• The winners of the empowering people. Award 2016 pose with their awards.
    Siemens Stiftung honored 23 inventors and social entrepreneurs for their innovative low-technology solutions that improve living conditions for many people.
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Siemens Stiftung honors low-technology solutions for development with the empowering people. Award

The empowering people. Award – A Sustainable Endeavor

Simple yet intelligent technologies can help people lead more dignified lives by improving access to basic services and making development work more sustainable.

The international empowering people. Award held by Siemens Stiftung seeks to identify such efficient solutions that tackle key challenges in basic supply in developing regions and also provide potential for social business. More than 800 technical innovations from 88 countries were entered in the second round of the contest (2015/2016) and evaluated by experts in technology for development and social entrepreneurship. The 23 shortlisted candidates succeeded in fulfilling the stringent criteria that include the potential of the solution to solve basic supply problems, its technical feasibility under local conditions, the (social) business concept with view of job creation and financial sustainability potential as well as its environmental performance. The top three winners have been ranked by an international jury and awarded at the Award Ceremony on 6th October 2016 in Berlin with prize money of 50,000, 30,000 and 20,000 Euro. Further 20 Runners-up received 5,000 Euro each. The winner of an extra Community Prize determined by engaged activists in the web community receives hardware in the value of 3,000 Euro.

The Award is part of Siemens Stiftung’s sustainable empowering people endeavor. For the winning social entrepreneurs and organizations it is an invitation to long-term membership in the empowering people. Network, which provides support in implementing their technologies, offers capacity building and facilitates networking opportunities.

Award Categories
Water and Waste Water – Energy – Food and Agriculture – Waste Management – Healthcare – Sheltering – Education – Information and Communication