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  • The deadline for entries was 31st January 2013, 12.00 am EST.
  • The first phase of evaluation took place during Spring 2013: An expert team evaluated all the entries and created a shortlist of the best submissions.
  • The jury then selected the winners from the candidates nominated on the shortlist.
  • The winners of the “empowering people. Award“ will be honoured at the Awards Ceremony in Nairobi in October 2013. 

The "empowering people. Award" aims to find solutions from the people for the people. That is why the community also has the opportunity to select its favorite solutions from the shortlisted candidates and to determine the winner of a community prize - in addition to the official Award Winners selected by the jury of experts. Everybody is invited to cast a maximum of three votes within a specific timeframe between the publication of the shortlist and the Awards Ceremony. The winner of this online voting benefits from additional publicity, and can select his prize according to his project needs from a range of communications hardware, such as a computer, a video camera or a smartphone.

The Siemens Stiftung is on the lookout for low technological solutions or products for basic supply problems in developing and emerging countries. The "empowering people. Award" was addressed to any individual, team, organisation or enterprise from any region in the world. The products or solutions submitted have to already be in use or a feasibility study had to be made available. The aim of the competition was twofold: Firstly, appropriate solutions are to be identified and awarded with prizes and secondly these innovations are to be prominently showcased on a central database on the website www.empowering-people-award.siemens-stiftung.org as soon as the winners of the competition have been defined. All intellectual properties will remain with the developer/developing team, however, the platform is an ideal opportunity for all those involved to network and further develop products and solutions if they so wish. Developmental cooperation organisations and institutions such as the Siemens Stiftung may also approach inventors to further their products.

The “empowering people. Award” is implemented by the Siemens Stiftung.

ENCOURAGE. empowering people. The Siemens Stiftung wants to empower people to actively address today’s social challenges and is dedicated to the values of Werner von Siemens. Together with cooperation partners, the foundation designs and implements local and international projects with the aim to promote individual responsibility and self-initiative. The foundation is committed to enlarging basic services and social entrepreneurship, promoting education and strengthening of culture. The Siemens Stiftung pursues an integrative approach and stands for responsible, impact-oriented and innovative project work. The foundation was established in 2008 and cooperates with the other five Siemens foundations established by the company in Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, France and the U.S. The project work of the foundation is concentrated on the focus regions Africa, Latin America and Germany/Europe

The “empowering people. Award” is supported by the Global Alliance of Siemens Foundations

All entries will be evaluated according to the following criteria:  

  • Potential of the approach in making a contribution to solve basic supply problems
  • Technical feasibility considering resource demand, functionality and reliability under local conditions
  • (Social) Business concept with view on job creation and replicability
  • Sustainability of business with view on financial aspects
  • Environmental performance, if applicable to solutions

The Siemens Stiftung is on the look out for relatively simple, appropriate technical products and solutions in the categories Water & Waste Water, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Waste Management & Recycling, Healthcare, Housing & Construction and Information & Communication Technology in order to fulfil basic needs of people in developing and emerging countries. Each product or solution submitted has to be either already implemented in a project or needs at least a prototype with a proof of concept.

All intellectual properties will remain with the developer/developing team. Siemens Stiftung assumes no liability for keeping the entries confidential. Consequently, applicants interested in securing their intellectual properties should not submit entry prior to filing patent applications in the countries for which they intend to protect their intellectual properties.

The creation of the products and solutions database on the platform > www.empowering-people-award.siemens-stiftung.org is one of the long-term main objectives of the competition. It is an ideal opportunity for all those involved to network and further develop products and solutions if they so wish. Organisations working in the field of developmental cooperation may approach individual developers/teams to implement their product or solution in a certain developing or emerging country. In the database we will publish the following data: Name of the product, a short technical description of the product or the solution (max. 100 words), 1 photo of the product or solution, your name, your mail address, the URL of your website (if available), your phone number.

An expert team will conduct initial screening and identify a shortlist of finalists. Up to 23 winners will be selected by an independent jury.

An expert team will conduct initial screening and identify a shortlist of finalists. Up to 23 winners will be selected by an independent jury.

The finalists will be notified following the creation of the shortlist. This will be in good time before the Awards Ceremony.

Basic Needs encompass food, water, shelter and clothing, but also sanitation, education, and healthcare. The Siemens Stiftung views the use of technology in concert with social entrepreneurship to improve quality of life and social structures.

Basic Needs encompass food, water, shelter and clothing, but also sanitation, education, and healthcare. The Siemens Stiftung views the use of technology in concert with social entrepreneurship to improve quality of life and social structures.

http://www.siemens-stiftung.org/en/basic-needs-social-entrepreneurship.html