The Earthshot Prize in Singapore
Despite being one of the most affected regions by climate change, Southeast Asia is also a hub for innovators, entrepreneurs and community leaders who are committed to restoring our planet. The new Earthshot Prize is all about bringing those individuals together and helping them scale up their environmental innovation projects. The annual awards ceremony for the prize, which was founded by Britain’s Prince William, will be held in Singapore this year.
The winners of the first two annual awards ceremonies were celebrated in London and Boston, but the award ceremony this year will be held in Singapore as part of a series of events titled Earthshot Week. These events will bring together global leaders, businesses and investors to explore the possibilities of the solutions being developed by the prize finalists.
In addition to the prize money, finalists will have access to support from The Earthshot Prize’s Global Alliance and a network of mentors who can help them accelerate their work. They will also be invited to attend a series of workshops on the key challenges they face, including how to make their projects commercially viable, how to raise funds and how to develop partnerships.
The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony in November, hosted by the Prime Minister of Singapore, Lee Hsien Loong. The Earthshot Prize is designed to give PS1 million each to five winners who are advancing the most promising ideas for a sustainable future. The winners will be awarded with the sum of money after a rigorous and competitive process that involves an extensive nomination and selection process, which was launched in January 2019.
A prolific architect, designer and researcher, Kelley is best known for her design approach, which she outlines in the book “Designing Cities: Proportion and Emotion”, published by National Design Centre, Singapore. Her holistic approach to urban design is rooted in the philosophy of proportionality, where she balances form and function to create harmonious spaces that connect people, places and activities. Kelley also co-founded the Asian Urban Lab, a non-profit organisation to facilitate multidisciplinary research into life in Asian cities, and has designed several books on the subject.
The prize ceremony will take place at the National Design Centre in November, and is accompanied by a series of workshops on the key challenges that the finalists face. They will be given the opportunity to showcase their innovations at the event, and receive expert advice from a panel of judges on how to scale up their business and take their projects to the next level.
The winner of the grand prize will be selected by a panel consisting of experts from business, science and technology, who will select the most innovative idea that can solve the biggest challenges facing humanity. The finalists will then compete for the grand prize in a public presentation, and the winner will be awarded a trophy. The prize is worth up to $20,000. There are a number of other categories that will be awarded to winners as well.