Saturday, March 31, 2012 (All day)


From our colleagues at EdSurge: 

Here's a great shot at building your global brand: a brand new award program sponsored by the Financial Times and Citi. (Full disclosure: EdSurge is supporting this award, too, by bringing you all the gory details!) Among those recognized by this new award will be education innovators implementing "new ideas and learning models." (Watch that word count; videos encouraged). The competition will highlight a half dozen finalists and one winner, who will get profiled in FT magazine supplements, enjoy choice spots at snazzy awards dinners in NY and London and sweet bragging rights.

Fill out the requisite forms here.

A majority of the world’s population now lives in urban areas. As mass urbanisation accelerates, the most successful cities will be those that innovate and provide groundbreaking solutions to meet the growing and evolving needs of their citizens.

The Financial Times and Citi have partnered to recognise the emerging leaders who have developed original and practical solutions that have a positive and fundamental impact on cities and their inhabitants. 

Award Overview

The “FT / Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action” programme, supported by Citi, will recognise ingenious individuals who have developed solutions to urban challenges in the fields of education, healthcare, energy and infrastructure that, by approaching problems from new and creative angles, have made life better, healthier or more convenient for people living and working in cities today.

Criteria and metrics for the Awards have been developed by INSEAD, one of the world's leading and largest graduate business schools.


  • The FT / Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action are open to applicants from anywhere in the world who have put into practice an ingenious idea in an urban context.
  • The Award is specifically looking for examples of ingenious ideas in action in four specific sectors, all in the urban context: Education, Energy, Healthcare and Infrastructure.

o     Education: New ideas and learning models that have been implemented in the context of educating people within the classroom (at any age group), or in a practical setting relating to challenges that urban dwellers face including literacy, job skills, distance learning, and access to education, etc.

o     Energy: Ingenious and original projects implemented in the field of energy generation, distribution, pricing and conservation. This would also include low-carbon-emission energies as well as classic energy sources

o     Healthcare: Projects that have brought new models of healthcare into cities, improved levels of access, care and service to urban dwellers, reduced prevalence of diseases and debilitating illnesses, more affordable pricing, etc.

o     Infrastructure: Implemented original ideas related to better and/or more affordable transportation, reduced emissions and pollution, provision of infrastructure such as water, roads, phone service, etc., and in general projects that have improved the ‘livability’ of urban environments

Please choose in which category you would like to enter and complete the relevant form online. 

If you wish to submit an entry in more than one category, please make a new application each time. 

You will be given a unique reference number for each entry you make. This number will allow you to modify your entry online as many times as you wish up to the application deadline. 

However, please make sure that all fields with a red star are completed every time you make a submission, otherwise the form will not be saved. 

The deadline for entries is open until 31st March 2012 before 5pm GMT. 

Please note that strict word-count restrictions are placed on these initial entries. 

The initial submission process is focused solely on the entry form. No further materials should be emailed or mailed at this time. 

Applicants may be asked to provide additional information at a later date to aid the decision-making process. As sponsor, Citi will not review or judge submissions.

To nominate an individual (or group) via email, please email FTCitiAwards@FT.com

If you have any questions regarding your submission please contact: 

Shilpa Dodda at shilpa.dodda@insead.edu

Bryan Ulrich on +1 212 641 6418 or email bryan.ulrich@ft.com

Thank you for your interest in the FT / Citi Urban Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action.




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