Data Innovation Competition for Asia Urban Issues: Call for Submissions

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The ‘Big Ideas Competition for Asia Urban Issues Using Data Innovation’ is live!

The Korean MSIP (Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning) is looking for students who are passionate about solving transportation, social protection and environmental issues through data innovation.

The competition, co-hosted by UN Global Pulse, includes a grant pool of 16,000 USD which will be shared among the nine best applicants.  The deadline for applications is 15th June 2015 by 12pm GMT.

We are looking for new ideas to tackle urban issues connected to social protection and welfare, transportation, and the environment.

Applications can span multiple topics and big, open or crowdsourced data. More information about the thematic areas can be found in the competition brief. 


This call for proposals is open to currently enrolled students from across the Asia region, including students attending high schools, as well as undergraduate and graduate schools. An individual or a team of up to three students can participate in this competition and submit a proposal.

The deadline for submissions is 15th June 2015 at 12pm GMT. The winners will be announced on 29th June 2015 here on the Global Pulse website.

For more information please see the proposal template (available in English, Korean & Indonesian) and the competition brief. 

Proposals must be submitted before the deadline by email to:

Further queries should be directed to:

• Shinae Shin at Korean National Information Agency

• Yulistina Riyadi at UN Global Pulse


Updated: Gold Award winners of the 2015 Big Ideas Competition were awarded US$2,000 rather than the US$2,500 that was originally announced due to a miscalculation in exchange rates. 

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