Digital solutions for people and the planet: an exhibition of unique digital solutions in Astana with support from UNDP

December 14, 2022
Photo: UNDP Kazakhstan/Azamat Zhanturin

14 December, Astana, Kazakhstan – Today, the Astana Hub hosted the "Digital by default for People and the Planet" conference, presenting digital solutions for sustainable development that are being implemented in Kazakhstan with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

"UNDP in Kazakhstan is promoting a digital transformation that puts people and the planet at the centre. We believe that fruitful collaboration with national partners on digitalization will help reduce inequality, improve the quality of public services and social protection of the population, and protect Kazakhstan's biodiversity and ecosystems for future generations,"
said Sukhrob Khojimatov, UNDP Resident Representative a.i. in Kazakhstan.
Photo: UNDP Kazakhstan/Batyr Aubakirov

The attention of the participants was drawn to the software complex "Volna" - an energy saving device for central autonomous heat supply systems and gas boilers. To date, this energy-saving device has been installed at 60 sites in the Kostanay and Kyzylorda regions, as well as in Astana and Temirtau.

Photo: UNDP Kazakhstan/Azamat Zhanturin

Other digital solutions include technological devices and systems successfully used in specially protected natural areas of Kazakhstan: the SMART patrol system, drones for forest inventory, camera traps and satellite collars for monitoring and studying the biodiversity of Kazakhstan.

Participants of the conference had the opportunity to virtually visit five national parks and reserves through virtual tours prepared with the support of UNDP in Kazakhstan. Now tourists can get acquainted with the untouched nature of Kazakhstan and see wildlife habitats with the help of a smartphone, a laptop, or a tablet.

Photo: UNDP Kazakhstan/Azamat Zhanturin

In addition, social innovators who have participated in UNDP mentoring programs presented their solutions. These included the mobile application CLARITY, which improves women's access to health care and diagnostics, the platform for monitoring air quality, and mobile applications to combat gender-based violence developed as part of the online idea marathon "IT vs. Violence."

Photo: UNDP Kazakhstan/Batyr Aubakirov (1)/Azamat Zhanturin (2-5)

The conference also included workshops on digital skills for youth, organized in collaboration with experts from HP Inc.

The Digital by Default for People and the Planet conference is the final event of the National Knowledge Week - 2022. The opening of the Knowledge Week was held in Zhezkazgan on December 5, followed by the final round of the Skills Up! Youth Hackathon on December 7and 8 in Almaty, where the finalists of the regional hackathons from the regions of Kazakhstan presented ideas for innovative start-up projects and received funding for their further development.