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ABOUT WORKSHOPLaunched in 2013, the Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative (YSEALI) is the U.S. Department of State’s signature program to strengthen leadership development and networking in Southeast Asia. Through a variety of programs and engagements, YSEALI seeks to build the leadership capabilities of youth in the region, strengthen ties between the United States and Southeast Asia, and nurture a community of leaders from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Timor-Leste who work across borders to solve common issues.The YSEALI Smart Cities Regional WorkshopThe YSEALI Smart Cities Regional Workshop will be a “Hybrid Program” which combine online session and in-person activities. We bring together 50 participants who are between the ages of 20-35 and are registered YSEALI network members from all ASEAN member nations as well as Timor-Leste. This workshop aims to enhance participants’ knowledge of smart cities as well as to explore how to involve civil society and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in smart city development in the region.YSEALI Smart Cities Regional Workshop Hybrid Program Combine online & in-person formatsONLINEVirtual and Breakout Program / via Zoom meetingIN-PERSONC aseanPurposeThe purpose of “YSEALI Smart Cities Regional Workshop” is to expand participants’ understanding of opportunities and risks of smart cities, as well as to learn from best practices around the world. The ultimate aim is to foster a strong network among participants and to encourage greater involvement from young leaders, civil society, and SMEs in smart city development, while increasing capacity of future leaders to develop sustainable solutions to urbanization challenges in the region, using digital and other tools.LocationIdeal location to host the YSEALI Smart Cities Regional Workshop, Bangkok – Thailand is one of the foremost potential smart cities in the region. It was included into the first cohort of ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) in April 2018, and has hosted the ASEAN Smart Cities Network Conference and Exhibition in August 2019.

Furthermore, Thailand has taken steps towards realizing digital economy and the development of smart cities is among its top priorities. The government’s digital initiative has the ultimate aim to see Thailand prosper into a high-income nation with an economy driven by innovation and value-based industries. As such, we propose Bangkok to host this year’s YSEALI Smart Cities Regional Workshop.

The YSEALI Smart Cities Regional Workshop provides

  • Round trip economy class air ticket or local transportation from hometown to Bangkok, Thailand;
  • Accommodation in a twin room (shared with YSEALI participants) during the workshop dates;
  • Meals which includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the workshop;
  • Round trip of transportation from Suvarnabhumi or Don Muang International Airport to the workshop venue;
  • Sim card and insurance during the workshop;
  • No registration and activity fee required


Topic:ASEAN Smart Cities NetworkParticipants will get to see the overall picture of “The ASEAN Smart Cities Network”: Understanding on the structure of ASEAN smart cities framework, how to collaborate and get support ASEAN’s external partners, and mechanisms to meet the current and future ASEAN challenges in order to promote economic and social development alongside environmental protection while creating new opportunities for people.

Topic:Trends Affecting the Development of a Smart CityTo better understand the smart city trend, this session will define what smart cities really look like, and offer case studies detailing the ways in which cities are implementing smart sustainable city projects. These case studies will focus on what the initiatives are, how they are organized, structured, administered, and how the communities can get engaged in its development and implementation. Moreover, the speaker will also examine and identify technical and policy gaps, and how technologies and digital solutions can be utilized to resolve ASEAN’s urban issues such as congestion, strained infrastructure, pollution, lack of affordable housing and socio-economic inequality, and improve ASEAN citizens’ quality of life.

Topic:City for All – Social Well-Being in Smart CitiesThis session will emphasize on a truly smart city which uses technology and connectivity to enhance the daily lives and equitable access opportunities for all people. Cities should encourage connected communities through constructing smart buildings, innovating in the health care sector, improving processes and efficiencies for educational and using data to monitor and enhance social program.

Topic:Urban system integration and nature-based solutions for sustainabilityUrban sustainability is about building cities that can operate efficiently, without wasteful depletion of resources. Reducing the negative impact of urbanization to local and global environment will be discussed in this session. Moreover, the speaker will focus on ways to increase local citizens’ contribution and involvement in urban development process in order to step towards urban sustainability.

Topic:Future Leaders in ASEAN Smart CityIt is a session where the future of cities will be discussed. Panelists will share the most inspiring ideas for exploring our urban future, integrated with three dimensions: technology, environment and citizens’ quality of life. Moreover, the roles of city leaders will be brought to life on the stage in order to inspire participants to participate and collaborate for supporting the development of our cities.

Topic:Infrastructure of ASEAN’s Future Smart CitiesThe smart city concept aims at transforming urban infrastructure into smart infrastructure, which mean the transforming of the city into an eco-and socio friendly city that offers a high quality of life for citizens, including cost of living, jobs, safety, time and convenience, health, environmental quality, social and civic participation, health and well-being. In this session, our speaker will examine key questions: How can we plan and design cities for the future? Which infrastructure will help provide a better quality of life for citizens of today and future? What smart solutions will help create more sustainable city environment in the future?

Topic:Strategic Planning and Sustainable for Smart CitiesThe session will focus on development strategies for smart city. Our speaker will analyze cities’ strengths and weaknesses and give examples on how to set priorities for action in terms of infrastructure, investments, technology integration, etc.

