INK is a platform for a global dialogue to take place with an emphasis on idea exchange between India and the world. Our cornerstone event is the annual INK conference in association with TED, which brings together the world's movers and shakers to share ideas in India. INK gives away all of the knowledge it collects at the INK conference to the population at large—for free—through its website, INKtalks.com. At INKtalks.com, anyone, anywhere, can watch talks by the world’s leading thinkers and doers.
INK is part of a movement to change how young people view their world, goals, and ambitions, particularly in emerging economies. We strongly believe that young people in India should grow up being able to hear inspirational ideas, stories and perspectives from people of their own culture. We believe there is an intangible added-value to learning from a role model who shares a similar culture, background, and appearance to you. Through these talks, our goal is to inspire Indian youth and other youth from emerging economies to think differently and become innovators and revolutionaries themselves.
Furthermore, we host INKtalks events on Indian college campuses, directly reaching students who may otherwise be unable to access the internet and benefit from these transcendent ideas. If you are interested in hosting an INKtalks event in your community or campus, please contact us.
INK is a springboard to launch ideas into creative action. Every year at the INK conference we hear certain ideas, ideas that are special. We meet extraordinary people whom we believe have the potential to transform society, if only they had a little extra help. INK acts as an accelerator for select ideas and people, derived from our events, and we work to turn these ideas into realities. For example, in 2011 Sunitha Krishnan, the founder of Prajwala, shared a dream to build a safe-haven home for women rescued from sex trafficking. With the help of INK, 18 months from the time she shared her dream on our stage, we enabled her dream to come true. INK’s goal in this capacity it to provide the extra leverage and connections it often takes to transform a dream into a success story.
Similarly, through our INK Fellows program we aim to jumpstart the careers of promising young individuals, providing them a bigger platform from which to speak and opening the door for them to important contacts they can use to build products and careers. INK not only invites Fellows to attend the INK conference, however. We also invite them to speak—and give them intensive speaker coaching to enable their ideas to shine forth and get noticed. The INK Fellows program is a career accelerator with the goal of ensuring young stars are recognized and supported.
INK's vision is one of global conversation and action among cultures, economies, and great thinkers. We welcome you to join the INK community today.