Competition 2016: CommUnityInnovation
The world is growing ever closer together. Challenges, including the switch to renewable energies, international knowledge transfer, and human migration can only be mastered by governments, companies, institutions, and other social players with the involvement of citizens. Cooperative ventures, networks, and initiatives play a key role in helping a country remain competitive and liveable in the future. This year, the “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition is offering them a stage.
Community and neighbourliness are success factors when it comes to finding innovative solutions to strengthen a location and promote its future viability. For we are all neighbours and this affects us daily. Whether right outside our door, or when we discuss how our country is viewed around the world. We must continually ask ourselves how we want to live together in the future, work together, learn from one another, do research together, and be committed to one another. In short, how can we concentrate our strengths to shape our joint future?
Acting in concert
What ideas, for example, can create new business models in the Share Economy? How can sophisticated technology transfer help us reach climate goals? How can scientists work together on new research ideas or to develop innovations, for instance via Open Science? How can families, volunteers, and professional care services work in hand in hand to ensure that older people can take part in social life? What projects can parents and teachers launch together to create greater educational opportunities? How can creative artists form networks that make rural areas more appealing to tourists?
The stage is set for good ideas
Germany is innovative. Many people throughout the country are taking new paths. They are developing creative ideas and projects that are strengthening the economic prowess and future viability of the location. In 2016, the “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition is awarding prizes to 100 projects that show the added value and potential of joint action, whether in business partnering, scientific networks, or neighbourhood initiatives. Ideas are sought from the fields of business, environment, society, culture, or education that benefit Germany and its inhabitants.
About the competition
Rooted in the event series “365 Landmarks in the Land of Ideas”, the “Landmarks in the Land of Ideas” competition reflected an annual theme for the first time in 2013. The theme was “Ideas for the City” and trailblazing impetus for the future of cities and communities was sought. In 2014, the best ideas for improving rural regions were rewarded under the slogan “Innovative Country – Rethinking Rural Spaces”. In 2015, the jury selected 100 outstanding ideas for a digitally networked world:“Urban Space. Rural Space. Cyberspace!”.
An expert jury chaired by Prof. Dr. Michael Hüther, Director and member of the Management Board of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, chooses the 100 most innovative ideas. The jury is assisted by a top-notch advisory board. The 100 winning projects will be announced in May 2016.
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