Attending #TEDIndia vs. Buying a Nano – Make a Choice [Costs the same]

TEDIndia dates have been announced (Nov 4th – 7th @ Mysore) and the registration costs a whopping $2,400.

Conference agenda includes mulling over following questions (detail here):

  • Which local innovations are destined for global impact?
  • Who are the young thinkers and doers capable of shaping the future?
  • Can a pluralistic democracy survive in the face of rising fundamentalism?
  • Can we make money and be good? Really?
  • What should we learn – or fear? — from China’s investment in Africa?
  • Do we have enough water for everyone?
  • Is there wisdom to be found in traditional medicine??
  • Which other ancient traditions can illuminate modern life?

My 2 cents to TED team – while it’s good to keep the premium-ness of the event (i.e. typical crowd will consist of corp execs etc), it would have been great if they kept it lot more affordable (a normal TED conference costs $6,000, so $2,400 is @60% discount – but we are talking about $-INR conversion!).

There are ‘Ideas worth spreading’, but there are ‘people worth knowing/interacting whose ideas are worth spreading’ and TED does provide the platform – but the pricing will deter them to be meaningful to the younger generation (that’s what India populace is all about).

Yeah, one can always watch the videos online – but the experience of being there and meeting some of the great minds is something else.

What’s your opinion? How much are you willing to pay to attend TED conference?

PS: The cheeky title is meant to compare the two spectrum of innovation – one that talks about innovation (i.e. TED) and one that is an innovation (Nano) – Ironically, they cost the same (almost) ! !

Credit: title inspired by this tweet

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