Amit Sood is the head of Art Project, Google's effort to bring the world's greatest museums onto the web. Visit it at googleartproject.com

Why you should listen

Amit Sood is a Group Marketing Manager for Google; he's worked with the Android team in Mountain View and has led marketing efforts for Google's GEO products. His passion for art led him to initiate a "20 percent time" project to bring museums onto the web -- which turned into the ambitious new Art Project. He writes:

It started when a small group of us who were passionate about art got together to think about how we might use our technology to help museums make their art more accessible -- not just to regular museum-goers or those fortunate to have great galleries on their doorsteps, but to a whole new set of people who might otherwise never get to see the real thing up close.

We're also lucky here to have access to technology like Picasa and App Engine and to have colleagues who love a challenge -- like building brand-new technology to enable Street View to go indoors!

What others say

"The giga-pixel experience brings us very close to the essence of the artist through detail that simply can't be seen in the gallery itself. Far from eliminating the necessity of seeing artworks in person, Art Project deepens our desire to go in search of the real thing." — Julian Raby, director, the Freer Gallery, Washington, DC

Amit Sood’s TED talks