Meet All Judges

Andy Elwell

Andy ElwellVice President and Global Sales & Marketing at Inrada Group

About

An entrepreneurial executive with 22+ years of experience managing service and manufacturing operations, business development and sales in a global environment. Key strengths are the ability to gain the trust and respect of all, in turn building high performance teams in multiple countries to deliver strategies from concept to execution. Ability to create a safe and healthy work environment as well as creating a continuously learning organization through lean engineering principles and processes. International experience comes from having worked in a global environment with multi-site responsibilities in a wide spread of countries, America’s and EMEA.

David Bonney

David BonneyFounder of ATHEIST Shoes

About

As a political scientist, filmmaker, and creative professional with over 15 years of experience shooting, directing, and producing films for universities, organizations, major corporations, and award winning documentaries, Haim combines a wealth of knowledge and experience in social science, marketing and media production. His filmmaking has given him the privilege to work on stories for causes and brands that are defining the times we live in.

Haim Samuels

Haim SamuelsPolitical Scientist and Filmmaker

About

The founder of ATHEIST Shoes, the minimalist shoe brand, dedicated to promoting openness and connection amongst non-believers. David began his career as a psychologist, before working as an advertising strategist, with some of the world’s most famous brands, e.g. Budweiser, Marmite. In 2008, David was one of the first recipients of the IPA Excellence Diploma; the “MBA of Brands” and his diploma thesis predicted the rise of brands putting values before value. The founding of purpose-led ATHEIST, in 2011, was David’s attempt to put his branding where his mouth is.

Tim Vine

Tim VineHead of Public Affairs, Premier League

About

Tim plays a key role in the Premier League’s relations across with UK Government. He is also responsible for the Premier League’s relations with international federations, associations and leagues and oversees the organisation’s international development strategy – which includes its flagship project Premier Skills, a partnership with the British Council that operates in 26 countries around the world. Before joining the Premier League, Tim spent three years as a Press Adviser to the Sports Minister Richard Caborn, at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Vladimir Borkovic

Vladimir Borkovic Co-founder Streetfootballworld, FIFA Master in Management

About

As a co-founder I am the Network Director at streetfootballworld since 2002. I am responsible for the creation and development of the organisation’s network. My scientific expertise and interest lie in applied socialisation theory and in developing community-based monitoring and evaluation systems. I also supervise the operational management of Football for Hope, the key element of the strategic alliance between FIFA and streetfootballworld. In the academic world, I tutor at the FIFA Master in Management and had the opportunity to lecture in over 30 countries around the globe.

Neel Shah

Neel ShahBusiness Director of Strategy, Libero Sports India

About

At Libero Sports India he is responsible for guiding corporates, government, grassroots programs, academies, professional clubs, NGOs and educational institutions with building sustainable football businesses and programming. Prior to moving to India, Neel spent 7 years with New York based Major League Soccer serving most recently as the league’s Director of Fan Development. Neel enjoys playing football, running marathons, writing and exploring the world through travel and personal interaction.

Michele Cox

Michele CoxInternational Ambassador for New Zealand Football, International Football Consultant for UEFA

About

Dr Michele Cox is a former New Zealand international footballer who also played club football in Germany with TSV Siegen. She went on to become the Head of Women’s Football for New Zealand Football and the successful Bid Chief, Marketing and Communications Director, and LOC Ambassador for the inaugural FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup New Zealand 2008. After many years with FIFA as a Member of the FIFA Women’s Football Committee as well as Instructor and Consultant, Michele now works primarily as International Football Consultant for UEFA. Outside of football, Michele is an author of 5 books including a series of children’s football books. She holds a doctorate in Health Promotion specialising in Physical Activity as well as an MA (Hons) in Psychology and a Post-Graduate Diploma of Business (Marketing).

Santiago Halty

Santiago Halty Founder and CEO of Senda Athletics

About

Soccer is king in Argentina, where Senda Athletics founder Santiago Halty grew up. He doesn’t remember a time when he didn’t play. Soccer for Santiago, was more than a game: it was a way to spend time with friends, a path to self-confidence and the means to learn discipline. It is from that foundation that Senda –which means “path” in Spanish – grew.

Santiago focuses on sales and strategy, working to develop relationships with teams and companies that recognize the value of craftsmanship and Fair Trade. He works on Senda’s soccer ball collaborations with companies like Google, Clif Bar, and universities like UC Berkeley and Stanford.

When Santiago is not at Senda’s offices he can be found assist coaching East Bay United’s Arsenal U-18 team, playing pick up soccer, attending San Jose Earthquakes game, and going to entrepreneurship events across the Bay Area.

Ahmed Al-Rawi

Ahmed Al-RawiAssistant Professor at Concordia University

About

Author of “Media Practice in Iraq” and a scholar with over 40 published research papers. Served as a communication officer and spokesperson for the International Committee of the Red Cross in Iraq and later as a consultant for the ICRC in Amman, Jordan. Worked as a freelance radio correspondent and a journalist for a number of news outlets.

Emily Cummings

Emily CummingsInventor & Entrepreneur

About

Currently studying Management and Sustainability at Leeds University. Has won the Technology Woman of the Future award in 2006 with her application for a sustainable design competition. She is currently developing a re-designed evaporative refrigerator, which can be used to transport and store temperature-sensitive drugs in developing countries, for which she has received numerous awards and an immense acknowledgment in the world of sustainability and innovation.

Jürgen Griesbeck

Jürgen GriesbeckFounder Streetfootballworld, co-founder unleashfootball.com

About

Enthusiastic about system change and football (soccer) as a force for social good. With streetfootballworld we gather the best in class social enterprises that promise to increase and/or accelerate impact significantly by integrating football into their local solutions. Now trying to mobilise the football industry to contribute efficiently to sustainably scale the impact.

Martin Johnston

Martin JohnstonVP Toms EMEA (2011-2015), co-founder unleashfootball.com

About

A highly focused and motivated Strategic Brand builder, naturally disciplined, proactive, creatively driven and intellectually curious. Able to understand product line concepts in relation to fulfilling brand & financial objectives, a multi-tasking ‘driver’, able to BUILD, lead and inspire a team, overcoming obstacles that may arise.

Charlie MacGregor

Charlie MacGregorCEO & Founder of The Student Hotel

About

Originally from Scotland, Charlie moved to Amsterdam and created The Student Hotel in 2007. The mission was to develop and operate 5000 student beds within the Benelux. By now, The Student Hotel has received numerous awards and acknowledgments and in the coming 2 years The Student Hotel will open 6 more projects in the Netherlands with the ultimate goal to expand into the rest of Europe.

