N.I.C.E. Award Winners 2016


N.I.C.E. Award 2016 honours innovation in migration, economy and urban development

Minister of Economic Affairs of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Garrelt Duin, singled out three projects as models for addressing urgent social issues by honouring them with the N.I.C.E. Award 2016. The jury under the chairmanship of the prestigious urban researcher Charles Landry reviewed 105 applications from 25 countries and selected twelve projects from France, Georgia, Germany, Great Britain, the Netherlands and Spain for the shortlist, which were presented at the Philharmonie Essen on 24 August 2016.

Two projects take the top spot this year

“Makerversity” and “Refugee Open Cities” each receive EUR 8,000 prize money. Based in London and Amsterdam, Makerversity is a platform for creative young entrepreneurs within the global maker movement. With the Maker Campus as its distinguishing feature participants benefit not only from the knowledge of others, but also pass on their own experience. The Berlin Refugee Open Cities project improves the quality of life in refugee camps through personal involvement. What makes it special: refugees become designers of their own lives, using their creative talents to build a liveable community.

Jury Chairman Charles Landry: "Both address vital questions, but they are so different"

The second prize (EUR 4,000) goes to the Dortmund based project “Public Residence: the Chance”, in which the creative currency “Chances” has transformed citizens of Borsigplatz in Dortmund into innovative shapers of their neighbourhood. What makes it special: the residents themselves organise creative and artistic projects and therefore become beacons of hope for the revitalisation of Borsigplatz.

The jury honoured the London initiative “Julie’s Bicycle” with the “Achievement Award”, a non-monetary prize. For ten years now, this initiative has been committed to encouraging cultural and creative industries to contribute more actively to fighting climate change.

Minister for Economic Affairs, Energy and Industry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, Garrelt Duin: “The winners of the N.I.C.E. Award give us a new outlook on solutions to the urgent questions of our time. Creative innovations like those we find in the award-winning projects can develop a potential that we need to exploit more consistently.”

Prof Dieter Gorny, Managing Director of the european centre for creative economy (ecce): “Nothing remains as it is! The N.I.C.E. Award shows examples of how creative and cultural impulses can respond to digital, economic and social changes in our society and how they can be used to shape transformation.”

Photos © Vladimir Wegener/ecce GmbH

Winner of the first place: Makerversity
Winner of the first place: Refugee Open Cities
Winner of the second place: Public Residence: Die Chance
Winner of Achievement Award: Julie's Bicycle