Inaugural awards at the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum to recognize innovative and scalable solutions

July 19, 2019

The call for submissions is opened. Each category winner will be awarded a trophy and a cash prize. MANILA, July 19, 2019 – This year’s Asia-Pacific Housing Forum in Bangkok, Thailand on September 16-19, 2019 will power up the recognition of industry leaders, innovators and disruptors in the affordable housing sector through the launch of its Innovation Awards.

“We are excited to add a thought-leadership dimension to the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum. The Innovation Awards celebrates emerging initiatives that promotes affordable and resilient housing. I am very supportive of how innovation could spark positive changes by creating fresh opportunities in the pursuit of meaningful housing solutions,” said Rick Hathaway, Asia-Pacific vice president of Habitat for Humanity.

The Forum will be the platform for finalists and winners in three categories - Construction Innovation, Community Initiatives and Spatial Planning, and Partnerships and Policies – to showcase their idea. The competition is open to individuals, companies, institutions and organizations, including public and private project partnerships and initiatives across the Asia- Pacific region.

Entries will be shortlisted through a review by a group of jury members, comprised of housing stakeholders and experts, including Cities Alliance, the Hilti Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, UN-Habitat, the World Bank, Asia or Pacific universities like the Auckland Institute of Technology, and technology research and development centers. Finalists will be invited to Bangkok to attend the Housing Forum and pitch their innovation to a panel of experts. Winners from each category will be announced on September 18 during the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum Networking Dinner. Each winner will receive a trophy and a US$ 5,000 cash prize.

Now on its seventh run, the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum will cover four tracks and over twenty sessions on impact investing, inclusion and sustainability in urban development, resilient cities and communities, and responsive housing technologies.

Industry leaders serving as resource people and subject matter experts include Jaap Zevenbergen from the University of Twente in the Netherlands, Egbert Appel from the Hilti Foundation, Ajay Suri from UNOPS-Cities Alliance, Frank Pichel from Cadasta Foundation, Chaly Koh from Urbanmetry, among others.

Moreover, the program of the 4-day Asia-Pacific Housing Forum includes a training course on Strengthening Land Tenure Security for Disaster Resilience and a Youth Congress, recognized as a World Urban Campaign’s Urban Thinkers Campus in support of the New Urban Agenda and UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. Housing Forum preliminary events are happening this month in the cities of Hong Kong, New Delhi, Jakarta, Manila and Battambang. Visit https://aphousingforum.org to register now. For more details, please sign up with your email address to receive #APHF7 updates.

Notes to Editors

To set up interviews, receive photos or further information, please contact Aaron Aspi, aaspi@habitat.org or +63 920 956 9181; Michele Soh, msoh@habitat.org or +65 9233 1544. For event inquiries and registration, please email: info@housingforum.org.

About the Asia-Pacific Housing Forum

The Asia-Pacific Housing Forum is a biennial conference organized by Habitat for Humanity, connecting stakeholders engaged in finding solutions for inadequate shelter issues and promoting affordable housing as a driver of economic growth. Since 2007, the event has brought together close to 5,000 participants, and is supported by UN-Habitat, Cities Alliance, IFRC, Arup, World Bank, Hilti Foundation, the University of New South Wales and other sector organizations.

The seventh Asia-Pacific Housing Forum with the theme “Powering collaboration for housing impact” will be held from September 16 to 19 in Bangkok, Thailand. Lead in country events will take place in Bangladesh, New Zealand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia and the Philippines from April to July. Visit https://aphousingforum.org for more details.

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. In the Asia-Pacific region since 1983, Habitat for Humanity has supported millions of people to build or improve a place they can call home. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org/asiapacific.

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