Jacqueline Bosselaar

Jacqueline BosselaarDirector & Co-founder Het PR Bureau

About

Jacqueline is a co-founder of six collaborating creative companies, amongst others Het PR Bureau (The PR Agency). As Innovation & Excellence Director she has a passion for the future workfield. Jacqueline believes that Public Relations is broadening and becoming more dynamic and impactful every day, and that the PR industry needs to innovate accordingly in this connecting age. Jacqueline has been listed in TheNextWomen100, a ranking of the top 100 most successful female entrepreneurs in the Netherlands, for two consecutive years.

Mary Jordan

Mary JordanFounder & Creative Director, Word Above the Street

About

Mary Jordan is a successful artist, filmmaker, and activist. She’s directed several award winning films that have screened around festivals worldwide. She’s a tireless champion of human rights and made documentaries in Burma, Africa, Indonesia and India and worked with Doctors Without Borders, the Millenium Foundation and more human rights foundations. As the founder of Word Above the Street her mission is to raise awareness about the global water crisis using art and creativity.

Gemma Carter

Gemma CarterUltra Runner & World Record Holder

About

Gemma Carter is an amazing endurance athlete, and achieved herself an outstanding titel in the Guinnes World Record as the fastest woman to run 50 km on the treadmill. She’s run dozens of ultra marathons but she’s also a certified running coach and personal trainer. Specialised in Sports Psychology and motivational techniques she has a passion to help others reach healthy fitness and sports goals and gives additional coaching on nutritions in central London.

Winners Pick

Water is a based source of life, we cannot live without it. Lack of clean drinking water is a huge problem for a large proportion of the global population. It’s consequences are severe leading to serious illness and often death. The Janicki OmniProcessor in my opinion deserves recognition for creating a safe drinking method based on recycling the resources available to people struggling with this problem giving them an alternative to drinking tainted and toxic water sources. A fantastic product which I hope can be sent out to areas in need.

Dan Germain

Dan GermainGroup Head of Brand & Creative, Innocent Drinks

About

Dan has been involved with the healthy food and drink company since it started in 1999 and was named designer of the year in the UK in 2014, beating Apple’s Sir Jonathan Ive and Sir Paul Smith among others. These days his duties include overseeing the creative direction of the Innocent brand; everything from ads to products to packaging, right across Europe. He also works in areas of culture, sustainability, innovation and ethics, maintaining the brand’s most important values and where it might go in the next 10/20/50 years. Creating the tone of voice and the brand culture from scratch are Dan’s proudest achievements, and he is still searching for ways to keep the business both useful and interesting.

Winners Pick

I chose the Janicki Omniprocessor for a few good reasons. But the main one is that we’re always going to need water and we’re always going to produce feces. If we can make the former out of the latter, it should help extend our time as a species on Earth. This, in my opinion, is a good thing. I also imagine that it wasn’t the most pleasant project to work on, so I can only applaud the hardy engineers who made it happen.

Jessie Duan

Jessie DuanMath & Computer Science Student, Stanford

About

Jessie has a passion in computer science education and got involved into Girls Teaching Girls To Code, a Stanford program where women teach and inspire girls to explore Computer Science and Engineering. Why? Because there’s a huge demand in the job market for technical skills, and women are under represented. Jessie and her team want to leave a positive impact in the community and empower girls with coding skills. Jessie has also used her subliminal skills for an internship at world’s largest open source school Khan Academy.

The Winner Is..

The Charlie Cart Project

I chose the Charlie Cart Project because it’s bringing life skills into the classroom. America has a widespread child obesity problem, in part because of our reliance on pre-processed and pre-packaged food. It’s compounded by the lack of fresh food in many parts of the country – “food deserts” where families have no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Schools have the opportunity to provide nutrition education and teach their students eat healthily for the rest of their lives. By providing both equipment and lesson plans, the Charlie Cart Project makes it easy for schools to prepare students for a lifetime of conscious eating decisions.

Robert Verboom

Robert VerboomVP Stichting Kwasa

About

Robert is a jack of all trades; He has a professional background as consultant, chief operating officer and entrepreneur in the IT business and has even two awards on his name. Beside his day to day job he offers a great deal of his time to his organization Stichting Kwasa. An NGO that funds schools and individual people in South Africa to get properly educated, get medicated for Aids/HIV and get microloans to gain independence. Robert and his team passionately work together with local organizations.

The Winner Is..

School In The Cloud

I also believe that the internet is THE way to spread knowledge, especially in developing countries we notice that (there are even digital universities). It makes education cheaper and lowers the threshold to education, which is very promising for the future. In developing countries people have easier access to a laptop with internet than to the most nearby school. A true winner for me!

Jurjen Semeijn

Jurjen SemeijnArtist & Founder of 'I Have Pop'

About
Jurjen is a part time creative director, part time designer and part time artist living in Amsterdam. Besides his commercial work for both local businesses and global brands through his studio named I Have Pop™,  he creates art projects that intersect art and advertising, often strategic and remarkable, but always playful. His activities range from illegally upcycling fences and traffic signs into furniture to generating a digital participatory new museum identity. He doesn’t think that buying organic avocados might save the planet, but believes education will.
The Winner Is..

Library For Homeless

It’s only a small change in attitude, but one that can make an impact on so many people. Opening up existing infrastructure to people who otherwise would not have access to information or knowledge is about the simplest and easiest that can be done. And because of that it has the potential to be done in countless other places in China and across the world. From all great initiatives I think I like this idea most because it’s simple and direct and doesn’t rely on intermediary organizations or products.

Diana Stepner

Diana StepnerVP Innovation at Pearson

About

Diana is an inspirational and strong team leader who’s focus is to help business units accelerate digital innovation, drives global partnerships with startups, builds relationships with developer communities, including incubators and accelerators, and runs the Pearson Catalyst for Education accelerator program. She thrives on chaos, connects with fringe developments, is a strong public speaker. Diana creates open innovation programs that connect the business with startups and other corporations looking to experiment. 

The Winner Is..

Two Bit Circus

The statistic goes that 60% of new jobs created in the 21st Century require skills possessed by only 20% of our modern workforce. Another stat is 65% of today’s grade school kids will end up at jobs that haven’t been invented yet. Two Bit Circus is focused on addressing that gap by “reimagining the way we learn and inspiring the next generation of young inventors.”  I have met the team and been involved in the STEAM Carnival.  Through their activities, I truly believe they will reach and excite students to learn, especially around STEAM skills which are critical today and in the future.

