ASEAN Impact Challenge is a regional challenge designed for impact-driven social innovators and entrepreneurs within the ASEAN region. The challenge is open to innovations with the potential and capacity to develop and scale, while providing long-term solutions and impact on pressing community, social and environmental issues around the theme of Innovations for Urban Impact.
Two innovations from each ASEAN country with a proven innovation and impact model will be given the opportunity to pitch their revolutionary initiatives to a group of entrepreneurs, investors, corporations and city authorities.
Launched in 2015 and guided by the theme ‘Sustainable Communities, Resilient Nations’, impact entrepreneurs were challenged to find ambitious solutions and create innovations to pressing community, social and environmental issues within the region. Two innovations from each ASEAN country with a proven model and the potential to scale were given the opportunity to pitch their revolutionary initiatives to a group of entrepreneurs, investors and policy makers during the 1ASEAN Entrepreneurship Summit held in Kuala Lumpur in November 2015.
Aiming to improve quality of life for the homeless through design, architecture and technology, billionBricks is composed of a team of passionate designers, architects, building industry and development professionals who believe that shelter for the poor should not be poorly designed and built, and that design must be socially and environmentally relevant and robust to create long-term impact. It also views shelter as tools for capacity building, empowerment and emergence from poverty.
EnerGaia has developed a proprietary algae production system that balances the costs of system installation, maintenance, and operation. It has redesigned how Spirulina is produced by creating a system that maximises production with minimal resources, reduces potential for contamination, and allows them to produce Spirulina virtually anywhere. It holds the vision of sustainably producing the world’s finest algae products.
An innovative mobile platform that connects patients and healthcare service delivery systems, such as blood extractors and lab facilities, to deliver anonymized HIV testing thereby ensuring patients’ convenience and alleviation of related stigma. Get HTest links patients and healthcare professionals/facilities.
Reducing the number of vehicles on the road, the cost of getting around, and the amount of toxic vehicle emissions. HubCab is a tracking system that lets users traveling in the same direction share a ride. The real-time app helps users route their journeys and meets their fast-paced travel demands, making shared mobility possible in the city.
A vertical farming solution reducing the need for energy and water in urban farming. With a three-storey system in a greenhouse, the low-carbon hydraulic water system allows vegetables to be grown all year round. This means that food can be grown responsibly in cities.
An urban sensing network that tracks factors such as weather, air quality and noise in a city. Array of Things provides real-time, location-based data on these factors which impact the quality of life in a city. Operating in sensor boxes installed around the city, the data is openly published and helps people effectively address issues on urban infrastructure and activity.
These 17 Global Goals are the United Nation’s objectives for working towards a better world. Your Idea or Project for Urban Innovation could very well address these issues and contribute to improved lifestyles for people in your city.
What’s more, the ASEAN Impact Challenge can help you realise the importance of your Idea or Project within the global mission to create a more liveable world in the long run.
Using data from the ASEAN Statistical Yearbook 2014, here are some critical issues and statistics in cities across the ASEAN region today.
Examples of scaling strategies and partnerships resulting in successful collaborations to grow impact and boost the exchange of knowledge.
Apps for Good takes young people through a module-based course where they can build mobile, web or social apps to address issues they care about. By partnering with schools and learning centres to deliver the course, the course teaches problem-solving, creativity, product development and coding skills. The aim is to develop young people who are able to create and market world-changing products.
GoodGym organises group runs every week which incorporates volunteering activities in the community, such as helping the elderly in their chores or cleaning up a park. This motivates the runners while bringing together people from different walks of life with the common aim of doing good. Scaling on the basis of partnering with part-time and paid fitness trainers to establish new locations, the model is easily replicable and is an alternative to regular gyms as it lets people get fit while doing good.
Pratham is a non-governmental organisation providing quality education and skills to children and young people from low-income families in Indian urban areas. An impressive model of ‘frugal innovation’, it has scaled by keeping costs low while maintaining an easy-to-implement programme and developing a strong interaction base between students and teachers. The programme targets pre-school children, out-of-school children and those falling behind academically. Building partnerships with those in the corporate / government sector and cross-nationally while operating with a decentralised model to foster local ownership of the program is a key method in which Protham gathers resources and credibility.