Kumbhathon6 is a week-long on-field experience, in conjunction with the ongoing Kumbh Mela, dedicated to implementing innovations to have a significant impact on the health, safety and logistics of the Kumbh Mela, the city of Nashik and other urban locations across India and beyond. Innovators and entrepreneurs who participate in Kumbhathon6 will also have an opportunity to join the LaunchBox – a year-long accelerator program facilitated by MIT + Nashik government and business organizations, as well as experience the real-time implementation of several health-tech solutions during the 2015 Kumbh Mela in Nashik. A health and technology pavilion will also be in operation at the Nashik M G V's Kbh Dental College & Hospital to support research, data gathering and innovations in global health, population health and/or emerging diagnostic solutions in developing countries. Cutting-edge free medical diagnostic tests for oral, vision, pulmonary and mobility will be performed. Our goal is to create a 'health-map of conditions across India' to boost health-tech research. Kumbhathon6 will be held in Nashik, two hours from Mumbai, and operate out of the M G V's Kbh Dental College & Hospital, Panchwati, Nashik.
 

 

August 23-August 25  (Build + Field): Experts and innovators work together to deploy solutions for challenges in data, logistics, health, housing, finance and tracking in the Kumbh Mela. We will also prepare tests to be conducted in the Tech and Health Pavilion. Mentors, teams of innovators and MIT engineers join forces to further refine and test solutions and ideas via demos. Group discussions and feedback sessions follow.

 

August 26 (Half day conference):  
SC^2 Event Kumbhathon Smart City- Smart Citizens

We hear from leading international and Indian businesses, technology and healthcare leaders and from local and national government officials about their roles and support for MIT's innovation platform and deployment. Innovators present live demos of prototypes and solutions.

Date: August 26
Location: MGV Dental College
Time: 12 to 6 PM 
Topics:
Kumbhathon, A Smart Citizens Based Innovation Platform: Mr. Ajay Bohora (Credai), Mr. Ashwin Kandoi (Winjit), Mr. Nikhil Sapat (Sapat Group)
Health Challenges: Dr. Manish Bapaye, Dr. Shirish Ghan, Dr. Rohan Kashyape, Dr. Roma Bagi, Dr. Swati Karkare, Dr. Rikin Merchant, Dr. Arun Jamkar and Dr. Sanjay Bhavsar
Mr. Pravin Gedam Hon. Nashik Municipal Corporation Commissioner: Nashik Municipal Corporation Smart City Vision/Plan
Short updates from participating associations: Red Swastik, Shri Satya Sai Baba, Ahmedabad University.
Prof. Ramesh Raskar, MIT Media Lab: Why Smart Citizens Will Play a Key Role for Smart Cities
Brainstorming and Engagement Plan for Participating Associations
Future: SC^2 Kumbhathon Smart City- Smart Citizens Initiative
In Attendance:
Mr. Pravin Gedam Honorable Nashik Municipal Corporation Commissioner
Nashik Citizens Forum
Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation
Nashik Transportation (Bus, Rickshaw Union)
Hotel Association
Education Institute
Credai
Doctors Association (IMA,  Hospital Association etc)
 
August 27-28 (Experience Kumbhathon): We venture out to the different field sites at the Kumbh Mela to experience live implementation of Kumbhathon projects. Participants will get a behind the scenes look at various teams in action and interactions with government agencies and pilgrims using Kumbhathon innovations at the Kumbh Mela. Specific sites include, but are not limited to, health camps, volunteer centers, water testing sites, health pavilion and crowd mapping locations.

 

August 29-30: Experience Kumbh Mela “Parvani” and “Shahi Snan”. 

Major highlights of Kumbh Mela is the observance of a holy bath at the holy river. During Nashik Kumbh Mela pilgrims will be taking a holy dip at Godavari River in Trimbakashwar, Nashik. It is believed that, a holy bath in sacred river during Kumbh Mela has purifying effects. Pilgrims attend the Kumbh Mela and bathe in the Ganges in a mood of solemn reverence. On this main bathing date there will be a vivid, magnificent procession of radiant saints on chariots and elephants at sunrise. As the saints pass by, they impart blessings of divine grace to all the people. Then the glorious saints take a dip (shahi snan) in the holy river. This takes place according to tradition, each group proceeding to the river and then bathing in a particular sequence. After all of these groups have bathed, other people will take their turn to march to the river for their bath. While kumbhathon teams work feverishly to provide pilgrims and government agencies essential support for health and logistics, we will have an unprecedented opportunity to participate in this beautiful spiritual experience.