Ali Kapadia’s winning TED video
On Friday June 4th, TED came to Karachi, Pakistan. TED, short for Technology, Entertainment and Designis a global series of talks for “ideas worth spreading,” These bring incredible diverse people and ideas together. Past TED speakers include Al Gore as well as Bill Gates and Steve Jobs – which gives you an idea of the magnitude and scale of the conference.
The ethos of TED is one particularly suited to Pakistan, in my experience one of the most innovative and creative countries. Its fitting that TED speaks to new, and especially technologically, innovative ideas in a country where mobile phone usage is estimate to top 130 million by 2014, and 100 million of its 170 million population are under 25 years old. Harnessing those technological advances and youthful creativity is exactly what Pakistan needs.