Young Innovators Present Ideas to Address Urban Issues

Sep 20, 2016

Jakarta, Indonesia - Twelve top Indonesian teams presented innovative ideas to Government representatives and social impact investors at the UN offices in Jakarta today.

The ideas ranged from a platform to give slums access to waste collection services, to a way to buy used cooking oil from poor households and turn it into biodiesel.

Hosted by Pulse Lab Jakarta and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Indonesia, the event was a chance for the teams to meet with potential investors and representatives from the government, a day after they received a training workshop in pitching business ideas from ANGIN (Angel Investment Network Indonesia).

The young innovators has submitted their proposals to the Big Ideas Competition for Sustainable Cities. Launched in May, the competition looked for data-driven solutions from ASEAN countries and the Republic of Korea to advance the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a particular focus on SDG 11: make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

Tune Map, an app to map accessible pedestrian routes for the visually impaired in Bandung, West Java, was one of the winners from Indonesia. The app aims to get citizens to report sidewalks that are unsafe for the visually impaired, making lives easier for the blind and helping local authorities prioritize road and public safety works.

“Youth is the source of creative energy and I feel it in the room today,” says Haoliang Xu, the Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations and Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific at UNDP, who opened the event.

"Today is a lifeline to make your big ideas a reality,” he added. 

The ideas presented covered four main themes of basic service delivery, harmonious urban environments, resilience to natural disaster and climate change, and sustainable energy and transport.

Find out more about the teams and their ideas here.

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