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PAST WINNERS IN THE CATEGORY Smart Cities

2017 - Smart Cities - Category Winner

eLichens

eLichens provides unique miniaturized pollutant sensors and cloud software services that can detect, monitor and predict air quality. Smart City services are emerging for managing city’s green spaces & infrastructure, energetics footprint, pollution sources, traffic management and carbon budget. eLichens has the unique opportunity to materialize these services and play a key and a growing role in an eco-aware environment where communities, government agencies and citizens benefit from this strategy. eLichens differentiator is its unique hybrid approach that resides on a correlation between real time sensors network & gas dispersion models. The data associated with Air Quality becomes relevant and it allows personalized services. This approach is put in action through a progressive cost effective deployment (pollution stations) for a fast-time-to-be-operational purpose. Beyond the Smart City market, eLichens solutions have great potential in industrial gas detectors and consumer electronics markets, such as Safety & Security, Smart Building & Smart Home, and Automotive.
2018 - Smart Cities - Category Winner

Waste4Think

Nearly 9% of the waste generated in the European Union comes from households, which means an average of 475kg per person every year. Overall, 26% of municipal waste is still sent to landfill, 27% incinerated and only 47% of municipal waste in EU is composted or recycled. This means that 80 million tons of recyclable materials are thrown away or ‘wasted’ annually Among recyclables, biowaste (and specially food waste) is the most sensitive fraction as its management (as resource for material or energy recovery) is a key point into a good waste management system. Moreover, about 75% of food waste may be avoidable so efforts on prevention should be intensified. Waste management represents a cost of billions of Euros in our public budgets and in environmental terms means over 3% of total GHG emissions in Europe (over 100 million tons of GHG). The challenge is then to improve the waste management not only in economic or operational terms but also considering the environmental and social impacts. To this end WASTE4THINK sets out to move forward the current waste management practise into a circular economy motto. To make so, we propose the integration and validation of 20 eco-innovative solutions that cover all the value chain from innovative social actions to prevent waste generation to ICT tools and economic instruments to enhance collection and recycling and two new processes for the recovery of high-grade valuable materials from waste. The benefits of these solutions are being enhanced by a holistic waste data management methodology based on ICT tools built over FIWARE community. These tools are being demonstrated and validated in 4 complementary urban areas in Europe with different socio-economic and demographic characteristics. This disruptive approach enables Waste4Think to provide a breakthrough solution compared to the current commercial ones in the field of urban waste management. The most innovative aspect this project presents is the combination of social actions and ICT based solutions that enable the achievement of the following objectives: increase 20% waste sorting rate, 10% of savings in management costs and 10% reduction of GHG emissions. The overall objective of Waste4Think is to provide local authorities with the necessary tools to turn local economies into zero-waste ecosystems where waste is seen not as a problem but as an opportunity for economic and social growth. We can say it is an opportunity to empower society by encouraging public engagement and by acting as a driver for creating new business models and green jobs as well as new, fairer and more sustainable forms of governance, The consortium of the project is made of 19 partners from 6 European countries that will work together during 42 months with an overall budget of more than 10M€.
2019 - Smart Cities - Category Winner

SweetSense

SweetSense technology is a robust, fully-integrated, compact, low-powered, high resolution data acquisition system. It is tarted specifically to the $40 billion annual global development market. SweetSense is used on applications including water pumps, water filters, cookstoves, and latrines, with cellular or satellite based reporting to a central server where user and performance data is analyzed and graphed online in near-real time. Hundreds of SweetSense units have been deployed in 12 countries,
2011 - Smart Cities - Category Winner

Freshkills Park

A former marshland and landfill, New York City’s Freshkills Park (FKP) is being transformed into a productive and beautiful landscape, exemplifying the ability to restore our natural environment. With sports fields, playgrounds, and beautiful natural landscape, it turns the waste from the former landfill into biogas, helping to power the electrical grid for New York City.
2012 - Smart Cities - Category Winner