Hans Hurenkamp

Hans HurenkampManaging director JOBE Sports

About

Hans is  in charge of Jobe’s mission, vision and strategy. His goal is to get as many people  on the water as possible who can enhance their performance at any level with Jobe products. Jobe produces wet-suits, wakeboards, life jackets and since a couple of years also Stand Up Paddle boards (SUP). SUP boarding is very accessible and is a great exercise and allows people to enjoy our waterways without using an engine. Hans been with the company for 22 years and is very passionate when it comes to attract new people to the water. Spending quality time on the water with friends and family brings you closer to nature and closer to each other.

The Winner Is..

School Poop to Clean Fuel

Caroline Receveur

Caroline ReceveurGM DoubleTree Hilton Hotel

  • Business Vote
About
Caroline is a long time trooper when it comes to managing hotel businesses. DoubleTree is a luxury hotel with a very unique vibe and where everything comes together. Whether it’s for business or leisure break, whether it’s for locals or travelers. There’s something for everyone, anytime, thank to Caroline. She’s an inspirational and beloved leader who develops creative opportunities and has deep sympathy for others. Thank you Caroline for being a Better Awards judge!
Awards Choice
Bikes4Africa

This idea is so obviously, clearly right. It is feasible, efficient and helpful for exactly the right people. I do admire the simplicity and potential of this idea. As a Dutch person with two kids growing up, I have given away 5 bikes already and there are a lot more to come. Mobility is such a simple, often taken for granted, but very important part of a life with opportunities.

Kirsten Barnhoorn

Kirsten BarnhoornFounder & Sustainability Consultant, New Energy Consulting

  • Cultural Vote
About
Kirsten has worked as sustainability manager for big brands and decided to start her own company New Energy Consulting to inspire and support more companies in Europe to explore, create and realize the opportunities of sustainability on reinforcing brand value and business growth. She passionately  supports companies  to successfully embed sustainability within their brand and provides them with thought leadership to make their efforts visible and valuable.
Awards Choice
Ampy
I see so many different opportunities coming from this small device in the future. Not only for our own contemporary society but also for development countries. Adults as well as children walk (or bike with bicycles from Bikes4Africa) very long distances and can crate clean and free energy that could bring lighting to their homes, which is helpful for making homework or for simply crossing the street at night safely.
Catalin Voss

Catalin Voss IIR StartX program, Stanford University & founder/CEO of Sension

  • Student Vote
About
Catalin is an innovator at heart! He learned himself the basics of mobile software development at the age of 12 and his tutorial’s became the #1 podcast on the German iTunes store when he was just 15.  During his freshman year at Stanford Catalin founded the computer vision startup Sension, he develops software that among others help people with Autism break the barrier of communication with the rest of the world. The expression recognition software for Google Glass recognizes social cues.
Awards Choice
Motion Savvy
My winner is UNI by MotionSavvy. This is an amazing solution to enable bi-directional communication for the deaf. This shows how computer vision technology can be put to use to extend the human interpretation of language beyond the spoken word. Very awesome.
Samantha Yarwood

Samantha YarwoodMD Starbucks EMEA

  • Business Vote
About
Samantha Yarwood is a marketing rockstar who knows how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. She has been part of the Starbucks organization for over 10 years, in International roles supporting the local and regional big-picture strategy. With her uplifting sprit she creates love around the brand and uniqueness in all communication channels. Samantha is passionate, customer-obsessed and sees all of the Starbucks ’employees’ as partners.
Awards Choice
Behind The Signs

Everybody has a story..

And after all, aren’t we all the same – we think, we love, we hurt, we need food, we need shelter, and we all bleed. I’ve often thought, we are potentially one step away from being homeless. What if we hit hard times and didn’t have family or friends to look after us, or didn’t have the mental capacity to understand our plight and how to integrate into society. I often wonder when I see someone is homeless – what is their story, how did they get there? If they had the family and friends like I did, would this still have happened? I love this idea, as it tells some stories of the most interesting people you will meet. It gives people a face and a voice that are often overlooked, while educating and investing in programs to change lives. All through the power of storytelling and ultimately brining people closer together. We all long to have a senses of meaning, and this program creates that. Love this!

Nadia Boegli

Nadia BoegliCo-founder and PR and MD of The Changer

  • Cultural Vote
About
Young pretty and passionate. As the co-founder of The Changer, Nadia helps other people’s careers to make a social impact. The Changer  http://www.thechanger.org/about/ ) is a community of people who are committed to making the world a better place. No matter your level of engagement or experience –  The Changer aims to craete a space for you to obtain and share information you need to maximize your social impact
Awards Choice
Prison Yoga Project

People who end up in jail, often remain being punished by other prisoners, their complete isolation and their inability to cope with their own psychological traumas etc. Giving them an opportunity to strengthen their body and mind though yoga and other projects could be helpful in creating the first steps for reintegration into society, hopefully as a better and not worse person.

Amber Cowburn

Amber CowburnStudent at Cambridge University

  • Student Vote
About
Amber is an ambitious student in her third year for a BA in politics & sociology AND is also an unwavering mental-health advocate at the University. After the unimaginable loss of her brother who suffered from mental-health issues, Amber co-founded The Invictus Trust (http://www.invictustrust.co.uk/ ), a charity that supports teenagers with mental-health issues. To date she’s raised over 50K pounds, organized the largest mental-health conference ever hosted at Cambridge and gained national support.
Awards Choice
Sign Language Restaurant

The ‘Signs’ restaurant project in Toronto has really stood out to me, which is no easy task from a list of such varied and amazing ventures in the nominations for the better awards. I think a restaurant is a great non-threatening space where deaf people can experience a career they might well have been exempt from otherwise, and it gives hearing people the chance to meet and interact with deaf people in a sociable and novel way. When integration and being educated is enjoyable and social, it will ultimately be much more successful. I would definitely head to Signs for a meal, and think it presents a fascinating dining opportunity that stands out from the normal restaurant experience!

Gijs de Kogel

Gijs de KogelMD Oilily

  • Guest Vote
About
Gijs de Kogel is the marketing director for fashion brand Oilily (https://oililyshop.com/nl ). A household name to all Dutchies, mostly known as a high-standard kid’s fashion brand with colorful and happy prints. Although Gijs has been related to Oilily for many years, as the MD he’s been like a gush of fresh air with great insights and his passion for fashion. He’s been turning a well-known brand upside down yet with the idea of limitless possibilities; Gijs is going big with his small authentic dedicated team.
Awards Choice
Grannies Finest

There are 7 billion people living on this planet, of which 750 million people are over 60 years. That’s roughly 11% of the world population. By the time we have reached the year 2050 no less than 2 billion people will be older than 60 years. That’s about 22% of the world population. This means a significant increase of people with a great deal of time on their hands not knowing what to do with it.