Smart City Lab Workshop:Strategic Planning and Sustainable Development for Smart CitiesParticipants will be able to attend one Lab Workshop according to their interest area. This 3-hour session is an immersive, hands-on experience that blends in theory and practice. It will let participants exchange ideas, address the most pressing challenges they are facing, and explore deeper about successful solutions around the ASEAN region. It is a valuable chance for the participants to catalyze productive conversations, establish partnerships, find solution providers, and consultants to support their smart sustainable city project. Each speaker will give insights to a specific project that he/she is undertaking. Inside the Smart City Lab Workshop, new perspectives will be emerged and new ideas will be generated.

  • Civil and Social
  • Health and Well Being
  • Safety and Security
  • Quality Environment
  • Built Infrastructure
  • Industry and Innovation

Dinner Talk:Work Plans of the U.S.-ASEAN Smart Cities PartnershipSmart Cities – cities using data-driven technology to innovate and manage city resources, they are a key to sustainable development in both the United States and ASEAN. Speaker will share and exchange views on public and private sector as a smart city experts. Moreover, this session will explore U.S. commercial solutions to smart city challenges.

Topic:The Power of Collaboration for the Future of ASEAN Smart CitiesA smart city can be understood as a community in which citizens, institutions, business organizations and public sectors collaborate with one another to achieve systems integration and efficiency, citizen engagement, and a continually improving quality of life. This session will address the questions on how to build a collaborative and smart city, how we can involve all stakeholders to take different aspects of this work forward, what might be key elements that each segment of the community is looking for, and how to drive successful initiatives of collaboration.SITE VISITSite Visit at AMATA Smart CityAMATA Smart City is located in Chonburi Province, strategically within Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). Factories set up here benefit from its location in the heart of the Eastern Seaboard Industrial Region and are supported by its infrastructure. “AMATA Smart City”: a single business location providing for integration of manufacturing, assembly, and processing, while minimizing environmental impact and enhancing quality of life.

  • Smart Energy
  • Smart Mobility
  • Smart Community
  • Smart Environment
  • Smart Education
  • Smart Manufacturing
  • Smart Aerospace City
  • Smart Innovation (AMATA Science City)

Participants will have an opportunity to visit AMATA Smart City in Chonburi Province to gain understanding on its business model, operations, alliance and partnerships, as well as smart infrastructures and digital technology to connect the zones within AMATA Smart City to all the targeted industries.PROJECT IDEA PITCHGroup Brainstorming of Project AssignmentParticipants will be split into 6 groups of 8-10 people who have the same interests, or have been working on same focal area. Group members will be allocated by the Organizing Team based on the project that each participant handed in during the application process. During this session, each group will brainstorm and work together to select the most impactful project for their community or city. All the groups will be guided by the mentors to further explore ideas and develop new possibilities for their projects. The pitching presentation, either in PowerPoint or Flipchart format, will be developed during group brain storming sessions. Towards the end of the Workshop, each group will present their project in the pitching competition where the top three winners will get seed grants for project implementation.Project Idea Pitching CompetitionParticipants will have time to finalize their project and prepare their prototype and pitching presentation. Judges and participants will hear three-minute pitch from each group. The judge panel will consist of representatives from U.S. Embassy, speakers, and FINSEDT. Three winning teams will receive small seed grants to implement project in their country/ community as planned. The Organizing Team will continue to monitor and follow up on each team’s progress, conduct site visits and provide a report to the U.S. Embassy.

Before proceeding with this application form please make sure that you meet the following criteriaTHE YSEALI SMART CITIES REGIONAL WORKSHOP ELIGIBILITYApplicants must be:

  • YSEALI Member (Not a member yet? Join here!)
  • Ages between 20 – 35 (at the time of application and workshop)
  • Citizen of one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam
  • Currently residing in one of the following countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste, Vietnam
  • Fluent in written and spoken English
  • Will commit to a minimum of 36 hours of online sessions from the YSEALI Smart Cities Regional Workshop’s agenda;
  • Be able to participate in all 4 days of the workshop during October 28-31, 2021, in Bangkok (TBD)
  • Will commit to a minimum of 36 hours of online sessions from the YSEALI Smart Cities Regional Workshop’s agenda;
  • Be able to participate in all 4 days of the workshop during October 28-31, 2021, in Bangkok (TBD).

The program will start with online activities and sessions from July 20 – October 16, 2021, tentatively followed by an in-person workshop scheduled from October 28-31, 2021.

The in-person workshop will be confirmed earlier in September 2021, depending on the pandemic situation at the time. Selected participants will need to attend a minimum of 36-hours workshop sessions to become a YSEALI Smart Cities Regional Workshop alumni and part of the U.S. State Department program’s alumni.Applicants should:

  • Have demonstrable interest and relevant experience, whether through paid employment, volunteer work, or coursework, and who show promise in becoming socially active in effecting change in their home communities. Participants could be urban planners, engineers, policymakers, NGO/community leaders, municipal officials, academics, or other professionals involved in issues such as smart growth, deployment of new technologies, housing, and economic development. Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing fields related to science, engineering, urban planning, and policymaking will also be considered.

InstructionYou will be required to complete all mandatory fields below. Please answer in English and pay special attention to specific answer formats. You will be required to complete all mandatory fields below:

  • ESSAY: Digital technologies projects essay questions in no more than 250 words/each question Participants will be asked to outline a project related to digital technologies that would help improve their communities. These projects could include events or activities that have a direct positive impact on the built, virtual, or business environments, that seek to improve policy, practice, and/or public discourse about governance and transparency, the economy, and equitable and sustainable development, which may require support for an extended period of time to have valuable societal impact.
  • INTRODUCTION CLIP: YouTube link of the one-minute self-introduction video


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