APRIL 2017 - Emerging Worlds BOSTON

@MIT Media Lab


Leadership from Tata Consultancy Services - Update on projects at Digital Impact Square
Beth Zonis - Director of Partnerships and Programs for Emerging Worlds
Agnis Stibe - Social Engineer, Changing Places MIT Media Lab
David Ramsay - PhD Candidate, Responsive Environments MIT Media Lab
Nigel Jacob - Co-founder, Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics
Ramesh Raskar - Head of the Camera Culture Group MIT Media Lab

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January 2017 - Emerging Worlds in India

Delhi, Mumbai and Nashik

MIT scientists and collaborators are hosting workshops in January 2017 in India -- to SPOT problems and PROBE solutions with invited experts, scientists and change makers. We will explore billion dollar problems for citizens and communities in emerging worlds -- including farmers, merchants, women and crowds -- in several areas to improve billions of lives: 

  1. AI and the Data Revolution
  2. Imaging for Social Good
  3. Personal Identity and Low Cost Wearables
  4. Maps and Geo-centric Tech
  5. Machine Learning for Digital Health 

The team collaborated with FICCI to host a two day workshop at the India International Center.  The team also attended the Action for India Conference and met with government officials.  In Mumbai the team worked with the We School to host a full day brainstorming session with local collaborators and innovators from the ecosystem.  Finally, the team travelled to Nashik to meet with innovators at Digital Impact Square and to discuss how to move the ideas forward.



We welcomed guests form all over the world to our bi-annual meeting at the mIT Media Lab.  Presenters included Emerging Worlds Professors Ramesh Raskar, Sandy Pentland, Cesar Hidalgo, Iyad Rahwan and Kent Larson; Lit Nelsen on IP for Open Innovation; Collaborators from Tata Consultancy Services LV Prasad Eye institute and MedHacker Brazil; and Bill Aulet with a keynote on Becoming an entrepreneur.  In the afternoon we brainstormed grand challenges in four areas: Scaling -Data for development; Wearables, cameras and sensors for social good, empowering citizens for smart cities in emerging economies, and data and privacy - machine learning for health.  


The team visited Hyderabad, Mumbai and Nashik.  

Innovators gathered at LV Prasad Eye Institute, Hyderabad to focus on imaging the eye with vast implications for predictive health and health in the emerging world. Learn more HERE

We met with collaborators at the We School, Mumbai (Welingkar School of Management) to brainstorm pressing challenges to impact billions of lives. Learn more about past efforts and the Mumbai Innovation Center HERE.

We visited the newly opened innovation center, DISQ Digital Impact Square in Nashik, met with innovators, synced on current projects, and ran an in depth brainstorming session.  Learn more about DISQ HERE.  Propose a challenge or hypothesize a solution HERE