Kumbhathon is a year-round initiative to identify and address the challenges of cities in developing countries. It is not just a hackathon or a competition. It is rooted in a dynamic innovation sandbox in Nashik. Located two hours from Mumbai, Nashik is the 16th fastest growing city in the world. In August 2015, 30 million people will pass through as part of a pilgrimage known as the Kumbh Mela. The Kumbh is one of the largest human gatherings in the world. This gives innovators, change makers, entrepreneurs, and corporations the opportunity to learn, develop, and test solutions to “pop-up city” problems at scale, instantly, so they can be mapped to large gatherings and emerging cities worldwide. (See Kumhathon presentation at INK Talks). During January 24-30, 2015, the next Kumbhathon Camp will bring together key stakeholders and innovators. Everyone is welcome to participate online or at the venue.
Learn more about Kumbhathon here: https://www.kumbha.org/
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