Terms & Conditions

Below you can find the Terms & Conditions of the "empowering people. Award 2015"....

The “empowering people. Award” is addressed to any individual person or organization team from any region in the world. One person or one team is allowed to submit more than one entry. Entries submitted by partners of the “empowering people. Award” can be presented on the database but cannot be nominated as shortlisted projects. Members of the jury, of FASE and the AT-Verband and employees of the Siemens Stiftung are not allowed to enter.

Entries submitted by organizations represented by jury members of the “empowering people. Award” will not be evaluated by the respective jury member.


Submitting organization/enterprise should fulfill the following criteria

  • The organization/enterprise develops solutions or products which have the potential of social impact for people in developing and emerging countries.
  • The organization/enterprise develops solutions or products which are already successfully implemented to improve basic supply in developing or emerging countries.
  • The organization/enterprise has a strong focus on job creation.
  • The organization/enterprise follows values such as fairness, social responsibility and self-sustainability.
  • The organization/enterprise is not a microfinance institution, private equity fund or deposit taking institution.


Submissions should be technical products and solutions in the categories Water & Waste Water, Energy, Food & Agriculture, Waste Management, Healthcare, Sheltering, Education and Information & Communication in order to fulfil basic needs of people in developing and emerging countries. Each product or solution to be 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 property.


Since the augmentation and the growth of the Solutions Database on the platform www.empowering-people-network.siemens-stiftung.org is one of objectives of the competition, selected entries will be presented in the database with the name of the product, short technical description of the product or the solution, 1 photo of the product or solution, the inventor’s or the inventor team’s name, mail address, URL of the inventor’s or inventor team’s website (if available) and the phone number of the inventor or contact person of the inventor team.


Application is only possible via the online form provided on www.empowering-people-network.siemens-stiftung.org. All requested data must be delivered. Entries exceeding the stipulated file sizes and formats may not be considered. Submitted applications are considered final. Applications should be submitted in English. Applications in German or Spanish will also be accepted.


The applicant must confirm that the entry submitted is his own/the team’s own and does not belong to any other person, body, team or organization.


The prize money must be used for the further development of the solutions and products submitted or their implementation in projects. The Siemens Stiftung is to receive written proof of this within one year of the prize money being awarded.


Applications can be submitted by January 15, 2016, 12pm (EST). Finalists will be notified approx. four weeks before the Award Ceremony that will take place in Fall 2016 (details tbd. in time)


Participants agree that the Siemens Stiftung mention their submitted products or solution for public relations activities concerning the “empowering people. Award” after the Awards Ceremony. For extensive PR activities, the Siemens Stiftung or its partners will contact the participants directly.

Any recourse to courts of law is excluded.

You can find further information in the FAQs or contact us directly at empowering-people-network(at)siemens-stiftung.org