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, etc.to 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