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Criteria for Participation

Here are the criteria for participation:

  1. This competition is only for teams. You have to apply as a team of at least two people and not as an individual. Teams can be from an established company working on an in-house product, a start-up company, a group of students from an educational institute, a team of freelancers, an informal group of friends, etc. If you are working alone, you need to team up with relevant individuals to be part of the challenge.
  2. The idea, concept or product that is submitted can be at any stage. They could be in idea conception phase, planning phase, development phase or implementation phase provided the product is not in market more than 2 years.
  3. The idea, concept or product that is submitted must have the features of novelty, innovation and creativity. We are not  just looking for a local version of existing ones.
  4. The submitted idea must have a strong component of technology. We are not looking for ideas that is very promising but does not have emphasis on using technology solutions; either low or high fidelity described above.
  5. Individual teams have to take the total responsibility for any infringement of intellectual property or other legal issues related to their submissions and KMC shall not be held liable for any issues arising thereof.
  6. The competition is open to the teams of individuals who are Nepalese citizens; residing in Nepal or elsewhere.
The challenge is focused on the following four categories related to urban development. The categories have been selected based on priorities of KMC as well as based on suggestion from experts working on respective areas. Various areas mentioned under each category are not exhaustive and should be taken as indicative areas.
Community and Environment

The solutions should serve the communities of Kathmandu municipality city to function and live better in a clean and green environment.

  • Urban waste Management
  • Environment protection
  • Disaster management and preparedness
  • Pollution Abatement (Air, River, Smoke)
  • Urban agriculture (terrace farming, vertical farming, etc.)
  • Preserving historical landmarks
  • Visual pollution Management
  • Hoarding board Management
  • Provisioning of night time services (food, medicines, transportation, etc. ), etc.
Urban Infrastructure

The solutions should provide innovative ways to build, maintain and use public infrastructures for the general public.

  • Public Infrastructure (lights, roads, walkways, sewerage, etc. ) maintenance
  • Public transportation and traffic management
  • Parking management
  • Public toilets
  • Protection and rejuvenation of public spaces and parks
  • Alternative Energy
  • Footpath and road light management, etc.

Municipal Community Services

The solutions should strengthen the community services provided by local government to the general public in the most efficient way possible.

  • Public Security improvisation
  • Supply Chain Management of community goods
  • Quality Check Processes
  • Health services (primary, secondary, tertiary)
  • Public education school management
  • Public safety
  • Community pharmacies
  • Urban employment, etc.

Metropolitan Public Administration and Management

The solutions should make the municipal administrative works efficient.

  • Civic engagement and feedback / grievance management
  • Metropolitan process digitization and automation
  • Urban governance
  • Urban mapping
  • Assignment of house addresses
  • Metropolitan revenue and expenditure tracking
  • Transparency and Open Data systems
  • Improvement of Metropolitan tax arrangement, etc.

What are different kind of technologies that the challenge is looking for?

Prototypes do not necessarily have to look like final products. They can be different in terms of fidelity. The fidelity of a prototype refers to how it presents the smaller and workable version of the real product. As part of this challenge we view technology in two folds as below:

Low fidelity technologies

These are technologies that are not necessarily hi-tech and could be simple enhancements of process and practices for better and tangible results. Some examples of low fidelity technologies used in other parts of the world are Water Wheels, a round 50-liter container that enables people to roll water from water sources rather than carry it on their heads that helped women transport water more efficiently in India and Africa. Another example is Bakeys Edible Cutlery as a replacement to plastic cutlery. Considering the context of Kathmandu and the proposed categories in place, the competition is looking for relevant and actionable ideas.

High fidelity technologies

These are technologies that use modern concepts of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), Internet of Things, Blockchain, bring forward newer approaches to solve problems. Visible technologies in this front could be implementation of mobile apps, hardware sensors, big data, robotics, artificial intelligence, etc

Overall Process
Call for participation and Idea Submission
December 12, 2018 - January 14, 2019
  • Submission of idea starts from December 12, 2018  and ends on January 14, 2019 noon
  • Only teams are eligible to submit ideas and not individuals
  • The teams have to submit ideas under one of the 4 categories: community & environment, urban infrastructure, community services and Metropolitan public administration and management within specified time frame through website
  • Organizers will host a debriefing event on January 2, where organizers will share the information about the event and answer the queries of the participants to clear any confusion about the event
Pre-selection of ideas
January 21, 2019

The announcement of top 100 ideas has been postponed from 17th Jan to 21st Jan due to the overwhelming number of ideas received. 

Organizers will select about 100+ ideas from submitted ones on the basis of participation criteria and judging criteria. The selected teams can participate in various thematic seminars and refine their ideas on the go. However, only an individual from a team will be allowed to attend a seminar/ training. Team can choose different individuals for different seminars. For e.g. the team can choose an individual who will be working to prepare the business plan for their idea to participate in the seminar on business plan training and for another session, the team can choose another relevant team member to participate in it.


