INK, a physical and digital platform for sharing innovative ideas, today announced that it is inviting applications for the INK Fellows Program for 2014. The initiative aims to identify a multi-disciplinary group of 20 young path-breakers capable of bringing about a positive change in not just their respective domain of work, but also the potential of permeating the change to the society at large.
Applicants can be from diverse fields of endeavor such as art, science, technology, entrepreneurship, social work, music, education, design and architecture. Applications to the program would remain open from 15th January, 2014 to 30th March, 2014.
Every year, INK Fellows are given a platform to showcase their work and ideas to a global audience through INK’s flagship annual event, the INK Conference which would be held in Kochi this year between 17th and 19th October, 2014.
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 at ‘INK Salons’ conducted in educational and corporate campuses on an on-going basis.
“Through this program we aim to provide the ideal environment to foster innovation in emerging economies such as India. We also aim to create an awakening, especially among the youth by giving them young role models who think out-of-the-box, and whom they could be inspired from”, 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 which can be accessed from http://www.inktalks.com/fellows/apply 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.
Entering its fifth year, the Program in the past has included 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.
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.