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The first CityApp Appathon organized jointly by Microsoft and CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) included 103 developers from across Nepal building web and mobile applications to solve Kathmandu’s biggest urban challenges.
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“This is an amazing event and I want to thank CITYNET and Microsoft for organizing it. The apps that our citizens have created will go a long way in ensuring the socio-economic sustainability of our city. It is a great showcase of the power of technology and the role it can play in making cities better for people,” said Kathmandu CEO Mr. Laxman Aryal.

The Kathmandu Valley is one of the fastest urbanizing cities in Asia and with the increased population growth comes issues such as traffic congestion, pollution and insufficient waste management. CityApp Kathmandu saw a variety of apps being built to address a wide range of issues, including accurate demographic information, cultural and heritage preservation, urbanization, pedestrian information, as well as waste management.

“As a citizen of Kathmandu, I experience these issues every day and have witnessed first-hand how important and urgent it is to find solutions. The collaborative approach that the government is taking with CityApp has enabled me to put my programming skills to use for the betterment of the city, and I am thankful for the opportunity to do so,” said Yashasvi Raj Pant.

The first place winning app, a solution focusing on public safety called Safety Whistle, was submitted by Yashasvi and teammates Anish Ansari, Gopal Kandoi and Rumi Shakya, who made up Team Conscientious. In this app, users can enter two to three emergency contact numbers and two to three emergency email addresses. If ever the user is in a situation they feel threatened or require assistance, the user simply presses the panic button to activate the app, which will send an SMS or email to the designated contacts. Information will also be sent to the police noting the location of the emergency.

Other winning apps include a patient-centric application that captures interactions between a health care provider and a patient; an app that tracks public transportation arrival times; an information portal that supports communication and collaboration between citizens and the government; and a crowd sourcing app that helps citizens connect to help each other solve community based problems together.

“This groundswell of ideas from the Appathon is a hallmark of Microsoft CityNext, which broadens the city innovation conversation beyond infrastructure alone, centering on helping cities unlock their most important resource—the potential of their people,” said Stefan Sjöström, Vice President of Asia Public Sector at Microsoft.

Winners of CityApp Kathmandu 2014 will work with the Microsoft Innovation Center in Nepal to incubate and further develop their ideas. They will get an opportunity to showcase their apps to city and government officials at the World Cities Summit in Singapore on 1-4 June 2014.

More information about Microsoft CityNext is available here.

CityApp Kathmandu 2014: Innovative Solutions for Cities
CITYNET and Microsoft collaborate to create technology-based solutions to urban challenges

SEOUL – February 24, 2014 – CITYNET, in partnership with Microsoft, is harnessing the power of innovation to develop technological solutions to urban challenges in the Kathmandu Valley. The CityApp Kathmandu project brings together government officials, developers, and citizens to conceptualize, build and implement innovative mobile and web applications to promote a healthier, safer, more sustainable environment to live in.

In late 2013, CITYNET and Microsoft signed a Memorandum of Understanding that laid the foundation for future collaborative projects in urban development. CityApp Kathmandu 2014 is the first fruit of this partnership, and connects Microsoft’s global experience, innovative tools, and resources with the CITYNET network.

“CityApp Kathmandu is a true depiction of Microsoft’s people-centric approach in collaborating with cities. Every city in Asia must recognize the power of apps to drive positive change—especially when those apps are created by the city’s people. That is why we are very thankful for the city officials of Kathmandu and Lalitpur to be part of this journey to empower and unleash the creativity of the people of Nepal,” said Stefan Sjöström, Vice President of Asia Public Sector at Microsoft.

In coordination with Kathmandu and Lalitpur city officials, and partner organizations in Nepal, CityApp will identify the most pressing urban challenges confronting the Kathmandu valley region. From March 13-15, 2014, local Kathmandu computer programmers, developers and technology experts will build web or mobile applications in response to these challenges. After a period of incubation, the applications will be available for use in Kathmandu and Lalitpur and for consumption by other cities in the CITYNET network.

Vijay Jagannathan, the Secretary General of CITYNET commented, “Internet and mobile phones are becoming increasingly important tools for cities and governments across Asia. This pilot project enables Kathmandu to access the knowledge and skills of its own citizens, and advance the CITYNET mission of empowering cities at a local level.”

Based upon the success of this event, further CityApp pilot projects may be launched in other cities in late 2014. For information and registration, visit http://www.micnepal.org/EventsActivities/CityApp.aspx.

About CITYNET:
CITYNET, with 130 member cities and organizations, is the largest network of urban stakeholders in Asia. Headquartered in Seoul, CITYNET connects local governments, civil society, and the private sector to exchange knowledge and best practices aimed at building people-centered, sustainable, and resilient cities across the Asia-Pacific.

About Microsoft:
Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential.

 

Brenna Foster
Partner Development Officer
communication@citynet-ap.org
+82 2 723 0635
www.citynet-ap.org

Jennifer Chen
Regional Marketing – Public Sector
jennchen@microsoft.com
+65 6888 8228
+65 9369 1839
www.microsoft.com/citynext

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2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress
CITYNET Partners with Microsoft CityNext
for People-First Innovation

CITYNET is proud to announce a new partnership with Microsoft CityNext at the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress. Microsoft CityNext is a people-first approach to urban innovation that empowers government officials, businesses and citizens to shape the future of their city.

