A look back at the SEA Gala

Together with around 250 high-calibre guests from business, science, politics and society, on 7 October we enjoyed a stunning 3rd SEA Gala at the Sophiensäle in Vienna. As well as a stirring performance by violinist Lettice Rowbotham and a moving appearance by Conchita Wurst, the evening was characterised by the remarkable project ideas and emotional speeches that made the Sustainable Entrepreneurship Awards 2014 a truly special occasion.

The SEA for the "Best Idea" was awarded to "DUS Architects" – a Dutch company which has printed a house in 3D made out of recycled rubbish. The SEA for the "Best Project" was awarded to "Interface Deutschland GmbH", for producing carpet tiles out of discarded fishing nets. The “SEA of Excellence” has been presented to two persons this year: to Barack Obama for his efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and to “The Ocean Cleanup” – a forward-thinking and passive form of collection to clean the oceans of plastic.  Further prizes were awarded in eight categories – all of them pioneering, innovative ideas that are making a high social contribution towards a sustainably positive future.

Stuart Freeman and Sandra Thier guided us through the evening. The keynote speech was delivered by the impressive Felix Finkbeiner, who counts as the first SEA children’s ambassador. Conchita Wurst reminded us of her Song Contest victory with a stirring rendition of “Rise like a Phoenix”, and violinist Lettice Rowbotham wowed the public with her classic pop rhythms.

The event complies with the criteria of the Austrian Eco-label for Green Events.