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Last updated: January 27, 2012 11:32 am

About the awards

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Enter FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards

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

The FT 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.

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 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.


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.

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

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

• 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

• Infrastructure: Original ideas that have been implemented 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


Awards will be given for each sector under consideration (education, energy, healthcare and infrastructure)

An overall award will also be granted to the entry judged best overall

The four sector awards, and the overall award will be presented at an awards dinner in New York in December 2012

Entry deadline

All applications, including any supporting materials, must be received by no later than midday (GMT) on May 31

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