Smart Cities Datathon 2021
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The Asian Development Bank and the ASEAN-Australia Smart Cities Trust Fund have launched the AASCTF Smart Cities Datathon 2021

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.

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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.

Open-source data has proven to be considered valuable, particularly in the context of the pandemic and in light of the need to increase accessibility and transparency of data. Open-source data can be an important component for countries’ digital transformation to enhance their ability to respond to, recover from- and transform in the wake of the current pandemic. This international seed funding aims to encourage submitters to ‘think global’ with their ideas/solutions with the objective of testing and scaling the solutions.


ADB Member Countries


  • USD 20,000 will be awarded to the best solution!
  • Up to 5 finalist teams will be invited to pitch online in front of a panel of esteemed judges made of representatives from ADB, the Australian Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, UN-Habitat, and Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand.
  • You will also receive mentorship from ADB experts throughout.



  • This Challenge is open to the general public, startups, university students and faculty, research organizations and Independent Researchers from ADB member countries.
  • Teams may be composed of between 1-5 persons.
  • They highly encourage having a diverse set of team members who have multiple skills to address the challenges.
Eligible Regions: Asia, Europe, North America, Pacific, ASEAN

Application Process

  • Create an account on the platform (or log in with your existing credentials) and ‘Participate’ as an individual or team up with other members!
  • Your solution should be submitted on or before May 31, 2021, MIDNIGHT GMT+8 with a deadline set at 2359 hrs [GMT +8]. The following content should be provided:
    • Team Introduction: Name and professional background (including short 1-page CV) for all members of the team submitting applications.
    • “Pitch deck: ” Presentation with
      • idea and value proposition
      • details on the underpinning technology and data inputs
      • explanation of the solution
      • details on how to maintain the product in the long run
      • business model. Teams may also provide one slide on their specific mentoring needs if they are selected to proceed to the next phase. Please provide the presentation in PDF format.
  • Prototype or wireframe of the proposed solution (optional), which may be submitted as an URL to the solution, mp4 video, or PDF format.

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Application Deadline: May 31, 2021 (17 Days Remaining)

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