#IdeasChangeLives winners, StanLab and mHub
#IdeasChangeLives winners StanLab (a 3D virtual science laboratory) and mHub (Malawi's first community-based human right platform).

We are delighted to announce the two joint winners of #IdeasChangeLives 2018

StanLab, Nigeria: StanLab is a 3D virtual science laboratory which can improve STEM education and career prospects for more than 6 million students. It gives students at schools without laboratories the chance to learn important practical science skills online.

Mhub, Malawi: Mhub will improve reporting for more than 10,000 women and girls on issues such as sexual assault, reproductive health rights, early marriage and human trafficking. Part of this will also use digital platforms to help vulnerable groups understand their rights and what to do if they are violated. These capabilities add to Mhub’s existing function as Malawi’s first community-based human rights platform.

The challenge is part of a series of initiatives led by the British Council and each winner will receive £20,000 and ongoing mentoring from the British Council’s digital teams to develop a Minimum Viable Product (MVP).

A proposal from Ghana, DigiCop, was highly commended by judges, and will receive £10,000 to develop its business plan. DigiCop uses AI technology to improve access to police assistance for Ghana's 19 million mobile phone users. Ghana’s police to citizen ratio is 1:848 compared to the UN’s recommendation of 1:500. 

The prizes for #IdeasChangeLives 2018 were generously provided by the Friends of the British Council.

Thank you to everyone who entered and took the chance to improve the lives of some of the world's most disadvantaged people.

#IdeasChangeLives was judged by an international panel of business leaders. They selected proposals for life-changing solutions to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that could improve hundreds of thousands of lives through digital engagement.

#IdeasChangeLives highly commended entry DigiCop, supporting the UN's Sustainable Development Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Judges panel

The judges panel were:

  • Eva Grosman, Chief Executive, Centre for Democracy and Peace Building
  • Vikas Shah, Chief Executive, Swiscot Group
  • Rosh Gammampila, Director at PwC
  • Richard Halkett, Worldwide Lead, Digital Innovation,Amazon Web Services, Inc
  • Jake Loveless, founder and Chief Executive, Edgemesh
  • Dr Jock Percy, founder and Chairman, Perseus Telecom
  • Helen Warwick, Principal, Helen Warwick Management
  • Rachel Brandenburger, international legal and policy consultant
  • Rory Cameron, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development, Learning Platform - CalludusCloud/SAP Sales Cloud at SAP

The judges were advised by:

  • Andrew Horton, Director Digital, Partnerships and Innovation, British Council
  • Louisa Syrett, Global Lead - Partnerships, Digital, Partnerships and Innovation, British Council

What if I missed #IdeasChangeLives 2018?

We hope to run #IdeasChangeLives again in 2019. In the meantime, find out more about how we support the UN's SDGs in our work, both digital and face-to-face. Our case studies may help inspire you to create a digital solution for next year's challenge.