Seminars and Trainings
February 16, 2019 - March 25, 2019

Organizers will conduct 8 different seminars and training. These sessions will be focused on highlighting the current problems regularly faced by citizens of KMC and will be presented by the experts. The training will focus on product/prototype development, developing a business plan and how to pitch the idea. Various seminars and training are as follows:

  1. Seminar on Smart Urban Technologies: Orientation / Pre-Brief
  2. Thematic seminar on Community and Environment  
  3. Thematic seminar on Urban Infrastructure
  4. Thematic seminar on Municipal Community Services
  5. Thematic seminar on Municipal Administration and Management
  6. Training on Design Thinking, Lean Startup and Minimal Viable Product development.
  7. Training on Business Development
  8. Training on Idea Pitching and Presentation
  9. Thematic seminar on Legal issues /*-->*/
Prototype Development
February 07, 2019 - March 31, 2019
  • Selected teams, along with participating in the seminars and trainings, will be working on developing a working prototype.
  • The team should focus on developing minimum viable products (MVP) based on their preliminary ideas.
  • Along with MVPs, the team should also focus on business development around the idea.
  • Deadline for MVP submission is 31st March 2019
Selection of 24 Finalists
April 17, 2019
  • Teams need to submit the minimum viable product of their refined and finalized idea, to the organizers with in a speculated time. 
  • A team of jury will judge all the MVPs in reference to judging criteria and select 6 finalists from each category resulting 24 finalists.
  • The finalists will compete during the main event, Grand Finale.
Grand Finale

Grand Finale will comprise two sub-events -  a) Final Pitching b) Award Ceremony. Both will occur on the same day i.e. 5th June 2019.

However, before going to the finale, Sunday, 2nd June will be a Demo day, where participants will have to come to CPC office Thapathali, for a final check on the presentation that participants will be doing on the finale. 

Timing for 2nd June, Demo day, is as follows:


Idea Name

Time allocation for demo day


Idea Name

Time allocation for demo day





Digital Nepal



Nepal AI



Digital Identification Card



MotorBhada by Karyalaya Ventures Pvt. Ltd.



Any Time Toilet






Municipality Household Property Tax Management system(MHPTMS)



Let's Cycle



Nepal Med




11:15- 11:30



11:15- 11:30



11:30 -11:45


SI Security Alarm

11:30 -11:45


Fly feed (Black Soilder Larvae based Animal Feed)



Ghar Number



Khaalisisi- Recycling Hero



The interface



Maya universe academy






Smart Bucket










Presentation template and guideline :

On Grand Finale, the 24 finalists pitch their ideas and demonstrate their MVPs, in the form of posters depicting the product, in front of a panel of jury members. The venue for the same is City Hall (Rastriya Sabha Griha). Final Pitching shall start at 8:30 am. Each team will be given 5 minutes to present and 5 minutes is allocated for Q&A from the panel of jury. After the presentation and before making the final decision, the jury will take a round of the poster demonstration site. The panel of jury members will then evaluate all 24 ideas based on the specified Judging Criteria.

The second half (Award Ceremony), there will be an Exhibition (posters as mentioned above) and Award Ceremony, that will occur on the same day ie 5th June starting from 3:00 pm. The venue will be the same as above. The event will also provide spaces for 24 finalists to showcase their prototypes through the exhibition. There will be a time slot for the exhibition in which all the 24 teams will have to exhibit their ideas with their team members to honorary Prime Minister, industry experts, guests and jury. 

As the second part, after the exhibition, the Category Winners announced in the first half will have to present in front of the honorary Prime Minister, industry experts and the jury. These selected 4 teams will be given 5 minutes to present and 3 minutes is allocated for Q&A from the audience and panel of jury. Then the Ultimate Winner of the overall competition will be announced on this day.


Judging Criteria for Grand Finale

1. Importance of Subject Matter (Weightage: 30%)

Under this basis, which carries 30% of total score, emphasis shall be laid on the solutions to the problems expressed through relevant thoughts or perspectives. The following aspects shall be considered as the basis for evaluation:

  • The importance of challenges that the proponent group is trying to solve,
  • Importance of use of technological solutions for solving such problems,
  • Status of qualitative and quantitative impacts of the solutions while solving such problems,
  • Ability to adapt solutions to current or future situations,
  • Total or partial ability to solve the problem,
  • Innovativeness and uniqueness of the thoughts and/or processes (Such process should not be a replicate of the process that is already existent somewhere else. However, in the case where the concept is based on already existing ones, innovativeness and uniqueness of such processes should be exhibited while contextualizing it as per local necessity.

