Shedding light on Hanoi’s iconic corners
On 24 July 2019, UNESCO together with Signify Viet Nam launched the contest “Thành Phố Thông Minh, Lung Linh Văn Hiến”, which calls on young Vietnamese to develop creative, innovative, green and smart lighting technologies to support Hanoi’s development as a creative capital.
Going beyond just lighting up the room, smart lighting plays an integral part in contributing to countries’ sustainable development. Not only can it effectively save energy and reduce C02 emissions, smart lighting facilitates sustainable and connected cities, resulting in more livable and safe environments for urban citizens.
Antonio Espada, General Manager of Signify Viet Nam, elaborates “Via this contest, Signify Vietnam (formerly Philips Lighting Vietnam) and UNESCO would like to seek great ideas for a brighter and more attractive city such as Hanoi, especially enhancing the beauty of thousands of years of civilization of Vietnam’s capital. We are also happy to share our IoT platform called Interact, which will connect and enable an endless world of connectivity and interactions between the city and its citizens. Interact Landmark (our IoT platform to connect monuments, bridges and iconic facades) will help to create unique city identities and images in the city and , in the same way, with our Interact City platform which connects public lighting with other city assets, we can help to make real and tangible integrated vision of SmartCity projects.”
The contest will empower young people to put the spotlight on Ha Noi’s culture and creativity in a new way, allowing them to re-think (smart) lighting by developing innovative and green solutions to embrace heritage with the aid of smart lighting in all its manifold forms and shapes.
In the first round of the contest, groups with a maximum of three members will submit a concept note providing the main idea, design and materials used. The second round will convene the top 10 selected ideas in Ha Noi for the final pitch to the jury, allowing teams to present their smart lighting ideas in more refined formats using animation, illustrations, models or any other innovative ways they choose. Apart from awarding the winning team a 3-day trip to Singapore, Signify will identify those idea(s) from the top 10 which can be translated into practical applications.
Michael Croft, UNESCO Representative, stressed “Matching the creativity of youth with new technologies makes sense in so many ways, especially when it comes to sustainable development. UNESCO’s partnership with Signify Viet Nam in this initiative enables youth to speak about Ha Noi as “Creative City”, and the opportunity to demonstrate not only their talent, but also the crucial role that youth play in the emerging creative movement in the city.”
If you are up for the challenge, submit your application here until 16 September 2019: https://forms.gle/fYLruNUiKPv3GL1j9
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