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E-waste Race, TilburgsAns, Bossche Bond, Springplank 040 and Bella Mossa are the five initiatives nominated for the Social Innovation Award 2017. The nominated initiatives will have the opportunity to pitch to an audience on Friday 29th September during Dear Future, when the jury prize and the public prize will also be awarded. Ynzo van Zanten from Tony’s Chocolonely will also speak during the presentation of the Social Innovation Award 2017. This year, the award is being presented for the seventh time. Dear Future is taking place from 23rd – 29th September in the Spoorzone and the centre of Tilburg.

E-waste Race

The E-waste Race was founded to draw attention to our growing consumption of electronic goods and the associated problem of raw material exhaustion and e-waste. The initiators organise a competition for ten schools from a city or region, and in doing so promote awareness in the neighbourhood. Via a website, locals can offer their old electronic goods, to be collected by participating school children. This scores the schools points and they compete to win a school trip. The result: incredibly enthusiastic neighbourhoods committed to collecting old electronic goods. This eventually leads to CO2 savings, the return of raw materials in second-hand shops and thus a decrease in the demand for primary raw materials.


This art project comprises a font, based on the character of the city of Tilburg, together with pictograms of characteristic Tilburg locations, people, events and words. The letters and pictograms are free to download and available to everybody. By doing this, TilburgsAns is creating connection: people are getting involved.

A new version of this font has now been created that is a little ‘quieter’ and thus better suited to use in long pieces of text. Diverse activities have been organised around TilburgsAns, such as lectures, exhibitions and a letter-adoption afternoon. TilburgsAns is not city marketing, but rather an innovative way to give visibility to the material and immaterial heritage of the city.

Bossche Bond

The Bossche Bond is a unique way to provide more flexibility to professionals in ’s-Hertogenbosch, dealing with financially vulnerable inhabitants. A need emerged for fast and free-to-spend money, in order to be able to offer effective, tailored solutions in complex and acute situations. Fifteen affiliated organisations each deposited € 5,000 in the Bossche Bond pot. The revolving character is unique: contributions made by the fund must be paid back. But the paying pack is also tailored. It’s sometimes (partly) done by the client that has received help, sometimes by the organisation responsible. In the case of unique solutions, where no one party is responsible, all parties deposit their share of the paid-out amount back into the pot.

Springplank 040

Springplank 040 is an Eindhoven initiative to help people without work and homes get their lives back on track as quickly as possible. The approach is radically different to that of traditional assistance. Springplank 040 doesn’t put the care or support central, but work. A paid job, as tool to allow people to reclaim control of their own lives. Candidates are put forward by the local authorities, welfare organisations or housing associations, or themselves. Should work emerge as a realistic perspective during the first meeting, then housing will first be sought and then a job in a sector suitable for the candidate. 80 to 90 companies have now partnered with Springplank 040. After 9 to 12 months, 70% of the candidates have got their lives back on track.

Bella Mossa

As in many other old European cities, traffic congestion is a problem in Bologna, Italy. The British company Better Points, together with local public transport company SRM, started a project here with a focus on reducing the use of motor vehicles and promoting travelling by foot and bike, and using car-shares and public transport. Use is made of a Behaviour Change Management System, including an app, developed by Better Points. Good behaviour by the participants (less use of car) is rewarded with points that give discounts at local shops and companies. The implementation started in March 2017 and lasts six months. 23,0000 participants have already registered.

Social Innovation Award Academy

This year, twenty initiatives have applied for the Social Innovation Award. Most come from Brabant, but the Randstad is also represented and there is an international submission (Bella Mosa). Winners of the award form the Social Innovation Award Academy. They meet regularly to discuss developments in their innovations. They also explore how Social Innovation can be strengthened.

Jury and assessment

The jury consists of:

– Wim van Dijk, chairperson, Samen Slim Bouwen aan de Toekomst, previous SIA winner;
– Ralf Embrechts,, previous SIA winner;
– Jan Rietsema, Into D’mentia, previous SIA winner;
– Silvia Pauly, strategist at Tilburg Local Council;
– Jolanda Schneider, programme leader, Versterken Sociale Veerkracht, North Brabant.

The submitted initiatives are assessed, based on their innovation and creativity. What problems have been solved, what parties are involved and what is the impact of the initiative on society? The business aspect will also be examined: what does the revenue model look like, what about continuity, what are the possibilities for scaling-up?

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