Inverting the Venture Model, Ramesh Raskar’s REDX platform- Congrats to Ramesh Raskar for receiving the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize Invention-Imaging scientist and inventor sets sights on launching peer-to-peer invention platforms for global impact.

Celebrating Raskar’s vision and leadership with 200 photos

REDX (Rethinking Engineering Design eXecution) is not a website— it is a platform — a place where there is dialog between users and active collaborators. The REDX bottom-up innovation platform designed for addressing big challenges worldwide is very effective. This model is poised to disrupt how innovation happens — and Raskar sets sights on launching peer-to-peer invention platforms for global impact — REDX!

For four years I have seen how these REDX efforts in cities, states, or regions present great opportunities to test and deploy ideas. This effort convenes people with diverse interests, skills and backgrounds — young engineers, business people and designers — to collaborate openly with government officials, business leaders and academics, as well as with researchers. Together they look for creative solutions to pressing local challenges that can be solved with new technology.

REDx philosophy has helped launch 5 hubs: Emerging Worlds Special Interest Group at MIT, LVP MITra in Hyderabad, REDX Mumbai at the WeSchool in Mumbai, REDX Kumbhathon in Nashik, and DISQ Center in Nashik.

These 3 hubs are models to scale. REDX is a unique, bottom-up co-innovation platform designed for addressing grand challenges in emerging economies. Ramesh Raskar is dedicated to enriching people’s lives through disruptive high tech innovation. He combines the best of the academic and entrepreneurial worlds to achieve milestones in improving the lives and health of people in industrial and developing societies. The current innovation hubs, in collaboration with key stakeholders in industry, academia and government, are poised to address themes across many sectors, including food and agriculture, financial inclusion, energy and water, health and wellness, housing and transportation. Using digital technologies such as machine learning, Internet of Things, and mobile devices, the platform is creating digital solutions that will leapfrog current technology with potential to impact billions of lives.

I am familiar with the model of using venture capital and well funded teams to solve some of the worlds problems (I am currently an executive at Meta, an augmented reality silicon valley start-up that has raised 78 million dollars). Raskar’s REDX work shows that in many parts of the world you can use an opposite model to get traction. Start with an impact driven model where it’s not about forming teams: it’s not about venture capital, but about creating a platform for identifying problems. The spot, prob, grow, launch platform inverts the typical venture model.

Below are 200 photos I captured that document some of our work on this initiative. I am proud to have served on this talented team in the role of founding Managing Director for the Emerging Words Special Interest Group, making 10 trips to India in three years, working closely with the team here and there to help execute Professor Ramesh Raskar’s REDX vision. I am excited to see what is to come. I believe that this co-innovation model and platform can impact billions of lives.

To learn more and to get involved see REDX.io.

