Another interesting contest by German technology major Siemens: The Siemens Student Award 2012 has just headed off.
Siemens has a tradition of trying to find solutions for major problems that our society is already or might be facing soon. These are usually questions concerning the entirety of the global population, like identifying sustainable resources or how the city of the future could be more resource efficient. With this global relevance in mind it is obviously a good idea to have those concerned participate in the finding of a solution.
One such attempt to create new, future-ready concepts for our planet is the Siemens Student Award, a crowdsourced idea contest to find and discuss new thoughts to solve old (yet relevant than never) questions by the help of students.
After two very successful iterations in the Middle East and Brasil, where a total of nearly 12.000 registered users gave input on and discussed over 1.000 unique ideas, this year Siemens has decided to put the focus of their third contest, realized in cooperation with German crowdsourcing expert HYVE, on its country of origin, Germany.
From now on until the 15th of July, students enrolled in German universities are invited to take on the challenge to find answers to one of the most pressing issues of our times:
How to upgrade our aging infrastructure to help create a zero emission society?
Urban infrastructures, factories, buildings and networks do not meet the energy efficiency needs of the future. How would you design creative and innovative solutions to meet these challenges?
The entire contest is hosted on a dedicated contest website where all ideas can be submitted, reviewed, commented and discussed by the community. Siemens experts will pick the best 10 ideas who's creators will be invited to present their concepts infront of a jury at the award ceremony in Berlin, Germany.
Prizes for the three winners are really generous: 20.000, 10.000 and 5.000 Euro for places 1,2 and 3, respectively. Furthermore, these contests are usually a great opportunity to impress the human resources department and maybe get one of the much sought-after internships or trainee positions at Siemens...
All details about the contest can be found on the official website.