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FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, TEDxMICA TALK RELEASED AS TED TALK

TED TALK

MICA, Ahmedabad, India's premier institute for Strategic Marketing and Communication, has strengthened its global connect and reach with the international global platform TED.com releasing one of its TEDxMICA talks as a TED talk. This is the first TEDxMICA talk in seven years to be selected and featured as a TED talk.

TEDx events are independent of TED, and only a select few talks with exceptional and high-quality content are published as TED talks.

On April 12, 2021, TED released the talk of Ms. Kalika Bali, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research India, titled 'The giant leaps in language and technology - and who's left behind’, on their website.


In her talk, computational linguist Ms. Kalika Bali speaks of how innovative methodologies can be used to create language and speech technology systems that can positively impact the under-served language communities around the globe. In this perspective-shifting talk, she outlines what happens when a language is omitted from the digital landscape - and what can be gained when communities keep pace with the future. 

Dr. Shailendra Raj Mehta, President & Director, MICA, said, "The Global Platform TED.com featuring TEDxMICA is indeed an achievement for MICA and only reinforces our commitment of bringing quality voices and perspectives from all walks of life. This is a clear indicator of the noteworthy quality of our event and also puts MICA on the international map and strengthens MICA's brand name not just as a B school but also in the international TED community."

Student organizers Nishant Shetty and Pragati Poddar from the TEDx MICA committee at MCIA said, "We are proud to have played a role in earning MICA's acclaim from the international TED community, unique only to select B-schools in India. We look at this achievement as global appreciation for the bold ideas; TEDxMICA unleashes every year and the quality of work put in by the team, faculty, and the entire MICAn community, year after year." 

Since 2015, MICA has hosted over 85 speakers across different walks of life as part of TEDxMICA.


About the speaker: Kalika Bali, Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research India.
Talk title: The giant leaps in language and technology - and who's left behind.

Synopsis of her talk:
Thousands of languages thrive across the globe, yet modern speech technology -- with all of its benefits -- supports just over a hundred. Computational linguist Kalika Bali dreams of a day when technology acts as a bridge instead of a barrier, working passionately to build new and inclusive systems for the millions who speak low resource languages. In this perspective-shifting talk, she outlines what happens when a language is omitted from the digital landscape -- and what can be gained when communities keep pace with the future.

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