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Friday, 2 July 2010

3 winners win £10,000 grant each

Back in May we blogged about a national competition run by Microsoft as part of the launch of Internet Explorer 8 Life Academy to help 18 – 25 year olds. It was a chance to explore their future potential and win a £10,000 grant to make their socially responsible idea a reality.

The good news is that the competition saw 268 entrants and the even better news is that 3 winners each scooped £10,000 a piece. They were whittled down to a final 3 by a judging panel including Professor Robert Winston, entrepreneur and co-founder Brent Hoberman, Countdown mathematician Rachel Riley, Channel 4 technology journalist Benjamin Cohen and Microsoft Director Leila Martine

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.

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.

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. There were some very inspirational entries which are well worth watching.

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