Month Recap: October 2019
In October 2019, #Citypreneurs #startups were invited to take part in WeGO EXCOM / GovInsider LIVE 2019 / APUF-7 / SDTF where their tech-based solutions to urban challenges were showcased to 5000+ stakeholders across 3 countries.
#Citypreneurs #tech4good #innovation #socialimpact #UN #SDGs #2030Agenda #SmartSustainableCities #Korea #Thailand #Malaysia
ADVANCING HUMAN-CENTERED SMART CITIES
SEONGNAM, SOUTH KOREA ǀ 14-16 OCT
DamoGO, this year’s recipient of the WeGO Secretary General’s Award at Citypreneurs Seoul 2019, was given the opportunity by WeGO to participate in their 2019 Executive Committee Meeting (EXCOM). The Citypreneurs team took part primarily as an exhibitor and received attention from city leaders in attendance, including the Mayor of Seongnam City, for their SDG-aligned tech solution.
DamoGO offers a mobile app service where restaurants and other food retailers can upload the day’s perfectly good, unsold food for any customer to purchase instead of letting it go to waste. All food is half-price and users can browse by location or receive immediate notifications as soon their favorite stores upload food. Stores gain extra income from food that would have gone to waste, gain extra exposure and foot traffic from new customers, and strengthen their brand image by being associated with a social impact business. Most of all, the startup offers a way for both customers and the food industry to do their part in reducing food waste and greenhouse gases, and help protect the planet.
Lin Hwang, Co-Founder & CEO of DamoGO, also shared insights about integrating social impact into their business model during a special session on “Embracing Emerging Technologies for Social Benefit” which explored public-private sector collaborations at the local government level on delivering innovative products and services for citizen wellbeing, particularly from marginalized groups.
WeGO EXCOM is an annual event where members of the WeGO Executive Committee convene to discuss and decide on key agenda that sets the organization’s future direction. This year’s meeting gathered leaders from more than 25 cities – including a dozen mayors, vice-mayors, CIOs, and 15 representatives from international and regional organizations – to explore the theme “Advancing Human-Centered Smart Cities” through diverse knowledge-sharing, matchmaking, and exhibition activities.
SHOWCASING THE MOST INNOVATIVE TOOLS, TECH & SERVICES AVAILABLE TO GOVERNMENT
BANGKOK, THAILAND ǀ 16 OCT
Citypreneurs joined GovInsider as an event partner for GovInsider Live 2019. Held at UN ESCAP Headquarters in Bangkok, the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region, the #GovTech summit brought together over 500 participants from the GovInsider community of global innovators responsible for policy, finance and technology decisions across government, healthcare, education, transportation, and infrastructure including almost senior officials from ASEAN countries to discuss integrating innovative technology solutions in government planning.
During GovInsider Live 2019, visitors ranging from young innovators, government officials, tech experts, private corporations and other ecosystem builders stopped by the Citypreneurs booth to learn about how they could get involved. Visitors were also able to learn more about YAP Company, a Citypreneurs Global Expansion partner, and how they aim to utilize innovative technology in building more sustainable smart cities.
ADOPTING SEOUL'S CITYPRENEURIAL SPIRIT:
TECH-BASED SOLUTIONS TOWARDS ACHIEVING
THE SDGS AT THE URBAN SCALE
PENANG, MALAYSIA ǀ 17 OCT
As part of the APUF-7 Urban Innovation Sessions, Citypreneurs hosted the workshop Adopting Seoul's Citypreneurial Spirit: Tech-Based Solutions Towards Achieving the SDGs at the Urban Scale during which participants were invited to explore ways to integrate innovative problem solving in comprehensive city planning, share insights on different city contexts and facilitate frontier technology adoption to solve urban challenges. Citypreneurs Seoul 2018 Grand Prize Winner ALT-A was featured to present their SDG-aligned innovation model as a Seoul-based case study.
ALT-A offers an urban mobility solution uses 3D mapping, real time data collection and intelligent sensor tech to monitor pedestrian activity in blind sports and detect illegal parking in fire zones. Their work aligns with SDG11 and SDG3 by making transport systems safe, affordable and accessible, and by building safer communities.