February 28, 2024

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Inspiring Innovations for Well-Being in Chiang Mai

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In accordance with Goal 30:30, aiming to boost the nation’s digital economy value to 30% and secure Thailand’s digital competitiveness within the top 30 globally, proactive endeavours are underway to promote technology implementation and adoption for improving local communities and an enhanced quality of life.

In line with this, in a collaborative effort, the Electronic Transactions Development Agency (ETDA) joined forces with the National Innovation Agency (NIA), the Public Policy Institute of Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai City Municipality, Suan Dok Medical Innovation District (SMID), Area Development Capital Management and Management Unit (ESA) and a media company to organise an expansive Pitching Day event.

As an agency committed to bolstering the nation’s competitiveness and fostering trust in electronic transactions within a secure and stable ecosystem, ETDA is actively engaged in accelerating the national strategy. Their efforts aim to address these concerns, ensuring the well-being of residents and visitors while propelling the region towards sustained growth and development.

The Director of ETDA disclosed that Chiang Mai holds significance as a prominent tourist destination, serving as a crucial driver of economic growth within the region and the country as a whole. However, despite its allure, Chiang Mai faces certain health-related challenges, particularly in terms of cleanliness in public spaces and health facilities, including issues such as dust, smoke and the presence of chemical residues in food.

With the aim of addressing challenges and enhancing the well-being of both residents and visitors in Chiang Mai, an opportunity is being provided for service providers and new developers to collaboratively create and develop innovative solutions. The ultimate goal is to foster development not only in Chiang Mai but also in other regions by encouraging the generation of innovative solutions that effectively address specific problems and cater to the unique needs of each respective area.

ETDA has launched this Hackathon as part of these ambitions and aims to generate the most exceptional innovations, solutions, systems, or applications that could elevate the lives of the people residing in Chiang Mai. This innovative mechanism goes beyond searching for new ideas, solutions, systems, or applications. It serves as a platform to actively promote and support the application of technology that can bring about positive transformations in people’s daily lives, fostering well-being, encouraging innovation, and building thriving cities.

In February 2023, the Hack for GOOD activity commenced, attracting 90 initial team applications, from which the final 15 teams were chosen for participation. These teams engaged in workshop activities to enhance their skills, refine their ideas, and develop innovative solutions through collaboration with a diverse range of experts from the public and private sectors. Ultimately, among the 15 finalists, the team with their groundbreaking migraine application emerged victorious.

As first-place winners, they were awarded a prize of Baht 400,000 (USD 11,800) and offered the opportunity to further develop their innovative ideas at the roomNSP Rice Grain Auditorium, situated within the Science and Technology Park of Chiang Mai University (CMU STeP). Additionally, they will get to participate in the country-level Techsauce Global Summit 2023, scheduled to take place in the third quarter of this year. This summit serves as a high-profile platform for showcasing groundbreaking ideas and connecting with industry leaders and innovators from around the world.

Furthermore, five victorious teams will be granted credits from an international cloud provider as part of their reward, enabling them to leverage the power of the company’s services in their projects. They will also have a chance to test their innovations with local audiences and receive ongoing support from various ETDA partners.

PARTNER

Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

PARTNER

CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

PARTNER

Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

SUPPORTING ORGANISATION

SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

PARTNER

HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

PARTNER

IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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