Tuesday, March 31, 2009

TED India, Nov 4-7, 09, Mysore

TED, the definitive conference on Technology, Entertainment and Design will be held in India for the first time, at the Infosys Campus at Mysore, from November 4th to 7th 2009. The conference brings together innovative thinkers from all walks of life, with speakers including economists, designers, entrepreneurs, technologists, TV producers, journalists, politicians, musicians, scientists — an eclectic group of people brought together to discuss and create “ideas worth spreading”.

TED is an expensive affair, and while the US event costs $6000 to attend, entry to the Indian event will be priced at $2400. At the same time, 100 fellows will be allowed to participate for free. The TED India fellowship applications will open on April 20th. 80 of the 100 fellows will be Indian. There’s also a non-profit/NGO rate of $1400, and some sponsor fees. The talks are curated, and there’s no marketing or pitching; this is a conference about ideas worth spreading, and speakers are given 18 minutes.