2. Solution/ Prototype/ MVP (Weightage: 20%)

Under this basis, which carries 20% of total score, special emphasis shall be laid on the proximate productivity that the thoughts or concepts present. The following aspects will be taken into consideration during the evaluation of productivity:

  • Explanation of the presented concept of processes as well as ability to establish the relevance of related processes,
  • Linkage between the proposed technical outline and system with the challenge,
  • Innovativeness and uniqueness of the tasks that technical means can accomplish,
  • Aspect of user friendliness and easy-to-understand
  • Existence and or convenient availability of the proposed or existing technical means in local context

3. Business Model (Weightage: 20%)

Under this basis, which carries 20% of total score, special emphasis shall be laid on aspect where the presented thoughts or concepts builds a prototype of works that can sustain on their own. The following aspects will be taken into consideration during the evaluation of a working prototype:

  • benefits those processes or concepts provide to its users,
  • Ability of such processes or concepts to utilize opportunities and address the necessities of the market,
  • On how much current and future political aspects, economic aspects, social aspects, technological aspects, legal and environmental aspects are in favor for such processes or concepts,
  • The current and future impact that  those concepts put in the market,
  • The possibility that such concepts can generate income
  • Plan presented in regard to the sustainability of the concepts.

4. Scalability (Weightage: 20%)

Under the basis that carries 20% of total score, special emphasis shall be laid on aspect where the presented solutions through thoughts or concepts can be possibly expanded in national and international context. The following aspects will be taken into consideration during the evaluation of expandability:

  • Possibility and ability to extend in the places other than originally implemented,
  • Measure of ability and capacity to extend of thoughts in international context (other countries, regions etc).

5. Presentation/ Articulation (Weightage: 10%)

Under this basis, which carries 10% of total score, special emphasis shall be laid on the aspects of skills, capability, expertise and clarity of the contestants while presenting or explaining their thoughts or concepts. The following aspects will be taken into consideration during the evaluation of presentation and explanation:

  • Presentation of overall concept,
  • Clarity of the explanation in relation to the concept or product,
  • Linkage of the presentation with the subject matter,
  • Presentation and relevance of additional materials

Jury Members of Grand Finale

Padma Sunder Joshi
Habitat Programme Manager for Nepal of United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat)
Pavitra Gautam
CEO/ Executive member of Karkhana/NYEF
Pramod Bahadur Shrestha
Professor (Retired) of Institute of Engineering, Tribhuvan University
Rajib Subba
DIG of Nepal Police
Roshan Lamichhane
COO of eSewa Fonepay Private Limited
Sandeep Amir Kansakar
Account Manager of Astral Computers Nepal Pvt. Ltd.
Suman Rayamajhi
Chief Financial Officer of Smart Telecom, founder of Eos Advisors
Upasana Shrestha
VP women, Co-owner, Admin Director, CEO of NYEF, Bhumi restaurant, Dekha herbals, House of Management

Jury Members of 24 Finalist

Dr. Madan Kumar Upadhyaya
Chief Hospital Administrator, Public Health Physician, Ministry of Health and Population
Dr. Rabindra Dhakal
Chief, Faculty of Technology Nepal Academy of Science and Technology
Dr. Sameer Mani Dixit
Chairperson and Head of Research at Intrepid Nepal Pvt Ltd (INPL), Program Presenter at Kantipur TV HD, Head of Research at Center for Molecular Dynamics - Nepal (CMDN)
Mr. Arun Pant
Architect / Planner
Mr. Bhushan Tuladhar
Head of Environment Department and Member of City Planning Commission
Mr. Bibhusan Bista
CEO, YoungInnovations Pvt. Ltd.
Mr. Kamal Pande
KMC Representative, Procurement Policy and Transport Specialist
Mr. Namaraj Dhakal
Director/ Chief, Cooperative Department, KMC
Mr. Niraj Khanal
CEO/Co-founder of Antarprerana
Mr. Shringa Rishi Kafle
Advocate and Director, Merit Legal Consultancy Pvt.Ltd.
Mr. Suman Meher Shrestha
Architect and Urban Planner, Business Development and Project Monitoring Specialist at Town Development Fund (TDF)
Mr. Sushil Subedi
Section Officer, Kathmandu Metropolition City Office

Smart Urban Technology Challenge (SUTC) is an initiative of Kathmandu Metropolitan City (KMC) to bring out entrepreneurial spirit within Nepalese community to identify and solve problems related to urban development. It is a platform for creative and innovative Nepalese youths to use modern technologies to solve problems related to urban development by taking the geography of KMC as their pilot area.

Each of the solution will have inherent technology element that will support KMC to foster a culture of adopting smart urban technology solutions. The technology used in the challenge does not necessarily have to be hi-tech and could be simple enhancements of process and practices for better and tangible results.

