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These are the stars of Social Innovation today
Nerves and excitement coupled with a fantastic atmosphere at the ceremony for the grand final. Nine projects vied for the winning position in the second edition of our Fundación MAPFRE Awards for Social Innovation. Only three of them received the 30,000 euro prize which will provide a game-changing boost for their initiatives.
- NEUROBOTS was the winner in the Health improvement and digital technology (e-Health) category. This Brazilian project has developed an exoskeleton controlled by brain sensors and complex software that enables patients to regain an average of 30% of motor function in their arms in just two weeks. This project takes advantage of the opportunities that science and technology can offer us in order to find new techniques and therapies to achieve quicker rehabilitation.
- In the Mobility and road safety category, the winner was NAVILENS, a system which helps visually impaired people get around more independently in their daily lives. This application arising out of a collaboration between this Spanish company and the university is enabling blind people to move around using instructions from their telephone. NAVILENS is already up and running in several public spaces in Spain, such as bus routes and subway lines and even in museums, where it is working well and has experienced a high uptake.
- MIBKCLUB understands the important role of insurance as a buffer against poverty. For this reason, they have created a monthly subscription system which combines a range of different savings, insurance, health, education and housing services, as a buffer against poverty, in order to redirect part of the household budget towards products and services that help alleviate the vulnerability of families. This Colombian project was chosen as the winner in the Insurance innovation category.
The ceremony was attended by Antonio Huertas, president of Fundación MAPFRE, who highlighted Fundación MAPFRE's support for Social Innovation. As he stated: “we are a socially committed company and therefore the Fundación MAPFRE Awards for Social Innovation have focused on society right from the outset”.
For Cristina Gallach, High Commissioner for the Agenda 2030, all those taking part in these awards “have given us hope for the future thanks to their commitment in the present. This is the Agenda 2030”.. Antonio Huertas also confirmed Fundación MAPFRE's commitment by adding, “we need to make a real call to action, we have to accept the SDGs as our own”. “It is not enough to merely spread the word without taking specific action, he added, “at FM we work on all the goals where we can have an impact”.
For us, this second edition of the awards reinforces our continued commitment to supporting social innovation. In Antonio Huertas's words, “society expects us to become not only socially active leaders, but also leaders with values and ethics”. We are here to help change the world, or at least we are going to try. It is not an easy task but we are ambitious. As of tomorrow we will be working on the third edition of the awards.
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