Here | there | together
Classic corporate innovation model earlier were to develop solutions in the west, ‘Here’, and deploy them as-is in emerging worlds. Later, the organizations sent expats ‘there’, opened labs in Sao Paulo, Bangalore and Beijing but this scales only minimally. But in complex ecosystems, we can make progress by solving it ‘together’.
APPS -> DAPS -> CAPS
Digital Apps for Connected Systems
Connected Apps for Physical Solutions
The ideas and solutions we are seeking, are not just mobile apps. They need to be well-thought out, integrated applications that address the digital and physical divide of the problem space. When used by one or more users (citizen, administration, health professional, teacher, farmer, etc.) DAPS and CAPS should impact their lives positively and help them become smarter, hyper-connected and more productive.
We live in a very confusing world. The largest taxi services company doesn't own taxis. And the largest hospitality company in terms of market cap doesn't own hotels. The largest media company doesn't own media. And billions of people are becoming digital. In both developed and Emerging Worlds, there is a great opportunity for game-changing innovations that will impact billions.
Saving Lives -> markets ->
In the 80’s and before, it was about saving lives through vaccination or mosquito nets and so on. Most recently, the obsession has been to exploit emerging worlds as emerging markets. But in a complex, fast-evolving and culturally diverse settings, we must work with local innovators and stakeholders.
SPOT - PROBE - GROW - LAUNCH
For true transformation, A proven framework to deploy technology
SPOT Problems -
inventors and members of the innovation ecosystem generate an idea that addresses a need
PROBE Solutions -
teams around the world are taking part in focused workshops and camps to develop rough functioning proofs of concept
GROW Adoption -
innovation centers and partners combine their talents and skills to evolve the prototypes into more polished fully functioning devices
MIT Media Lab consortium members, multinationals and a network of global partners facilitate the successful deployment of the devices
PEER TO PEER INVENTing/ Solving
Digital tools are allowing self-learning and soon peer-to-peer learning. MIT and great institutions, however, are not just learning institutes and they inspire the young because they provide opportunities to invent and solve problems. We are passionate about creating a platform for peer-to-peer inventing and peer-to-peer solving.
The World is our Lab
The next 5B people who will be impacted with digital solutions are not in Cambridge. So we must invent in context and invent at scale. We need to spot challenges and probe solutions, by working with innovators and stakeholders at pilot sites worldwide.
Tolerate - Whine - Solve
Desh Deshpande says that the progress of a society depends on the ration of the type of people in that society.
Each location presents new challenges and new innovators. We hold conversations with citizens and government administrators. We recruit and select innovators with experience and skills in business, engineering, IT and design, as well as a passion for creating impact. And we build and strengthen relationships with industry, local government and academia. Universal themes are health, citizen empowerment, housing, transportation, food, agriculture, financial inclusion, energy, water, and education. The specifics can vary in each location, while the solutions should have broad applicability.