Siemens Award aims to Empower People to Develop Innovative Low-tech Sustainability Solutions

The Siemens Stiftung, which aims to empower people to actively address today’s social challenges, has launched the ‘empowering.people Award‘ to encourage people to develop innovative low-tech sustainability solutions. The competition aims to make innovative technology more accessible to the development community, and to empower people to improve their own social and economic conditions.

Innovators and developer teams are invited to submit a proven product or solution that can help combat development challenges by providing better access to appropriate technology.  Ideas and projects entered into the competition will be made available to governments, innovators and development organisations through a global database which provides access to knowledge and financial resources. Entrants and their projects will become visible to international partners and investors. 

Siemens Stiftung empowering people award

“The competition aims to identify and promote simple technical solutions that can contribute to an improvement in basic supply. Developers and inventors worldwide are invited to participate“, stated Rolf Huber, Managing Director of the Board at the Siemens Stiftung. “This is why we are pleased to have gained strong partners and renowned jury members from various disciplines for the ‘empowering people. Award‘. With their skills and experience they create a network for the direct implementation of the technical solutions entered in this competition.“

The Siemens Stiftung will create a database with the entries so that these solutions will be accessible to the public and to practitioners as well as to potential investors.

A renowned international jury of experts from the fields of commerce, science and developmental cooperation will evaluate and select the winners from the entries which will be submitted by 31st December 2012. Members of the jury include:

  • Andre Dzikus, UN-Habitat Programme Manager Water and Sanitation
  • Dr. Christoph Frei, Secretary General World Energy Council (WEC)
  • Tanja Gönner, Chair of the Management Board Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
  • Prof. Dr. Peter Gruss, President of the Max Planck Society
  • Wolfgang Hafenmayer, Managing Partner LGT Venture Philanthropy
  • Felix Oldenburg, Europe Leader and Director Germany for Ashoka
  • Dr. Dorothea Ringe, Head of Strategy and Finance at the Oxford Entrepreneurship Centre, Said Business School
  • Prof. Dr. Georg Teutsch, Scientific Managing Director Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research (UFZ)
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Töpfer, Executive Director Institute for Advanced Sustainability Studies (IASS)
  • Simon Trace, CEO Practical Action
  • Gavin Wall, Director Rural Infrastructure and Agroindustries Division, Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations (FAO)

The first prize, to be awarded in June 2013 by the Siemens Stiftung, is Euros 50,000. The second prize is Euros 30,000 with Euros 20,000 for third place. A further Euros 5,000 will be awarded to 20 runners up.

Source: Siemens Stiftung

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