Bold ideas and skills on display at “Yantra4SDGs”

Sep 24, 2017

Photos: Laxmi Prasad Ngakhusi/UNDP

Organized by the Robotics Association of Nepal [RAN] in collaboration with UNDP Nepal and Nepal Engineers' Association, the #Yantra4SDGs session sought to explore how technological innovation could contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

Young innovators attempted to unpack the connection between technology and sustainable development at the #Yantra4SDGs session— a Social Good Summit event—held on 22 September at the premises of the Federation of Nepalese Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FNCCI) in Kathmandu.

Organized by the Robotics Association of Nepal [RAN] in collaboration with UNDP Nepal and Nepal Engineers' Association, the programme made for a lively exchange on the ways in which emerging technologies can be harnessed in addressing development problems. On his part, UNDP’s Country Director in Nepal, Renaud Meyer offered a range of instances of how technological innovation had contributed to each of the Global Goals around the world—whether related to climate action, electoral processes or improved healthcare—and urged participants to use their ingenuity and resourcefulness in similarly channeling the transformative power of technology to solve issues specific to the Nepali context.

Also present was co-founder of SmartPaani—a company working in rainwater harvesting—Suman Shakya, who talked about his own experiences with his start-up and encouraged participants to focus on plugging the gaps between what people need and what is available to them in terms of basic services in Nepal.

Meanwhile, Sajal Pradhan of Best Paani—another enterprise involved in water management—pointed out the importance of ensuring the sustainability of any new technology, and of finding the right collaborators, in taking ideas forward and scaling them up. “It’s important for ideas to be human-centric more than anything else,” she said.

The event included an Ideathon, where participants brainstormed and presented on how their projects would contribute to the #SDGs, along with demoes of their various prototypes and designs. Of these, the team behind a solar water pump for agricultural purposes was awarded a cash prize for the best idea, along with free registration at the upcoming Yantra 6.0 art-tech event.

Find more photos of the event at https://www.facebook.com/pg/UNDPNepal/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1528668293893053

To learn more about Yantra 6.0 visit http://www.ran.org.np/yantra-6-0/

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