The eight categories of the Award cover crucial areas of basic supply. They are linked to the Sustainable Development Goals and focus on areas that are relevant for reduction of poverty and improvement of life on a sustainable basis.

Water & Sanitation

Solutions should enable individuals or communities to create, maintain and manage their water supply and/or their waste water treatment. Entries can range from simple solutions such as a clay water filter to more advanced solutions.


Energy is crucial for use of most technologies. Entries may vary from simple energy supply for a single machine or provide renewable solutions to a few households or an entire community. Sustainable energy (provided by solar, water, wind, or other sources) could be used for mobility, electricity, cooking, heating, manufacturing etc.

Food & Agriculture

The usage of technology can considerably improve harvest, even in regions with poor soil or difficult climate conditions. Submitted solutions may help people to get the most out of the soil and, at the same time save resources and avoid spoiling valuable food. Products and solutions for the processing and distribution of food is also an important factor in this category.

Waste Management

Siemens Stiftung is looking for solutions which have a lasting impact on the improvement of solid waste management and thus saving resources and improving living conditions. The scope may range from solutions for composting and anaerobic digestion to different recycling approaches.


The scope of entries may range from sanitation infrastructure to simple instruments for medical use. Further, e-health solutions or technologies to educate individuals or communities on the subjects of health and nutrition are required.

Mobility & Infrastructure

Reliable infrastructure and innovative mobility solutions are important preconditions for economic development. Submitted solutions can focus on sustainable transportation of freight and people using inland modes of transport like road, railways or waterways. The usage of renewable energy forms can be an important factor as well.

Financial Technology (FinTech)

Financial technologies are becoming a crucial component for the economic development in developing regions. Solutions entering the award may facilitate management of microfinance for communities or provide viable tele payment via mobile phone. They may also support bringing non-banking communities under their ambit. 

Education & Training

Technological solutions for education and training can support the widespread sharing of knowledge and the effectiveness of education whether at schools or in approaches to vocational training. The solutions should improve the education in various fields including school subjects, crafts, health, hygiene, environmental issues or entrepreneurial skills.