The Living Labs Global Award aims to improve the living standards of more than 100m citizens through an effort to find innovative urban solutions. There are twenty global cities participating in this challenge, including Barcelona, Cape Town, Lagos, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro and San Francisco. Th challenge is organized by Living Labs Global with corporate sponsorship from Oracle and technical and social networking from CityMart.
A common standard and process are adhered to by the twenty participating cities, helping them learn from each other, evaluate, and pilot solutions. Among the urban challenges that will be addressed are social inclusion, intelligent transport, urban service automation, urban lighting, open data systems, smart living, and healthcare. This is the second iteration of the contest, with last year’s edition soliciting 562 entries from 41 countries, with winners including a smart real-time peer-to-peer parking system in Stockholm and an open data citizen participation platform in San Francisco.
There are twenty award categories with entries reviewed by international experts against criteria such as climate and community impact, innovation, market relevance and ease of implementation. You can submit your own ideas here.