Studios

Saksham Dwivedi

Co-Founder, Leader, Developer, Designer, Director Agarthian Games



Jitendra Arora

Atlas SkillTech University, Mumbai

Kushal Baid

Founder and CEO GamerGage Studio LLP

Suresh Eriyat

Founder and Director Studio Eeksaurus

Vaibhav More

Founder and Director VAIBHAV MORE FILMS

Deepak Kumar EP

Freelance Animator and Fine Arts Student Thrissur Govt College of Fine Arts

Bejoy Arputharaj

CEO, MD & VFX Supervisor PhantomFx

Rajat Ojha

CEO Gamitronics

Rajesh R. Turakhia

Founder and Director Frameboxx Animation and Visual Effects Private Limited

Prof.Diwakar Shukla

Head-JLU Advancement & International Affairs Jagran Lakecity University

Nikhil Mittal

Head of Growth Skill-Lync

Bhavna Padmanbhan

Head of Product Bigfatphoenix Interactive

A S Krishna Swamy

Professor Animation Cinema Satyajit Ray Film & Television Institute

C B Arun Kumar

Academic Director Pearl Edge

Prerna Jhunjhunwala

Founder Creative Galileo and Little Paddington

Vaibhav Kumaresh

Director Vaibhav Studios

Aby John

Co-Founder, Chief Operating Officer 88 Pictures

Jay Prakash Mishra

Regional Sales Manager West India Wacom

Simran Bahal

User Experience Designer Boolien NFT

Armaan F. DadyBurjor

Student Poddar International School (IBDP)

Sanjay Khimesara

Partner - Arena Animation, Geeta Bhawan Core Committee Member - Asifa India Founder - Horizon Institute of Design

Siddharth Jabade

Vice-Chancellor CVishwakarma University

Abhinav Anand

Founder & CTO Quizbee

Vikash Srivastava

Co-Founder & CTO AlmaBetter

Savio Mascarenhas

Group Art Director ACK Media Pvt.Ltd

Prof- Binoj V John

Head of Animation Design Dept. MIT Institute of Design

Tehzeeb Khurana

Founder Toon Club

Dr. (h.c) Ankit Jain

Assistant Professor, School of Design Dr Vishwanath Karad MIT World Peace University

Geeta Khatwani

HR Manager Famulus Media & Entertainment

Shajan Samuel

Chief Revenue Officer Safalta

Preethi Vickram

Managing Director Tapas Progressive Institution.

Nikhil Malankar

Founder & CEO; Game Developer, Author, YouTuber GameEon Studios

Avin Sharma

Vice President, U-Games Games24x7

Ms. Kavita Sukhani


Vineet Raj Kapoor

Founder SXILL School

Vipul Saluja

Vice Principal & Head, Department of Computer Science RD & SH National College

Radha Ambekar

Principal L.S.Raheja school of art, Worli

Advisory Members

Ashish Kulkarni

Chairman of AVGC Forum - FICCI Founder - Punnaryug Artvision

Abhijeet Kini

Founder Abhijeet Kini Studios

Prof Ujjwal K Chowdhury

Secretary, Global Media Education Council Strategic Adviser & Professor, Daffodil International University, Dhaka

Sekhar Mukherjee

Director NID Andhra Pradesh

Soumitra Ranade

Founder and Chairman Paperboat Design Studios

Dr Anuj Kacker

Executive Director and President Aptech Ltd.

Akhauri Sinha

MD Framestore India

Anil Wanvari

Founder, CEO & Editor-in-Chief Indian Television Dot Com Group.


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