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New York: 27 September 2012: Today the Financial Times and Citi announced the finalists for the inaugural FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action programme, sponsored by Citi. The awards aim to recognise leaders, teams, organisations and community groups that have developed innovative solutions to urban challenges that benefit cities, citizens and urban communities in the fields of education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure.
Finalists were chosen in each category for demonstrating particular originality, efficiency and impact in meeting urban challenges. A global winner and category winners will be announced at an awards dinner in New York City on 5 December 2012.
Abhyas Trust – Power of Seeing, India
Asociacion Aprendo Contigo, Peru
City of Dubrovnik – Educational Vertical, Croatia
College Possible, United States
Sustainable Cities Initiative, United States
City of Houston – Green Office Challenge, United States
Community Cooker Foundation, Kenya
Proterra, United States
The Energy and Resources Institute, India
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Japan
Child Eye Care Charitable Trust, India
GlaxoSmithKline New Citizen, China
Pro Mujer, Nicaragua
Protect Your Child, Egypt
Ikhayalami, South Africa
JCDecaux – Vélib’, France
ORE Design + Technology, United States
The judging panel includes:
“We at the FT were delighted by the quality of entries, which came from all over the world,” said Michael Skapinker, Assistant Editor and Editor of Special Reports at the Financial Times. “They demonstrated a range of innovative ideas to solve urban problems and improve city life. We were particularly impressed by how many of the ideas submitted had already been implemented successfully. The shortlist contains the best of these.”
“As an institution that connects over 1,000 cities and millions of people, we are invested in helping today’s cities identify solutions to the challenges they face,” said Citi CEO Vikram Pandit. “The journey of each FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards finalist is unique yet they all share an unwavering commitment to progress. As we mark 200 years of enabling progress, we are proud to recognize the leaders and the ideas that can help cities grow.”
Submissions were received from 41 countries, including: Argentina, Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Lebanon, Lithuania, Macedonia, Mexico, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Nepal, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Uganda, U.A.E., the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.
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About the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards
More than half of the world’s population lives in cities today, a number which is expected to rise in the decades ahead. As a result, cities have a pressing need to address the challenges of urbanisation and find solutions that modernise infrastructure, improve efficiency, enhance quality of life and foster sustainable growth and development.
The FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action, a global programme sponsored by Citi, was developed to recognise leaders, teams, organisations and community groups that have developed groundbreaking solutions to urban challenges that benefit cities, citizens and urban communities in the fields of education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure.
Criteria and metrics for the Awards were developed by INSEAD, one of the world’s leading and largest graduate business schools. All entries were reviewed by the FT and INSEAD for qualification. As sponsor, Citi did not review or judge submissions.
Submissions were reviewed based on a range of criteria, including originality, impact, efficiency and outcomes.
Finalists were profiled in a series of Financial Times global magazines. A global winner and category winners will be announced at an awards dinner in New York City on December 5, 2012.