The eight categories of the Award are areas of basic supply. These are Water & Waste Water, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Waste Management, Healthcare, Sheltering, Education, Information & Communication.

Water & Waste Water

The entries 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 complex solutions.




Energy is crucial for the use of most technologies. Entries may vary from simple energy supply for a single machine or a few households up to renewable solutions for 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

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

Waste Management

The Siemens Stiftung is looking for solutions which have a lasting impact on the improvement of solid waste management. 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.




This category encompasses materials and methods for the construction and the heating or cooling of houses in urban and rural zones.

Information & Communication

Information and communication technology, even at a relatively low level, can dramatically improve living conditions. Technologies entered should help to develop communities, implement alerts, improve the market overview, and support communication in rural regions.




Technological solutions for education 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 or environmental issues.