Qlue Becomes Representative at the Extreme Tech Challenge 2020
The smart city ecosystem service provider Qlue became a finalist at Extreme Tech Challenge (XTC) 2020, the world’s largest startup competition aimed at overcoming global challenges. Qlue managed to become a finalist for two categories at once, namely the smart cities category and Covid-19 innovation. This year the XTC has selected 52 finalists selected from 2,419 participants from 87 countries.
XTC supports and selects innovators who use technology to overcome the greatest challenges facing humans. Qlue will represent Indonesia to take part in several virtual Bootcamp sessions this month along with other finalists and take part in the global final on July 15th.
The plan, the XTC global final session will be held in Paris, France, but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, all activities will be held virtually.
For the first time this year, XTC will also reward startups who have had a breakthrough in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as the best female founders, whose innovations are pushing solutions to global challenges.
Qlue’s Founder and CEO Rama Raditya said he was proud to be chosen as one of the finalists who represented Indonesia at XTC 2020 for two categories at once.
“This is positive news for Qlue in the midst of a pandemic. We believe that startups in Indonesia are not inferior to startups in other countries. This is an acknowledgment of the results of our hard work in implementing smart city technology and creating innovative solutions to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia,” Rama said through a written statement.
Rama hopes to be able to bring Indonesia’s name to a higher level in the international eye and open up better business opportunities at the global level through the XTC 2020 event.
This Is a Global Recognition of Indonesian Startups
The competition also recognizes worthy founders in agriculture, food and water, clean technology and energy, education, supporting technology, fintech, health, transportation, and smart cities.
For the first time this year, XTC will also reward startups who have had a breakthrough in responding to the Covid-19 pandemic, and the best female founder, whose innovation is pushing solutions to global challenges.
Rama said startups in Indonesia are not inferior to startups in other countries. According to him, this is an acknowledgment of the results of his hard work in utilizing smart city technology and creating innovative solutions to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic in Indonesia.
“We hope that through XTC 2020, we can bring the name of Indonesia to a higher level in the international eye, and open up better business opportunities at the global level,” Rama said.
Help with Covid-19 Handling
In addition to focusing on Smart City, Qlue is currently also focusing on developing AI, IoT, and mobile workforce-based technological innovations to help the government and the private sector in dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic and welcoming New Normal.
Qlue is part of the startup synergy with the Covid-19 Handling Acceleration Task Force. Since Covid-19 broke out in Indonesia, Qlue added several new labels related to Covid-19 to its community reporting application, QlueApp; full hospitals, scarcity of medical devices, crowds of residents, suspect Covid-19, food assistance, and the potential for going home.
The report from QlueApp is also integrated with the IndonesiaBergerak.com platform, a platform that contains information about Covid-19 that was initiated by MDI Ventures, Qlue and several other startups.
Since its launch at the end of March, there have been 883 reports related to Covid-19 that have entered through QlueApp. Reports were dominated by a crowd of 690 reports (78 percent), followed by basic necessities with 162 reports (18 percent), suspect Covid-19 with 18 reports (2 percent), scarcity of medical equipment with 6 reports (0.7 percent), homecoming potential with 5 reports (0.5 percent) and full hospital with 2 reports (0.2 percent).