We really look foward to seeing you at INK2011: Power of the Journey, December 8 - 11. Below you will find the conference schedule, hotel booking instructions, and logistics for your visit.

If you have any questions at any time, please contact Nandini Ashok, VP of Operations:
e. Nandini@INKtalks.com
m. +91 95389 92752
o. +91 80 41263679


If you have any special dietary needs or allergies or any other personal requirements e.g. wheelchair access, please contact Nandini@inktalks.com.

When referring to INK

      • please use only the following acceptable terms: the INK Conference, in association with TED; the INK Conference; and INK2011.
      • the following terms are not correct: INK/TED; TED/INK; TED-INK; INK-TED; TEDIndia, etc.

Conference housekeeping

      Sessions in the Sapphire Room
    • Auditorium doors will open approximately 5 minutes before the start of each session.
    • Auditorium doors will be promptly closed at the session start. If you arrive after a session has started, you will be directed to the simulcast room.
    • When you enter the theater, move to the center, and please don't save seats. Every seat will be needed for most sessions.
    • If you need to exit during a session, please be mindful of the video cameras.
    • When you leave, take all your stuff with you. Fresh seating for every session! This applies to everyone!
    • We don't allow flash photography or any recording in the auditorium (sound or video).
      Around the venue
    • Remember, you are on film. We tape the sessions and film during tea breaks and evening parties so you may end up in one of our videos.
    • People watching talks in the simulcast area value a quiet atmosphere. If you wish to have a conversation while talks are in session, please move out of earshot away from where people are watching.
    • The INK bookstore will have books by speakers, as well as other interesting items. Check it out!
    • The Ruby Ballroom will feature a number of interesting booths, demos, and artisan stalls.
    • There will be a tailor stall. If you wish to get clothes specially tailored, you can do this.



The conference venue is the Jaipur Marriot Hotel. INK has negotiated rates for conference attendees to stay at The Marriott. Please book your own accommodation using the below information.

Jaipur Marriott Hotel
Ashram Marg, Near Jawahar Circle
Jaipur, Rajasthan, 302015 India
Phone: +91 141 4567777
INK Attendees Booking Link http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/JAIMC?groupCode=AP6AP6A&app=resvlink&fromDate=11/30/11&toDate=12/15/11
INK Attendee Rate Room for 1 person: 6500 Rs/night
Room for 2 persons: 8000 Rs/night
WiFi WiFi is available to guests free of charge at the hotel & conference venue.
Check-in A copy of delegates' passports and credit card details will be needed for all hotels.
Airport Transfer Service Do not select the airport transfer option when booking. Airport shuttle service is already included in the per night rate for INK attendees.

Ground Transportation

  • You must reserve ground transport (airport pickup and drop off) with the Marriott by emailing your arrival and departure details to Shradha Deshpande, mhrs.jaimc.events.planning.manager@marriotthotels.com ; cc Nandini@inktalks.com.
    Airport shuttle service is included in the per night rate for INK attendees.
  • You will be met at the Jaipur airport by a representative –- look out for a placard with the INK logo.
  • The representative will direct you to a shuttle that will drive directly to the hotel. The airport is about a 15-minute drive from the Marriott.


The conference pass includes lunch, tea breaks, and dinner from the 8th afternoon to 11th afternoon. Breakfast is provided by the hotel and included in accommodation fees.


The Marriott has a modern, well-equipped gym that is open to attendees.


INR Indian rupee. Credit cards accepted in hotels. Cash: currency exchange is available at airport currency exchange counters and the hotel front desk. ATMs are located at airports. Travel tip: you can generally get the best rate by using your debit or ATM card at an ATM – ATM fees depend on your local bank.

Applying for a visa

If you need to apply for an Indian visa (you need a visa if you are coming from outside of India), please download and read our Visa information document before applying. Allow at least 3 weeks to obtain a visa. You can Html->link('download Visa Information', '/files/Visa.pdf'); ?> (PDF) for more details.

Pre & post-conference Tours

Five tours before and after the conference are available.

  1. Day tour around Jaipur (1 day)
  2. Agra (Taj Mahal) + Fatehpur Sikri (2 days, 1 night)
  3. Rajasthan: Jaipur, Udaipur, and Jodhpur (5 days, 4 nights)
  4. Rajasthan + Golden Triangle (11 days, 10 nights)
  5. The Golden Triangle: Delhi and Agra (5 days, 4 nights)

Jaipur City tours can also be booked at the conference at the Mercury Travel Tours stand.

All bookings and tour info is handled by Mr. VN Kaul: Vn.Kaul@mercurytravels.in; please direct your questions to him and keep Html->link('Nandini@inktalks.com', 'mailto:Nandini@inktalks.com'); ?> cc'ed. You can download Tour Information (PDF) for more details.


What is the dress code for attendees?

We would love you to dress smartly. Men can pack comfortable trousers, jeans, shirts and tees. A jacket would come in handy since the evenings can get chilly in December and there are two outdoor evening events planned. Besides comfortable day wear, ladies, do not forget to pack in the pretty black dress or the silk shawl for all the exciting evening events planned during the conference.

What is the weather like in Jaipur? Any packing tips?

December is a beautiful month to visit the Pink City, when the climate is at its coolest and most pleasant, although night-time temperatures can quickly plummet, feeling decidedly chilly at times and even reaching 4°C / 39°F or 5°C / 41°F. Therefore, if you are planning to venture outside during the evening, be sure to add a few layers, such as a heavy jumper or jacket. Foggy weather is also commonplace during Jaipur's winter months and can cover the city during some evenings.


