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