The Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards
Finalists from the six competitions will be invited to compete for Nordic prize money.
The registration portal for the Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards is now open. Click here to register and apply.
Please contact project manager Malin Kock Hansen if you have any questions regarding competition rules and deliveries.
Please contact administration consultant Linda Valestrand if you have any technical questions.
The portal will close 30 June 2016.
Nordic Innovation is inviting Nordic finalist teams from all six competitions of the Nordic Built Cities Challenge to register for the prestigious Nordic Built Cities Challenge Awards (the NBCCA). A Nordic Jury will award prizes according to the following criteria:
– The Charter
– Innovative solutions
– Development and export potential
The Nordic finalist team exhibiting excellence in all three categories will become the Nordic winner, and receive a prize of 500,000 NOK. The Nordic jury will also award a second prize of 400,000 NOK and a third prize of 300,000 NOK.
In addition to the monetary prize, the Nordic winning teams and the Nordic finalist teams will get the benefit of widespread promotion and communication in the Nordic countries and beyond.
To be eligible for the prize from Nordic Innovation the team must consist of partners from at least two Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) or autonomous areas (the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands), with a reasonable balance between the different nations. Minimum two (2) Nordic companies must be represented in the team. Maximum 80% of the total number of team members can be permanently based in the same country. Additional project participants may be resident outside the Nordic region, given that the requirements for Nordic participation are fulfilled. It is the team composition submitting the final solution to the local competition that is eligible. It is the final solution submitted to the local competition that will be judged by the Nordic Jury.
The Nordic Jury is looking for solutions that best fulfils the principles of the Charter.
Innovative solutions criteria:
The Nordic Jury is looking for solutions that are innovative*, show innovative qualities or potential. Solutions can be based on new products, services, concepts, designs or a combination of these.
*Nordic Innovation defines innovation as new products, services, markets, processes or organisational models or a combination of these that create (financial) commercial benefits or otherwise are of value to society.
Development and export potential criteria:
The Nordic Jury is also looking for:
Solutions that focus on scalability and applicability.
Solutions that are easy to adapt to other urban spaces or similar challenges or easily adaptable to a variety of situations in order to ensure market potential.
Solutions that are close to market, that is, they should be tangible and/or readily applicable and not only be on research level.
Solutions that point to so far unused potentials of new and/or known solutions to the specific urban challenge, in order to significantly improve performance, user-efficiency/usability/user-friendliness or equivalent, both generally and specifically for each of the particular urban challenges.
Solutions that have market and export potential, including market competitiveness.
in addition to the prize awards, Nordic Innovation offers the following monetary support to the Nordic finalist teams having registered for the NBCCA, and which are not announced as winners of the first, second or third prize:
1. 20,000 NOK to each team with at least one student, startup company, and/or social entrepreneur contributing to the solution. To be eligible for additional support at least one person in the team must fulfil one of the following criteria:
– Student: A person with a Nordic personal number studying in the Nordic region, not including employment by the educational unit or by a company in the selected finalist teams.
– Startup company: A company registered and formed to search for a scalable and repeatable business model for up to 5 years with a Nordic organisation number operating in the Nordic region.
– Social entrepreneur: A person/organization, with a Nordic organisation number/ personal number, that displays documented social entrepreneurship results and draws upon creative non-traditional strategies and business techniques to find solutions to social problems. Many different sorts of fields and disciplines are associated with social entrepreneurship, for example philanthropists, social activists, environmentalists and other socially oriented practitioners and organisations.
2. 40,000 NOK to each team that displays and are able to demonstrate cross-border Nordic collaboration in elaborating their solution. To be eligible for additional support the team must fulfil the following criteria:
– Cross-border collaboration: The team consists of team members from at least two different Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) or autonomous areas (the Faroe Islands, Greenland and the Åland Islands). Additional project participants may be resident outside the Nordic region, given that the requirements for Nordic participation are fulfilled. Minimum two (2) Nordic companies must be represented in the team. Maximum 80% of the total number of team members can be permanently based in the same country.
In order for a team to receive any additional support, it will have to describe briefly how each of its members bring competence/ knowledge to the team.
Registration and deliveries
All eligible Nordic finalist teams from the six local competitions are welcome to register for the NBCCA. The registration portal for the pre-selected finalists is now open. Click here to register and apply. Please contact project manager Malin Kock Hansen if you have any questions. The portal will close 30 June 2016.
The deliveries for the NBCCA are:
– 3 A1-charts in portrait format. The charts must be designed in a way that is suitable for an audience to watch (exhibition). The charts must be identical with the ones submitted in the second stage of the local competition.
– A booklet in A3. The maximum number of pages are 30. The booklet must be identical with the one submitted in the second stage of the local competition.
– In addition, you will be asked to deliver 2-3 A3 pages which will be separate from the booklet, but in the same design and format so that they easily can be added to the booklet. The content of these pages should be a demonstration of how the proposal fulfills the judging criteria of the NBCCA – or in other words, why your team should become the final winner of the NBCCA.
– As an optional delivery, you can add one extra A1-chart, as an illustration to the 2-3 A3 pages mentioned above.
ALL SUBMITTED MATERIAL SHOULD BE DELIVERED IN ENGLISH IN A DIGITAL FORMAT ONLY, ON A USB MEMORY STICK CONTAINING ELECTRONIC FILES IN PDF OR JPG. THIS SHOULD BE RECEIVED BY NORDIC INNOVATION NO LATER THAN 30 JUNE AT 15.00 CET.
Address for deliveries:
Att. Malin Kock Hansen
The Nordic Jury
The Nordic Jury will gather in September 2016, and the NBCCA will take place in Copenhagen 3-4 November 2016. Click here to get to know the members of the Nordic Jury.
More detailed information
About Nordic Innovation
Nordic Innovation is an institution under the Nordic Council of Ministers working to promote cross-border trade and innovation. Our mission is to generate increased value creation through cross-border co-operation – contributing to the Nordic countries as a world-leading region for innovation and sustainable growth.