Skoll Venture Awards
Matt Pierri, Rhodes Scholar and Oxford MPP alumnus, wins £25,000 in grant funding for his social enterprise, SociAbility. SociAbility is an app that aims to make going out and socialising easier for people with access needs. Pierri has been part of the Oxford Foundry’s L.E.V8 accelerator programme this year, launching the business in June of this year, then going on to win Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at the Saïd Business School’s Skoll Venture Awards. Current Oxford MBA students, Puja Balachander and Laura White also won the Audience Choice Award, and took £5,000 in grant funding for their social enterprise, Devie. Devie is a trusted digital companion that guides parents on their journey from pregnancy to parenthood, equipping them to become their child’s best first teacher. The Skoll Venture Awards supports Oxford students and alumni that have started social purpose businesses. Since 2012, the Skoll Centre has given out over £100,000 in grant funding, supporting 11 fledging social ventures.
Map the System
Oxford team wins 2nd prize for this global competition. The Map the System competition is run by the Skoll Centre, and this year had 34 participating educational institutions from around the world, including Universities such as University of Oxford and De Montfort in the UK, and Yale and Harvard in the US. The Oxford team beat 20 finalist teams at the Global Final on 9th June, taking home a cash prize of £3,000 for their research into the issue of sexual violence in New Delhi, India. The team was made up of four MBA students and one from Duke University.
CogX 2019 - The Festival of AI and Emerging Technology
Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, Luciano Floridi, is the winner of the CogX 2019 Award for ‘Outstanding Achievement in the Field of AI Ethics’.
MacRobert Award 2019 – OrganOX is a shortlisted finalist
Oxford’s OrganOx is shortlisted for the MacRobert Award 2019 for creating the metra, a world-first device that can keep a human donor liver functioning outside the body for up to 24 hours prior to transplant.
CIPR Excellence Awards 2019 – Education Campaign
Oxford University Press won the Chartered Institute of Public Relations Education Campaign Excellence Award 2019 for ‘Why closing the word gap matters’.