Venture your sports Kinetic energy solution in the city of Cáceres

To meet its sustainability agenda, the city of Cáceres (Spain) is seeking products and solutions to capture the movement generated at municipal sports facilities to generate renewable energy. The city invites companies worldwide to submit their solutions before 17th February to the  Living Labs Global Award 2012. Cáceres wishes to convert the energy created by citizens in sports facilities

Cáceres aims at having the kinetic energy set free by exercise converted into electricity through a device embedded in sports facilities or gym equipment such as the running surface. The city seeks to collect sufficient energy in accumulators that can be used to supplement existing lighting or other systems, or feed back into the grid. Further, devices may be able to measure the energy savings that will be produced and feed such data to a central management system that may also provide custom energy reports to athletes and citizens (more information here).

Submissions to the Award are free of charge and the winner of the Cáceres category will be invited to pilot the solution in the city, with full support from local stakeholders to evaluate the solution before a full-scale roll-out.

Last year’s winners of the Living Labs Global Award include, for example, Bitcarrier, a company that managed to  a pilot implementation of its CitySolver Technology to monitor traffic within 3 months of winning the Living Labs Global Award, and a public procurement within just 6 months.

How to submit:

Entries can be submitted online on until 17th February.

International juries will evaluate the entries and provide a shortlist of the top 100 showcases on 5th March. Winners will be announced on 2nd May 2012 at the Award Ceremony during the networking Rio Summit on Service Innovation in Cities, for which all participants are invited.

About the Living Labs Global Award 2012:

Living Labs Global, a non-profit association promoting innovative solutions in cities around the world, is organising the 2012 edition of the Living Labs Global Award in cooperation with the cities of Barcelona, Birmingham, Caceres, Cape Town, Coventry, Derry~Londonderry, Eindhoven, Fukuoka, Glasgow, Guadalajara, Hamburg, Lagos, Lavasa, Kristiansand, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Rome-Lazio, San Francisco, Sant Cugat, Santiago de Chile and Terrassa.

Together with these 21 cities, the Living Labs Global Award 2012 aims to provide a market opportunity to innovative solutions with the aim of helping over 110 million citizens in the Americas, Africa, Asia and Europe.

For more information, please contact:

Miguel Carvalho 

Tel.: +34 93 1855110 Twitter: @LivingLabsAward Facebook:

World Cup Apps

In the spirit of the World Cup Season, I thought I'd point you football fans out there to a number of useful, and appropriately distracting World Cup Mobile Applications which can keep you informed whether you're stuck in the office. Here are some of my top picks: 1) ESPN's 2010 FIFA World Cup app is one of the most popular apps in the store and it's free. But, because it may not give you everything you want, you can pay $7.99 to upgrade the app, granting you access to live audio, play-by-play announcer commentary and a handful of video highlights.

2) A second, slightly more sophisticated option is the 2010 World Cup South Africa app by Infinido which can be purchased in in the App store for a mere 99 cents; with this, you get instant alerts when a goal is scored, video highlights, live score updates and player and team profiles. While some of the information may seem superfluous, all in all, I'd say this app gives you more bang for your buck.

3) This year, the Associated Press did its duty and brought us an additional application iphones and blackberries. The AP 2010 World Cup Coverage app can be downloaded for free from the app store and keeps you up to date with matches, scoring and standings in the tournament.

If you're interested in streaming world cup coverage, I'd recommend Univision over Espn3 as I think the qualities a little better. Plus, viewers can stream coverage from from anywhere in the world.