The founders of fashion brand ‘Granny’s Finest’ came up with a great idea for 65+ pensioners that still want to contribute to society and have a passion for knitting. By asking them to knit the designs of trendy, young fashion designers, you get the best of both worlds: trendy designs that are hand-made. And the money that is generated by selling these fine products, is spent on events for the elderly. A great way to repay the generations that paved the way for us. That’s why my vote goes to ‘Granny’s Finest’.

Gijs de Kogel

Gijs de KogelMD Oilily

  • Guest Vote
About
Gijs de Kogel is the marketing director for fashion brand Oilily. A household name to all Dutchies, mostly known as a high-standard kid’s fashion brand with colorful and happy prints. Although Gijs has been related to Oilily for many years, as the MD he’s been like a gush of fresh air with great insights and his passion for fashion. He’s been turning a well-known brand upside down yet with the idea of limitless possibilities; Gijs is going big with his small authentic dedicated team.
Awards Choice
Granny’s Finest

There are 7 billion people living on this planet, of which 750 million people are over 60 years. That’s roughly 11% of the world population. By the time we have reached the year 2050 no less than 2 billion people will be older than 60 years. That’s about 22% of the world population. This means a significant increase of people with a great deal of time on their hands not knowing what to do with it.
The founders of fashion brand ‘Grannies Finest’ came up with a great idea for 65+ pensioners that still want to contribute to society and have a passion for knitting. By asking them to knit the designs of trendy, young fashion designers, you get the best of both worlds: trendy designs that are hand-made. And the money that is generated by selling these fine products, is spent on events for the elderly. A great way to repay the generations that paved the way for us. That’s why my vote goes to ‘Granny’s Finest’.
Amber Cowburn

Amber CowburnStudent at Cambridge University

  • Student Vote
About
Amber is an ambitious student in her third year for a BA in politics & sociology AND is also an unwavering mental-health advocate at the University. After the unimaginable loss of her brother who suffered from mental-health issues, Amber co-founded The Invictus Trust, a charity that supports teenagers with mental-health issues. To date she’s raised over 50K pounds, organized the largest mental-health conference ever hosted at Cambridge and gained national support.
Awards Choice
Sign Language Restaurant

The ‘Signs’ restaurant project in Toronto has really stood out to me, which is no easy task from a list of such varied and amazing ventures in the nominations for the better awards. I think a restaurant is a great non-threatening space where deaf people can experience a career they might well have been exempt from otherwise, and it gives hearing people the chance to meet and interact with deaf people in a sociable and novel way. When integration and being educated is enjoyable and social, it will ultimately be much more successful. I would definitely head to Signs for a meal, and think it presents a fascinating dining opportunity that stands out from the normal restaurant experience!
Nadia Boegli

Nadia BoegliCo-founder and PR and MD of The Changer

  • Cultural Vote
About
Young pretty and passionate. As the co-founder of The Changer, Nadia helps other people’s careers to make a social impact. The Changer ( www.thechanger.org) is a community of people who are committed to making the world a better place. No matter your level of engagement or experience –  The Changer aims to craete a space for you to obtain and share information you need to maximize your social impact.
Awards Choice
The Prison Yoga Project

People who end up in jail, often remain being punished by other prisoners, their complete isolation and their inability to cope with their own psychological traumas etc. Giving them an opportunity to strengthen their body and mind though yoga and other projects could be helpful in creating the first steps for reintegration into society, hopefully as a better and not worse person.
Samantha Yarwood

Samantha YarwoodMD Starbucks EMEA

  • Business Vote
About
Samantha Yarwood is a marketing rockstar who knows how to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. She has been part of the Starbucks organization for over 10 years, in International roles supporting the local and regional big-picture strategy. With her uplifting sprit she creates love around the brand and uniqueness in all communication channels. Samantha is passionate, customer-obsessed and sees all of the Starbucks ’employees’ as partners.
Awards Choice
Behind The Signs

Everybody has a story..
And after all, aren’t we all the same – we think, we love, we hurt, we need food, we need shelter, and we all bleed.  I’ve often thought, we are potentially one step away from being homeless.  What if we hit hard times and didn’t have family or friends to look after us, or didn’t have the mental capacity to understand our plight and how to integrate into society.  I often wonder when I see someone is homeless – what is their story, how did they get there?  If they had the family and friends like I did, would this still have happened?  I love this idea, as it tells some stories of the most interesting people you will meet.  It gives people a face and a voice that are often overlooked, while educating and investing in programs to change lives.  All through the power of storytelling and ultimately brining people closer together.  We all long to have a senses of meaning, and this program creates that.  Love this!
Dre Urhahn

Dre UrhahnArtist and co-founder of Favela Painting

  • Creative Vote
About
Dre is a lifestyle and culture enthusiast, but above all he’s an artist. An artist with a cause. Eight years ago Dre and his partner Jeroen Koolhaas started the Favela Painting project in the slums of Rio de Janeiro also known as the favelas. Together with the local community they’re co-created and revamped the buildings and streets with beautiful art works. They not only restored pride and dignity of the community but they also created painting jobs for the locals. They’re continually raising funds to expand the project, train more people and paint more houses, eventually creating the largest community driven art work of all time. Supper the Favela Painting at http://www.favelapainting.com/
Awards Choice
I was very inspired by the idea of creating a jobmarket for people with autism. What i found particularly cool, was the fact that they were not just ‘helped’ or ‘given an oportunity’ but actually appreciated and valued for who they are and how they think, function and operate. Instead of just being ‘rainmanned’ and dismissed, their behaviour is celebrated and given a place in society. Their difference becomes a quality and then even a speciality. I would like to see this happen to more groups that might be alienated from society now, but actually hold skillsets that could be a positive asset for them.
Lisa Jaspers

Lisa JaspersCo-founder of Folkdays

  • Business Vote
About
Lisa Jaspers has sense of style and combines it with good. She co-founded the German-based fair fashion label Folkdays. With her experience in both the charitable and in business she combined those two worlds together to create a business where profit, quality, beauty and human rights all nuzzle in together. She’s traveled quite some developing countries and wanted to give people economic empowerment, not by charity but on business exchange. Visit Lisa’s online shop www.folkdays.com for high-quality fair trade accessories from around the world.
Awards Choice
The Water Tank Project

I picked the Water Tank Project because it raises awareness for a problem that is very far away by making an urban place like New York more beautiful. I always enjoy projects that manage to use art in political ways.
Ashley Herod Tait

Ashley Herod TaitDirector of Business Development S-Media

  • Business Vote
About
Ashely is a savvy professional with 15+ years of sales, marketing and communication experience. Highly skilled in coaching and motivating teams to reach their goals. She’s a confident multi-tasker who enjoys creative problem-solving and thrives in fast-paced,. high-pressure environments. As a former member of the Canadian Ski Tea,, Freestyle Skiing, ambition, drive and a competitive spirit are all part of the package. She’s a great asset to S-Media, North America’s only full integrated, multi-media platform company dedicated to snow sports.
Awards Choice
Inglorious Fruits And Vegetables

