Monday, 7 May 2012

We are proud to announce that Susteco's Big Hanna Composter has won the Living Labs Global Award 2012

We are proud to announce that Susteco's Big Hanna Composter has won the Living Labs Global Award 2012 introducing Composting on-site in Green Communities. 
“Birmingham’s chosen winner for the Living Labs Global Award 2012, Composting on-site in Green Communities, has the potential to empower residents and small businesses to play their part and exploit new and emerging technological solutions that can accelerate benefits.
This solution offers an opportunity to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill and the production of harmful gases and thus it helps to create a greener city, support local initiatives and involve local citizens in their neighbourhoods as well as contributing towards Co2 reduction targets.”

Link to the presentation
Award Announcement:
Twenty-one global cities from Asia, Africa, Europe, North and Latin America have announced the winners of the Living Labs Global Award 2012 (LLGA 2012) in Rio de Janeiro. The Award presented major urban challenges faced by cities such as Barcelona, San Francisco, Cape Town, Mexico City, Birmingham, Rio de Janeiro or Lagos, to which 555  companies from about 50 countries responded by presenting their innovative solutions. Cities spend EUR 3.5 Trillion annually in public procurement, and technologies promise major efficiency, accessibility and service quality gains.

During the first world meeting in Latin America on the smart use of technologies and services, public leaders from 21 global cities have revealed the winning innovative solutions that best meet strategic challenges in their municipalities. Winning solutions of the LLGA 2012 will now be piloted in the participating cities over the next 12 months, to evaluate their impact to meet the challenges.

A quote from Sascha Haselmayer, Co-Founder of Living Labs Global:
“Today we have witnessed a major commitment towards meeting some of the world’s pressing urban challenges, with the goal of improving the lives of more than 50% of the world’s population by using clean technologies, smart services and better accessibility. The winners will now have the opportunity to implement their solutions in real-life, and work together with stakeholders in the 21 partner cities to prove their impact.”

LLGA 2012:
In a unique global effort, 555 technology solutions from about 50 countries submitted to the Living Labs Global Award 2012 in February, while 109 were shortlisted in March. Winners have been selected after an international two-round jury process involving 174 jurors, under the auspices of Living Labs Global, a non-profit association based in Copenhagen and Barcelona working with 50 cities and 450 companies around the world to promote service innovation in cities. The Living Labs Global Award is a unique global process providing full accountability in the evaluation through independent experts. The LLGA 2012 was carried out by Living Labs Global, together with Rio de Janeiro, the City of Barcelona, 20 global cities and partners Oracle and The Climate Group.

LLG Award Ceremony:
The LLGA 2012 Ceremony was attended by 200 participants from 22 countries in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as part of the Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities.

Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities:
On the second day of the meeting, May 3, during the Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, 200 delegates including public leaders from 30 international cities and pioneering entrepreneurs driving social and technological innovation are engaging in matchmaking activities to foster partnerships and dialogues on the investment priorities of participating cities: Urban Systems & Services, Health & Wellbeing, Open Government & Accessibility, Clean and Green Cities, Tourism & Mobility. 

About Living Labs Global:
Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Barcelona (Spain), working with 50 cities and 450 companies and research centres in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas with a mission to open the market for service innovation in cities and overcoming key technology, organisation and trade barriers. The Living Labs Global Award is an annual process over 8 months in which cities present their challenges and provide guidance to the business and technology community on future investment plans and needs. Solution providers respond by submitting existing technologies as entries for evaluation by an international jury.

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