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Today, more than half the world’s population lives in cities. The explosive growth of urban communities is one of the most significant demographic trends of the 21st century. It also challenges governments, companies, organisations and individuals to provide the services and amenities to make modern cities work. The 2013 FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards: Urban Ideas in Action programme aims to discover and promote the most ingenious ideas, inventions and innovations that help ensure cities remain centres of creativity and progress.  
With more than 3.6bn people currently living in urban areas - a number expected to exceed 6bn by 2050, according to the United Nations - cities, their leaders, and inhabitants will have to find new ways to thrive. The competitiveness and vitality of the world's cities depends on the decisions and innovations of all urban stakeholders, from citizens and communities to organisations, corporations and municipalities. This global programme was developed by the FT and Citi, in collaboration with INSEAD, to recognize those promoting urban progress.   

What's New for 2013 
In 2013, the FT/Citi Ingenuity Awards will recognise urban ingenuity in a wide ranges of areas -- from city administration, transport systems, energy and utilities, education and resource management, to housing, health, public safety, social services, mobile technologies and community engagement. To be considered, solutions should:  
  • Have been implemented between 2007 and 2012
  • Address a serious social, economic, environmental or health-related challenge
  • Improve the quality of urban life
Submissions will be accepted online from January 23, 2013 to April 30, 2013. Each applicant must read and accept the Terms and Conditions set forth in the application (accessible after sign-in) for their application to be considered. Winners will be chosen by region and a global winner will be announced at an awards dinner in New York in December 2013.   To Nominate an individual or organization, please email:

About the Awards 
Submissions will be reviewed on a range of criteria, including originality, impact, efficiency and outcomes. Criteria were developed by INSEAD, one of the world's leading business schools. All entries will be reviewed by the FT and INSEAD for qualification. A panel of global experts will select the winners. As sponsor, Citi will not review or judge submissions. Finalists will be profiled in a series of global magazines published by the FT in 2013. Regional finalists will be invited to attend events in 2013 to further dialogue on urban challenges and solutions with key industry leaders. Preview the Application Form