I love the concept of Inglorious Fruits and Vegetables and hope that it takes off in North America to not only help reduce food waste, but encourage people to stop and think about where their food comes from. Whether you grow your own food, buy at farmer’s markets or encourage your community grocery store to buy local – it all adds up to making a difference. And, you’ll discover that lopsided vegetables actually taste divine!
Aaron Guo

Aaron GuoUniversity of Pennsylvania

  • Student Vote
About
Some students impress us by their intelligence and some by their great passion for others, but Aarun Guo impresses us on both fronts. He co-founded Project AIMESS a non-profit that provides local elementary school students with opportunities to explore the fields of STEM. He’s also the international director with the Color My World Project, a non-profit that takes donated crayons from restaurants and brings them to homeless shelters, day cares, orphanages, and other institutions.
Awards Choice
Plant-E

It isn’t often that you see an innovation that has the the potential to make a tremendous impact on the world while also making it as easy as possible for an individual to do his part. Plant-e does just that by collecting electricity anywhere that plants grow. The implications of this innovation are boundless– because Plant-e is able to harvest the electricity created by plants without negatively affecting the organism itself, anyone anywhere is able to create his or her own source of electricity. From rural farms with acres of foliage to urban skyscrapers with green roofs, the technology behind Plant-e is incredibly well-positioned to be implemented, and could truly change the way that the world sources its power.
Ruud Baan

Ruud BaanPhotographer

  • Creative Vote
About
Ruud Baan’s work is an integration of portrait, fashion and sport photography. He knows how to make commercial photography artful. His techniques of capturing the moment and movement in each of his images showcase his mastery of creativity, color and energy. Companies like Puma, O’Neill, Heineken love to collaborate with Ruud!
Awards Choice
Inglorious Fruits And Vegetables

It’s absurd the food waste and specially throwing food away that doesnt appeal our “standards”. Inglorious Food is  a good initiative and also a good mirror for our standards to throw food away what doesn’t appeal our standards, fruit what isn’t round enough, or does have “disabilities” etc, says a lot about our society.
we only eat food what looks perfect. Why? If the food isn’t rotten and taste good, why should we waste it then? It is a kind of re-educate the people. They have to be aware what is going on.
James Goode

James GoodeManaging Director at Google Creative Labs

  • Business Vote
About
James is a modern-day creative business leader who knows how to put teams together that deliver. Google Creative Labs is the modern best-case scenario of a brand development think tank. James and his team elevate story telling by creating ads not for people, but with people and adding an emotional nudge.
Andrew Watson

Andrew WatsonCD at MiniVegas

  • Creative Vote
About
Andrew is an award winning creative who has worked for top brands. Last year he joined MiniVegas to pursue a more hands-on role in the shaping and making of integrated projects. At MiniVegas, his expertise is put to good use across a wide variety of cutting-edge digital and interactive projects. We’re happy to have his creative eye on this month’s awards!
Awards Choice
Japanese Supporters Clean Up Stadium

There are some great ideas and initiatives here, but the one that immediately struck me is the one apparently least thought-out and premeditated and the most honest and heartfelt: Japanese Fan’s Clean Up. 

At a time when corporations are falling over themselves to grab the limelight during the world’s biggest sporting event and it seems like almost every brand is trying to fill their pockets, what the Japanese supporters have started is at once surprising, charming and inspiring.

A relatively small act, accompanied by absolutely no pomp or circumstance, with no ‘end game’ or commercial KPI’s, carried out simply by a desire to show respect for the hosts.

That this act caught the attention of the world’s press with no deliberate, associated PR is a testament to just how powerful and resonant such a deed can be in today’s culture.

So, hats off to the Japanese supporters, we can only hope that fans of more nationalities will follow suit and exhibit similar levels of respect and courtesy.

Shree Bose

Shree BoseHarvard, Cancer Researcher

  • Student Vote
About
The smart and beautiful Shree Bose is already leaving her mark on the world. She started cancer research at age 15 and has already found groundbreaking developments for ovarian cancer. She won the Grand Prize for the first ever Google Global Science Fair, competing against 10,000 students from across the world, and spoke on TEDxWomen. This is just the beginning. Find out more about Shree here: www.shreebose.com
Awards Choice
Aarambh – Cardboard Desk

The environment in which we learn can have an incredible impact on the attitudes we hold towards education. In parts of the developing world, these environments can often change the course of a child’s life – whether through inspiring a desire to continue learning or discouraging students. These associations are powerful, and in poor regions, creating such environments are often not feasible to create. In the poorest classrooms of India, the non-profit organization, Aarambh is fostering an environment of excitement and passion. Through their innovative design for a book bag which doubles as a desk for school, Aarambh uses recycled cardboard to create the tools for a space that can inspire students to learn. In rural parts of India, this sort of low-cost, eco-friendly innovation can have a tremendous impact on generations of students and children interested in education, and this sort of potential is why my award goes to Aarambh.

Narda van ‘T Veer

Narda van ‘T VeerOwner Unit C.M.A.

  • Art Vote
About
Narda has a great eye for distinguished beauty, whether it’s polished, raw or not your average kind of beauty. With over 25 years of experience as the owner of Unit C.M.A, Narda has represented young promising talents and established artists in photography, illustration, animation, art direction and film.
Bibian Mentel

Bibian MentelParalympic Snowboarder / founder Mentelity Foundation

  • Sports Vote
About
Bibian Mentel is world’s number 1 Paralympic snowboarder! She lost her lower limp due to bone cancer 13 years ago but that didn’t stop Bibian from getting on her snowboard and do what she does and loves best. It has taught her much about life and determination, and now she’s passing this knowledge on the next generation through the Mentelity Foundation. She’s helping children and young adults with physical disabilities to practice board sports and change the perception of their own disabilities. 
Awards Choice
Tattoo Artists Against Skin Cancer

As a cancer survivor I know how important it is to catch cancer in a really early stage. I always tell people that cancer is like a sniper…..you don’t feel or notice the fact that you are sick By the time you do have the negative effects of cancer, it often is already too late to be cured.

So when I heard about the Tattoo Artists against skin cancer I thought that was such a good solution. People that tattoo on so many people their skins every day and thus are able to check all their customers. Preventing them of getting such a terrible disease! Taking care of others, by doing that what you do every day anyway! I can only imagine how rewarding it must feel if you can help a customer preventing to get cancer or notify him at an early stage already.

