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Winners SEA 2013

Finally the big day arrived: On 10 April the winners of the SEA 2013 were announced at the great sea gala in Vienna’s Hofburg Palace. The most innovative project in each of the 7 categories received an award. The most outstanding of these projects (Best Project 2013) received the jury prize of EUR 10,000. In addition, a prize for the Best Idea and the SEA of Excellence were presented.

Best Project

Nuru Energy, South Africa

Nuru Energy from South Africa has developed a portable LED light that consumes very little power. The POWERCycle pedal allows various power-consuming devices to be recharged where no reliable grid connection is available. Distribution in rural areas is effected through local micro-enterprises that are financed through the sale of alternative energy products. The aim is to address the power energy needs of two billion people in the world.

Informationen at www.nuruenergy.com

Category "Integration & Social"

Career Moves, Austria

Career Moves is the first online job platform in Europe where people with disabilities can apply for positions in a manner that ensures equal opportunities. 5,000 job offers for disabled people have been published by altogether 300 companies in less than three years. The platform is an interface for companies and jobseekers on the one hand and organisations and authorities on the other, enabling them to exchange concrete information.

Informationen at www.careermoves.at

Category "Climate, Environment & Energy"

Cree GmbH, Austria

Cree GmbH from Austria (member of the Rhomberg group) has developed a hybrid construction method for high rises that is mainly based on wood and is suitable for buildings of up to 100m in height (30 storeys) – the LifeCycle Tower. It is constructed using the system building method: many modules are already prefabricated at the plant and are assembled at the construction site. Compared with traditional building methods for similar buildings, the construction time can be halved in this manner – as can the pollution arising from dirt, dust and noise. Developed as a plus-energy or passive building, the LifeCycle Tower can be custom designed, can generate electricity by means of a photovoltaic facade, and can serve as an example of a new, sustainable way of living and working in the metropolises of tomorrow. Further advantages are the certainty regarding costs and quality, half the ecological baggage and 90% better CO2 figures. The first buildings have already been completed.

Informationen at www.creebyrhomberg.com

Category "Knowledge & Education"

iq consult GmbH, Germany

iq consult from Potsdam, Germany, is an agency for social innovations supporting various disadvantaged groups and enabling them to be independent of government benefits. The people receiving support include people with disabilities, people with an immigrant background and long-term unemployed persons.

Information at www.iq-consult.com

Category "Mobility & Technological Innovation"

Nuru Energy, South Africa

Nuru Energy from South Africa has developed a portable LED light that consumes very little power. The POWERCycle pedal allows various power-consuming devices to be recharged where no reliable grid connection is available. Distribution in rural areas is effected through local micro-enterprises that are financed through the sale of alternative energy products. The aim is to address the power energy needs of two billion people in the world.

Informationen at www.nuruenergy.com

Category "Development & Services"

Eosta B.V. Organic Fruit & Vegetables, Netherlands

Eosta from the Netherlands is an internationally leading supplier of fresh organic fruit and vegetables that represents thousands of organic fair trade producers the world over. Nature & More is the company’s unique 'trace & tell' system, which provides detailed information on organic products and their producers and allows the origin of organically farmed fruit and vegetables to be traced. All Nature & More products are stamped and issued with a unique producer code through which information on producers and their foods can be accessed. This unique system aims to make consumers more aware of the importance of healthy, organic and fair trade products, to provide them with detailed information on producers and the quality of products, and in this way to enable them to make informed and conscious purchase decisions.

Informationen at www.natureandmore.com

Category "Lifestyle & Culture"

TABLE FOR TWO International, USA/France

The initiative TABLE FOR TWO from New York, USA, cooperates with gastronomers that put healthy and low-calorie food on the table. For each calorie-reduced dish, consumers automatically contribute 25 US cents (19 euro cents) towards financing school meals in Uganda, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Kenya. Since it was established TABLE FOR TWO has already paid for 16 million school meals in 17 countries of the target area.

Informationen at www.tablefor2.org

Category "Urban & Regional Development"

BHcrafts, Bosnia-Herzegovina

BHcrafts from Bosnia-Herzegovina is the country's only World Fair Trade Organisation. This NGO enables several hundred women all over the country to earn money from their own skills. The company markets and sells textile goods, most of which are traditional products of the country. BHcrafts creates jobs and contributes to economic growth by supporting local entrepreneurship.

Informationen at www.bhcrafts.org

Best Idea

Saphon Energy, Tunisia

Saphon Energy from Tunisia was inspired by the shape of a sailboat when designing the Saphonian, a wind generator that does without rotor blades. The wind is channelled through the body where the hydraulic energy is converted into kinetic energy. Compared to traditional turbines with blades, this innovation generates three times as much kinetic energy while production costs are 45% below those for conventional facilities.

Informationen at www.saphonenergy.com

sea of Excellence

Michael Braungart – Cradle to Cradle

 

The German technologist and chemist Michael Braungart is one of the best known eco-visionaries of our time. His vision is a life without any waste. „waste is nothing other than food“, he says. His idea is that products should be designed in a way that makes it possible to recycle them afterwards. He developed this concept with the American architect William McDonough 8 years ago and named it „Cradle to Cradle“. And it’s said to be the start of the „next industrial revolution“. Five years ago, Time Magazine named him a “hero of environmentalism.” Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Arnold Schwarzenegger love him and his books. Steven Spielberg is interested in shooting a film about him. 

Informationen at www.braungart.com

Andreja Kodrin – founder and president of Challenge:Future

Challenge:Future is a global thinktank for young people with the aim of forming a community of talents and ideas that work globally. Tomorrow's leaders already need to be inspired and brought together today. They can communicate via the web-based Challenge:Future Competition and the Challenge:Future Summit. The Future Book and The Challenge:Future Network that are managed by students are further channels. Andreja Kodrin, founder and president of Challenge:Future is committed to bringing the world together by providing a platform that connects young people and leading figures from the world of business, governments, civil society and education.

Informationen at www.challengefuture.org