Calling all data wizards and digital innovators – here’s a challenge for you

A US$20,000 prize to make cities more inclusive using open source data.

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Across the world, the Covid pandemic is driving a wedge between the haves and the have-nots. 

And with governments pushing ever more public services online, there’s a growing need to ensure that the most vulnerable citizens aren’t left behind. 

To help solve these problems, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is offering US$20,000 to any individual or team who comes up with the best answer to the question: “How can digital solutions be used to make cities more livable?”

Relevant Sustainable Development Goals

Specifically, the challenge aims to empower vulnerable urban populations in three specific areas: financial services; access to services and amenities; and policy discussions and decision-making.

There are a number of qualifiers:

  1. This is a datathon, so the desired solution must be rooted in and make use of open source data sets
  2. The solution must be focused on cities in ASEAN member states
  3. The prize money will be used to test and scale up the proposed solution

Building back smarter

Smart Cities Datathon 2021 is accepting entries from now until May 31, and is open to startups, students, researchers and corporate partners around the world.

Up to five finalists will get the chance to pitch their proposals to an online judging panel. 

This panel will be made up of representatives from: ADB, the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Amazon Web Services, UN-Habitat, Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand, Ramboll, and the Bandung City Government.

Smart Cities Datathon 2021 is supported by the ASEAN Australia Smart Cities Trust Fund (AASCTF). 

To apply, or for more information, vist the ADB’s challenge website.

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