Announcement of the winners of the empowering people. Award in Nairobi on October 30th, 2013

November 04, 2013

Technology helps. In developing and emerging countries, simple technical solutions adapted to existing conditions offer huge potential for positive social, environmental, and economic change.

The “empowering people. Award” aims to find and provide such solutions and products and help extend them to others to be used as effectively as possible. The award honors serviceable technical solutions in the fields of Water & Waste Water, Energy, Health, Living & Construction, Food & Agriculture, Waste Management & Recycling, and Information & Communication Technology.

Engineering and development professionals have compiled a shortlist of the 23 best technical solutions from more than 800 submissions received by January 31, 2013. An international senior-level jury of economic, science, and development cooperation selected the top three winners:

First Prize: OneDollarGlasses, Germany
Second Prize: MakaPads – Sanitary Pads, Uganda
Third Prize: Jompy Water Boiler, U.K.

The Community Prize went to: Solar Reflectors, Mexico

The Awards Ceremony took place on October 30th 2013 in Nairobi, Kenya. The day before all winners participated in the “Empowering People Workshop” together with members of the Community Impact Development Group (CIDG).

Carola Schwank
Carola Schwank

Carola Schwank is project manager of the “empowering people. Award” at Siemens Stiftung (foundation). After studying German Philology, History, Political Science and Sociology she held several managing positions in communications and social policy at Siemens AG. From 2000 to 2009, she headed the internal and external communication activities of Siemens in the Erlangen-Nuremberg region. Since October 2009, she has worked as a senior project manager in the action area of Basic Needs and Social Entrepreneurship at the Siemens Stiftung.

You can follow her @Emp_Ppl_Award.

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