23rd ASEF Summer University Hackathon 2021: Apply by Oct 3: Expired

Entries are invited for the 23rd ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU23) Hackathon 2021 for young Asians & Europeans.

About the Hackathon

The 23rd ASEF Summer University (ASEFSU23) is a Hackathon for young Asians & Europeans on “Liveable Cities for a Sustainable Future”. ASEFSU23 connects young hackers, designers, innovators, urban planners and SDG experts from 51 countries to collaborate & develop urban solutions in three of the most populated countries in ASEM: Bangladesh, India & Pakistan.

The Hackathon includes three phases:

  • Pre-hack(11-29 Oct 2021): Ideation, including challenge definition, knowledge building & stakeholder engagement
  • Hackathon (12-14 Nov 2021): Prototype Development with Experts Mentoring
  • Post-hack (up to 3 months post-Hackathon)Prototype Testing and possible implementation, including mentoring & collaboration with partners

ASEFSU23 Hackathon Challenges

ASEFSU23 Hackathon Teams will tackle one of three interdisciplinary urban challenges, linking SDG11 with other socio-economic issues that are part of the UN Agenda2030:

  • Bangladesh (SDG11, SDG12 & SDG13): Creating Clean Cities: Tackling Urban Waste Management
  • India (SDG3 & SDG11): Creating Healthy Cities: Tackling Obesity among Children
  • Pakistan (SDG4, SDG8 and SDG11): Creating Accessible Cities: Enhancing Urban Mobility

What is it for you?

  • Sustainable Impact! Play your role towards Sustainable Urbanisation and transform your ideas into concrete urban solutions in Bangladesh, India & Pakistan.
  • Award! Winning country teams will receive mentoring by tech companies for further development of the prototype, certified training opportunities for digital leadership or digital perks.
  • Training and Certification! Get trained on Sustainable Urbanisation & SDG11 and receive a certification of participation by all partners. You can also enrol in a unique training and receive up to 10 academic credits from University College Cork (UCC).
  • Network! Build up your network of innovators & experts for future partnerships & collaborations.

Selection Criteria

When assessing the applications, ASEF and its partners will lay extra weight on: 

  • motivational statement characterised by authentic, original and substantial arguments
  • Current or past extra-curricular (and/or professional) activities that demonstrate action-oriented engagement in either the local community or a regional/international context
  • Knowledge in Sustainable Development and/or fields linked to Sustainable Urbanisation is of advantage
  • Expertise in digital solutions and human-centred design thinking processes is of advantage


  • A Citizen of one of the 51 ASEM Countries
  • A Young Professional or Student between 18-30 years
  • A programmer, creator, designer, innovator, developer, entrepreneur, communicator or more, and feel that your skillset can be used to solve the challenges
  • Enthusiastic to work with an interdisciplinary, intercultural team from Asia & Europe
  • Keen to learn more about Sustainable Urbanisation in Bangladesh, India & Pakistan

How to Apply?

Interested applicants can apply for the hackathon through this link.

Application Deadline

October 3, 2021

Click here to view the official notification for the 23rd ASEF Summer University Hackathon 2021.

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