MIT Media Lab, Lecture Hall – 6th Floor
75 Amherst Street, Building E14, Cambridge, MA 02139

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About the Event:

Innovating for Billion is a 2 day event where you will have the opportunity to:

  • Join the tour of Innovation hubs across the city of Boston on Oct 26th
  • Participate in a workshop on Oct 27th. Roll up your sleeves with other participants as the MIT Media Lab team leads an innovation exercise to “spot” and “probe” on exciting Emerging Worlds challenges.
  • Attend an interactive session with innovators and government officials from Nashik.  We will discuss the Emerging Worlds platform and innovations during the Kumbh Mela, a pop-up city that attracted an estimated 30 million visitors in August and September.
  • Bring colleagues from your organization interested in the Emerging Worlds innovations and sandboxes to share the experience.

Register for the Event:

As we celebrate the 30th anniversary at the MIT Media Lab we look to entrepreneurs, change makers, corporates, and innovators to help define the future of tech in the emerging world. If you have already been in touch with Maggie Church, your attendance is confirmed.  We look forward to seeing you!

Need more info?  Visit the Event Website

Register for Oct 26 Innovation Field Trips  

Register for Oct 27 Innovating for Billions (morning session)

The Oct 27 Emerging Worlds Meeting (afternoon session) is invite only.  Contact Maggie Church for more information: mdchurch@media.mit.edu

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October 26
The October 26 event is open to attendees with advance notice.  Email Maggie Church with questions or to RSVP:
Morning Schedule
9am to noon – Visit Cambridge Innovation hubs to learn about their methods, technology, and plans for the future.  Visits will include Mass Challenge, Google, Cambridge Innovation Center, and Artisans Asylum.  Spend time with top innovators and entrepreneurs expanding your network and discussing opportunities for the future.
Afternoon Session – Visit Massachusetts Government Offices to meet with local leaders.  Discuss future collaborations with the city of Nashik and share the successes of Kumbh Mela.
Dinner – Enjoy a dinner with TiE Boston, a global community of business and thought leaders.
October 27
Kumbh@MIT and Emerging Worlds Meeting
Morning Session Kumbh@MIT
9am – MIT Media Lab Welcomes Kumbhathon
Opening Remarks from Professor Ramesh Raskar and MIT Team
10am – Panel from Kumbhathon thought leaders
11am – Nashik Government officials present on Smart City Initiative
12pm – Lunch at MIT Media Lab with MIT scientists
Afternoon: Emerging Worlds Meeting
1pm – MIT Professors present
-Ramesh Raskar – Camera Culture
-Kent Larson – Changing Places
-Iyad Rahwan – Scalable Cooperation
-Sandy Pentland – Human Dynamics
-Ethan Zuckerman – Civic Media
-Cesar Hidalgo – Macro Connections
3pm – Discussion with MIT Member companies
4pm – Unconference on potential deployment and success in the Emerging World
6pm – Dinner at MIT Media Lab with invited corporate guests

In attendance:

Keynote speaker N Chandra, the CEO of Tata Consultancy Services.

Government officials from Nashik, India:
Honorable Kumbh Minister, Mr. Girish Mahajan
Honorable Divisional Commissioner Shri Eknath Dawale
Honorable Collector Deependra Singh Kushwah
Honorable Dr. Pravin Gedam the commissioner of the Kumbh Mela
Honorable Police Commissioner S Jaganathan

Jack Hidary, Hidary Foundation
Joi Ito, Director MIT Media Lab
Ranjani Saigal, Ekal Vidyalaya, Executive Director
Mr. Vinay Singh, Senior Advisor, Global Markets
Peter Kmec, Ambassador of Slovakia to the United States
Daniel Hernandez Joseph, Consul General of Mexico

From MIT: Faculty, innovators, MIT India program, Corporate Sponsors  and affiliates
From Boston: City officials, Entrepreneurs, TiE Boston, Change Makers
From Slovakia: Government leaders
From Mexico: Business leaders and innovators


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Emerging Worlds Special Interest Group:

The Emerging Worlds SIG is an MIT Media Lab initiative focused on mega-opportunities and pressing challenges worldwide in areas such as health, education, financial inclusion, energy and environment, food and agriculture, housing, transportation, beauty and self-esteem, hyperlocal businesses and more. We are expanding on what we have developed in Nashik and elsewhere in India.

Engage with collaborators, corporate partners, and MIT Media Lab faculty as we discuss the immediate future for Emerging Worlds – deployment on a large scale. Over the course of your visit, you will have the chance to explore how you and your organization can meet and work with bright and energetic innovators, influence the next big innovation, expand your global network, and help build a new innovation ecosystem where it matters.

Learn more about Kumbhathon here: http://www.kumbha.org/Learn about Emerging Worlds here: http://mitredx.com
RSVP to Maggie Church mdchurch@media.mit.edu
to be included in future event updates.

Learn More about Kumbhathon and Emerging Worlds:

Emerging Worlds: mitredx.com

Kumbhathon: kumbha.org

The Wall Street Journal: India’s Kumbh Mela Is Used as an Incubator for Smart City Startup Ideas

The Guardian: From Waze for crowds to Uber for street food – MIT innovations at Kumbh Mela

Associated Press: Techies aim to solve ancient Indian festival’s safety woes

Additional Press: kumbha.org

Venue Travel Information:

The MIT Media Lab has 2 buildings – E14 and E15.

This event is in E14, which is located at 75 Amherst Street .
The Lecture Hall is on the 6th floor of E14.  Lunch and dinner will be hosted in the 3rd floor atrium.

The MIT Media Lab is easily accessible by subway  – stop at KENDALL MIT – The Red Line
You can also reach the lab via taxi or Uber

If you are driving parking is available here
(Please email mdchurch@media.mit.edu if you require parking closer to the venue)

Nearby hotels are: The Marriott, Kendall Square
The Kendall Hotel
The Hyatt, Cambridge

We also recommend airbnb‘s in Kendall Square, Central Square, or Harvard square – all close to MIT and the subway

If you have questions please contact: Maggie Church – Administrative Assistant – mdchurch@media.mit.edu