The Award is a lookout for appropriate technologies to improve basic supply in crucial areas for a second time. From July 2015 to January 2016 inventors and social entrepreneurs were called upon to submit their simple tech innovations and related business strategies in eight categories. The Award Ceremony took place in Berlin on October 6, 2016.
Siemens Stiftung has developed a comprehensive and growing Solutions Database showcasing the most promising innovations of the Award. Putting such inventions in an international spotlight, making their social impact potential visible fosters a climate of cooperation between developer and user on the ground. As members of the empowering people. Network the showcased projects are also supported through virtual and regional workshops, training and coaching.
The Siemens Stiftung honoured the 1st prize-winner with a sum of 50,000 EUR. The second prize was valued at 30,000 EUR, the third at 20,000 EUR and a further 5,000 EUR have benn awarded to 20 runners up. A Community Prize has also been awarded with a prize of hardware to the value of 3,000 Euro.
The winners will further receive promotion on an international scale with global public relations activities ensuring wide visibility. They will become members of an international Network that offers essential support, valuable know-how, helpful insights and connections.
Entries have been evaluated according to:
- Potential of project to help solve basic supply problems
- Technical feasibility with regard to resources at hand, functionality and reliability in local conditions
- (Social) Business concept regarding job creation and replicability
- Financial sustainability potential
- Environmental performance
Siemens Stiftung has initiated this worldwide innovation award to identify appropriate technical solutions for implementation in developmental activities. The combination of technological innovations, entrepreneurial approaches and capacity building is considered to be the key driver in the improvement of living conditions in emerging countries. The aim of the empowering people. Award and the empowering people. Network is therefore to connect innovative solutions for basic supply problems in developing countries with potential partners, investors and other key players in development work.
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The empowering people. Award 2012 was a great success! On October 30th, 2013, a total of 23 winners were honored at the Award Ceremony in Nairobi, Kenia.
The winning solutions greatly helped to sustainably improve living conditions in developing countries by enabling people to independently better their supply of basic needs. These innovations focused on the most crucial supply challenges, many of them attracted immense interest among players from different fields of development work after the Award.