INK, a physical and digital platform for sharing innovative ideas, is inviting applications for the INK Fellows Program (until Mar 30th). The initiative aims to identify young path-breakers from diverse fields such as art, science, technology, entrepreneurship, social work, music and architecture, and give them a platform from which to generate positive change in their field of work or community. The selection committee will be co-chaired by Lalitesh Katragadda (Country Head, India Products, Google) and Raghava KK (Eminent artist and entrepreneur).
What is INK?
INK first burst onto the scene in 2010, a year after founder Lakshmi Pratury brought the influential TED Conference to India. Since then, the INK Conference has annually convened a multi-disciplinary gathering of global trailblazers. Speakers have included household names like film director James Cameron, new-age guru Deepak Chopra and Simpson’s creator Matt Groening, while also showcasing unsung heroes of their respective fields. The Conference converts speakers’ talks into the familiar 3-18 minute format for online viewing at www.inktalks.com, free of cost.
Since its inception, INK has expanded its focus beyond inspiration, serving as a springboard to launch ideas into creative action. INK acts as an accelerator for select ideas and people derived from the Conference and other events, turning ideas into reality. The INK Fellows Program is part of this initiative.
The Fellows Program identifies a multi-disciplinary group of 20 young achievers from across the world, who have demonstrated their ability to be path-breakers in their respective fields. The Fellows are given a platform to showcase their work and ideas to a global audience through INK’s flagship annual event, the INK Conference. The Program also facilitates access to potential customers, funding, mentorship and opportunities for exposure, besides providing an enriching community of peers for collaboration and support. INK will also offer customized assistance depending on the needs of each Fellow, along with social media exposure and speaking opportunities on an on-going basis.
“Through this program we aim to provide the ideal environment to innovators from emerging economies to flourish – just imagine the kind of impact that could have on the region! We also aim to create an awakening, especially among the youth from emerging economies like India, by giving them role models who think out-of-the-box,” said Lakshmi Pratury, Host and Curator of the INK Conference.
The applications are open to individuals aged between 18 and 40 years, from any country and field of work. Applications can be filed by answering an online questionnaire or by uploading a 3-minute video on YouTube. Applicants shortlisted to the second stage will be called upon to provide additional information in support of their application, and for an interview. Applications to the initial stage will close on March 30th.
Entering its fifth year, the Program includes past Fellows like Anand Gandhi, award-winning and internationally acclaimed director of the film Ship of Theseus; Anirudh Sharma, a tech-innovator who creates interactive haptic shoes for the blind and printers that harness ink from pollution; Chakshu Roy, a political technologist who provides non-partisan analysis to Members of Parliament; Hind Hobeika, a Lebanese swimmer who engineered her goggles to track and display her fitness statistics underwater, in real time; Kelli Swazey, an Indonensia-based anthropologist who works with tribes such as the Toraja, who live with the mummified remains of their deceased relatives; Sunil Khandbahale, who has developed the world’s first SMS dictionary for 22 Indian languages, with a repository of 9.6 million words in domains such as pharmacy, agriculture and law; and Dr Uma Ramakrishnan, a genetic scientist studying the history and future of endangered species from DNA trackers like faeces.