While government and social sectors could benefit significantly from the adoption of emerging technologies (like IOT, Data Analytics, Mobile Apps, SaaS), these are typically under served.

  • Government technology initiatives like ePDS, PAN, EHR/EMR standards, Aadhar, UPI, RuPay – are few and far between
  • Non-existent civic-sector focused tech-startup ecosystem: Khosla Labs, MIT Media Labs' Kumbhathon, USF (Unitus), GoSylvant, IIT Chennai's RTBI are notable ones
  • Individual government departments and NGOs (especially at state-level, during times of disaster / emergencies) look out for guidance / support in their technology needs
  • Many complementary partners / solutions need to be assembled
  • Very few successful (in commercial terms) social enterprises: Janaagraha, Babajobs, MapMyIndia, NextDrop, IdeaForge, Center for Internet & Society, SocialCops, EkStep, MapUnity
  • There is a need to inspire, enable and accelerate startups to come up with solutions that address the needs of these sectors


I-MACX (IOT -to- Mobility Apps for Community Excellence), an initiative of IIITB for Startups, focuses on accelerating civic excellence through the intelligent use of emerging technologies, I-MACX aspires to create an ecosystem that nurtures socially relevant / civic tech ventures that:

  • Serve our society and its citizens
  • Re-imagine the ways governments and corporations function
  • Function as extended arm of governments and corporations - thereby making the services available and accessible to citizens

To this end, I-MACX collaborates with various industry associations, social / civic organizations, independent experts and offers various programs / mentoring sessions to aspiring entrepreneurs / inspiring ventures to succeed.(click here to understand the taxonomy of Civic Tech)

Our Offerings Summit

A civic-tech focused event that brings together various stakeholders to deliberate on the opportunities / challenges in the civic-tech space