AguaClara

A research program at Cornell University, AguaClara produces engineering designs for reliable and sustainable municipal water treatment plants. The program has produced a water treatment technology that does not use electricity or high tech equipment. The design is powered by gravity and scaled to fit each community, using local materials and few moving parts. AguaClara plants serve 30,000 people in rural Honduras.
2013 - Smart Cities - Category Winner

Archive Global

ARCHIVE stands for: Architecture for Health in Vulnerable Environments. This New York City nonprofit develops housing designs aimed at combatting disease in the developing world. Example: simply converting dirt floors to cement can dramatically reduce the incidence of diarrhea, especially in children under five.
2014 - Smart Cities - Category Winner

Power Plus Communications

By means of a real-time communication platform, “energy butler” devices help homes to optimize consumption according to the availability of renewable energy. This solution, based in the German city of Mannheim, involves an intelligent power grid that balances energy demand and supply. A communication platform, provided by broadband powerline, is the key technology in the project. All components and participants in the system – energy production, distribution, and consumption – are linked in real time. An “energy butler” is the interface between this smart grid and the 1,000 households connected. It collects information about energy prices and the origin of energy supplies. This helps to optimize energy consumption in the home, either manually or automatically, according to the availability of renewable energy and electricity prices.

Smart Cities

The road to success is always under construction.

Lily Tomlin, Actress
The continued growth of the global human population demands changes to infrastructure and living spaces. As well, food, energy, communications, water, and other resource delivery systems need to be upgraded and streamlined. This category covers the creation of energy efficient and sustainable remakes of the current systems in place to house and support people.

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Dagmar Haase Professor, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research

Dagmar was PhD student at the University of Leipzig, Department of Geography, and focused her research on modelling and monitoring water and matter fluxes in disturbed and landscape systems. She finished her PhD thesis on modelling matter fluxes of disturbed urban floodplain forests. Dagmar Haase...
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Deo Karan CEO: CRC for Low Carbon Living, University of NSW, Sydney, Australia

Deo won the 2006 Royal Australian Institute of Architect’s National Education Award for contribution to ‘sustainability education, research and design’. In 2004 he won the NSW State Government’s individual GreenGlobe Award for ‘showing leadership and commitment to the supply of renewable...
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Emilio D'Alessio Architect, Urban Critic, Sustainable Development Advisor

He was founder and President of Agenda 21 Italy, a network of 400+ cities engaged in local sustainability. He has been a member of the Executive Committee of ICLEI from 2004 to 2009. In 2012 he was nominated in the EU-URBACT Capitalisation Expert Group. He represents Local Authorities in the...
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Eva M. Gladek CEO, Metabolic

Metabolic provides strategy consulting and software tools for solving complex sustainability questions and informing new pathways forward. Our clients range from utilities, multi-nationals, and NGOs, to private foundations and governments. The vision of Metabolic also includes expanding our impact...
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Gian Carlo Delgado-Ramos Researcher, National Autonomous University of Mexico

He is a full time researcher on “City, Management, Land and Environment” program of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Sciences and Humanities at UNAM. He is also member of the National Research System of the National Science and Technology Council (CONACYT), Mexico. He is the recipient...
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Gunnar Hubbard Principal and Sustainability Practice Leader, Thornton Thomasetti

As a principal and Thornton Tomasetti’s Sustainability practice leader, he oversees green building experts in the New York City, Chicago, London, San Francisco and Portland, Maine, offices and collaborates with the firm’s nine other practices and all 34 offices. He is a Fellow of the American...
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Hans Nikol Head of Open Innovation, Philips Lighting

D. in 1993. The following two years he spent as a postdoc at the California Institute of Technology. In 1995, he joined Philips Research and worked on luminescent materials for display and lighting applications, including LEDs and OLEDs. After several positions in Research, he joined Philips...
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Janis Birkeland Honorary Professorial Fellow (retired) University of Melbourne

She has taught in several universities, most recently as Prof. of Sustainable Design at the University of Auckland and Professor of Architecture at the Queensland University of Technology. In her professional life she was an architect, urban designer, city planner and attorney in San Francisco –...
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John Reaves Principal, Learningworlds.com

A current focus is on developing practices, methodologies, and digital tools to enhance collaboration and accelerate innovation between diverse groups across the ecosystem of change....
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