Make-IT Asia is an Ideation Challenge for tech-start-ups in South-East Asia in the field of environment and energy implemented by Impact Hub Jakarta in partnership with GIZ and supported by local GIZ projects such as Policy Advice for Environment and Climate Change (PAKLIM), Forests and climate change programme (FORCLIME) and 1,000 Islands – Renewable Energy for Electrification Programme.

Through outreach events in Indonesian second tier cities such as Batam, Bandung, Malang and Medan as well as other Southeast Asian countries, Impact Hub Jakarta sourced tech-start-ups from rural areas. They develop solutions for rural areas in the field of energy and environment. Around 100 proposals from Indonesia and about 40 proposals from Southeast Asia were handed in. The Make-IT Alliance Jury selected finalists from Indonesia, Myanmar and the Philippines: From the renewable energy sector: Energihub, FIBO, WeGen (Philippinen); from waste management sector WasteUp, and agriculture and forestry sector Mycotech, Agro Eco Tech und Myanmar Innovation Life Sciences (Myanmar).

After a three-day bootcamp including pitch-training and visits to Tokopedia and the Jakarta Smart City Office, the finalists presented their ideas at an evening event “The Good Times“ as part of the Asia-Pacific Conference (1–3. November 2018). In two rounds the young entrepreneurs presented their digital solutions to the Make-IT Alliance Jury and the audience. Part of the German-Indonesian jury were experts such as Amanda Katili Niode, Head of Expert Team, The Office of the President’s Special Envoy for Climate Change, Clas Neumann, Head of SAP and Florian Moder, IT-Partner APLAC GIZ.

The finalists were put in touch with the Make-IT Alliance members and will receive training through Impact Hub Jakarta and NEXUS SEA in order to develop their ideas further.