Our Team

Smart Urban Technology Challenge 2018 is being steered by a core Organizing Committee led by the Mayor of Kathmandu Metropolitan City Mr. Bidya Sunder Shakya as the committee chairperson. This committee comprises of other experts and professionals, including representatives from the City Planning Commission as nominated by the committee chairperson.

The challenge also has a dedicated Working Committee comprising of professionals responsible for day to day facilitation and operation of challenge activities under the guidance of the Organizing Committee.

Bidya Sunder Shakya
Mayor of Kathmandu /Chairman, Organizing Committee

Mr. Shakya is a Nepali politician and current Mayor of Kathmandu. He previously served as Chairman of Ward No. 21 for two terms. Mr. Shakya is the current secretary of CPN-UML's Kathmandu District committee.

Message from Mayor

Information Technology, in the present context, is developing at an exponential rate. Internet has been widely used in every sector, owing to the growing access of people to Internet and its unlimited utilities. The advent of smart mobile phones has further allowed public to undertake their daily tasks through mobile applications in faster and effective manner. The use of Smart mobile phones has been swiftly increasing mainly due to the popularity of social networks and as people have easy access to information and services at their fingertips. Considering the growing usage of technology from an individual level to family and community level, many countries around the world have already started the process of transforming cities to Smart cities that utilize information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency in urban services.

In context of Nepal, innovative technology and services are being utilized by Government Organizations, Non-Government Organizations, and Private Sectors to deliver smart solutions for various purposes. Many of such innovations relate to increasing effectiveness of urban services delivery that have high potential to initiate as Start-up companies and further expand to foreign markets. Along the same line, as a special initiative of Kathmandu Metropolitan City, the Smart Urban Technology Challenge - 2018 has been launched for the fiscal year 2075/76 with a slogan “हाम्रो काठमाडौं हामी बनाउँछौं”।

The importance of such programs, which utilize innovative ideas to promote technological entrepreneurship for solving urban issues, have been highly increasing all over the world. Hence, the Government of Nepal has allocated a budget of NRs. 500 million to provide initial capital funding to those entrepreneurs that have innovative ideas, skills and capabilities. The current launch - Smart Urban Technology Challenge - 2018 - is expected to identify such innovative entrepreneurs, who would be provided with additional financial assistance from the available Government fund to initiate their technological entrepreneurship.

I wish for the overall success of the program.

Saroj Basnet
Member, Organizing Committee

Mr. Basnet has more than 28 years of professional experience in the planning of urban/rural infrastructure, land use planning and regional planning. He has completed preparation of National Strategy for Disaster Resilient Urban Communities in Nepal for OXFAM/ MoFALD in line with Sendai Framework 2015. He was involved in designing the project for Restoration of Local Government Services in Earthquake Affected Districts through LGCDP-II for DFID/ MoFALD in 2015.

Sajib Shakya
Member, Organizing Committee

Mr. Sajeev Shakya is a Civil engineer with a master degree in Structural Engineering and has professional experience of two decades in the field of construction and structure designs of various commercial buildings, hospital buildings, office buildings, housings and apartments. He had also been a part time lecturer in Advanced Engineering College,Kupandole and also acquired experience in land development and planning. At present, he is leading his own designing and architecture consultancy named “Techno Arch Nepal” . He is also contributing his expertise in KMC City Planning Commission as a Member.

Narottam Aryal
Member, Organizing Committee

Mr Aryal has been involved in academic sector over past 20 years in Nepal. At present, he is the Executive Director / Principal of King’s College, a leading business management college in Nepal. At King’s, he is working towards re-defining the entrepreneurship education by offering more practical and learning focused BBA and MBA courses. He is often found talking about social entrepreneurship and delivering talks on start-ups and entrepreneurship development in Nepal. He was the coordinator of start-up committee formed by Ministry of Industry in 2017/2018

Bibhusan Bista
Member, Organizing Committee

Mr Bista has been the CEO of YoungInnovations for past 12 years. He comes with professional experience of over 17 years in software development, international development and entrepreneurship development. Under his leadership, YoungInnovations has provided software services to various clients in more than 15 countries globally. In Nepal, he is actively engaged in promoting entrepreneurship and has led many events, including the NCell AppCamp 2015 and 2016

Ranjan Shrestha
Member, Organizing Committee

Mr. Shrestha is the CEO of Bhoos Entertainment, a leading mobile game development company in Nepal. He comes with his background on developing high end software and hardware solutions in Nepal. He had been the co-founder of Real Time Solutions, a pioneer hardware company in Nepal providing integrated hardware solutions to corporates and government entities in Nepal, India, Bhutan, etc.

Sushil Subedi
Chair, Working committee
Gunjan Khanal
Member, Working committee
Rajeeta Shakya Udas
Member, Working committee
Sunita Dangol
Member, Working committee
Sanjeena Parajuli
Member, Working committee

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