Held at one of the most impactful innovation hubs in Europe, H-FARM, the inaugural BOLD Awards last Friday was a huge celebration of tech-driven progress.

Spearheaded by Crowdsourcing Week, the event at H-FARM’s flagship campus near Venice was opened and emceed by Crowdsourcing Week’s CEO Epi Ludvik and Emil Abirascid, Founder and Editor in Chief of Startupbusiness. Innovators Magazine was delighted to be a media partner with the new BOLD Awards, which saw winners announced across 12 categories. Hundreds of entries were whittled down to five nominations in each, on the back of an online public vote. These pioneers were then assessed by an international panel of judges, chaired by H-FARM’s co-founder Maurizio Rossi, to decide the winners – who were:

Boldest Crowdsourced Online Platform, presented by Mathesia: Mindhive – Bruce Muirhead

Boldest Crowdsourced Marketing & Advertising Campaign, presented by Tipalti: Rebuild Kerala – John Santhosh

Boldest Open Innovation, presented by H-FARM: Open Cosmos – Remco Timmermans

Boldest Space Frontier, presented by HeroX: Open Cosmos – Remco Timmermans

Boldest AI, presented by Spark Beyond: ScienceAtHome – Janet Rafner

Boldest Scientific Project, presented by sbv IMPROVER: ScienceAtHome – Janet Rafner

Boldest Crowdfunding Campaign, presented by Crowdsourcing Week: Startup Italia  – David Casalini

Boldest Blockchain Platform: Medicohealth – Milan Rajlic

Boldest ICO/Cryptocurrency: MakerDao & DAI Stablecoin – Lenka Hudakova

Boldest Future Robot, presented by HeroX: Vostok – Roberto Polesel

Boldest Young Achiever Under 25, presented by GoGo Places: Francesco Bellanca from Feral Horses

Boldest Innovator, presented by Surcle: Memomi – Alexios Blanos

Three more surprise awards were also handed out on the night. For being the first country to introduce a government-issued identity and status, Estonia’s e-Residency Estonia platform received an award for the BOLDest Government Digital Project, which was collected by Ambassador Celia Kuningas-Saagpakk. Maurizio Rossi picked up a well-deserved award for his groundbreaking work in launching H-FARM, which we featured recently for its key role in developing desirable futures. Maria Ressa – RAPPLER’s CEO & Executive Editor, was the third surprise winner. ‘RAPPLER is a social news network that crowdsources stories to inspire investigative journalism, community engagement and digitally fuelled actions for social change in Indonesia and the Philippines’. Her authenticity in advancing truths has seen Maria arrested twice, in February and March, on ‘charges including “cyberlibel” after being critical of actions by the Philippines’ administration’.