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Official Govt App of KumbhMela
App Built by Kumbhathon Team
Crowds Map
Real time Cell Tower Data
MediTracker Help App
Health, Ambulance, Clinics
Maps of Road Closures
Updates maps of City Traffic
You pay, we deliver food to needy
Book Pooja
Find a Pujari in Nashik Temples
Babaji Arcade Game
May the Spirit be with You  
Pop-up Housing
Innovative Temp Structures  
HyperLocal Connect
Ganesh Mandals
Navigate the Festival is based on Kumbhathon and 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 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.

Hyderabad 2013 workshop to solve eye
Mumbai 2014 workshop to solve health
Commissioner of Police interaction



Natarajan Chandrasekaran

CEO & Managing Director, Tata Consultancy Services

"Tata Consultancy Services pioneers the use of advanced data analytics to solve high-stake societal challenges in innovative ways. I am excited by MIT’s efforts to re-imagine the Kumbh-Mela and eagerly look forward to the synergetic collaboration of the TCS team of research scientists, engineers and strategy mangers along with MIT to build a sustainable mobile cloud computing infrastructure that can form the backbone of innovative efforts in the areas of food, cashless payments, epidemic tracking, civic infrastructure and more."

Sophie Vandebroek,

Xerox Chief Technology Officer and President of the Xerox Innovation Group

“Xerox is deeply committed to smart city initiatives and I am delighted to see the KumbhMela city-wide innovation taking shape. Researchers at Xerox are addressing a wide range of urban challenges using a combination of mobile sensing, crowdsourcing, and prescriptive analytics to create actionable insights for cities and their citizens. Our research team in Bangalore is looking forward to collaborating with MIT during the Kumbhathon in Nasik and pilot innovations that will make a positive difference for rapidly growing communities.”

Srikanth Nadhamuni

CEO & Co-founder Khosla Labs

"Kumbh Mela - the largest congregation of humans in the planet brings with it monumental logistical challenges. India's Aadhaar identity platform provides the opportunity to create innovative technology solutions to address these. My role as head-of-technology for Aadhaar has led me to launch the current Aadhaar Incubator program that we run at Khosla Labs. We would like to invite select Kumbhathon spin-outs to our incubator to build imaginative yet robust solutions for this most traditional of Indian endeavors!"

Sunil Rao

Country Head-Developer Relations & Startup Ecosystem, Google

Google is interested and committed to solve large problems around the world and Kumbha Mela is one such place where million people will be directly impacted and we will like to help this amazing city of Nasik with scalable mobile technologies by working with enthusiastic volunteers and brightest of minds who want to bring a change and help people. We are excited to share our thoughts and experiences to come out with creative solutions for the Kumbha Mela.

Stephen Kennedy Smith

”I am excited to see the Kumbh Mela city-wide develop in Nashik India.  I am looking forward to supporting the Kumbhathon in Nashik and having a lasting impact on India through this effort.”

Chris Sanders

Health Innovator & Entrepreneur

“I’m really excited for the opportunity to work with this talented group of young innovators in Nashik to share ideas and experiences that will no doubt set off a new wave of social innovation and transformation felt both locally and around the world.” 

Zenia Tata,

Program Director, Global Development, X-Prize

"X-Prize is deeply committed to innovation initiatives and I am excited to see the KumbhMela city-wide innovation develop. X-Prize is looking forward to participating in Kumbhathon in Nasik and having a lasting impact in India through this effort."

Charles L. Cooney

Professor of Chemical Engineering Emeritus , and Faculty Director, Emeritus Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation

"The involvement of MIT Faculty and students in the KumbhMela city-wide innovation develop in Nashik, India speaks to our desire to link science and technology to social impact by addressing pressing global problems. This initiative benefits MIT by defining challenges to be solved and the global community through innovative solutions to important problems."

Rajesh Ram Mishra

Vice President Emerging Technology Solutions, CTO office, Wipro Ltd.

"We are excited to hear about the Kumbhathon initiative. Smart Cities and their requirements call for a lot of innovation and we are really excited about how well Kumbhathon is shaping up. I am sure this event will have a very positive impact on the lives of common citizen and we wish it all the success."

Tarun Khanna,

Director, South Asia Institute, Harvard University Jorge Paulo Lemann Professor, Harvard Business School

“The maha kumbh mela in Allahabad in January through March 2013 was super-inspirational for a medley of academics studying it from so many angles.  It has proven to be the intellectual gift that keeps on giving! We wish the Nasik team much success.”



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