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120 innovators commit to solve challenges in 22 cities around the world

26 March 2013
120 innovators commit to solve challenges in 22 cities around the world

LONDON: 120 global companies and organizations have committed to solve the urban and social challenges that have been put forward by 22 cities.

The initiative, the fourth edition of the LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future program, was launched in November 2012 by in partnership with Oracle, the UN Global Compact Cities Programme and The Climate Group.

In the unique competition, 22 cities, including Barcelona, London, Paris, Lagos, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro, presented their challenges and invited innovators to win the opportunity to implement solutions that can help improve the lives of 121 million citizens.

Challenge topics include: economic development, urban management, mobility, lighting, energy and sustainable lifestyles.

After a big selection process, 120 of the top providers were invited to present their ideas. Now entering the second and final round in the program, the chosen companies and organizations have pledged their commitment to presenting proposals.

Sascha Haselmayer, CEO, said: “LLGA | Cities Pilot the Future has transformed the way cities and the innovation community collaborate. With the announcement of 120 commitments to partner with cities, companies and organizations around the world have shown their enthusiasm and ability to collaborate with cities in solving the most pressing urban and social challenges today.”

Kirsten Jack, Acting Head of Smart Technologies, The Climate Group, said: “Many of these solutions will help build smarter, cleaner and more resilient urban communities. Out of the 400 solutions, we identified 32 that were found to be ‘revolutionary’ and around seven that scored highly across multiple categories within that context. Being on the jury was a great chance to engage with our partners at Imperial College London, Arup and the UN Global Compact to find innovative solutions for cities and we would like to thank them for their work on the jury.”  

Xavier Trias, Mayor of Barcelona, said: “Barcelona has participated in all LLGA editions, and shares the vision of this transparent process with leading technology companies, social entrepreneurs, and international research centers. Furthermore, LLGA is a great opportunity for Catalan companies to join in and participate in this global process”

On May 14-16, 2013, leaders of the 22 partner cities and the 120 nominated solution providers will converge at the LLGA | Cities Summit in San Francisco to announce the 22 most promising solutions, debate the challenges and kick-start implementation. 

Ed Lee, San Francisco Mayor, said: “San Francisco is excited to be the first city in the United States to host the LLGA | Cities Summit. San Francisco, as the Innovation Capital of the World, will facilitate a vigorous exchange of ideas and help develop innovative solutions to common urban challenges including transportation, the environment and healthcare that will build a better world.”

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