ADBank is inviting applications for the ADB Re-establishing Tourism Confidence through Innovative Digital Solutions challenge for international students in 2021.

Southeast Asia depends on domestic and international tourism for sustainable economic growth. COVID-19 has widely disrupted tourism, resulting in significant job losses and low overall economic productivity. Re-establishing confidence to travel, both international and domestic will be critical for Southeast Asia’s long term economic recovery as borders begin to reopen.

With health and safety being a critical consumer concern, innovative solutions are emerging to provide real-time accurate   information needed for safe travel planning, provide tourists with peace of mind, and promote local tourism businesses. Proactively and effectively communicating safety protocols and accurate travel information will help assure international and local tourists that destinations are ready to receive visitors.

Worth of Award

Subject Terms and Conditions, once confirmed by the Jury, the selected team(s) will receive the following:

  • Up to US$10,000 seed fund. The release will be subject to the Sponsor’s standard rules and procedures.
  • An opportunity to implement the solution with ADB. Depending on the solution provided and the interest from ADB, participants may be invited to take part in the pilot of the tool for broad use across ADB’s developing member countries (DMCs).


The ADB Re-establishing Tourism Confidence through Innovative Digital Solutions Challenge is open to the general public from ADB member countries. Teams may be composed of between 1-5 persons. The challenge is also offered to:

  • Startups
  • University Students and Faculty
  • Research Organizations and Independent Researchers
  • Corporate Partners

How to Apply

For the duration of the Challenge, participants may upload documents or other materials (such as texts, presentations, videos, etc.) relating to their project to the Challenge website. This is in response and as a solution to the Sponsor’s Challenge (the “Deliverable”).

Deadline: APPLICATION runs until Jan 17, 2021. Create a team and share the idea of your vision. Online Voting- Jan 18 – Jan 27. MENTORING runs from Feb 1 – Feb 19, 2021. Connect with ADB experts to fine-tune your solution. Online Voting- Feb 22 – Feb 26. PITCHING runs on March 17 or 18 2021. Pitch your idea to our jury panel consisting of industry leaders and major decision-makers.

Click here for more details and to apply