Siemens Asks Middle Eastern Students to Think About How to Build Sustainable Cities in the Desert

"sustainable city desert"The question has been asked – how would you build a sustainable city in the desert?

Siemens, the German energy corporation, has been active in the Middle East over the past couple of years since it bought a couple of solar companies in Israel.  Now it is playing a role again as it has just launched a regional Siemens Student Award open to bachelor and master students across the Middle East, asking participants to answer one central question: how to build sustainable cities in the desert.  If past behavior is any indicator then solar energy is part of Siemens’ sustainable plan for the region, but it appears that they want to know what the locals think.

Participants were asked to relate their responses towards four main trends: demographic change, climate change, urbanization, and globalization.  In 500 words.  Students were also encouraged to submit creative visual aids to demonstrate their ideas.

Joachim Kundt, the CEO of Siemens in the United Arab Emirates, said that “the buzz words and tags that rank most highly on the site at the moment are ‘energy’, ‘water’, ‘natural resources’, ‘renewable energy’ and ‘solar’, highlighting the students’ interest in thinking about practical solutions that deal with the most pressing challenges the world faces today.”

“Seeing these topics discussed at a feverish pace gives us hope that future generations in the region are committed to finding solutions, addressing water shortage, better access to health care and clean energy,” Kundt added.

The contest launched in May 2011 and received a large number of submissions before it closed this week.  A large number of participants came from Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Pakistan, with students from over 219 universities registered and involved in the competition online.  Ten finalists and the winner of the competition will be announced in Qatar in early November.

: AME info

Read more about Siemens in the Middle East::
Siemens Buys Israel’s Solel for $418 Million
Siemens on a Solar Streak with Investment News Around Arava Power
Siemens to Promote “Green” Solutions at World Future Energy Summit

Image via: Guilherme Jofili

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