THE PLATFORM HAS BEEN TESTED AND PROVEN IN POP-UP CITY IN NASHIK, INDIA
We have tested and proven the platform model in Nashik, India, the site of the 2015 Kumbh Mela. The Kumbh Mela pilgrimage presented an opportunity to access thousands of people for research and market testing, and to develop tools to empower “smart citizens.” At the 2015 Kumbh Mela in Nashik, the team had a Health Pavilion. This station deployed portable instruments to test vital health statistics and oral and pulmonary diseases of visitors, and it mapped datasets to use predictive analytics and machine learning technologies to identify potential warning signs and diseases that have been undetected.
THE PLATFORM IS ENABLING ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Nashik, India is an example of how the team has enabled the formation of a vibrant entrepreneurship ecosystem, successfully bringing together national and international academic research institutions such as IIT (Indian Institute of Technology), government agencies, corporations, biotech and diagnostic companies, policy makers and innovators in a vibrant setting. Examples of innovations are: epidemic tracking, medical care localization, crowd steering, 3D mapping, and pop-up housing. Development of the innovation ecosystem is empowering citizens and helping to position Nashik as a smart city.
THE PLATFORM IS A SANDBOX FOR HEALTH-FOCUSED INNOVATION
Two efforts – in Mumbai and Hyderabad, India – are developing and growing health-focused innovation centers. In Mumbai, the Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool) hosts a visual health diagnostic-focused innovation center. Innovators use the space and close guidance and mentorship with researchers and others to develop prototypes for solutions including systems for: a real-time emotion detection system, differential diagnosis of skin conditions, detection of infections of the middle ear, diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, monitoring of obstructive sleep apnea, ad detection of the presence of carie-causing bacteria in saliva.
In Hyderabad, the L V Prasad Eye Institute is sponsoring innovations that emphasize eye health. Medical professionals from major health centers in India and the US -- including L V Prasad and Mass General Hospital in Boston – provide mentorship and guidance to ensure that the innovations are relevant and effective. Innovations being created in Hyderabad include systems for measuring peripheral vision in babies, training a lazy eye, creating an augmented reality for the visually impaired, and a prosthetic eye that fits well.
New INNOVATION EFFORTS
Innovation efforts are being launched in Slovakia, Mexico and Brazil. Each location will host a buildathon camp and maintain a year-round relationship with mentors and local innovators.
The effort in Guadalajara (Mexico) is an open co-innovation platform focused on spotting and probing healthcare innovations. This means identifying needs and solutions, and creating prototypes and testing them technically and in the market. The center in Guadalajara is led by Eduardo Bayro-Corrochano, Professor at Cinvestav in Guadalajara, Mexico. The innovation ecosystem includes bright innovators, government officials, educators, academic researchers and corporations.
SAO PAULO, Brazil
The effort in São Paulo (Brazil) is hosted by Researcher & PhD Daniel Makoto Tokunaga at the Escola Politécnica da USP São Bernardo do Campo, São Paulo. The team there has had a relationship for over eight years with the Media Lab’s Camera Culture Group, including multiple exchange visits and visiting scientists from the University of São Paulo. The center is also supported by Interlab, a research group manufacturing biochemistry products for healthcare. The São Paulo team works with interactive technologies, including Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and games; as well as innovation for engineering, education, heath and entertainment.
The effort in Bratislava (Slovakia) kicked off with a meeting with Ramesh Raskar in Slovakia in June of 2015. At the meeting, Slovak leaders from many segments, including the government, local enterprises, venture capital companies, universities and startup incubators participated. Three influential leaders enabled this center to flourish quickly: Milan Ftáčnik, former Slovak Minister of Education, former Mayor of Bratislava, now a faculty member at Comenius University in Bratislava; Tomas Kovacovsky, CTO of startup Photoneo; and Dr. Ramesh Raskar, Head of the Camera Culture Group at the MIT Media Lab. Together, we are creating a growing ecosystem of individuals and companies helping each other on ambitious projects to motivate the next generation.