EVENT REPORT: Virtual Seminar on Technology Innovation Challenge

The High-Level Technology Fund (HLT Fund) Management Team and the Japan Representative Office (JRO) organized a virtual seminar on 29 October to introduce this year’s Technology Innovation Challenge (TIC)​, where technology providers are invited to propose pilot projects using high-level technologies and innovative solutions for the announced development challenges faced by ADB’s developing member countries. JRO Representative Harumi Kodama in her opening remarks highlighted the importance of integrating high-level technology and innovative solutions into ADB projects.  ​About 130 participants from the private sector, government, and development partners joined the seminar.

Another virtual seminar was organized by the Canadian Trade Commissioner Service on 18 November ​for ADB to share the ​information of the ongoing TIC, which had 25 attendees.

Both seminars encouraged participants to pitch their innovative ideas in line with the TIC criteria on the following sectors and themes:

Download the presentation used during both sessions here.

The deadline for the submission of Expression of Interest for Healthy Oceans TIC is 27 November 2020, 12 noon (UTC +8). For Transport and Urban Development TIC, the deadline is 4 December 2020, 12 noon (UTC+8).  

Improving Road Safety in Mongolia

Mongolia is implementing a new road safety management strategy for its regional road corridors. Measures include installing wire-rope median barriers to prevent head-on collisions in the busiest national highway section of Ulaanbaatar-Darkhan.

This is part of the  Regional Road Development Management Project supported by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), which aims to preserve and improve important regional road sections linking Mongolia’s capital with the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federation. ADB’s High-Level Technology Fund is financing the wire-rope median barriers. Read more…

First Grid-Connected Battery Storage System to Improve Clean Energy Access in Pakistan

A battery energy storage system can improve the coverage, reliability, transparency, and quality of power transmission service in Pakistan. Photo credit: ADB.

Pakistan is deploying high-level technologies and climate-resilient power transmission systems to generate a more stable and secure electricity supply.

With funding support from the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) High-Level Technology Fund, the country will build its first large-scale, grid-connected Lithium-Ion Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) to dispatch intermittent renewable energy and improve transmission network stability. Read more…

How Blockchain Can Improve Supply Chain Transparency in Maldives

Digital technologies can improve transparency and efficiency in supply chains in Maldives. Photo credit: ADB

Maldives is exploring the use of high-level technologies to support a national single window system that will make it faster and more efficient to trade with other countries in South Asia and beyond.

Backed by the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) High-Level Technology Fund, the South Asia Subregional Economic Cooperation National Single Window Project will pilot the use of blockchain technology to improve trade facilitation and supply chain management.

The High-Level Technology Fund supports the introduction of advanced digital technologies in international trade to improve trustworthiness, efficiency, and timeliness of local and regional supply chains. Read more…


Development Challenge 1: Efficient Heating and/or Cooling Solutions
1. African Clean Energy
2. Asano Taiseikiso Engineering
3. CSIRO Team
4. GreenA Consultants
5. Rice Straw Biogas

Development Challenge 2: Artificial Intelligence for Energy Demand Management
1. BeeBryte – Energy Intelligence
2. Comcept
3. EverComm Singapore
4. Village Energy

Development Challenge 3: Renewable Energy-Based Microgrids
1. Alpha/Outback – DGrid – Sesame
3. SOLshare
4. Teraloop
5. Ultra Low-Head Hydro Mini-grid

Shortlisted companies will be contacted individually on the next steps of the challenge. They must submit their proposal before 27 May 2020, 12 p.m. (Philippine time).

Above information as well as more information on the EOI submission process for the Energy TIC can be found on the EOI submission platform here.

Thank you to all participants! The selection committee appreciates the time you invested in your proposal. We encourage you to apply and take part in future challenges.


Technology Innovation Challenge – Call for Expressions of Interest

We are happy to announce that the Call for Expressions of Interest (EOI) on Technology Innovation Challenge (Energy) is now open!

Three grants will be awarded to innovative technology solutions.  The selected proposal will receive a maximum of US$500,000 grant.  Technology providers must co-finance at least 10% of the total cost.

To submit your proposal, click here.

Deadline:  15 November 2019, 12:00 p.m. (UTC +08) 

To learn more about the Technology Innovation Challenge, visit our website.

We look forward to receiving your innovative applications!

Maldives Learns Solid Waste Management Best Practices and High-Level Technology from Japan

Maldives, a popular tourist destination, is experiencing continued urbanization and growth momentum. Without an organized and sustainable waste management system, it could face worse environmental, public health, and economic problems.

ADB’s Greater Malé Environmental Improvement and Waste Management Project is supporting the Government of Maldives in developing an advanced climate- and disaster-resilient waste management system from collection to disposal. Through the support of ADB’s High-Level Technology Fund, Maldives is learning best solid waste management practices from Japanese experts and exploring a partnership with Japan to improve Maldives’ capacity in managing high-level technology for waste management.