A global community-led movement

Safe Paths is developing free, open-source, privacy-by-design tools for individuals, public health officials, and larger communities to flatten the curve of COVID-19, reduce fear, and prevent a surveillance-state response to the pandemic.

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About us

MIT Safe Paths was created by Ramesh Raskar, with Sandy Pentland, Kent Larson, and Kevin Esvelt. Ramesh is an Associate Professor at MIT Media Lab and inventor of a camera to see around corners for which he received the 2016 Lemelson–MIT Prize. He holds 90+ US patents, and the books he has co-authored include, Spatial Augmented Reality, Computational Photography, and 3D Imaging; appeared in NYTimes, CNN, BBC, NewScientist, TechnologyReview, and several technology news websites; and has worked on special research projects at Google [X], Facebook, Apple. He is co-founder of EyeNetra and several other companies.

MIT Safe Paths began as a multi-faculty, cross-MIT effort, with input and expertise from institutes including Harvard University, Stanford University, and SUNY Buffalo; clinical input from Mayo Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital; and mentors from the World Health Organization, the US Department of Health and Human Services, and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

  • Mentors: Amandeep Gill (I-DAIR), Bernardo Mariano Jr (WHO), Brian McClendon, Don Rucker (HHS), and Subbu Subramanian, Suraj Kapa (Mayo Clinic)
  • Faculty Mentors: Ronald L. Rivest, Yael T. Kalai, Daniel J. Weitzner, Hal Abelson, Jonathan Gruber, Nickolai Zeldovich, and Adi Shamir.
  • Research Mentors: Yoshua Bengio (MILA), Richard Janda (McGill), John Halamka (Mayo Clinic)

MIT Safe Paths operates the Private Kit:Safe Paths app and provides global thought leadership through research and development.

Steve Penrod from TripleBlind served as the founding CTO of Safe Paths. Core members of the founding team include: Rachel Barbar, Francesco Benedetti, Alina Clough,  Kaushal Jain, Sienna Leis, Khahlil Louisy, Greg Nadeau, Vitor Pamplona, Ken Pugsley, Ramesh Raskar, Abhishek Singh, and Kristen Vilcans.

The Safe Paths program has been spun out from MIT Media Lab into a newly created non-profit called Path Check, Inc (PCI). PCI was established with the initial purpose of supporting the global rollout of the COVID Safe Paths app and Safe Places browser tool for contact tracers. COVID Safe Paths will help to enable societal reemergence, including the reopening of schools and the restarting of the economy, on the other side of what Tomas Pueyo referred to as “The Hammer and the Dance.” We are prepared to support public health officials everywhere with two 100% free, open-source technologies:

  • Safe Places
  • COVID Safe Paths

The Team

Our team is composed of a consortium of epidemiologists, engineers, data scientists, digital privacy evangelists, professors and researchers from reputable institutions.

  • Augusto Gesualdi
  • Maurizio Arseni
  • Miten Mehta
  • Eric Paley
    Founder Collective
  • Asha Jadeja Motwani
    Motwani Jadeja Foundation
  • Habib Haddad
    E14 Fund
  • Drew Volpe
    First Star Ventures
  • Rishank Kanaparti
  • Yasaman Rajaee
  • Vitor Pamplona
    EyeNetra Inc.
  • Vinay Gidwaney
  • Suraj Kapa
    Mayo Clinic
  • Steve Penrod
  • Sienna Leis
    Harvard Kennedy School
  • Tito Bottitta
  • Steve Vittorioso
    Earned Media Consultants
  • Uduak Obong-Eren
    Carnegie Mellon University Alum
  • Tarun Nimmagadda
    Corona Trace
  • Vinit Nijhawan
    Massachusetts Tech Transfer Center, Boston University, VentureCafe Foundation
  • Tal Achituv
    Hamagen (Israel)
  • Shrikant K
  • Praneeth Vepakomma
  • Sam Stowers
    Minerva Schools
  • Qusai Akoud
  • Nick McLoota
  • Russ Wilcox
    Pillar VC
  • Rob Brink
    Remote Consulting, Inc.
  • Renaud Falgas
    IMD Business School
  • Ramesh Raskar
  • Satam Gaurav
    Mayo Clinic
  • Sam Zimmerman
  • Rajeev Chaudhry
    Mayo Clinic
  • Rachel Barbar
  • Peter Scanlon
  • Nigel Jacob
    City of Boston
  • Rajeev Surati
    Computation and Imaging
  • Sherif Kozman
    Extreme Solution
  • Mark Miller
    Good Harbor Partners
  • Robson Beaudry
    Harvard University
  • Rebecca Xiong
  • Lee Brody
    SRS Medical
  • Liv Blackmon
  • Kaushal Jain
    Harvard Business School
  • Hira Dangol
    VLAB, Stanford University
  • Mariateresa Faregna
  • Kristen Vilcans
  • Khahlil Louisy
    Harvard University
  • Ken Pugsley
  • Jon Askin
    Brooklyn Law School
  • Glenn Archer
    GLA & Associates, LLC
  • Kasia Chmielinski
    Data Nutrition Project
  • Jay Summet
    Georgia Insitute of Technology
  • Kyle Towle
  • John Werner
    MIT Fellow, VC, TEDx, IIA
  • Greg Nadeau
    Public Consulting Group
  • Mahdi Fahda
  • Jenny Ro
    Curious Reactor
  • Harsh Vitra
    Plant for the Planet
  • Lagnojita Sinha
  • Julia Quinn
  • Chaundra Manorome
    Bond University
  • Christian Keegan
    Westminster College
  • Elizabeth Yekhtikian
    Earned Media Consultants
  • David Ganzi
  • David Biga
    Particle Space
  • Francesco M Benedetti
  • Christian Crumlish
    Design in Product
  • Craig Miller
    SpatialMinds, MapDrill
  • Chris Kreis
    ASP.MD Inc.
  • Enrico Santus
  • Ashley Mehra
    University of Cambridge, The Wilson Center
  • Charisse Pasaje
  • Dazza Greenwood
    MIT, Civics.com
  • Gabriel Harp
    The MIT Press
  • Cason Carter
  • Bill Fallon
    Fallon Creative
  • Deepti Pahwa
    Stanford Graduate School of Business
  • Carter Wilcox
    Harvard University
  • Bryan Wilson
    MIT Connection Science
  • Birch Norton
  • Andrea Nuzzo
  • Alina Clough
    Harvard Kennedy School
  • Abhishek Singh
    MIT Media Lab
  • Alfred Spector
    Two Sigma
  • Aaron Kissler
    Florida Department of Health in Lake County
  • A.J. Pape
    Impact Leadership Network
  • Antonio Luca Alfeo
  • Adam D’Amico


Collaborator Projects


A nonprofit organization dedicated to help overcome COVID-19 and return to our daily lives.

Covid ActNow

Visualizing how interventions affect the impact of Corona Virus across each US State and County.

Covid Credentials Initiative

A Global, cross-sector community of organizations using digital identity as a way to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and reboot public trust.

Covid Watch

Sharing open-source Bluetooth proximity data in an anonymized way and working with CoEpi for community epidemiology.


Providing free open-source support to protect their user’s data privacy.

Support the PrivacyFirst effort

We are seeking strategic partners, cities to pilot COVID SafePaths, financial support, software developers, and others with a passion for building this tool. Can you help us? Connect with us here.

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