In 2009,when founder Lakshmi Pratury brought TED,the knowledge sharing platform to India with the TED India conference held in Mysore,it created a massive buzz. But the sheer scale of the event could not be replicated by TED alone. In order to hold the event annually,Pratury now has started INK(Innovation N Knowledge) held in association with TED. Since the first INK event,it was very clear to us that there is a huge hunger for this kind of interaction, says Pratury,co-host and curator of INK Conference. The three-day event,which started yesterday at Kochi,will act as a platform for achievers from various fields to share their stories with a varied audience.
India is a young country and has a young economy. When you are younger it is important to expose ourselves to different ways of thinking, says Pratury. The hot speakers this year are: Varun Agarwal,entrepreneur and author of the bestseller How I braved Anu Aunty and Co-founded A Million Dollar Company,singer Usha Uthup,David Gallo,one of the worlds leading deep ocean explorer,Roger Fish,the man behind US President Barrack Obamas campaign in 2007,and filmmaker Anand Gandhi of Ship of Theseus fame.
Over the last three years,the conference has seen a stellar line up of speakers such as film director,James Cameron,new-age guru Deepak Chopra and The Simpsons creator Matt Groening.
With the idea of innovation at its core,Pratury feels that the platform should be made more accessible. Thus last year,she and her team started INK Live,a webcast of the flagship event along with an array of workshops for youngsters. This year,around 600 participants have signed up for the webcast,which will also be streamed across six to seven educational institutions.
The conference will also witness a performance by Thiruvananthapuram-based voice and percussion ensemble,Asima.