Supporting smart city startups located in Cambodia, Thailand and Indonesia
About the program
Smart Cities Innovation Lab (SCIL) is now calling for applicants from Cambodia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Selected local startups will have the opportunity to roll out their smart city solution pilot and explore long-term partnerships with the respective cities.
SCIL is launched by UNESCAP in partnership with Seedstars , and supported by the Government of China, as a platform to scale up short and long-term sustainable smart city solutions through the collaborative interactions and partnerships that bring together municipal governments, entrepreneurs, technology companies, and development actors. The program is launched in three South East Asia cities: Chiangmai, Thailand; Sihanoukville, Cambodia; Surabaya; Indonesia.
Selected Participants Announcement
Onsite Inception Event
Pilot Discussion, Planning & Agreement
"A Smart City is [a city] where technologies seamlessly support more efficient work-life-play-learn opportunities for every individual in an inclusive manner, fuel greater economic growth and facilitate the creation of sustainable living environments in cities."
The Asia-Pacific region is rapidly urbanising. Predictably, the region will become mostly urban within the next decades. Within South East Asia, urban areas are currently home to one third of the population, but two thirds of its economic activities. Rapid urbanisation fuels economic growth, but also comes with sustainability challenges related to air pollution, waste management and climate change, particularly when infrastructure and services fall behind, or become outdated in modern societies.
Therefore, governments are increasingly turning to technology to manage and monitor their cities and support urban efficiencies.
With innovation occurring at pace, powerful new technologies are redefining the ways cities operate and people live, work, play and learn. Smart City solutions touch upon every aspect of urban life, using technology to enhance people's lived experience
The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the most inclusive intergovernmental platform in the Asia-Pacific region. The Commission promotes cooperation among its 53 member States and 9 associate members in pursuit of solutions to sustainable development challenges. ESCAP is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations. The ESCAP secretariat supports inclusive, resilient and sustainable development in the region by generating action-oriented knowledge, and by providing technical assistance and capacity-building services in support of national development objectives, regional agreements and the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. ESCAP also provides support to partners at the national level. ESCAP’s national offer is rooted in and linked with the implementation of global and regional intergovernmental frameworks, agreements, and other instruments