Maurice Ajanaku

Maurice Ajanaku Founder of AJANAKU / Global CM at Ketel One

  • Guest Vote
About
Maurice is a guy with many hats. From strategy development to creative art direction and editorial development, he does it all! Curious by nature and not afraid to take risks his works are original and unconventional. He has a very strong international understanding as he’s traveled all over the work to meet new people and explore different cultures and environments. Through his own platform AJANAKU, Maurice talks about the latest creative trends in fashion, design, art, music, and more. And has worked closely with lifestyle brands like Puma, Converse, Jameson and Absolut just to name a few. We’re happy to have Maurice on board!
Awards Choice
Favela Paintings

The world sees many faces, with most of them invisible to us. The closer poverty is to your front door, the less you feel obliged to do something. This is where I see the two gentlemen from Favela Painting playing an important role in Rio de Janeiro, bring the favela’s further than your doorstep and into the hearts of people around the world. Favela painting did not only aim to make the favela’s prettier for those in and around it, but to give the youth of the favela’s a sense of pride and accomplishment, giving them a project to focus on and help steer them away from the negatives in the favela’s. Secondly, the project also taught the local youth’s skills that will remain with them for years and can help them in their development in becoming independent, self-dependable professionals. If this is just a part of the next phase in their project, then the youths of the favelas deserve the support from Favela Painting and the Better Awards.

Janne Kyttanen

Janne KyttanenFounder Freedom of Creation

  • Cultural Vote
About
Janne is a pioneer in 3D conceptual art, his work is globally exhibited and integrated into permanent museum collections such as MOMA, Fit and MAD. When Janne saw a 3D printer for the first time in the mid 90’s, he immediately saw every object around him in wireframe. He has executed a diversity of design projects for clients such as Nike, L’Oreal, Philips and Hyundai.
Awards Choice
Pay with Blood

It puts all humans on the same level regardless of their pay check. It puts money as currency in question and all this for a good cause. When they also related a brand (series) related to it with a good reach and big audience,  it has potential of becoming something bigger rather than just staying as a conceptual art project. Great job.

Tim Georgeson

Tim GeorgesonPhotographer & co-founder Rightfoot+creative

  • Creative Vote
About
Tim is an multi award winning photographer, film maker and creative director whose visual is raw and real. Tim’s experience in war zones, punk squares, rock concerts and on streets around the world, has given him unique insights into human condition. He co-founded rightfoot+creative, a boutique media lab, where he creative directs advertising campaigns, art projects, music videos, book projects, exhibitions, editorials – and specializes in humanitarian causes.
Awards Choice
Cow Backpack

I think this is amazing that we have millions of cows globally feeding in the fields and we can run cars and other machines in a none damaging no polluting way from methane, this is a very clever way for our future to harness a new power and be less damaging on our environment at the same time, well done and lets make this happen globally!
Fons Cohen

Fons Cohen Founder Imps & Elfs

  • Business Vote
About
Fons founded the children’s label Imps & Elfs in 1997 and has since then expanded his kid’s line over 500 outlets worldwide. Fully aware of the necessity to make products with all due respect for man and environment, Imps & Elfs was one of the first brands to affiliate itself with MADE BY, the label for sustainable produced fashion. Fons is always looking for ways to achieve a production method that is clean and fair.
Awards Choice
Drinkable Book

A third world project like the drinkable book must have additional support. It is such an amazing project. I love it when all elements come together. The ultimate goal of really changing lives combined with a revolutionary idea, a groundbreaking new technology,  an impeccable design, both aesthetic and practical and at a very reasonable cost. Love it!
Laura Dekker

Laura DekkerYoungest Solo Sailor

  • Student Vote
About
Laura was born while her parents were on a world trip, and spent her first 4 years on a ship. Needless to say her love for sailing runs incredibly deep. As the youngest person ever to have sailed an impressive 27.000 nautical miles all by herself at age 14, she’s written a book about her adventures on sea. From traveling to French-Polynisia to running into giant whales and avoiding sea pirates, she’s the most adventurous teen we’ve ever met.
Awards Choice
Hug It Forward

Things get recycled, communities get cleaned up and people work together to make the earth a better place. It’s a very good example for the people in those villages and a good start for kids to think about where they leave their trash and what to do with it. Hopefully the kids can learn how to keep the earth clean through this project. This is a very rewarding idea. I really hope that the communities having to support this and the local Ministry or Eduction thinks the same about this as I do. 
Erwin van der Zande

Erwin van der ZandeFounder / chief editor Bright Magazine

  • Cultural Vote
About
With 20 years of experience, Erwin is a curator in heart and soul. He was way ahead his time when he started as an editor at Wave (Benelux equivalent of Wired) He was one of the few people that had insights in the early days of the internet. We’re happy to have this award-winning editor on board for this month’s Better Awards.
Awards Choice
Japanese Supporters Clean Stadium

Craig Davis

Craig DavisFounder & CEO, Clean Green Fast GmbH

  • Business Vote
About
Craig Davis is a rebel with a cause! He uses his over 25 years of experience in creative, innovation brand development and market execution to make a positive impact on today’s world. Developing clean electric mobility into sexy, affordable mainstream product experience powered by nature is one of his life goals. eV Race System, fuses the world’s best engineers and innovators into a unique team that design, build and test the most exciting race cars. Disruptive, clean, high-performance technology is changing the world… Craig is right on top of it.
Awards Choice
Boyan Slat: The Ocean Cleaner

One of my favorite pinball games as a kid was Eight Ball Deluxe, with its famous “ Quit Talking and Start Chalking.” That is just what I was thinking when I saw this month’s nominees. Actions charged with positive energy.

I am glad to see such great ideas and people, inspiring and motivating: doing what needs to be done to see all great ideas become reality. It is hard indeed to say which initiative is Better because they are all great and the cumulative action behind making them into reality is the positive energy that makes this platform so interesting. My choice would be for the idea that I see as one of the most daunting and involving critical issues on the planet – and its potential solution provided in a most positive, involving and actionable way.

Ocean Cleaner shows that it is important to no be discouraged by the size of any challenge but instead to break it down into manageable steps that can in fact be acted upon now.  The challenge and potential solutions are presented in a positive, motivating way. Action takes precedence over succumbing to despair and risks are minimized, opportunity maximized with the creative solutions proposed by Ocean Cleaner. This certainly does get the idea rolling and the financial investments required for execution will follow in suit. A noble and important initiative that I look forward to see happen.

