That was the SEA 2012
Together with more than 280 international guests from politics, industry and society, we celebrated the first awards ceremony of the SEA Sustainable Entrepreneurship Award in Vienna's Hofburg Palace. Christina Weidinger, founder of the SEA, and Dr Franz Fischler, head of the jury, awarded prizes to the pioneers of the future.
The SEA of Excellence went to 14-year-old Felix Finkbeiner for his Plant for the Planet initiative. routeRANK from Switzerland won in the Best Idea category. BeeZee Designs & BeeZee EcoKid from Slovenia received the jury prize with 10,000 euros in prize money. In addition, there were nine more projects that got the award for the Best Project. SEA founder Christina Weidinger: "With the SEA, we prove that sustainability isn't just a hollow term, and we show what it really is: a means of preserving our world and safeguarding our future!"
The host of the evening was Stuart Freeman; the No Problem Orchestra and Living Transit provided musical entertainment:
Stuart Freeman is a true entertainment veteran. Ever since leaving college, his life has centred around clubs, radio, TV, road shows, public appearances, seminars, presentations and voice-overs for TV documentaries. Stuart Freeman spent two years as an English-language presenter on Blue Danube Radio and is currently the voice of the Morning Show on FM4.
The NO PROBLEM MUSIC THERAPY concept is an integrative form of music therapy both for severely disabled people as well as for the general public, who are given the opportunity to actively confront their prejudices and inability to communicate.
The NO PROBLEM MUSIKTHERAPIE gives disabled people the chance to develop their rhythmic and melodic talents on electronic musical instruments.
Some of the orchestra's highlights have been their performances at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton as well as that of Prince Albert II in Monaco.
Social integration is one of the SEA's main concerns. For this reason it is our great pleasure to demonstrate integration in practice and to show how successful it can be.
Musicians spend most of their time on the road. They're always sitting either in a car or a train, on a plane or ship – they lead a life in transit. And that's exactly how the members of Living Transit feel. The musicians from Austria, Russia, Serbia and Brazil come together to create a wonderfully groovy pop-funk-soul-jazz mix.
People who are always on the move know how precious natural resources are and understand the consequences of their ruthless exploitation. This is why supporting the sustainability cause through music is a matter close to their heart.
The stilt walkers Bug Rouge and Grande Fleur will provide extraordinary entertainment.
Bug Rouge – a giant beetle constantly on the lookout for food (favourite dish: all kinds of lice, both head lice and other) – falls in love with a flower, Grande Fleur. Grande Fleur savours each ray of sunlight and enjoys the diversity of the world. Her petals can close to protect her from any surprises – such as lovesick beetles. A very special kind of fauna and flora in dizzying heights on stilts.