This session underscored the importance of incorporating local knowledge to ensure sustainability of any business or project. Community empowerment follows social innovation only if local leaders are identified and directly and indirectly involved in those initiatives. The session also highlighted contemporary challenges to furthering such projects in local communities and potential solutions to them leveraging social and technological innovations. The growing significance of data usage in solving problems facing the world today was also discussed. This session was facilitated by Tze-wei Ng, Deputy Director for Asia, PILnet: The Global Network for Public Interest Law.