Broadening the smart city conversation beyond infrastructure to unlock the human potential within a city, CityNext harnesses technology, services and educational opportunities to help cities reimagine themselves and accomplish what’s next. The Microsoft CityNext team will share its program and opportunities for collaboration with hundreds of mayors, city officials and NGO leaders at the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress.

What: 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress: Microsoft CityNext Session
Who: 300 Mayors, City Officials and Urban Development Stakeholders
When: Wednesday, November 6th, 2013, 11:30AM
Where: Seoul Global Center, 9F

Microsoft will join institutions and partners from the United Nations, Clean Air Asia, the Seoul Institute and many more multi-lateral institutions to present their best practices and experience for the Asia Pacific region. Congress participants will leave with a range of new urban development tools at their disposal and strengthened connections to their counterparts across the region.

Attendance at this event is invitation-only. Interested parties may contact the CITYNET Secretariat for information on open sessions. For more information, follow us on twitter @CITYNET_ORG, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/citynetsecretariat or visit www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org.

About CITYNET
For over 20 years, CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) has committed itself to helping local governments improve the sustainability of human settlements. Starting with 26 members in 1987, CITYNET has grown to become an international organisation of 131 city and civil society members in more than 20 countries in the Asia-Pacific region. CITYNET relocated from Yokohama, Japan to Seoul, South Korea in early 2013.

 

Brenna Foster
Partner Development Officer
communication@citynet-ap.org
+82 2 723 0635
www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org
www.citynet-ap.org

Jennifer Chen
Regional Marketing – Public Sector
jennchen@microsoft.com
+65 6888 8228
+65 9369 1839
www.microsoft.com/citynext

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Experts from UN-Habitat explore using spatial planning.

Experts from UN-Habitat and CITYNET members explore spatial planning


Over thirty urban decision makers, among them city mayors, senior city managers and urban planners from 11 Asian and Pacific countries including Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines and Sri Lanka gathered in Kuala Lumpur from September 23rd to 26th for the “Integrated Urban Planning in the Asia Pacific Region” training course. The Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Center (KLRTC), also known as CIFAL KL (The International Training Centre for Local Authorities Kuala Lumpur), in partnership with CITYNET and UN-Habitat, hosted the event. Participants focused on learning about innovative tools for sustainable urban planning to bring to their respective cities, towns and municipalities.

Facilitators introduce the fundamentals of sustainable urban planning in rapidly developing contexts

Facilitators introduce sustainable urban planning in rapidly developing contexts


The training was organized by Kuala Lumpur City Hall, The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements (CITYNET) and the United Nations Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). Throughout the program, city leaders and decision makers became familiar with the links between Urban Planning and issues such as Urban Infrastructure, Urban informality, Safer Cities and Urban Patterns for a Green Economy. The participants also had the opportunity to attend the 5th International Conference on World Class Sustainable Cities, this year themed “Livable Cities are Creative and Competitive Cities”, and visit new urban developments in Kuala Lumpur. In addition, UN-Habitat presented its Urban Planning for City Leaders guide sponsored by Siemens to an Asian audience.

This was the first of a number of training events that will be co-organized by UN-Habitat to promote Urban Planning tools for Sustainable Urban Development.

For information, contact Toby Roycroft at programs1[at]citynet-ap.org.

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2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress
CITYNET Brings Asia Pacific Mayors, NGOs
and Global Organizations to Seoul

This November CITYNET will bring hundreds of city mayors, civic leaders and international experts together for the 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress. Participants will delve into a wide range of topics including infrastructure management, disaster risk reduction, sustainable planning, air quality, and Seoul’s best practices.

What: 2013 CITYNET Seoul Congress: Innovative Solutions for People-Friendly Cities
Who: 300 Mayors, City Officials and Urban Development Stakeholders
When: Monday, November 3rd – Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Where: Seoul Global Center and City Hall

CITYNET, with partners from the United Nations, the Korea Transport Institute, the Seoul Institute, and Clean Air Asia, will offer sessions, forums, and interactive programs to explore innovative ways to develop people-friendly cities in Asia. Congress participants will leave with a range of new urban development tools at their disposal, and strengthened connections to their counterparts across the region.

Attendance at this event is invitation-only. Interested parties may contact the CITYNET Secretariat for information on open sessions. For more information follow us on twitter @CITYNET_ORG, like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/citynetsecretariat or visit www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org.

About CITYNET
For over 20 years, CITYNET (The Regional Network of Local Authorities for the Management of Human Settlements) has committed itself to helping local governments improve the sustainability of human settlements. Starting with 26 members in 1987, CITYNET has grown to become an international organisation of more than 100 members in more than 20 countries, most of which are cities and local governments in the Asia-Pacific region. CITYNET relocated from Yokohama, Japan to Seoul, South Korea in early 2013.

Brenna Foster
Partner Development and Communication Officer
communication@citynet-ap.org
+82 2 723 0635
www.seoul2013.citynetcongress.org
www.citynet-ap.org
@CITYNET_ORG

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