The first event in the new CTCN Partnership and Liaison Office in Songdo, Korea, was held Friday, 22 July 2022. The Networking event for Korean members, hosted by the CTCN and the Green Technology Centre (GTC), aimed to provide key insights and support to Network members seeking advice on implementing CTCN technical assistance, connecting with other Network members in similar fields to learn about successful technology transfer, and showcasing and receiving feedback about their own innovative climate solutions.
The event focused on the idea of ‘co-creation,’ which can be defined as the collaborative design of common values (i.e., concepts, solutions, products, and services) that each one of the members, experts, and stakeholders all pursue. In every way, we are the experts in our own experiences. Taking this approach, the event introduced four volunteer Network members who had developed innovative solutions together and matched them with experts to provide immediate feedback on the solutions’ feasibility and impact potential.
The first session explored challenges and lessons learned about scale-up following the completion of Korean pro bono technical assistance cases, underscoring insights gained from hands-on experiences delivering technical assistance in Tanzania, Laos, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. Session two matched the ‘future champions’ with thematic experts who provided more targeted technical feedback on solutions in two different sectors – agriculture/food systems and innovative technologies.
The feedback that was provided for both adaptation and mitigation solutions centered around several diverse elements that support the creation of marketable solutions, such as supply chain issues, importance of local partners, understanding users, distinguishing solutions from those of competitors, sustainability of solutions, and their ultimate replicability.
Network members departed the event better equipped with ideas on how to improve their technology solutions while having benefited from an opportunity to gain visibility and expand their own networks by forging connections with Climate Technology Network members, funders, and technical experts.
The overview booklet for the event featuring the itinerary and all speaker presentations is available below under Documents.