Philips Livable Cities Award: Vote Now!
The "Neighborhood Network Scheme" idea currently has the most votes for the Philips Livable Cities Award. Image via Philips on YouTube.

The "Neighborhood Network Scheme" idea currently has the most votes for the Philips Livable Cities Award. Image via Philips on YouTube.

There’s a few weeks left to vote for the Philips Livable Cities Award, a global initiative launched in May 2010 designed to “generate practical, achievable ideas for improving the health and well-being of people living in cities.”

Philips asked individuals and community or non-governmental organizations and businesses to submit their ideas for simple solutions to improve people’s health and well-being in a city with a focus on independent living for the elderly, well-being in the outdoors, public spaces that help create a sense of belonging and initiatives that encourage healthy lifestyles.

From more than 450 entries from 29 countries, an international panel of judges created a shortlist of eight ideas that will compete for the Philips Livable Cities Award:

  • A rainwater aggregation scheme in Yemen
  • A design-your-own-park scheme to transform blighted spaces in Binghamton, NY
  • Health education initiative for deaf children in Kenya
  • A street park project in Argentina that would temporarily close Buenos Aires’ streets  to traffic and convert the spaces to portable playground equipment and benches
  • A neighborhood network scheme in Nigeria to improve access to welfare services
  • Shade stands in Uganda for weather protection and education
  • A smart grid athletic light in the USA to keep athletic centers open longer for a fitter population
  • Helping elderly people access digital tools, making it easier to remain independent

The award ceremony will occur in Amsterdam in April. An overall winner and two runners-up will receive grants to help make their ideas a reality. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite by March 24!

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