On the occasion of the “smart urban stage” exhibition series taking place in six European cities between May 2010 and mid 2011, for the first time the car brand smart is initiating a future award, the “smart future minds award”.

In each city the top ten projects will be chosen that provide visionary, sustainable solutions for everyday urban life in five categories dealing with “The future of the city”. In the run-up to the selection the works nominated will be exhibited as part of the “smart urban stages” held through mid-2011 in Berlin, Rome, Zurich, Paris, Madrid and London.

smart was able to obtain five leading visionary thinkers to serve as curators for the exhibitions and thus for the nominated projects in the following categories: Be (culture/society), Create (design), Exchange (media/IT), Explore (science) and Live (architecture/town planning). A sixth category – Move (mobility) – is being curated by Daimler AG and is not part of the competition. The curators kicking off the exhibition in Berlin include Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart, the originator of the cradle to cradle principle, Dr. h. c. Kristin Feireiss, founder of the Aedes Architekturforum, architect and town planner Matthias Böttger, director of aut – Architektur und Tirol, Prof. Boris Müller, Professor of Interface Design at the University of Applied Sciences in Potsdam, and designer Prof. Hermann August Weizenegger, known as co-founder of designmai, the Berlin design festival. The curator for Daimler AG is Dr. Thomas Weber, member of the Daimler management board responsible for Group Research and Mercedes-Benz Cars Development.

On 10th June 2010 the curators will select the three most innovative and formative projects from the exhibition, which is open to visitors each day from 12 noon to 8 p.m. during the smart urban stage. First place includes the “smart future minds award” and € 10,000 in prize money. The winners in each of the six cities will also take part in the international final. The prize for the overall winner announced at the end of 2011 is a smart fortwo electric drive.

In addition to the visionary projects in the exhibition, a central element is the presence of electric mobility. The focus is on the smart fortwo electric drive that will be explained on site and can be taken for a test drive.

Source: Daimler AG