1 feb 2013

Enabling Urban Progress - Financial Times and Citi call for entries for 2013 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards

In the last two days we talked about winners, today we talk of a premium, unique in its kind.
The 2013 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action are all about recognizing the freshest, brightest, most innovative ideas, wherever they come from that help ensure cities remain centres of creativity and progress.

With more than half the world’s population lives in cities, their leaders, and inhabitants will have to find new ways to thrive. The explosive growth of urban communities is one of the most significant demographic trends of the 21st century. The competitiveness and vitality of the world’s cities depends on the decisions and innovations of all urban stakeholders, from citizens and communities to organizations, corporations and municipalities. This global programme was developed by the Financial Times and Citi, in collaboration with INSEAD, to recognize those promoting urban progress.

In 2012, the Awards featured a broad global representation, with entries from over 40 countries, and from city authorities, community groups, charities and companies. The most important criterion: the winning projects needed to be enduring. Category winners were announced in the fields of Energy, Education, Infrastructure and Healthcare.

The overall winner of the 2012 awards, and winning in the Energy category, was the Community Cooker – based in Kenya, an innovative and practical waste-burning stove, with tremendous potential for environmental, economic and social change in low resource environments. It operates on a simple principle: young locals collect rubbish, which is burned in the cooker at high temperature levels. The heat generated is used for cooking, sterilizing and industrial purposes.
This is an invention that works across a plethora of problems and enhances life for some of society’s poorest. There is no reason why similar technologies might not be applied elsewhere.
CollegePossible won the Education category.
Winning the Infrastructure category was the Vélib’ projectlaunched by JCDecaux.
The GlaxoSmithKlein New Citizen Health Care Project won the Healthcare category.

In 2013, the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards will recognize urban ingenuity in a wide range of areas — from city administration, transport systems, energy and utilities, education and resource management, to housing, health, public safety, social services, mobile technologies and community engagement. To be considered, solutions should:
- Have been implemented between 2007 and 2012
- Address a serious social, economic, environmental or health-related challenge
- Improve the quality of urban life
Submissions will be accepted online from January 28, 2013 to March 31, 2013. Winners will be chosen by region and a global winner will be announced at an awards dinner in New York in December 2013.

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