>I had blogged earlier about the TED conference which was happening in India for the first time. The venue was the Infosys campus in Mysore. Quite a few people that I knew had gone for the conference. I also read tweets from participants, really exciting affair!

I got a few of the participants to give me a small idea about their TED India experience. These are also the first interviews I have taken for this blog!

So here is introducing Kiruba! I thought he was a blogger and a twitterer with an astonishing 45,000 + followers, but he is also the CEO of a social media consultancy, director of a web development firm and cofounder of a knowledge sharing non-profit! Read more…

Q: Your experience at TED India was…

TEDindia ranks amongst the best conferences I’ve attended. The reason why I liked it is not just because of the fabulous speakers but also the quality of the participants. The off-conference discussions were very stimulating and great connections made. Almost every person there were very passionate about what they were doing.

Q: Your favourite speaker at this event? And why?

The speaker I liked best was Devdutt Patnaik, the chief Belief Officer. He beautifully made the connection between mythology and corporate excellence.

Q: Any tips for next time TED goers (me for one) to make the best of the event?

Tips: head to the venue atleast two days in advance. Its brilliant meeting people and getting to know them.

Thanks Kiruba!

Introducing Parag Parikh! He is the founder of a highly reputed financial services, PPFAS located in Mumbai. He has also authored couple of books on value investing and finance.

Q: Your experience at TED India was…

It was wonderful. I came back more humble and proud to be an Indian. The type of innovators we have in India is amazing. In spite of all odds we have brave and resilient people in our country. TED enabled me to experience and learn this fact about my own country and countrymen and women.

Q: Your favourite speaker at this event? And why?

There were so many good speakers and it would be unfair to rate them in quality. However the one speaker who had a profound effect on me was Sunita Krishnan who is galvanizing India’s battle against sexual slavery and end human traficking. She opened our eyes to the darker side of India and also how the society which includes all of us equally responsible for treating the abused as untouchables. This was a big eye opener for me.
Then there was this young Pranav Mistry a genius behind the sixth sense, a wearable device that enables new interactions between the real world and the world of data.A great invention which can make him a lot of money and any venture capitalist would be willing to fund his idea. However the Indian he is, wishes not to profit from it but has a vision to make the technology available to human kind through an open source system.

Q: Any tips for next time TED goers (me for one) to make the best of the event?

Yes. Go to TED with an open mind which is willing to learn and understand what is going on around the world. Be prepared for heavy sessions and hence be fit and healthy. I had met a few hardcore tedsters who have attended many TED sessions and they told me that everytime they came back with a different experience and much wiser and humble.

Thanks Parag!

Introducing Rajeev Thakkar. He is the CEO of the above mentioned PPFAS.

Q: Your experience at TED India was…
Unique. That is the only way to describe it as it was unlike any other conference / seminar / event that I have attended.
Q: Your favourite speaker at this event? And why?

Thulasiraj Ravilla from Aravind eye hospital. It was an excellent illustration of how a social venture can be scalable and self sustaining at the same time.

Q: Any tips for next time TED goers (me for one) to make the best of the event?

Do not have any preconceived notions. Just immerse in the atmosphere. Catch up on sleep before and after the conference as it can get quite hectic!

Thanks Rajeev!

So to give you a taste of TED India, here is one of the first talks from the conference that has been released on TED.com. Its also one of the most interesting ones.
Pranav Mistry and his frikkin cool Sixth Sense device!

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  • >Good to read so many great mindsgibillo

  • >Why dint you go for ted this time?

  • >There were actually quite a few reasons,the cost, the number of days I would have to take leave.I also wasn't sure whether I would be able to make the best of the event, due to various reasons.Really looking forward to a Mumbai TEDx… 🙂