Eight Global Cities Launch Technology Award to Help 40 Million Citizens

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Eight global cities from Europe, Asia, Africa and America join forces with Living Labs Global in a challenge to find innovative solutions to major societal problems by opening competition among international solution-, technology- and service providers. The eight winners of the Living Labs Global Showcase Award will be invited to pilot their solutions in these cities, proving the effectiveness of new solutions and offering a first step for innovative providers to enter new markets.

This Award is unique in bringing 8 global cities with 40 million citizens in Europe, Asia, Africa and America together to call for companies around the world to submit solutions to our major societal challenges.

Living Labs Global, a non-profit association to promote digital service innovation in cities, announces a joint Award with the Cities of Barcelona, Cape Town, Eindhoven, Lagos, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Stockholm, and Taipei to choose the companies and organizations that have developed solutions that add high value to users in cities around the world.

In its second edition, which in 2010 attracted 317 entries from 32 countries and has brought e.g. the intelligent waste management system to Barcelona, Oracle Corporation and Asia’s Farglory have been named as corporate partners for the 2011 Living Labs Global Award.

The participating cities, representing 40 million citizens from Europe, Africa, North America and Asia call for solutions that can solve some of their most pressing challenges:

  • Automation of Urban Services
  • Intelligent Urban Lighting Solutions for Social Interaction & Orientation
  • Venture finance for millions of African entrepreneurs
  • Sustainable Initiative on Intellectual Property Protection
  • Creating the Next Generation of Government
  • Solutions for digitally enabled accessible ecoCities
  • Intelligent Transport Solutions
  • Smart solutions for 10,000 Smart Houses, 16 Green Communities, 1 Eco-City

Submissions follow the format of the Living Labs Global Showcase and can be submitted for free until the 28th of February 2011. A shortlist of the top 40 Showcases will be presented by the international juries on March 21st 2011. Winners will be announced at the Award Ceremony on May 12th 2011 at the Stockholm Summit on Service Innovation in Cities.

Behind each Category lies the commitment of a city to pilot the winning showcase, with full institutional support to evaluate the impact the solution can have on reaching the community’s objectives.

About Living Labs Global
Living Labs Global is a non-profit association based in Copenhagen (Denmark) working with some 39 global cities and more than 400 companies and innovation centres to promote innovation in services in cities. Today, the global market for innovative solutions to healthcare, learning, transport, social inclusion, tourism and other services in cities is obscured by lack of knowledge about international experiences, technologies and new business ideas. Living Labs Global strives to collect and present solutions that make cities more attractive, inclusive, efficient and diverse in our Living Labs Global Showcase. Participation is free of charge, providing recognition, visibility and new project opportunities. Together, we build Your Market for Mobility.
Endorsements of Living Labs Global can be found here: http://www.livinglabs-global.com/endorsements.asp. Award Twitter Newsfeed: http://www.twitter.com/LivingLabsAward

About Kista Science City
Kista Science City AB supports the development of a living science city by using practical models for innovation and growth in ICT – through networking, marketing and lobbying activities. We achieve this by actively working for interdisciplinary cooperation between sector companies, research and universities in addition to the City and municipality in the region. http://www.kista.com

About Oracle
Oracle is the world's most complete, open, and integrated business software and hardware systems company. For more information about Oracle, please visit our Web site at http://www.oracle.com.

About Farglory
Farglory Group started in the land development and construction business as in 1969. Metropolitan Construction and Farglory Group have expanded rapidly over the last forty years in the form of its affiliates which include Property Development and Construction, Finance and Insurance, Air Cargo Logistics, Recreation and Leisure, Dome Complex, Commercial Development, Charitable Activities and Medical Care, and Overseas Investment. Today Farglory Group operates in Taiwan, China, the United States and France. With more than NTD400 billion in total assets, Farglory Group is positioned to provide trustworthy and diversified services that fully satisfy customers' needs on every front far from into the future. Also Farglory Group has won numerous prizes over the years and has been ranked as the 39th largest business.

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