Sierra Productiva

Sierra Productiva: Small innovations breaking big ground – by Julia Wachsmann

Take these tiny innovations and picture the change they signify for the life of a small-scale farmer – Amazing! Now picture that they become available for a whole country – I feel something groundbreaking is about to develop!

Rethink, Retool, Reboot: technology as if people and planet mattered

Technology as if people and planet mattered – by Simon Trace

With a short foreword of the epNetwork team: As member of the empowering people. Award jury in 2012, Simon evaluated many of the varied low-tech products and solutions entered. In his role as then CEO of Practical Action, he was able to identify the value and sustainability of these innovative technologies in developing regions. His […]

Why is it good to be a social entrepreneur? – by Christina Möhrle, FASE

So much has been written about social entrepreneurship that this seems a very strange question to ask. Isn’t it crystal clear that being a social entrepreneur is the next best thing after the invention of the wheel? But while our universe is brimming over with definitions of what it is and what not, the juice […]

It’s never too early to care…

Today is World Prematurity Awareness Day, an emotional topic as without adaquate care, prematurity can have devasting consequences for whole families. Heartbreakingly, figures by the World Health Organisation reveal that an estimated 15 million babies are born prematurely every year and preterm birth complications are the leading cause of death among children under 5. It […]

Trip to Zambia: Notes to self…

I’m thinking about increased border controls, about nationalist movements across the western world, crime against refugees and about the future leaders of our world which group has just been enlarged by the new American president. All of these developments seem so distant, yet they will without doubt determine the direction of all our futures. Me, […]

The Art of Storytelling for Social Enterprises

The art of storytelling is something that is perfected by Kenyans and in many African cultures. Every evening in many Kenyan villages, the young ones sit down and either listen to their grandfather or grandmother. I remember sitting in such settings many times with my late grandfather. He was a man of many stories, but […]

Hanno Burmester, das Resultat, speaking about developing and retaining people in purpose-driven organizations.

Is the entrepreneurial journey simply the search for the holy grail?

Interacting with social enterprises and entrepreneurs is always, always a worthwhile experience for us. In fact, it’s pivotal to our work in the empowering people. Network, because what we do is in our name. By regularly gauging the challenges this group of highly motivated individuals face, we can not only scale the degree of support […]

Impressions of the Award Ceremony in Berlin

The long anticipated Award Ceremony of the empowering people. Award took place on October 6, 2016  in Berlin. Winners and members of the jury from all around the world gathered to honor the best low-tech products and solutions and the innovators behind them. Here are a few impressions of the memorable evening:

We’re quite aware that this sounds a tiny bit corny. And yes, we’re going to say it anyway: We’re over the moon!

And because we’re still buzzing from the empowering people. Workshop, we want to share our day with you. Once again we held our empowering people. Workshop in the run-up to the empowering people. Award Ceremony on October 6 and once again we were astounded and delighted by the level of commitment and bags of passion […]

Award Ceremony of “empowering people. Award”

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 06/10/2016
6:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location
LaLuz

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empowering people. AwardWith this international competition, Siemens Stiftung identifies technological innovations with potential in the most pressing categories of basic supply. A team of 18 jurors that represent renowned development organizations reviews the best entries regarding the innovative technical and entrepreneurial approach and the solutions’ potential social impact. 23 amazing solutions with great potential to solve basic supply problems have been selected from a total of 800 entries worldwide and evaluated according to rigorous criteria including technical feasibility and the potential for financial sustainability. The main winners, determined by an expert international jury, will be revealed at the Award Ceremony.

The top three winners are awarded 50,000 Euros (1st), 30,000 Euros (2nd) and 20,000 Euros (3rd). In addition, 20 runner-ups are awarded a sum of 5,000 Euros each.

Berlin is calling!

Berlin is calling – and you could be part of it in 3 different ways:

A: Do you live in Berlin or are you here on October 6, 2016 by any chance? Then we happily invite you to attend the Award Ceremony in person! Please be so kind and register here. Registration will be open until October 4th. Those of you involved in social entrepreneurship, development cooperation and innovative start-ups will not only have the opportunity to meet the finalists and see their intelligent technical solutions for sustainable change, but also enjoy an entertaining evening networking with innovators and players in the field of development.

For more information on the outstanding shortlisted finalists, the empowering people. Award and the empowering people. Network, please take a look here.

B: You are based in Berlin but are only available in the morning? We are very happy to welcome you to visit our “Solutions walk”, where we’ll be showcasing all 23 finalists’ solutions. Meet the finalists and see their solutions in an exhibition that presents shortlisted technologies, products, models or visualizations of the solutions! This exhibition is open for the public and part of the Tag der Stiftungen. Visit us @LaLuz on October 6th, 2016, 09:00 am – 14:00 pm.  Please register for the “Solutions walk” at empowering-people-network@siemens-stiftung.org

C: You can’t come to Berlin? No problem! The event will be broadcast online via livestream. For the livestream, please visit our Facebook page on October 6th, 6:25 pm.

We’re looking forward to seeing you in Berlin!