Infosys ties up with TED
The postcard- card sized invitation boldly announced The India Party @ TED. At the Copper Chimney on Hornsby Street, samosas and biryani was served as TEDsters of all hues and ethnicities connected and hashed out ideas. Someone yelled for Bollywood music. Soon, to the accompaniment of woo-hoos!, the restaurant was filled with the sonorous melodies of AR Rahman.
At TED, an organization devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading,” which is holding its annual conclave (“Davos for the brainiacs”) here, the Indian imprint is inescapable.
Aside from generating some of the most watched talks - Pranav Mistry’s Sixth Sense ranks sixth - to the most talked watch this year (ten year old Ishita Katyal, who was the opening speaker), more TED Fel- lows have emerged from India (57/400, not counting Indian-Americans) than any other country outside USA.
TED and Infosys said they had tied up to launch a TEDx anchor programme to provide personalized support, foster civic engagement at the local level and ultimately help to build stronger, more connected communities — the underlying mission behind TED.
The program will kick off with a two-year, 14-city pilot in India, under which TED, in partnership with Infosys, will provide dedicated mentorship, scholarships and training to TEDx organizers in cities across India.