Microsoft today announces the winners of Internet Explorer 8 Life Academy, who battled it out live in front of a high profile judging panel comprising of Professor Robert Winston, entrepreneur and lastminute.com co-founder Brent Hoberman, Countdown mathematician Rachel Riley, Channel 4 technology journalist Benjamin Cohen and Microsoft Director Leila Martine to win one of three £10,000 grants.
The winning ideas are:
Adventurer Explorer Grant
Luke Duggleby, 22 from Bristol, his idea is to bring internet and services that will significantly improve educational needs to a vocational centre in Uganda. You can see Luke’s live pitch here http://www.lifeacademy.uk.com/Winners/Luke_Duggleby/
Online Venture Explorer Grant
Rowenna Davis, 25 from Southwark, her idea is to provide young people with an online platform to understand their local government and stand for councillors. You can see Rowenna’s live pitch here http://www.lifeacademy.uk.com/Winners/Rowenna_Davis/
Creativity Explorer Grant
Nick Palfrey, 23 from Plymouth, his idea is to develop learning spaces using simulator or video game technology so that 3D models of proposed schools can be explored by students, teachers and parents with amendments made and sent back to architects. You can see Nick’s live pitch here http://www.lifeacademy.uk.com/Winners/Nick_Palfrey/
Internet Explorer 8 Life Academy was a national competition launched to give 18-25 year olds a chance to explore their future potential and win a £10,000 grant to make their socially responsible idea a reality. All entrants had to pitch for a grant in one of three categories
• Adventurer Explorer Grant for travel, adventure or environmental projects
• Online Venture Explorer Grant for budding technology and business entrepreneurs
• Creativity Explorer Grant for creative, media and arts-based ideas.
Leila Martine, judge and director of Windows consumer business, said: “Internet Explorer 8 Life Academy was an opportunity to encourage talent and provide a platform of support to 18-25 year olds. Internet Explorer has grown up with this generation and the aim of the project is to help them explore their future potential and bring a socially responsible idea to life.” I believe the £10,000 grants will do just that and look forward to assisting the winners in their ambitions.”
Professor Robert Winston said: “All 12 finalists who pitched their ideas on the day were strong contenders. Although it was hard to pick the three winners I feel (Insert name) gave a great pitch and wish him/her the best of luck.”
Rachel Riley, Countdown mathematician, said: “It was amazing to see people of my age with such interesting and socially responsible ideas. We’re the first generation to grow up with the Internet and it is such a great tool to help make ideas a reality.”
This post was submitted by James Mulrennan.