Deadline: 31st March 2021 | Age 20-35 | Join the U.S. government’s signature program to engage with emerging leaders 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 who work across borders to solve shared issues.

The YSEALI Smart Cities Workshop will bring together potential future leaders aged 20-35 from all ten ASEAN member countries and Timor-Leste. The workshop will inspire the participants to consider possible digital solutions to the challenges of urbanization.

The application of digital solutions to create smart cities can help to address the urban challenges and create new business opportunities. It is important for future leaders to understand both the possibilities new technology offers in the field of urban development as well as how to ensure transparency, resiliency, privacy, security, sustainability, and interoperability, as well as how to include all segments of the population so that no one is left behind.

Program Dates

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants should have demonstrable interest and relevant experience, whether through paid employment, volunteer work, or coursework, and will commit to become socially active in affecting change in their communities. Applicants 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.

Applicants must be:

  • YSEALI Member (Not a member yet? Join here!);
  • Citizen of and 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;

Be able to participate in all 4 days of the workshop during October 28-31, 2021, in Bangkok, Thailand (TBD in early September 2021, depending on the pandemic situation at the time)

Find full details at the official link below:


Apply before 31st March, 2021