Backed by Urban Design London, and with 15 councils and 15 universities already choosing to participate, the challenge provides an opportunity for local authorities to tap into a bank of knowledge and fresh inspiration, by working with promising design, architecture and engineering students to develop ideas for forward thinking cities of the future. For students, it offers valuable experience of working with industry and communities, allowing them to network and collaborate in a real world environment.
Armin Meyer, marketing manager for GE Lighting EMEA, commented: ‘Today’s bright young students are the product of this digital world, so we’re hoping they will be able to bring unique perspectives to these age-old social challenges – leveraging the power of digital light connectivity through LEDs, sensors, controls and other technologies combined with data, analytics, software, smart phones and beyond.’
The winning team, will be offered a 10-day global learning tour of GE facilities, including GE Lighting’s new Software Centre of Excellence in San Ramon, California. In addition, if any of the councils decide to implement the project ideas developed during the competition, GE Lighting will donate technology worth up to $5,000 for up to four projects.
For more information about the challenge and to view the council briefs already available, go to www.spacehive.com/initiatives/intelligent-community-challenge
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