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Professor Ramesh Raskar, inventor of REDX global impact platform
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad, Innovators, clinician and MIT Mentor
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Ramesh Raskar with next generation scientist
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Ramesh mentoring a student
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REDX meeting , top clinicians from the Boston area advising on our eye-related work
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad, Dr. Sangwan
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REDX Innovators presenting projects to Ratan Tata
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, John Werner with Google Glass
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Barmak presenting
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Computational Photography Course
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Computational Photography Course
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, John Werner at ComicCon
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Ramesh Raskar presenting to MIT Media Lab consortium members
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With Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (President of India), LVP-MITRA in Hyderabad
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad, Press Conference in India
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Ramesh Raskar with Adi Godrej
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Ramesh Raskar and John Werner on Future Tech
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT
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Anshuman Das traveling to REDX Mumbai
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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REDX-MUMBAI, Anshuman Das presenting to Innovators
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REDX-MUMBAI, With Dr. Nene
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MIT Workshop at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT)
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REDX-MUMBAI, Ratan Tata mentoring students
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REDX-MUMBAI, Ramesh and his team with Ratan Tata
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, TCS leaders visit MIT
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Sandip Shinde (CEO, Kumbhathon), John Werner and Sunil Khandbahale (Co-founder, Kumbathon)
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, John Werner with Desh Deshpande
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Karin Roesch
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Ramesh Raskar in Dubai
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Ramesh Raskar in Dubai
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REDX Innovations at meeting in UAE
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Ramesh Raskar with U.S. Ambassador to UAE
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad, Mohan Reddy and Dr. Rao
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad, Shantanu Sina
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Sunil Khandbahale (co-founder, Kumbathon) with his family.
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Imaging Cafe
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Ramesh Raskar with Colgate leaders
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Engineering Health course
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REDX-MUMBAI
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Ramesh Raskar with MIT Alumni in Mumbai
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REDX-MUMBAI
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Daniel Kraft presenting to Camera Culture Group
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Imaging Cafe
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Camera Culture Group
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Ramesh Raskar presenting to Imaging Cafe
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT
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Nashik team working hard with Commisioner. Working day and night!
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Maggie Church
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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REDX-Kumbhathon, we innovate and we dance to celebrate!
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad, John Werner
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Ramesh Raskar with N. Chandra
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Nashik Kumbhmela 2016
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Ramesh Raskar with MIT President, L. Rafael Reif
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Ramesh Raskar with Ratan Tata and four Tata Fellows
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Ratan Tata with Camera Culture Group
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Ramesh Raskar with Nobel Peace prize winner Kailash Satyarthi
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Indian government delegates in Boston
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Nashik Administration at Google Boston
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Nashik Mayor inviting Boston officials to Nashik
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Indian Government officials learning about U.S Governance
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Fenway Visit — Indian government delegation
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Indian Government officials + Camera Culture + Kumbathon at MIT Media Lab
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Joi Ito of MIT Media Lab felicitating
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N. Chandra, Managing Director, TCS address MIT
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Desh Deshpande and John Werner
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Ramesh Raskar presenting at Consortium Meeting at MIT Media Lab
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Ramesh Raskar presenting to MIT Media Lab about REDX-Kumbhathon
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Tata Fellows in Nashik
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Sagar
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John Werner participating in Republic day
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students on Republic Day
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Students on Republic Day
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Republic Day
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Republic Day
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Republic Day
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Maker Asylum, Mumbai
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Innovators collaborating
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Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadanvis in Mumbai
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Lakshmi
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Nashik
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Nahik
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John Werner and Maggie Church with local Nashik politician
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Vlad Bulovic presenting
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Maker Asylum
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Kumbha Mela 2016
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Innovators
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Ramesh Raskar presenting to students at his grade school in Nashik on the REDX model
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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Chief Minister
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REDX-MUMBAI, MIT Mentors
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Maggie Church
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REDX-Kumbhathon, John Werner presenting on timeline of effort
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Ramesh Raskar and David Troy
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Nikhil Joshi presenting
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REDX-Kumbhathon, John Werner presenting on pop-up cities
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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Ratan Tata with Ramesh Raskar
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Raj Gupta of Mass General Hospital
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad, visit by former Indian President APJ Kalam
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad, Dr. Rao
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad, Dr. Paulo from Brasil
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REDX-MUMBAI
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Innovators with Dr. Kanodia
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REDX-MUMBAI
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REDX-MUMBAI, Innovator
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REDX-WeSchool
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Laura Jana and family
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Sunil
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REDX-MUMBAI
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At Ink with Madhuri Dixit
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John Werner presenting on REDX at TEDxGateway
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Presenting at Ink conference, Mumbai
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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LVP-MITra in Hyderabad
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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REDX-MUMBAI
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Mayor of Nashik
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Presenting awards to young innovators
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Beth Zonis
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Team from Facebook
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Sunil and Sandip
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT, Joi Ito presenting
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REDX-Kumbhathon, deploying innovation
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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Mumbai
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Nashik
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REDX-Kumbhathon
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REDX-Kumbhathon, Ramesh Raskar
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Ramesh Raskar, presenting on Emerging Worlds (SIG) at MIT

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