Infrastructure & Environment

TED Prize Winner: City 2.0

For the first time, the TED Prize (which includes a cash prize) is being awarded to an idea, not a person. But cities will benefit.
by | February 2012

Since 2005, the TED Prize, handed out every year by the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference, has recognized such individuals as Bono, Bill Clinton, the physicist Neil Turok and the oceanographer Sylvia Earle. But this year, for the first time, the prize isn’t going to a person. It’s being awarded to an idea: City 2.0.

According to the organization, City 2.0 is a concept that promotes next-generation innovations, reduces urban carbon emissions and better enables cities to prepare for future challenges. The TED Prize usually grants winners $100,000 and “one wish to change the world.” This year’s grant will be distributed to individuals and organizations with strategies for improving cities. Those programs will be announced during the TED Conference on Feb. 29.

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