48 Hours Innovation Challenge – Using AI for Sustainable Urban Development


Welcome to the 48 Hours Innovation Challenge! Are you ready to dive into the exciting world of sustainable urban development, social impact and AI solutions? If you’re a forward-thinking student with a passion for creating real-world impact and a desire to tackle urban challenges, you are in the right place!

About the 48 Hours Innovation Challenge

We believe that digital technologies and AI have the potential to solve critical issues in our cities. However, many different aspects need to be considered when using AI, including social and ethical aspects. We need bright minds and ideas on how to tackle urban development issues reliably and safely using digital technologies.

Therefore, the Indonesian Ministry of Communication and Informatics (MCI), the German Ministry for Digital and Transport (BMDV) and the German Embassy Jakarta invite you to participate in this challenge. We encourage digitally and technically enthusiastic students from German and Indonesian universities to contribute their ideas, whether you take part alone or in a team of up to four students. In just 48 hours after the kick-off, you will craft a solution and submit it online.

  1. Kick-off: 5 December, 09:00 CET / 15:00 GMT+7
  2. Submission deadline: 7 December, 09:00 CET / 15:00 GMT+7
  3. Duration: 48 hours innovation sprint

Requirements for participation

  • University enrollment: To participate, you need to be enrolled in a German or Indonesian university.
  • Interest in tech: You should have a strong interest in digital technologies and the potential of AI to create positive social and environmental change. We welcome coding and engineering skills, but do not require them.
  • Diversity: We wholeheartedly welcome students with diverse backgrounds and from different study programmes to join. Your unique point of view will help shape a brighter and more sustainable future!

Possible solutions

At the kick-off, we will share concrete urban development issues for you to work on. How you address these depends on you and your perspective! What matters most to us is that you work with the factual context and present your solutions as concretely and convincingly as possible. From ethical considerations to platform solutions and policy proposals, we are looking forward to your ideas.

Evaluating and using the potential of AI for sustainable urban development lies at the core of this challenge. We do not require you to code, but to include AI or digital technologies in your solution. We encourage critical approaches as well as a solution-oriented mindset. We will share more information regarding the submission format and expectations closer to the kick-off!

Our judges from academia, NGOs and the private sector will assess the results based on (1) innovativeness, (2) feasibility, (3) relevance, (4) impact and (5) clarity and presentation.

Award ceremony: Presentation to the German and Indonesian government

The winning team will have the opportunity to present their solution at the Indonesian-German AI Dialogue 2023 on 12 December to representatives of the German and Indonesian government, the German Embassy Jakarta as well as representatives from various companies, associations and think tanks. The embassy will hand over an official certificate to the winners of the 48 Hours Innovation Challenge.

Get ready to innovate, collaborate and make a difference!


Contact us! If you have any questions or need assistance, feel free to reach out to us at digital-dialogues@giz.de. We're here to support you!


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