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Competition launched to find innovative solutions for greener cities

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is supporting a new competition to find smart solutions to reduce the environmental footprint of our cities.

IoT Decarbonathon

IoT for Greener Cities is a new challenge launched as an initiative of the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum. It targets finding and developing cutting-edge technologies, based on the Internet of Things (IoT) and other IT innovations, which could be easily introduced in our homes, buildings and cities to reduce CO2 emissions and improve local air quality.

The competition is open to any small team with an idea that they think can be scaled up to help decarbonise and improve cities' environmental footprint. After a voting stage, up to 15 finalists will receive six weeks of mentoring from experts to overcome technical or business related challenges. The finalists will then have the opportunity to present their idea to a jury of experts from a range of European companies and public stakeholders, including the European Union and the World Economic Forum, with the winning team in each category receiving six months of further technical support, visibility within the partners' networks and €10,000 worth of prizes.

The competition follows the success of the first Decarbonathon competition that saw 230 teams from all over the world compete in the wake of the Paris climate change negotiations, COP 21, to find promising new ways of reducing CO2 emissions. The winners received significant support to help scale up their innovation.

The new IoT for Greener Cities challenge is looking for IT-based innovations that particularly utilise the potential of IoT: the emerging area that makes use of interconnected smart devices to better understand and tackle challenges such as climate change. The competition comprises three categories: smart solutions for households, smart solutions for energy-efficient buildings and sustainable mobility in an urban environment.

In addition to the Young Global Leaders of the World Economic Forum, the competition is facilitated by ENGIE, the Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL, Climate-KIC and Energy Ville – a European research centre focusing on energy-efficient buildings and intelligent networks for a sustainable urban environment.

The partners will provide support and mentoring for applicants, to help design and speed up the commercialisation of these new solutions. The main phases of the competition are:

  • Online registration of the teams until 22 March 2017
  • Selection and publication of the best 15 ideas on 4 April 2017
  • A two-day event in Brussels on 15 May 2017 for the finalists to prepare their pitch to be presented to the jury on 16 May 2017 and followed by the announcement of the winners

Isabelle Kocher, ENGIE CEO, said: "With our partners we are fully committed to support for a second year this global world initiative of the Young Global Leaders. Within ENGIE we believe in a 3D revolution of the world of energy, being more decentralized, decarbonized and digitalized. In this regard, new data-based solutions and IoT will trigger a better use of energy with a positive impact on the environment."

Find out more about the Centre for Carbon Measurement at NPL

For more information, contact Marieke Beckmann

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Last Updated: 16 Mar 2017
Created: 8 Feb 2017

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