Press releases | Basics Needs & Social Entrepreneurship 07.02.2013

“empowering people. Award“– 800 inventors from over 90 countries submit technical inventions to improve the supply of basic services

A total of 200,000 Euros in prize money will be awarded to the best technical solutions. An international jury of experts will evaluate the entries.

Since the launch of the competition in June 2012 at the UN Summit for Sustainable Development, inventors and developers have been called upon to submit their tested solutions and products. At the close of the competition on 31st January 2013, over 800 qualified submissions from 90 countries were entered. The aim of the Award is to identify appropriate technical solutions that enable the sustainable improvement of basic supply issues in developing and emerging countries and to make these solutions available to the public.

”We are overwhelmed with the response to the competition! It has already become apparent that we have received innovative and practicable entries in all the categories of the ‘empowering people. Award’”, commented Rolf Huber, Managing Director of the Siemens Stiftung. Submissions have been entered from all around the world with a large proportion coming, as expected, from developing and emerging countries themselves. This is not least due to direct communication via social media channels, which sparked interest in the ”empowering people. Award“ amongst the growing community.

The Siemens Stiftung plans to create an online platform with the entries to the competition. This database of practical solutions and products will also serve as a networking platform designed to bring together inventors and their inventions with people on the ground as well as with NGOs, aid organizations or potential investors. “Over the last few weeks, we have already observed a lively exchange taking place on social media channels between inventors, implementating organizations and potential users in the regions themselves. We are convinced that easier access to, and direct exchange about technical solutions will enable their more effective use in development and aid projects”, stated Huber.

The evaluation phase of the competition has now begun. An expert team will evaluate all the entries submitted according to the criteria defined and create a shortlist of the most promising submissions. A renowned international jury from the fields of commerce, science and developmental cooperation will then select the winners. The Siemens Stiftung will award a sum of 50,000 Euros to the top Prize Winner. The second prize is a total of 30,000 Euros and the third prize a total of 20,000 Euros. A further twenty finalists will be awarded 5,000 Euros each.

The KfW (business area development bank), the Helmholtz Association and the UN-Habitat are partners of the international competition.

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