Winners of the WeAlmaty projects competition

On the 13th of April the WeAlmaty pitching event took place where the winners of the WeAlmaty project competition were announced. The competition began in November 2018, with the goal of involving Almaty citizens in the creation and implementation of social and economic projects that would involve the city’s sustainable development.

Over 100 project applications were submitted. The winners received up to EUR 5,000 each from the European Union to implement their projects.

The winners of the WeAlmaty Project Competition are:

Project Description
Rocket Plastic, a workshop that processes plastic wastes into finished products
  1. Give plastic a second life in accordance with the concept “from short-term to long-term”
  2. Develop a market of eco-friendly products through its own online platform
  3. Promote the zero waste, sorting and recycling principles as a lifestyle among adults and children
  4. Manufacture machines for plastic processing for private buyers
  5. Create a community and join efforts for fighting plastic wastes
Eco-Scan (working name), a mobile application The mission of this application is to grow a generation of eco-conscious citizens through teaching the rules of separate waste collection and principles of conscious consumption and buying. The purpose of Eco-Scan is to help people who start to learn the principles of waste sorting.
Comfortable Area for the Blind Create an area without barriers for blind and vision-impaired citizens in 10 social infrastructure institutions in Alatau district of Almaty within 6 months of 2019.
Almaty Oasis Draw young people’s attention to the problem of environmental contamination with plastic and gas wastes.
Citizen Playground (Microclub 3:0) Under this project, our studio Citizen Space will jointly with our partners study the possibility of decentralizing the city’s culture and providing leisure opportunities for citizens in non-central public areas.
City farm  Create the first demonstrational city farm in Almaty for creating and strengthening the city farming culture.

About the competition

As part of the three-year WeAlmaty project, the British Council, Almaty Akimat, Almaty Development Centre and Kazakh-British Technical University announced a project competition with the grants of up to 5,000 euros for each project. 

WeAlmaty is funded by the European Union. 


  1. Clear explanation of why the project is important and needed by the city/local community(-ies), including a list of the beneficiaries and main stakeholders.
  2. Logically structured and comprehensible action plan setting reachable and realistic objectives that are within the budget and showing the use of the applicant’s own resources and/or those of existing or new partners.
  3. Reasonable and economical budget that is well connected to the action plan.
  4. The potential to extend the project and business plan by demonstrating the project’s sustainable development during and after the grant, allowing applicants to choose areas related to the city’s economic and social priorities and highlighting a citizen-oriented approach.