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Kumbha.org is based on Kumbhathon and REDX.io initiatives in collaboration with MIT Emerging Worlds. Explore the links above to learn about Kumbhathon, a two year effort to create innovation driven Kumbh Mela or watch the second half of this video for a quick recap. Kumbhathon has inspired many follow on efforts such as projects at MIT Media Lab and Nashik based innovation hub Digital Impact Square (DISQ). We encourage you to apply or participate in the activities at many of our Nashik-based activities and at DISQ.
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Kumbhathon aims to foster new ventures by empowering smart citizens for smart cities. The innovation sandbox brings together MIT researchers, corporate partners, government officials and Nashik-based organizations for year-round activities. The innovation center gives innovators, entrepreneurs and organizations an opportunity to learn, develop and test solutions to “pop-up city” problems at scale in Nashik and later, world-wide. Biannual Kumbhathon camps combine identification of challenges, discussions with stakeholders, prototyping and customer analysis for corporate and entrepreneurial ventures.
The innovation center is building various DOPS (Digital Opportunities for Physical Systems) in areas like health, transportation, housing, water, food, finance, education, hospitality, sanitation, civic issues and many more.
In developing countries, citizens are becoming digital well before cities are becoming digital. Thus our emphasis is on Smart Citizens, because these Smart Citizens will play a key role in defining Smart Cities. In the emerging world, learning takes place without schools, transactions proceed without a formal currency, companies build transportation solutions that don’t own the fleet, food is grown away from traditional farms and digital information democratizes participation in civic matters. The innovation sandbox focused on identifying, nurturing and launching key ideas with social impact. This will lead to corporate ventures, startup ventures or new research and insights.
Using the REDX.io model, the center is a year-round initiative to identify and address the challenges of cities in developing countries. The activities are made up four phases: Spot, Probe, Grow and Launch. (A) The Spot phase involves spotting problems, potential solutions and partners. The Spot phase takes place online and via expert panels. (B) The Probe phase investigates tech and adoption risks by bringing stakeholders together. Probing takes place mainly at the quarterly buildathon. Kumbhathon is NOT a traditional hackathon or a competition. After months of preparation, each buildathon brings together week long ideating and prototyping marathon as part of a ongoing process. The first day covers tech talks by industrialists and technologists. This is followed by a deep engagement with stakeholders of the city. It is a great platform to make your ideas take shape. So what are you waiting for? Apply to Participate. (C) Grow phase supports development of the concepts in the innovation center all through the year. (D) The Launch phase again uses Nasik as a sandbox and brings in impact investors and initial customers during quarterly engagements.