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.

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