Agneta Persson, Global Director - Future Cities, WSP Group
Anna Bellander, Director of Communications, Svensk Form
Kristina Birath, Director of Environment and Community Planning, Municipality of Eskilstuna
Peter Nõu, Programme Manager, VINNOVA - Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems
Petra Wadström, Innovator/Founder, Solvatten
Thomas Stoll, Director of Research & Development, Tengbom Architects
Tomas Lagerberg, Director of Research, ABB
Birgitta Sandström Lagercrantz, Smart Living Challenge, Jury Secretary
What can you win?
The important part of the competition is what comes after! The 15 winners will be awarded a trip to Sweden, where they will visit a dozen innovative hotspots, be matched both with needs-driven stakeholders and with other actors pursuant to the development and realisation of their innovations, join an international network of committed innovators (the winners and others), be given the opportunity to present their proposals to a group of business angels (early investors).
What types of ideas?
The competition aims for ‘smart’ solutions, and 'smart' means solutions that offer people a better quality of life without excessive resource usage. These solutions are to facilitate a more sustainable lifestyle, taking into consideration both the earth’s limited resources and the limited time and money available to the individual citizen. Both services and products are of interest – solutions that can meet one or more of the challenges in the Eat, Live and/or Move categories.
The ideas/innovations must be of a kind that can be used by consumers in everyday life; alternatively, the end-customer could be a private individual or group of individuals. Entries may comprise anything from completely new ideas that have yet to be developed to existing solutions that have yet to be widely used.
The winners will include at least one entry from each participating continent (Asia, Africa, Northern Latin America and Europe). Both completely new ideas and ones already realised will be among the winning entries.
Other aspects besides the above are also taken into account – environmental impact, for instance, will be assessed on the basis of the Planetary Boundaries concept. Does the proposal contribute to ecosystem services, is there a cradle-to-cradle (C2C) perspective in the design and production of the service/product? How likely is it that the proposal can be implemented by the person taking part (credibility)? How does the idea correspond to present needs and what is its commercial potential?
What ideas are ruled out?
For each competitive category, the basic principle is that there must be a reasonable chance of implementing the solutions in an existing city environment.
Solutions that require very extensive infrastructural changes are therefore ruled out, e.g. large-scale infrastructural projects such as the construction of a new road network.
In the Move category, solutions involving the non-movement of people and goods – such as video conferences etc – are also ruled out.
In the Eat category, solutions involving rural cultivation techniques are ruled out, unless these are directly linked to an urban project.
In the Live category, solutions involving the further development of existing products promoting energy efficiency are ruled out.
Who are on the jury?
The comprise people familiar with different aspects of the competition, i.e. urban development, architecture, manufacturing, sustainability, design, innovation and business development (see list of jury members above).
They are assisted in their task by an international reference group containing representatives of each participating continent, who will check the international relevance of the various proposals.
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Regarding requests outside Sweden, please contact Birgitta Tennander at the Swedish institute, birgitta.tennander [at] si.se, to start a dialogue.
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