The Financial Times and Citi today announce the finalists for the second annual FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action programme. The awards aim to recognise individuals, teams, organisations and community groups that have developed groundbreaking solutions to urban challenges that benefit cities, citizens and urban communities.
Submissions were received from 44 countries and judges selected the finalists by region, based on the most innovative solutions enabling urban progress across city administration, transport systems, energy and utilities, education and resource management, housing, health, social services, mobile technologies, community engagement and collaboration platforms.
One winner will be chosen for each region and a global winner will be announced at an awards dinner in New York on December 10, where Edward Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics at Harvard University, will deliver the keynote address.
2013 FT/City Ingenuity Award finalists:AFRICA & MIDDLE EASTBicycling Empowerment Network, NamibiaLEAP Africa, NigeriaSanergy, NairobiShack/Slum Dwellers International Alliance, Cape Town ASIA-PACIFICaProCh, AhmedabadCMC, BangaloreDigicel PNG Foundation, Papua New GuineaParinaam Foundation, Bangalore EUROPE3Space, LondonBIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, CopenhagenBlaBlaCar, ParisTrees for Cities, London LATIN AMERICAAprenda, PeruBelo Horizonte City Council, BrazilFundación Calicanto, Panama CityIBM, Rio de Janeiro NORTH AMERICA & CARIBBEANBaltimore Housing, Baltimore, MarylandThe Competitiveness Company, JamaicaNational Portrait Gallery, Washington DCSeeClickFix, New Haven, Connecticut "This year's entries included inspiring and effective solutions to key issues plaguing local communities,” said Michael Skapinker, assistant editor and editor of special reports for the Financial Times. “All of the impressive work submitted by the finalists has great implications for innovative solutions to urban challenges around the globe.” “The demands on individual cities to prepare for growth and to be competitive in the global economy are tremendous. We are proud to recognize those striving to develop innovative urban solutions that enable progress for their communities and ultimately society as a whole,” said Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President of Global Public Affairs, Citi. “These finalists inspire us as we work to provide the world’s top 150 urban centers with the financial support they need to modernize, support economic development and create jobs.”