Innovation Centre: IMACX Studios (Since 2014)
As Innovation Centre's activities gained momentum, Prof. Ramesh Sundararaman joined Mr. Jagadish's team in 2014 to launch a Civic-Tech focused intiative named IMACX (IOT to Mobility Apps for Community Excellence).
Born out of Government of Karnataka's Vision 2020 Initiative, IMACX was envisioned as an initiative that helps nurture startups that address the needs of our citizens, our communities and our governments through technology.
As part of this IMACX Initiative, early 2015, a Startup Accelerator IMACX Accelerator was launched to help civic-tech startups that focus on building socially-relevant solutions targeting healthcare, education, transportation, energy, governance and culture. Being a zero-fee, zero-equity, cohort-based, 100-day early-stage accelerator program, the IMACX Accelerator focused on startups that build solutions using cutting-edge technologies / business models. The accelerator helped accelerate more than 30+ startups till date.
Taking into account the strengths of IIITB Community, beginning 2017, IMACX also started facilitating Research-led Collaborative, Social Innovations. As part of this, technology solutions for the society are being built in collaboration with our like-minded partners (be it startups or otherwise). Such solutions also benefit from the ongoing research activities within IIIT-B (at its different centres including Centre for IT & Public Policy, eHealth Research Centre, Centre for Data Sciences, Centre for Machine Intelligence & Robotics).