Technologies for basic needs


September 11th, 2012

Siemens Stiftung is a foundation committed to enlarging basic services and social entrepreneurship, promoting education and strengthening culture.   They have used some examples of Practical Action’s work to illustrate the type of technologies that they are suitable for submission for their “empowering people. Award” detailed below.

It is often true that the smallest things can have the greatest impact.  With the “empowering people. Award” the Siemens Foundation has initiated a worldwide competition to identify low tech innovations for basic supply problems in developing countries.

The Foundation is calling on inventors and developers worldwide and inviting them to enter simple, appropriate technical products and solutions in the following categories:

Water & Waste Water
Energy
Waste Management & Recycling
Health
Food & Agriculture
Housing & Construction
Information & Communication Technology

Entries should be submitted online on the project website.  Entries will be professionally evaluated and an international jury will select winners.

Following the competition, the technical innovations will be categorised in a database, which will offer international practitioners in developmental cooperation a speedy and comprehensive overview of operational solutions in the categories defined.

The Foundation will also honour the best entries in an Awards Ceremony which will take place in Summer 2013.

The deadline for entries is 12 pm on 31st December 2012.

For more information visit www.empowering-people-award.org

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