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ADB | Smart Cities Datathon 2021

| Sectors: Smart/resilient cities
| Granting entities: Asian Development Bank
| Deadline: 31 May
| Type of support: Challenge
| Funding/benefits: 20,000 USD
| Applicants: Startups, students, research organizations and independent researchers, corporate partners
| Locations: Asia

Synopsis: Cities around the world are still struggling with the COVID-19 pandemic. Recovery will most likely be much longer and more challenging than initially expected, with vaccines only covering parts of the populations and new COVID-19 strains and other diseases emerging concurrently. Consequently, many cities will have to develop new means of safeguarding citizens’ health and livelihoods in both the shorter- and longer-term, which takes into consideration the need for social distancing, online services, and protective measures for the most vulnerable groups. Digitalization and online services have been crucial components in supporting healthcare systems and communication with citizens during the COVID-19 pandemic. Digitalization, online and touchless services, etc. are expected to remain crucial components of future-proofed, resilient societies and help them to “build back smarter.” To be truly resilient and smart, cities need to ensure that the accessibility and inclusivity of solutions are given the highest priority.

With this Smart Cities Datathon, ADB is challenging innovators (startups, students, research organizations and independent researchers, corporate partners) around the world to tackle the following problem statement: To build back smarter, how can digital solutions be used to make cities more livable with a focus on one or more of the following:

  • Access to urban services and amenities: How can we ensure that vulnerable groups get reliable access to urban services and amenities?
  • Participation and influence in the decision-making process: How can we ensure that the voice of vulnerable groups will be heard and taken into consideration in policy discussions and decision-making?
  • Improving financial access: How can cities digitally enhance their financial mechanisms to provide better support to vulnerable groups (i.e. loans, fintech smart payments, etc.)?

Link to application here.

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