Dominic Wilcox

Dominic WilcoxInventor & Artist

  • Cultural Vote
About
Dominic is a master in adding new, alternative perspectives on everyday objects and things we take for granted. He does it with ultra dry wit, placing a spotlight on the banal. Nike, Esquire Magazine and Selfridges are among the few that are big fans and worked with him. We’re honored to have Dominic on board for the April Better Awards.
Awards Choice
Boyan Slat: The Ocean Cleaner

It is almost impossible to choose a winner from so many wonderful examples of creative people attempting to make other people’s lives better. However, I have chosen Ocean Cleaner as my winner because of it’s huge ambition to do something remarkable no matter how impossible it may first appear. It’s one thing to have a big idea but the founder Boyan Slat has also inspired and motivated a large network of talented people to support his vision. We need more creative people to think the impossible and have the positivity and drive to make it a reality. 

Every great invention has a simple but ingenious idea at its core. In this case it is the use of the ocean’s currents and winds to catch the plastic from a stationary position rather than the expense of boats moving around the ocean to catch the plastic. I don’t know if the Ocean Cleaner idea will work or not, I hope it does, but it has already succeeded in placing a spotlight on a major problem and focused many people’s minds on finding a solution. Something great will come of this I’m sure.

Simon Manchipp

Simon ManchippFounder & Co-owner, SomeOne

  • Creative Vote
About
Simon is an award winning branding, design and advertising enthusiast with over 20 years of experience. Inventing and re-inventing brands, challenging clients, offering creative and exciting solutions that shape their future. He loves creating big ideas and shaping them beautifully. It’s what Simon does best.
Awards Choice
Matt Dimmer: The Extra Mile

For me it’s the Extra Mile. By a mile.
 
AirMiles are amazing things but rarely used by those who have them.
I know of corporate travellers with hundred of thousands of pounds worth of miles — and they can’t get rid of them — they use them — but always have a surplus.
This idea is a great way of putting the invisible credits those people acquire to great use.
It requires zero effort to transfer this hidden and unused wealth to someone who would dearly love the opportunity of saying one last goodbye to a loved one.
Franzi Sauerwein

Franzi SauerweinStudent, Fashion Management Institute

  • Student Vote
About
Franzi is a fashionista with a mission. After having worked at several fashion stores and gaining more insights about production and consumption, an urge was born to do something constructive in the fashion scene. Having been raised by parents who were environmental activists, Franzi has been shaped to use her creativity and great sense of style for conscious good.
Awards Choice
Boyan Slat: The Ocean Cleaner

My vote goes to the Ocean cleaner. I knew this project before and I love how visionary and smart it is. Boyan really knows how to think big and even manages to make it interesting from business perspective. I highly respect that he put so much thought and energy where most of us don’t even start thinking because it seems to be an impossible mission.
To create change in the mindset of people it isn’t about pointing out the the limits and mistakes but to open the eyes for solutions. In that sense all of the nominees truly have my respect for their projects and engagement. However, the ocean cleaner leaves this extra feeling of amazement behind that I want to give my vote.
Sam Cohen

Sam CohenOwner / MD Conscious Hotel

  • Business Vote
About
Owner and MD of Conscious Hotel is responsible for this month’s Better Awards business vote. Sam has many years of experience in the hotel and tourism industry and runs his luxury hotels on environmentally-sound principles. He lives in Amsterdam with his family and they strive to live Consciously at home as well. He likes to run and is very fond of Dutch football. Whenever possible he prefers to commute to work with his electric scooter rather than the car.
Awards Choice
Kelvin Doe: 15-year Old Engineer

His story is an inspiration to all entrepreneurs. He is young, lives in Sierra Leone and has access to very limited resources. Yet he has shown ambition and creativity beyond his years. His ideas and products not only benefit himself but he is also determined to help his community. When you watch the video it quickly becomes obvious that Kelvin is unique. He may be 16 and live in not-optimal conditions yet his commitment and perseverance in wanting to succeed is first-class. Starting a business is never easy but despite his challenging circumstances Kelvin has not given up. He is focused (he is not called DJ Focus for nothing) and determined. He is an inspiration to all entrepreneurs and his story really wants you to do better.

Li Hongbo

Li HongboArtist

  • Cultural Vote
About
With us this month, is an internationally recognized artist out of China who creates sculptural marvels using stacks, and stacks of regular paper. This paper master does stretch your imagination with his unusual take on traditional sculpting. Or as Crane.tv put it; this is a former book editor whose fascination with one material has gone to artistic extremes. After discovering his work in the beginning of this year, we’re proud to now have Li onboard for this month’s cultural vote..
Awards Choice
HandUp: Directly Fund A Homeless Person

Everyone should live with dignity, whether rich or poor, male or female, young or old. This is the right and honour that everyone should not be deprived of. For some reasons however, when losing the ability to survive, one is driven towards the spiritual and material double binds. The dilemma can easily make life wither. If the design could be perfected and serve more people in a broader way, so that they could come out of the spiritual and material deprivation, and rekindle the fire of life, I think it would make a great effort. So I support this nominee. 

Marina Horiates

Marina HoriatesResearch Oncology, Yale University

  • Student Vote
About
This month’s student judge survived childhood leukemia and has been fascinated with branch of medicine that deals with cancer ever since. As a student in the field of oncology, Marina has done research on radiation treatment for breast cancer (partial breast irradiation). Before heading to Cambridge for a study program this summer, she will be working at a hospital in Dallas, Texas, on a project looking at new vaccine-type treatments for breast cancer. Marina is also the co-chair for the Yale Relay for Life Team Development and Recruitment Committee, an American Cancer Society grassroots advocacy program, and she also volunteers in the pediatric oncology wing at the Yale-New Haven Hospital
Awards Choice
Young In Prison: Creative Program to Reintegrate Juveniles

This organization has taken up the difficult task of helping juveniles become constructive, positive citizens in their societies. By having role models teach these children life skills through arts and sports, Young in Prison fights for not only a safer a.o. South Africa but also a better life for these children facing the difficulty of reintegration upon release from prison. Young in Prison views these children in a light that their resistant communities might not be able to see: they are youth who have been born into a life in which crime often functions as a means of survival. I believe that we can all learn from the progressive perspective of this inspirational organization.

Bas Lansdorp

Bas LansdorpCo founder & CEO, Mars One

  • Inventors Vote
About
Better Award’s very first Inventor vote will come from Bas Lansdorp. He is a born entrepreneur with a passion for inventing visionary technological business projects within space exploration, Cleantech, Airborne Wind Energy. He is co-founder and CEO of Mars One, the Dutch foundation that aims to land and settle the very first humans on Mars in 2025.
Awards Choice
Kelvin Doe: 15-year Old Engineer

I was inspired by the story of a young boy who makes something out of nothing. He loves inventing, making it even harder not to give him my ‘inventor’s vote’. In my opinion, too many people complain about small things in life. Now here is a young man whose situation gives him every right to complain. But he does not complain, he uses his creativity, perseverance and skills to solve the problems he sees.

