Announcing 2017 Big Ideas Competition Winner’s Circle

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This year’s Big Ideas Competition under the theme “combating climate change” received 160 proposals from applicants throughout ASEAN Member States, Sri Lanka and the Republic of Korea.  Aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #13 (Climate Action), the competition sought original, data-driven ideas to monitor climate related indicators. Pulse Lab Jakarta is pleased to announce the winning proposals.

The competition ran in a two-stage evaluation. The first batch of proposals underwent evaluation from a committee of experts with diverse backgrounds in climate change, disaster response and innovation, among others. Proposals were selected to advance to the second round based on the quality of the idea, the importance of the issue addressed, use of more than one source of data, as well as the ability to be implemented.

The outcome was 12 proposals from seven countries, namely: Cambodia, Indonesia, the Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, and Viet Nam. In the next stage, the 12 teams had the opportunity to present their proposals during a webinar, and then fielded questions from the judges about various aspects of the proposals, such as novelty, feasibility, relevance to the region, innovative approach and others.

The five-member panel of adjudicators came from different organisations, all of whom had considerable knowledge and expertise in the thematic area of climate action. Their professional affiliations include the World Resources Institute (Indonesia), United Nations Development Programme (Indonesia), United Nations Development Programme (Asia and the Pacific), Pulse Lab Jakarta, and Hanyang University (Republic of Korea).

After much thoughtful deliberation, the panel selected the following winners:

The host organisations and members of the evaluation committee would like to extend their sincere congratulations to all of this year’s winners and to thank all applicants for their efforts. The overall caliber of the proposals was exceptional, fulfilling one of the primary goals of this initiative which is to promote the collaborative exchange of climate action ideas among citizens on the frontline.

The Big Ideas Competition for Climate Change is a collaboration between National Information Society Agency (NIA), Korea Association for ICT promotion (KAIT), United Nations Development Programme Asia and the Pacific, the Ministry of Science and ICT (MSIT) of the Republic of Korea, United Nations Volunteers (UNV), and Pulse Lab Jakarta (PLJ).

Winners from the Republic of Korea will be contacted by the Korea Association for ICT Promotion, and winners from ASEAN Member States will be contacted by the United Nations Development Programme Asia and the Pacific.


Pulse Lab Jakarta is grateful for the generous support from the Government of Australia. 


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