First glimpse at the CareerTech Prize judging panel
The world of work is changing. What do recent developments in technology and long term trends like climate change and globalisation mean for workers?
The CareerTech Challenge Prize aims to answer this question for the six million UK workers currently in roles likely to radically change or disappear by 2030. We have been on the lookout for new digital solutions that use labour market data to help adults in England navigate the job market and develop secure and rewarding careers.
Entries to the Prize closed on 29 January 2020 and we are now in the process selecting our finalists.
Selecting our finalists
Finalists will not only receive a £50,000 grant, but also hands-on support and coaching to build their business and product development skills, as well as networking opportunities with other innovators. In March 2021, a winner and runner-up will be selected to receive prizes of £120,000 and £80,000 respectively.
To help us with the selection, we have assembled an expert panel of judges in fields such as tech innovation, entrepreneurship, data science, policy, learning, skills and employment, and more.
The judging panel will have to make tough decisions based on our judging criteria to select solutions that are innovative, insightful and impactful, accessible and usable, and also have market potential.
We will be announcing our full judging panel over the coming weeks, but you can find a sneak peak below…
Shivvy Jervis – Futurist and Keynote Speaker on Sustainable Innovation
Cited a “a thought leader beyond compare” by the World Economic Forum, professional Futurologist Shivvy Jervis reaches thousands each month through her talks and broadcasts on ‘human-perception’ AI, immersive workplaces, digital identity and the ‘Internet of Everything’. Founder of futurism advisory FutureScape 248, Shivvy uncovers the most powerful breakthroughs at the intersection of digital, science and human psychology and her work has received over 24 pieces of industry recognition.
Patrick Lee – Service Owner for the National Retraining Scheme
Patrick is the Service Owner for the National Retraining Scheme and is responsible for design and delivery. The National Retraining Scheme will help prepare adults for future changes to the economy, including those brought about by automation, and give them the support and tools they need to retrain into better jobs.
“I am very much look forward to seeing the great ideas the market has come up with and I am excited at the prospect of working with the successful innovators to develop products that really make a difference.”
Dr Fiona Aldridge – Director for Policy and Research, Learning and Work Institute
Dr Fiona Aldridge is responsible for leading L&W’s programme of research and development, and ensuring that their work influences policy and practice, by providing a credible and influential voice on learning, skills and employment.
“I’m delighted to have been asked to join the judging panel for the Challenge and look forward to seeing some bold and innovative solutions that will help people improve their working lives and unlock better futures.”
Abi Mohamed – Co-founder and Tech Lead of Community Growth Ventures
Abi Mohamed is the co-founder and Tech Lead of Community Growth Ventures, a London-based angel investment firm. CGV invests time, capital and resources to help passionate founders from minority and underestimated backgrounds create sustainable companies that deliver value to customers and the communities they operate in. Additionally, she is a Programme Manager at Tech Nation and a venture scout for Backed VC.
“I’m excited to join the judging panel because technology has changed the world in many ways during the last decade, and right now, more than ever, it is so important to help support new startups trying to innovate the current ways of working in the UK.”
Ryan Dunn – Data Science Hub Lead at Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)
Ryan Dunn is a lead data scientist in the UK government’s Department for Work and Pensions. He currently leads a data science hub developing digital data products to transform public sector decision making.
“I am very excited to be a CareerTech Challenge judge. The initiative combines my passions of digital innovation, information provision and collaborative outreach with a focus on developing solutions to help and support people.”
Jyldyz Djumalieva – Head of Open Jobs Data at Nesta
Jyldyz is leading on a stream of research with the focus on helping workers navigate changing labour markets more confidently. Specifically, Open Jobs Data team leverages big data and data science to contribute to the development of innovative and actionable labour market solutions.
“The CareerTech Challenge Prize is an exciting opportunity to develop innovative solutions that could offer such advice and support workers in navigating changing labour markets more confidently.”