Dawn Loggins

Dawn LogginsLinguistics, Harvard University

  • Student Vote
About
While growing up, Dawn faced many obstacles. After living for years in a family burdened with drug abuse, crime, and hardship, Dawn was abandoned at the age of 17 and left homeless before her senior year of High School. She focused on her education as a way to escape the cycle of poverty. She worked as a custodian and received assistance from caring individuals in order to graduate with an acceptance to Harvard University. Dawn is establishing a nonprofit organization to help other students of low socioeconomic backgrounds. She currently works as a motivational speaker. 
Awards Choice
The Plastic Bank

I chose the Plastic Bank not only because it is working to solve an important ecological problem, but also because Plastic Bank has a positive impact on the economical development of the regions in which it operates. This is achieved through recycling plastic in exchange for credits which can be used for education and microloans. This empowers and uplifts communities both immediately and long-term. This project has a widespread impact, not only because the growing waste accumulating in oceans and landfills is a global issue, but because this directly improves the lives of the individuals involved in a concrete manner. This project also helps to make our oceans and beaches safer for fish, wildlife, and people. I strongly believe that the world needs more bold, innovative ideas such as the Plastic Bank that utilize changing technology in order to solve the problems of the future in the present.

Vince Gunn

Vince GunnManaging Director, Crocs Europe B.V.

  • Business Vote
About
Say hi to Vince. Vince currently oversees Crocs’ European business. Vince has extensive retail and board level experience gained in ‘blue chip’ and entrepreneurial companies both internationally and in the UK. Under his leadership at Crocs Europe the company has had a record year, exceeding $200m in revenue, and an increase of 28% to the previous year.
Awards Choice
“I found this task incredibly difficult. I was truly inspired by all ten nominations. Attempting to rationalize which one to choose from a practical perspective proved futile. In the end I trusted my first instinct and how it struck me in the heart and soul. On a human level, the power of Ali Mohammadian’s act of solidarity and empathy recognizing his student’s pain and isolation was tremendously impactful. He took action and profoundly moved others to quickly respond and transformed the child’s world and also the rest of the school and beyond. Today, more than ever, we need leaders to take a stand with injustices, galvanise followers and change people’s lives for the better. This story affects us because we are all connected – fantastic!”
Richard Spalding

Richard SpaldingCo-Founder & CEO, 7th Chamber

  • Cultural Vote
About
We are very pleased to have Richard’s vote, he has a very strong understanding and experience of how culture works today. He has mastered Engagement (Viral) marketing, a media form which creates high impact but also very high-level authentic engagement with people. ‘People today need to be treated, not as demographics, but as who they are, what they do, what they like. 
Awards Choice
“From the professor living in a dumpster for a month to the bottle which turns tap water into hygiene spray, I was blown away by all of the inspiring submissions to this months Better Awards. The one that really stayed with me was “Buy a Cow”. Much of today’s problems drive back to an essential human need, food. The food we choose to eat will affect the way our body functions and the world we live in. Food waste is a massive environmental issue, for rich and poor countries. When meat is thrown away excess toxins are released, which affects our bodies ability to carry out essential functions. We need to educate people about this problem through a hands-on approach, learning about the food they choose to eat. Selling directly to the consumers gets rid of the middleman, where waste occurs. This is better for humans, for animals, for the environment.”
Danielle Crook

Danielle CrookVP Marketing, Category & Brand EMEA, Starbucks

  • General Vote
About
Danielle Crook, vice president marketing, category and brand integration EMEA, leads Starbucks brand presence, health and relevancy across the region. She focuses on boldly telling the Starbucks story by uniting many aspects of Starbucks voice – marketing and communications, product, store design, public affairs and branding – to bring the Starbucks Experience to more customers in new and relevant ways across EMEA.  
Awards Choice
“Cancer. Horrible disease. Terrifying treatment for adults. Imagine an innocent child having a tube of burning liquid put into their veins. Tying together the insight of how many of the superheroes got their special strength (they all had to go through a painful transformation, right?) and the chemo bag covers is genius. Simply genius. This should be done in hospitals around the world. Now”.
Deborah Carter

Deborah CarterDirector Sales and Strategic Partnerships, PICNIC

  • General Vote
About
Deborah Carter is an entrepreneur and the Director of Sales and Strategic Partnerships at PICNIC – Europe’s leading platform for cross-sector innovation and creativity. She is currently busy setting up PICNIC Mexico and helping a diverse range of organisations discover insights and learning, find partners in innovation and launch new products or services.
Awards Choice
“They’re all powerful examples of people and products making the world a better place. At two points during the review process, I cried. Out of sadness when I saw the photos that Jennifer Merendino’s brave, grief-stricken husband took to track her lost battle with cancer. Out of happiness when I saw Mama Wangari see again after being tested with Peek Vision’s smart-phone based system.My tears of joy won. Seeing is one of the most amazing senses we have. Why should people be denied this experience when their sight problems can be fixed? Low tech/high impact tool that can help restore sight to the most disadvantaged, ignored people on earth. Amazing!”
Jeremy Brook

Jeremy BrookGlobal Lead of Digital Strategy and Media, Heineken

  • General Vote
About
Jeremy leads the development of HEINEKEN’s media innovation and digital strategy. He is responsible for the development of new and future ways of working, capabilities and creating new opportunities to drive the digital and media innovation agenda across paid, owned and earned, with state of the art media principles, processes and best practices across HEINEKEN’s global brands and local brands; and cascades these to markets with the support of global agency partners.
Awards Choice
“I found it incredibly tough to pick a winner this month. All of these are wonderful ideas and show the power that creativity and innovation can still give us. But this idea won me over for one simple reason: imagination. The information age risks us losing touch with its magical qualities, and Dinovember is both a movement in the making and a brilliant trigger for people to reflect on their own childhood imaginations.”
Andrew (Andy McKeon)

Andrew (Andy McKeon)Global Customer Marketing Lead, Facebook

  • General Vote
About
Andy McKeon can be found at the heart of the action. Having worked for Steve Jobs at Apple, Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook, Dan Wieden at Wieden + Kennedy and Jeff and Rich at Goodby Silverstein & Partners, he’s helped bring some of the most influential products and campaigns into the world. This December he’s helping MAKE pick a final 2013 MAKE Better Awards winner.
Awards Choice
“A week ago I was standing under a hotel shower in Betonville Arkansas debating whether I should open the soap. “Andrew… it’s such a waste to open a new bar of soap and only use it once or twice… but Andrew you’ve just taken three plane rides and you have to attend a meeting, a meeting with people with, presumably, working noses.” I caved and went with the soap, and was delighted to learn about the Global Soap Project later on.”

 

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