Conference Schedule

The conference starts at 12:45pm on the 8th and ends at 2pm on the 11th.
Please keep this in mind when booking your flights. Note that the below speaker program is subject to change. Speakers are listed by alphabetical order in each session.

Thursday: 8th December
10am – 9pm Registration open Sapphire foyer
12.30 - 2.15pm Lunch  
2.15 – 4pm SESSION 1: Call to adventure Sapphire ballroom

Shantanu Moitra, Music director, composer + Swanand Kirkire, Singer, writer

Julie Taymor, Film, opera & theater director

Amish Tripathi, Author

John Hardy, Designer, educator

Claire Kremen, Conservation biologist

Ayesha Khanna, Technology, innovation & smart city expert

Mohamed Ali Niang, INK Fellow

Aisha Chaudhary, INKyouth Fellow

Shantanu Moitra, Music director, composer

4 – 4.45pm Tea/coffee break  
4.45 – 6.30pm SESSION 2: The road less travelled Sapphire ballroom

Dina Buchbinder Auron, INK Fellow

Parag Khanna, Geo-strategist, author

Vineet Singal, Leader, 100KCheeks campaign

Elliot Goldenthal, Composer

Madhumita Halder, INK Fellow

Bedri Baykam, Artist, writer

7.30pm - 10.30pm INK Welcome dinner  Outdoors at Poolside Marriott
Friday: 9th December
9 - 10.15am SESSION 3: Meeting of minds Sapphire ballroom

Vasundhara Das + Roberto Narain, Social musicians & partners of DRUMJAM

Rob Cook, Pixar Emeritus

Lisa Staprans, Designer

Anupam Mishra, Environmental activist

Deepak Ravindran, INK Fellow

N.V. 'Tiger' Tyagarajan, Visionary

10.15 - 11am Tea/coffee break  
11 - 12.45pm SESSION 4: Making connections Sapphire ballroom

Charles Ma, INK Fellow

Elora Hardy, INK Fellow

Kalyan Varma, INK Fellow

Ruchi Sanghvi, Entrepreneur, technologist

Prakash Amte, Social Activist

Selene Biffi, INK Fellow

Shirin Juwaley, Human rights activist

12.45 - 2.15pm Lunch  
2.15 - 4pm SESSION 5: Crossroads Sapphire ballroom

Talavya, Classical Tabla Ensemble

Anu Aga, Business leader

Nikhilesh Das, INK Fellow

Rasha Ali, INK Fellow

GBS Bindra, Innovator

Shoba Murali, Entrepreneur

Yann Vasnier, Perfumer

4 - 4.45pm Tea/coffee break  
4.45 - 6.00pm SESSION 6: Leap of faith Sapphire ballroom

Rajika Puri, Dancer, choreographer, actor, writer with Suchet Malhotra, World percussionist

Wolfgang Lehmacher, Entrepreneur and Innovation catalyst

Abhishek Bhagat, INK Fellow

Harpal Singh, Healthcare revolutionary

8 - 10.30pm Dinner Outdoors at the Amber Fort
Saturday: 10th December
9 - 10.15am SESSION 7: Facing your fears Sapphire ballroom

Suman Sridhar, INK Fellow

Anand Agarawala, Interface designer

Babar Ali, Youngest headmaster

Krushnaa Patil, INK Fellow

Naveen Tewari, Founder & CEO, InMobi

10.15 - 11am Tea/coffee break   
11 - 12.45pm SESSION 8: Magic flight Sapphire ballroom

Gokul Das, Folk musician with Shantanu Moitra, Music director, composer

Nayana Somaratna, INK Fellow 

Vikram Bhaskaran, Co-founder, Samosapedia

Anousheh Ansari, First female space tourist

Anupam Mukerji, INK Fellow

Raghava KK, Artist

Itay Talgam, Conductor

Abhay Deol, Actor

Dibakar Banerjee, Filmmaker

12.45 - 2.15pm Lunch   
2.15 - 4pm SESSION 9: Challenges & obstacles Sapphire ballroom

Bhavik Gandhi, Endurance athlete

Arpit Mohan, INK Fellow

Zohre Elahian, Trailblazing Philanthropist

Budhaditya Chattopadhyay, INK Fellow

Alexander Asseily, Founder of Jawbone & State

Anusha Yadav, INK Fellow

Michael Pollack, Venture philanthrophist

Ramji Raghavan, Social entrepreneur

4 - 4.45pm Tea/coffee break   
4.45 - 6.00pm SESSION 10: Revelations Sapphire ballroom

John Mathew, Academician, author

Reena Esmail, INK Fellow

John Frame, Sculptor, filmmaker, composer

8 - 11.00pm Bollywood Night Outdoors at the City Palace
Sunday: 11th December
9 - 10.15am SESSION 11: Coming home Sapphire ballroom

Nida Mahmood, INK Fellow

Chris Meyer, Business builder

Arunachalam Muruganantham, Inventor

Joi, Music band

10.15 - 11am Tea/coffee break  
11 - 12.45pm SESSION 12: Looking forward Sapphire ballroom

Alexander Tsiaras, Techno artist

Robert Vijay Gupta, Musical activist, violinist

Shilo Shiv Suleman, Artist, INK Fellow 2010

Dhaval Chadha, INK Fellow

Anupam Mishra, Environmental activist

Sheena Iyengar, Psycho-economist

12.45pm - 2pm Lunch   
12.45pm onwards Airport shuttle service