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Shell Bulgaria has launched the Future Cities Contest, which is a challenge to Bulgarian students, from local and foreign universities, to share their ideas on how to deal with the ever growing need for energy in urban areas around the world. The initiative is targeted towards creative minds of non-conventional proposals, who believe that their ideas have the potential to be developed in future and change the way in which energy resources will be used in the decades to come. Those willing to take part in the contest are invited to send their proposals on the topic before 11 September 2016 to the following e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. The pitch should include a detailed description of the idea, benefits and solutions of existing and future energy problems, as well as feasible implementation opportunities. The candidates must minimum 18 year old university students in a Bachelor’s or Master’s programme (at least sophomores).
“We believe that the answers to the serious challenges facing us in relation to the growing energy needs can be found in the imagination and ingenuity of the young generation. This contest is intended to encourage innovative and creative personalities to generate original ideas and to take a step closer of becoming the leaders of tomorrow”, says Kamelia Slaveykova, Country Chair of Shell Bulgaria.
The shortlisted finalists will be invited to Sofia on 14-16 September 2016 to present their projects before a jury consisting of representatives of Shell Bulgaria, the academic community, the City of Sofia and independent energy experts. The assessment of the candidates will focus on the innovative nature of the project’s solution, the practical benefits, sustainability, functionality and the potential of the idea to be developed and realized. The best concepts will receive cash awards of 1500, 1000 and 750 BGN for first, second and third prize respectively. The winner in the contest will also have the opportunity to participate in a forum dedicated to the 25th anniversary of Shell Bulgaria on 27 September 2016, at which the Future Cities scenarios developed by Royal Dutch Shell plc. will be presented. He or she will take part of a special panel discussion on urbanization and the development of local cities together with representatives of local authorities, energy experts, representatives of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and others.
The detailed terms and conditions for participation in the contest can be found at www.shell.bg/aboutshell/cities-of-the-future.html.
Besides the Future Cities initiative, the company has launched other projects on innovation, open platforms for ideas, partnerships with leading world universities and more. Among them is Shell Ideas360, a global innovations competition to tackle the increasing needs for energy resources on the planet. This platform fosters the implementation and follow-up development of young authors’ non-conventional creative ideas, which have not yet been proven in reality, but have the potential to drastically change the future of energy solutions.
Shell is the only oil company on the list of the Massachusetts Institute MIT Technology Review for 2012 as one of the top 50 companies, which have the greatest impact on other businesses with their activities and innovations. At present, the company has approximately 14,000 registered patents and pending patent applications. Over the last six years, Shell has invested more than .1 billion in R&D and technologies to develop new energy sources.