Created in the spirit of TED‘s mission, “ideas worth spreading,” the TEDx program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. Over the past few years India has played host to a number of TEDx events. In this post we look at five successful TEDx events in India.
TEDx Delhi: TEDx Delhi was held in the national capital on August 1, 2010. The event brought together speakers from various sections of the society speaking on a number of topics that ranged from the third century erotica to environment, modern technology and emerging new age music. Parliamentarian Navin Jindal, Musician Rabbi Shergill, Arvind Talekar from Nutan Mumbai Tiffin Box Suppliers Charity Trust of Mumbai (Dabbawalas of Mumbai) were some of the speakers at the event. TEDx Delhi also co-hosted the TEDx Change conference on March 22, 2011, that had a number of eminent speakers such as Melinda Gates of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Manoj Kumar of the Naandi Foundation and Peter Singer of Grand Challenges Canada.
TEDx MICA: Hosted by Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA), the event was held on the 26th of February 2011. Speaker talks at TEDx MICA resonated with the general theme of the event, “Communications Unplugged”. Some of the speakers at the event included Shaheen Mistri of Teach for India, Anshu Gupta of Goonj and Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev.
TEDx Thar: Held on the 7th of May, 2011 at Jaipur, TEDx Thar had speaker talks focused on the theme- “Clean Environment and Waste Management”. Anshu Sharma of Seeds Asia, Krish Murali Eswar of ZED Labs and Parthasarathy of E-Parisara were some of the speakers who spoke at the conference. Critical issues such as industry & government responsibility, consumer participation, methods and strategies to attain environmental sustainability were discussed during the day-long conference.
TEDx Chennai: TEDx Chennai will host its third conference on the 9th of October, 2011. One of the most awaited TEDx events of India, TEDx Chennai has attracted huge crowds and exemplary speakers from different walks of life. Speakers from the past editions include Lakshmi Pratury, host, the INK Conference, Lara Stein of TED and musicians Anil Srinivasan and Sikkil Gurucharan.
TEDx Mumbai: TEDx Mumbai was held in the city on the 3rd of April, 2010. The event saw close to 15 speakers sharing their views on how one could bring about a change even with scant resources or support. Some of the speakers at the event included former India hockey captain Viren Rasquinha, tiger activist Kishore Rithe and actor Anupam Kher.
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