iDiscover started in 2015 as a passion project of Urban Discovery Ltd., a boutique consulting firm, working on urban regeneration and heritage revitalisation projects in Asia. In many of these projects, the local voice was underrepresented. There was no infrastructure for bottom-up decision-making, and residents had little say in the shaping of their environment. We met local residents who told us they wanted their voices to be heard but didn’t know how. So, we decided to create a digital portal to amplify the voice of locals in Asia's historic districts, for them to gain agency in their urban future.
Today, iDiscover is an independent non-profit working across Southeast Asia. We help locals map what matters to them. It has been an inspirational journey. We walked over a million steps, distributed over 100,000 neighbourhood maps, featured thousands of local residents and shops, made them proud and had lots of fun on the way!
An Award-Winning Journey
We love what we do, and we’re delighted there is a community out there that values our work. We even managed to pick up some awards on the way. No matter how big or small, each of these accomplishments marks another step in our journey. It means the world to us and the people we work with. Together, we strive to keep heritage alive.
We believe the future of travel is responsible travel.
We meet locals, and we learn what they love.
We like getting lost.
Walk with us.