UK-wide Urban Innovation Intelligent Community Challenge involving university students announces winners at #ICCAwards

UK-wide Urban Innovation Design Competition involving Young UK Design Talent Announces Winners at Awards Ceremony at Future Cities Catapult Urban Innovation Centre

The UK-wide Intelligent Community Challenge (@IntComChallenge) urban innovation design competition, headline sponsored by multinational GE Lighting, involving UK university students responding to local council urban challenges, announces joint competition winning teams as Adriane Jimenez Escarfullery/Dominika Gozdek/Dagma Kołodyńska and Emma Islam/Leonardo Carmo Silva, both teams of Ravensbourne, whose proposals to use LED lighting to help the introduction of driverless cars in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, London, and reinvigorate the Edgbaston Canal Tunnel in Birmingham, respectively, impressed the judges the most amongst a shortlist of 6 hiqh quality submissions. A special award was granted to Clare Bevis of the Glasgow School of Art for her proposal to regenerate the Glasgow Barrowland, using innovative LED-lighting led street design. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony (#ICCAwards) at the Future Cities Catapult Urban Innovation Centre in London.

The UK-wide Intelligent Community Challenge, launched officially at an #urbandesignhackathon at Ravensbourne on the Greenwich Peninsula on 3 October. The Intelligent Community Challenge invited architecture, design, engineering and computer science students from UK universities to submit innovative proposals to council regeneration briefs to reinvigorate urban spaces, using energy-efficient intelligent LED lighting as part of their solutions.

An independent panel of judges chaired by Zoltan Koltai, EMEA Technology Director, GE Lighting, supported by Laura Simon, Director of Innovation, Brand Union; Azhar Azhar, CEO of Azhar Architecture; Ajit Jaokar, CEO, Futuretext and Lecturer, University of Oxford; Stephen Leece, MD Citi Logik, selected the Winner and Runner-up from a shortlist of 6 high quality proposals, responding to briefs from the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Birmingham City Council, Glasgow City Council and Bromley City Council.

The winning teams win a ten-day global learning tour of GE's world class innovation facilities. An additional prize of a week's work experience at Citi Logik –the UK mobile analytics company that helps councils make sense of cities - was offered to Emma Islam/Leonardo Carmo Silva. The special award offers Clare Bevis a week of work experience with Citi Logik and a working day with a GE engineer.

Adriane Jimenez from one of the winning team says: "It was a really interesting experience. I think we all learned a lot from the competition. We would like to participate more and be part of the future of lighting. Without light there is no vision, without vision there is no future". Leonardo Silva from the second winning team says: "We're still shocked, never did we think we would win, it just goes to show how motivation and work pays off, and how we shouldn't take any opportunities we get for granted. Thank you so much for everything".

Stefano Chiavegati, Chief Marketing Officer, GE Lighting says, "Innovation has been part of the GE legacy for more than a century. This competition is an extension of that legacy into the exciting domain of smart lighting and the smart city. While we invest in our own in-house innovation, we realise that the greatest ideas can happen spontaneously and especially from bright young minds".

Armin Mayer, Marketing Manager GE Lighting EMEA, says: "Today's Award Ceremony is only the beginning of an exciting journey to transform existing lighting infrastructure into something truly great, truly intelligent. We have challenged students to play a key role in this journey, by helping cities and communities in the UK to design the intelligent lighting systems of the future. We are very excited with the proposals we have received and would like to thank the participating councils, universities and students for their collaboration and efforts and congratulate the winner and runner up".

Zoltan Koltai GE's Lighting EMEA Technology Director and Chair of the judging panel, said: "We have been looking for ideas to help us identify how future cities can become more intelligent using lighting technology. Our mission has been to find students who understand the challenges of urban design and can translate these into a technical solution with their specific knowledge, capabilities and skills. We would like to congratulate all the participating students on their innovative ideas and of course the winner and runner-up on their winning proposals."

The Intelligent Community Challenge is backed by London Councils, Urban Design London, hosted by Transport for London, Future Cities Catapult, Tech City UK and councils from across the UK.

Says Gerard Grech, CEO of Tech City UK "people need a say in cities' digital transformation. This huge digital transformation needs to have applications useful for people. London is a digital platform and people should have a say on how that city is shaped around them. I'm calling for a digital social contract in which people have collective responsibility as to how data is used."

Associate dean and head of architecture at Ravensbourne, Layton Reid has incorporated the competition into the college curriculum. He said: "We have responsibility to fulfil people's needs and aspirations to assist in choice. Smart cities are about leveraging choice." LED lighting has ramifications far beyond just lighting – lamp-posts, fitted with Wi-Fi and sensor technology connect cities and enable smart urban services and communications with the people who live in cities, e.g. directing drivers to free parking spaces, through direct communication with their smartphones, yielding differing levels of light as required by traffic flows, and enabling personalized communications, in addition to being more energy-efficient.

GE Lighting are founding sponsors of the Intelligent Community Challenge, which is programme managed by @newmedia2.0.

About GE Lighting

GE Lighting are changing the way people light and think about their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. Light brightens our path to a better way of being. Today, light is intelligent. Light listens, learns and sees. GE. Where Light Is Bright.

The Intelligent Community Challenge is a means for GE Lighting to foster innovation, develop talent and collaborate with local authorities to gain a greater understanding of their outdoor street lighting needs and challenges. This increased understanding helps GE develop optimal lighting solutions that are truly fit for purpose.

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