Nobel Laureate and child activist Kailash Satyarthi urged entrepreneurs in the Silicon Valley to unite for the cause of children in his keynote address at the TiECON 2016.
Held at the Santa Clara Convention hall in San Jose earlier this month, Satyarthi said, “This is the valley of leadership, entrepreneurship, technology, innovation and disruption. If we join them together, we can give children a chance to be able to enjoy their childhood and get an education. This is the purpose of my visit to the Silicon Valley,” he said.
Satyarthi started his movement in 1981 to save children from slavery at a time when this was largely treated as a non-issue in India and the rest of the world. He doesn’t underplay the challenges he faced fighting the mindset that allowed poor children to work. “Challenging this mindset was also a kind of ‘disruption’,” he added.