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Kathmandu Living Labs Received ICT for Mountain Development Award 2018


Kathmandu, December 27, 2018: ICIMOD announced Kathmandu Living Labs as the winner from Nepal for the award ICT for Mountain Development Award. The award was felicitated to mark its International Mountain Day on 11th December 2018.

The regional award recognizes innovations, uses, and applications in Information and Communications Technology for Development (ICTD) that help promote development and environmental conservation in the Hindu Kush Himalayan (HKH) region.

Kathmandu Living Labds received this award for deploying a team of engineers armed with electronic tablets, using end-to-end ICT applications designed and developed to collect data on one million households and five million people (10 terabytes of data, including 10 million photographs) from remote parts of earth quake affected districts in the country.

As per the statement mentioned in ICIMOD, Kathmandu Living Labs said, “We feel honoured to receive this award. Obviously, work of this scale and nature poses challenges at every stage. As a team, we overcame all of them and brought back nearly 10 TB of socio-economic and earthquake damage data from Nepal’s remote villages to the central server in Kathmandu. Nepal’s post-earthquake reconstruction work is based on this information, and we believe that this project has elevated Nepal’s confidence in successfully implementing information and communication technologies in development work. Thanks for recognizing our work.“

21 submission was received for the awards among which, along with Nepal

Biodiversity Portal from Bhutan was also announced the winner for the year 2018.  Similarly, COMSATS from Pakistan was given honorable mention from ICIMOD