There is just over a week to go until one of the most eagerly anticipated innovation events of the year – the inaugural Global Game Changers awards.
The event, launched by Innovators Magazine and The Herald, will be held at the Glasgow Science Centre on 13 September. It will celebrate the innovation economy, in all its cross-sectoral glory, and recognise the pioneers working to deliver a sustainable world.
There has been widespread support for the new platform. It was endorsed from day one by the European Innovation Summit, an annual event backed by the European Commission. The organisers of that, Knowledge4Innovation, praised the approach taken by ourselves and The Herald in establishing global game changers, labelling collaboration as a “vital element of the innovation process”. And with 2018 the 10th anniversary of the summit, they have expressed interest in welcoming the awards platform to Brussels.
The circular economy will be one of the areas featured on the night, with other categories including: women in innovation; intrapreneurship; corporates doing good, startups working in the sharing economy, collaborative initiatives; STEM education; and young pioneers.
Welcoming the awards to Glasgow, the leader of the city council, Susan Aitken told Innovators Magazine: “Glasgow is a perfect choice for this event given our centuries-long tradition in innovation. From the steam engine to the fridge to thermodynamics and the ultrasound, the city has long been synonymous with new discovery and invention.
“We continue that work today, with two innovation districts in the city tied to the University of Glasgow and the University of Strathclyde conducting world leading research in the life sciences, stratified medicine, and quantum technology. These districts are committed to looking for the next breakthroughs and their work has the support of the City Government that I lead.
“We are delighted that Glasgow is to host these awards as the city continues to be a global game changer itself.”
Finalists in full
Collaboration for change (Sponsored by Bond Dickinson)
Opening Educational Practices Scotland
TEV Project/Newcastle University collaboration
Thales UK, CENSIS, University of West of Scotland
University of Glasgow
Women in Innovation (Sponsored by BAE Systems)
Caroline Jones Carrick
Dr Holly Butler
Dr Suzanne Doyle-Morris
Innovating in Stem Education/Training (Sponsored by City of Glasgow College)
Glasgow Clyde College
University of Strathclyde
West College Scotland
3f bio Ltd
Celtic Renewables Ltd
Synergie Environ Ltd
Breaking the Mould: Empowering Intrapreneurship
EIS Waste Services Ltd
KCP Environmental Solutions Ltd
SmartGreenCharge 1st renewable Electric Station by Smart Green Batteries EV Chargers & Sol
Start-Up and Share
Find a Player
Corporates For Good
Clearwater Controls Limited
Star Renewable Energy (SRE)