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Solar light idea wins The Next Big Thing Competition 2016

21 September 2016


Philippines-based social enterprise Liter of Light was named winner of The Next Big Thing Competition 2016 at the EG Awards this week.

In partnership with Estates Gazette and RICS, Cluttons has led a global competition to find a concept-solution to the rising number of informal settlements or ‘slums’ that are establishing throughout the world.

Liter of Light, founded in 2011 by social entrepreneur and actor Illac Diaz, adopts a simple concept that redesigns solar lighting for the developing world. The simple two-step technology it uses creates local jobs, teaches green skills, and empowers energy-poor communities.

It stood out to the judges because it did not try and solve the whole problem, instead it tackled something which is a basic human need and provided a simple low cost solution that will make a big difference to people’s lives.

Now in its second year The Next Big Thing Competition's winning entry will feature on the front cover of this week’s Estates Gazette.

The award and £2,500 cash prize was collected by Pavegen chairman Richard Kemball-Cook on behalf of Liter of Light founder Illac Diaz. 

Cluttons said: “The calibre of entries we had in the first year of The Next Big Thing was excellent, with Aqua Cities by Neil Worrall a worthy winner. This year the standard of entries was even higher and from even more diverse markets.

“This year’s challenge of addressing the issue of the world’s slums elicited entries that used smart technology, had grand strategic visions, learnt from other markets or provided simple solutions to big issues. 

“The Next Big Thing has really done what it set out to achieve – giving people with bright ideas a platform to be heard and hopefully make a difference to some big issues.”

The Next Big Thing Competition began as part of Cluttons’ 250th anniversary in 2015.

To find out more about Liter of Light visit