After 25 years in the US, philanthropist, venture-capitalist and TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conference enthusiast Lakshmi Pratury is moving to Bangalore to co-host the latter. TED invites "inspired speakers" from diverse fields to talk new ideas. It also incubates talent, via a fellowship programme. The first TED do in India is later this year—Pratury's search for "fellows" with the next big idea is on.
Why attend TED, the physical conference, when you could visit it online?
People attend because they know there will be great ideas to share and new networks to build—this isn't a conference about what you wear. The same was said of classrooms when they digitised: that regular attendance will drop, when, in fact, the Internet only helped build access. It's true, where would today's ideas be without the Internet? But I think people still like to meet each other.
TED's experience with computer literacy in schools?
It was a radical experiment for its time—we funded computers in schools. The condition was that...