I think TED forgot the Internet.

TEDxMasterCanteenSquare was a not much widely known event held on the 21st of April, 2013 in Bhubaneswar, Orissa. An audience of 100 was privy to the ideas of eight minds from different disciplines and ages. Much was said in its favor, much against. I was part of the organizing team and even after a good month or two, the experience warrants some sort of noting down.
Back in my first year of college study, I’d decided I will organize a TED conference and faced so much criticism. No one doubted my ability to get it done; they were extremely sure this wasn’t the sort of thing people would spend their time on. Not unless you’re paying them for it, not in Orissa.
Almost a year later, a senior includes me in the team. I have no clue to the extent of preparation, although TED guidelines being many and particular, I could only imagine. The final day was a deserving finish to all the loose ends we dealt with as a team while the date drew closer.
Once the lineup of speakers was finalized, tickets for the event went up for sale. We shared links and pictures and quotes and posters and advertised our numbers (not all of us, of course) in case anyone was interested. Five tickets sold during the first four days.
 
Seriously?
 
Eventually, and I will not make this sound casual but that eventually took a lot of work, quite a number of curiosities were piqued by the idea and I could not help wondering how people could not know.
It’s not a bad thing but given how vast the internet is, you would expect college undergraduates to know more than sink all their time into social networking. Which is sort of a backfire when you live in a dorm. Anyway, I explained the idea behind getting people to speak on stage and stuff. Occasionally, someone would wonder very loudly, ‘TEDx hai ya FedEx?’ Continue reading