On Friday the 14th of May we welcomed the Go London Finalists and experts across the field of design, development, health and innovation to London’s Living room at City Hall to work in teams to shape fantastic final pitches in front of our evening audience and those all important judges. Our Finalists were…
- Mei Li and Chris Olson, The Go Game
- Danielle Ramsey, 10,000 steps Challenge
- Daniel Morgan, Splashpath
- Andrew Stuck, Amazing London
- Dr Ingrid Bergson, Pop Up Fitness
After a welcome from Director of 2012 Programme at NHS London Hilary Ross the teams got to work using the tools designed for the day to challenge their ideas and push them to show full potential. Each idea was put through its paces, with questions such as ‘who will use this idea? What makes this idea special? Who needs to believe in this idea?’ being put to the teams.
The afternoon saw each team worked tirelessly to pull their presentations together, drawing unique insights from thier team mates.
After many videos, mind maps, one healthy lunch and what seemed like thousands of post it notes the teams welcomed the evening audience as tension mounted for the final pitches, where the idea owners had to face our very own Dragon’s Den…
- Mike Bell, Non Executive Director, NHS London
- Ben Kingsmill, Managing Director of Thinkpublic
- Dean Russell, online communications and social media strategist from Precedent
- Stewart Lucas, Chief Executive of Interactive
- Caroline Voller, Senior account Manager at M&C Saatchi
- Andy Ward, heading up Deloitte’s Public Sector programme,
- Dr Sandy Gupta, Consultant Cardiologist, Whipps Cross and St. Bartholomews Hospital
- Ben Plowden, Director of Better Routes and Places, Transport for London
- Emer Coleman, London Alliances Project Director for the Greater London Authority (GLA)
Mike Bell led proceedings and helped build the excitement, reminding each team just what was on offer….
- Support from NHS London to make thier idea a reality
- Poster developed by M&C Saatchi
- Project planning support from Deloitte
- Precedent to help design an online space for the idea to call home
- Service Desin support from Thinkpublic
As the pitches got underway, the creativity, thought and passion from all our finalists was both clear and inspiring. Each idea owner had a strong belief that by doing things a little differently and trying something new, we could all get the City of London moving that little bit more.
Whilst the judges retired to deliberate our friends at Evans Cycles presented our cycle winners with their scholarships, which they so generously offered as part of the Go London Social Innovation campaign. Our lucky scholarship winners are…
- Dan Howe
- Jo Jericho
- Nicola Power
All three will be blogging about their adventures on the scholarship and how cycling has helped get them (hopefully!) get moving and exploring the City here on the Go London blog, so be sure to check back and see how they’re doing!
And the winner is…
Quietness descended over City Hall’s living room as the judges returned from there deliberation. Before the winners were announced, each of our teams were offered conversations with our judges in specialised areas, a credit to the quality of the competition. However, there could only be one winner… well sort of! Both 10,000 Step Challenge and Pop Up Fitness impressed the judges equally and, with the belief that the ideas could work together to devlop something truly magic, idea owners Danielle Ramsey and Dr Ingrid Bergson scooped the title of winners of the Go London Social Innovation Competition!
So… What next?
The Finals may well be over, but it is just the beginning for our ideas. As cliched as it may well sound, each idea owner really did come out a winner with each innovator achieving recognition from our judges and invitations to work with those who may be able to help develop their ideas into something even better. Here on the Go London blog we will try and keep you up to date with the progress of all our finalists. Of course, we will follow our winners’ journey into reality, and how the prizes have helped along the way.
In addition, and as mentioned previously, our cycle scholars will be dropping in to let you know how their journeys into the world of cycling are going, and how they are finding the City by bike, as well as let you know about other excting Go London related news!
It’s been a great journey, and by the looks of it there’s a lot more to see. Check back to catch the developments from out inspiring innovators, judges, cyclists and friends. Go London!