Vang Vieng, Lao PDR

ADB: Restoring Public Confidence on Safe Travels


In this challenge, we aim to develop innovative digital solutions that supports the implementation of new travel policies emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic such as screening procedures and health checks, physical distancing protocols, new travel requirements, standardized facility sanitation, and passengers’ hygiene regimens to reduce spread of infection and restore confidence in travel.

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought travel and tourism industry to a complete standstill and has taken a toll on national economies and people’s livelihoods.  Recovery of the travel and tourism sector will play an important role in the global economy’s ability to rebound quickly from COVID-19 related shock.

How can digital technologies support the application of recommended policies that aim at helping travelers regain confidence in travel across the entire journey —from booking flights,  transit through airports during departure (check-in, security and immigration), aircraft travel and airports during arrival (immigration, luggage and customs), ground transport and staying at destination (hotels or home) —and at the same time promote health and safety to reduce spread of infection?

Win up to  USD 10,000  for pilot testing of the selected solutions and a chance to implement your solution with ADB!

Application: The proposal should be submitted on or before July 24, 2020 with a deadline set at 1700 hrs [GMT +8]. The following content should be provided: 

– Team Introduction: Name and professional background (including short 1-page CV) for all members of the team submitting applications. 

– Presentation with (i) idea and value proposition; (ii) details on the underpinning technology and data inputs, (iii) explanation of the solution (iv) details on how to maintain the product in the long run 

Evaluation: Up to 10 submissions will be evaluated and shortlisted to proceed by the end of the round. Shortlisted teams will be notified on July 31, 2020 at 1600 hrs [GMT +8]. 

Mentoring: Shortlisted teams may be paired with ADB experts and other subject matter experts to further understand the context of the problem and refine the proposed solution from August 1-7, 2020. The teams will also be invited to engage and submit questions in a webinar that will be facilitated by ADB together with different speakers.  

Pitching: The 10 shortlisted teams will have an opportunity to present their final solutions to the Jury, including a required live demonstration of tools, methods, and findings. Participants are required to upload their Deliverable by August 13, 2020 at 1800 hrs [GMT +8]. The Challenge Pitching will take place on August 14, 2020. Winners will be announced on August 17, 2020. 

Selection CriteriaProposals will be judged based on the following:

  • Business Value 30% 
  • Operational Feasibility and Scalability 30% 
  • User Experience 20% 
  • Technical Competency 20% 

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