In Singapore on Wednesday 11 July 2018, the International edition of Le Monde Smart Cities Awards ceremony was held, in partnership with INTA. The prizes were awarded to 7 projects out of 111 candidatures that create cities fit for the challenges of today and tomorrow. The projects focus on ecological transition, fluidity of movement and collective action to create sustainable, inclusive, efficient, resilient and respectful cities.
The awards were judged by an international jury composed of researchers, urban planners, architects, business experts of the public and private sector, and journalists of Le Monde.
The ceremony was also part of a conference on the cities of tomorrow organised by Le Monde at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on the margins of the World Cities Summit.
The winners of the 2018 edition:
Grand Prix: Brique par Brique, a collective habitat project for marginalised people in Montreal, Canada, financed by citizen investors.
Mobility Award: tied first place
Connecthings, a start-up developped a pilot programme to provide in real-time, bus hours and service alerts for passengers with vision impairment. Tested in Austin (Texas) on the application GPS BlindSquare, the programme envisages to be deployed for other groups of people and for other uses.
Santa Ana en Cleta, a project that seeks to develop the use of bicycles by women in the city of Santa Ana in Costa Rica. The objective is to encourage the autonomy of women and promote an alternative to mobility by automobile.
Habitat Award: WeavAir, a Canadian start-up that designed sensors that use predictive analysis that allow a reduction in the cost and energy required for heating systems, ventilation, and air conditioning, all the while reducing internal air pollution.
runner-up: the wooden tower of Hermann Kamte Associates (Lagos, Nigeria)
Urban Innovation Award: Fetrillisants Ecosan, a project that improves hygiene, sanitation and access to water in schools in Benin. It consists of building ecological latrines where the organic waste is collected and transformed into compost for agriculture, offering an alternative to costly chemical fertilisers.
runner-up: EcoBlock Berkley (California)
Energy Award: Nimray Solar, an Indian company that commercialises solar panels and integrates them in mini decentralised electricity networks using blockchain, allowing citizens to become self-sufficient in the production and reselling of energy between neighbours.
first runner up: Ecobora Nairobi (Kenya)
second runner-up: Baobab Solar (Ivory Coast)
Citizen Participation Award: Changing Faces, a competition developped in a poor suburb of Nairobi (Kenya) and seeks to make citizens active transformers of the management of urbain spaces, and to multiply employment opportunities for young people.
// More information (French Le Monde article)