The Urbanist Dispatch is proud to be a collaborating partner for the Living Labs Global Award 2012. New innovative ideas are needed to move cities forward, and the 2012 nominees have been announced! Please check out the following press release:

Living Labs Global jointly with 21 global cities has announced a shortlist of over 100 innovative, citizen-centred and sustainable technology solutions selected from 555 entries to the Living Labs Global Award 2012. Nominated solutions meet challenges covering areas such as Affordable Housing, Prevention of Obesity, Transport & Mobility, Tourism, Access to the Knowledge Society and Inclusive Governance, to improve the lives of 110 million citizens in these 21 cities in four continents. Winners will be announced at the Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities on 2-3 May 2012, bringing together leaders from visionary cities and pioneering entrepreneurs.

Barcelona (Spain)/Copenhagen (Denmark), 5th March, 2012 Today 21 global cities jointly with Living Labs Global, partners Citymart, Oracle and The Climate Group have announced the results of its first round evaluation of 555 entries received from 55 countries, which was carried out by an international expert jury as part of the Living Labs Global Award 2012.

The 109 shortlisted solutions have been announced here:

Shortlisted companies and organisations are now invited to provide in-depth supporting information, leading to the announcement of the winners at the Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities on 2nd May, 2012.

The winners of the 21 city categories of the Living Labs Global Award 2012 will be invited to carry out a full-scale pilot in the cities, to evaluate impact, provide input into product development, and improve procurement or regulatory decisions by cities later on. This has transformed the way waste management is planned in Barcelona, the way venture capital is provided to social entrepreneurs in Cape Town, or community healthcare is delivered in New Taipei City.

Councillor Paul Tilsley, Deputy of Birmingham City Council (UK), one of the 21 participating cities, which is seeking solutions for waste management, said “We think the Living Labs Global Award is a real opportunity to help find an innovative solution, fully utilising emerging technologies to efficiently and effectively process food waste, resulting in a sustainable energy source for the benefit of Birmingham business and residents.”

About the Living Labs Global Award 2012:

Living Labs Global, a non-profit association based in Barcelona and Copenhagen promoting digital service innovation in cities, is organising the 2012 edition of the Living Labs Global Award in cooperation with the Cities of Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome-Lazio, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa to choose the companies and organizations that have developed solutions that add high
value to users in cities around the world with the aim of helping over 110 million citizens in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

The Award is organised in partnership with Citymart, Oracle and The Climate Group, with winners being presented during the Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, at which 4 experts/journalists will moderate discussions among the 21 cities and over 100 shortlisted companies will participate.

For more information please contact Living Labs Global:

Email: / Tel.: 0034 93 1855110


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John Cruz, MUP, is an urbanist, photographer, and city planner. He has lived in Detroit, Montréal, and now resides in St. Louis.
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