We can't help but like the idea behind the Not Impossible Awards, a new program from Not Impossible Labs in partnership with the United Nations Foundation and World Bank's Connect4Climate initiative. The awards will focus attention on projects and solutions that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, promoting a better world and supporting social innovation in health, education and other areas. Like our Compassionate Cities initiative, the awards will highlight how technology can help those in our world who need it most.
Organizers say the awards will recognize and celebrate the people, companies, technology and transformational inventions that are helping bring positive change to the greater global community.
"Our philosophy is 'help one, help many' and we created the Not Impossible Awards to do just that. Whether the issue is climate change, hunger, clean water, energy or infrastructure, the need for developing affordable, practical solutions to seemingly insurmountable problems exists worldwide," says Mick Ebeling, Founder and CEO of Not Impossible.
Spotlighting thought leaders
"Our goal is to put the spotlight on the people and companies exemplifying thought leadership in these areas," Ebeling adds, "while also developing viable technology solutions that positively impact the way we live."
The first Not Impossible Awards will be showcased at CES 2017, which takes place Jan. 5-8, 2017 in Las Vegas. Ebeling suggests the CES 2017 theme of 'Let's Go Humans' is the perfect springboard for the Not Impossible Awards and the solutions they will be honoring.
Submissions – due by Nov. 24 -- should address global issues with original, cutting-edge solutions that align with the UN Sustainable Development Goals in one or more of these categories:
"One thing we know for sure is that the world's new Sustainable Development Goals can only be met by 2030 if innovators are given the chance to bring forward solutions to change the world," said Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation.
This article is from the Council's Compassionate Cities initiative which highlights how city leaders and other stakeholders can leverage smart technologies to end suffering in their communities and give all citizens a route out of poverty. Click the Compassionate Cities box on our registration page to receive our weekly newsletter.
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