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Living Labs Global Award 2012

Living Labs Global Award 2012

Who are Living Labs Global?

Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark) which promotes new technologies and services in cities.

The Award

The Awards' last editions attracted 562 entries from 41 countries with winners including, among others, a smart real-time peer-to-peer parking system in Stockholm and an open data citizen participation platform in San Francisco.
Oracle Corporation has been named as the lead corporate partner for the Living Labs Global Award 2012 with providing the technical and social networking infrastructure through its urban technology marketplace. International NGO, The Climate Group, is a strategic partner. It is incorporating the Living Labs Global Award into its flagship "Clean Revolution" campaign.

Birmingham is one of 20 cities from across the globe joining forces to stage a competition to come up with innovative solutions to improving living standards for their 100 million citizens.

Through the Living Labs Global Award 2012 the cities are inviting international technology and service solution providers to compete for twenty winning spots that will allow them to pilot their solutions in these cities and put their effectiveness to the test.

The Challenge

Birmingham City Council, through its Digital Birmingham partnership has set the challenge for participants to come up with solutions to generate energy from food waste and therefore reducing the amount sent to landfill.

Councillor Paul Tilsley, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "Birmingham has numerous sources of food waste including markets, hotels, schools, restaurants, canteens and domestic households.

"Our challenge is to understand and capture these waste streams, potentially utilising a data management system to identify the trends such as locations, quantities, frequencies and impact as we try to avoid landfill and the production of harmful greenhouse gases.

"Birmingham City Council already delivers 350,000 tonnes of its collected waste to an 'Energy from Waste Plant' as part of the effort to reduce landfill, and we have close links to Aston University - which already has a test anaerobic digestion plant, where food waste is turned into energy.

"We think the Living Labs Global Award scheme is a real opportunity to help find an innovative solution, fully utilising emerging technologies to efficiently and effectively process this waste, resulting in a sustainable energy source for the benefit of Birmingham businesses and residents.

Organisations supporting the scheme include the World Bank, Oracle, and The Climate Group.

Award Timescales

  • Submissions to qualify for the Living Labs Global Award can be submitted until the 17th of February 2012.
  • A shortlist of the top 5 Showcases will be presented by each partner city on March 5th 2012.
  • The final Award winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony in May 2012 in Rio de Janeiro on the occasion of the Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities.

Digital Birmingham is a Birmingham City Council initiative and part of a city wide strategic partnership of more than 40 public, private and voluntary organisations

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