Stuttgart/Berlin. The winner of the idea contest "smart urban pioneers" initiated by smart has been decided. On 19 August in Berlin the project "myLike" from Munich was awarded first place. The two Berlin projects follow with "Cabin Spacey" taking second place and "Urban Affairs 2016" coming third. All three finalists successfully completed the last phase of the competition and their four-week crowdfunding campaign on the popular international crowdfunding platform Indiegogo collected around €50,000 from more than 300 financial supporters worldwide. This meant that the funding goals set by the teams were even exceeded and they are able to realise their projects. In addition to the funding achieved, the winners receive seed capital from smart for the realisation of their ideas: the winner "myLike" receives €25,000, the runner-up "Cabin Spacey" receives €15,000 and the third-placed "Urban Affairs 2016" receives €10,000.
"We are very pleased that the idea contest "smart urban pioneers" was so well-received. The ideas submitted were excellent and show that improving the quality of life in cities is a topic many people care about", says Dr Annette Winkler, Head of smart. "We will continue to accompany the three winners and we wish them every success in the realisation of the projects."
"smart urban pioneers" – idea contest for more joy of life in the city
The idea contest was launched by smart in December 2015. The aim was to identify innovative ideas and projects from Germany, Austria and Switzerland which improve the quality of life in the city. More than 40 urban visionaries took part and submitted their proposals by the end of January 2016. A panel of renowned international experts assessed all the projects, focussing on their potential for creating added value for cities and their residents.
In the second phase of the competition in March 2016, the top ten projects selected by the panel were voted on by the worldwide online community. More than 200,000 votes were cast and defined the three final projects:
- myLike – social networking from Munich
myLike is the social network for the gems of the city. The user saves their favourite places and shares them with friends or establishes groups to exchange recommendations with like-minded people. The app promotes social networking and encourages people to discover the city anew. Hotels, companies and media can also use it as a mobile concierge to give their customers insider tips as a means of improving their customer service.
- Cabin Spacey – minimal housing from Berlin
Cabin Spacey reflects the growing demand for urban living space offering maximum quality of life, resource efficiency and flexibility. The micro-apartment module is equipped with a bathroom, kitchenette and bed. The smallest unit comprises just under 20 square metres. The housing module is easy to transport, simple to install and can be connected to existing infrastructure in next to no time. In this way, urban wasteland, car parks and roofs can be put to use as living space.
- Urban Affairs 2016 – Urban Art from Berlin
With events held at three separate locations, Urban Affairs, a new kind of urban art festival, aims to reclaim for cultural uses urban spaces which have been lost to the public. The programme ranges from art exhibitions through performances, readings and discussions to workshops. Each day of the festival will focus on one topic: city, space, people. Together with the public and local residents, another aim is to develop and realise projects that make urban living more attractive while countering the gentrification trend.
In the last phase of the competition, in June 2016 the three ideas with the most votes launched their crowdfunding campaigns. Over a period of four weeks they gathered financial support for the implementation of the projects. All three exceeded their pre-set funding targets. At the end of the crowdfunding campaigns the three teams were evaluated based on their performance in all three phases of the competition. This resulted in the final ranking.
Even after the end of the competition smart fans from all over the world can continue to follow the winning projects. All information on this can be found online in the smart brand magazine http://www.smart-magazine.com/. The brand magazine will follow all three winning projects in the realisation and development of their projects on a long-term basis. In addition, regular posts on the smart and smart magazine social media channels attract the attention of smart followers interested in urban areas and city projects.