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Innovation serving the city and its citizens
For the third year in a row, Le Monde is kicking off its urban innovation competition. The Le Monde Smart Cities Awards are intended to promote the best urban transformation projects deserving to receive greater attention, so that others can follow their example, adapting it if necessary to their own context.
As a company, municipality, association or even an individual, perhaps you have considered or started implementing an original and effective solution for your urban environment. Le Monde invites you introduce your project and vie for one of the Le Monde Smart Cities awards.
Smart and sustainable cities are aimed at improving services and quality of living, resilience, environmental protection, cost-cutting, and deeper democracies; they foster effective integration of information technologies all the while fundamentally drawing inspiration from the expectations and participation of citizens.
Whether it applies to an islet, neighbourhood or entire city, your project must address the issues at stake in smart and sustainable cities.
Le Monde Smart Cities Awards wish to commend not institutions, but concrete solutions currently in development. These solutions need to stand out for their originality, effectiveness and impact on the urban area, in one of the six following areas:
This award will go to a social and/or digital innovation in the approach to urban cultural activities.
This award will commend a project that seeks to reduce the carbon footprint of cities by either reducing their consumption or improving their energy efficiency.
Housing and urban planning
This award will commend an innovative project in terms of urban living areas (residential, offices, new materials, etc.).
This award will go to a technological and/or social and/or circular economy innovation, applied to the urban context.
This award will go to a project that fosters mobility on a more life-size scale, more economical and respectful of the environment.
This award will commend a democratic, horizontal process in which citizens take on a part in developing and managing physical and virtual urban spaces and services.
You have developed a concrete European solution aiming to improve citizens' lives in urban areas? Be rewarded for your solution and give visibility to your project by participating to the Le Monde Smart Cities European Innovation Awards. Candidates for the European Award must submit projects developed in Europe (as defined by the Council of Europe). All applications are accepted: start-up, municipal governments, associations, neighborhoods, citizens or citizen groups.
Applications until February 25th, 2018.
You have developed a concrete solution in a non-European country aiming to improve citizens' lives in urban areas? Be rewarded for your solution and give visibility to your project by participating to the Le Monde Smart Cities World Innovation Awards. All applications are accepted: start-up, municipal governments, associations, neighborhoods, citizens or citizen groups.
Applications until May 13th, 2018.
Be rewarded for your project
Each winning projects will benefit from a dedicated article, published on Le Monde's website.
The project that will win the Judges’ Grand Prize will be rewarded with a €2,000 cheque.
Each Le Monde Smart Cities Award laureate will be rewarded with a €1,000 cheque.