We are excited to announce that Dora Palfi, EIT Digital alumna and co-founder of Women@EIT, and her company imagiLabs (formerly imagiCase) have been selected as one of the top 10 finalists of the 2018 European Social Innovation Competition.
This is the last stage of the competition, the finalists will be pitching at the Awards Ceremony in Brussels on November 8th for a chance to be in the top 3. The top 3 finalists will receive 50.000 Euro each.
As we reported when imagiCase made it to the semi-final stage earlier this June, the European Social Innovation Competition is an initiative of the European Commission that awards three 50.000 Euro prizes per year to the most innovative ideas developed to address social issues in EU Member States and beyond. Now, in its seventh year, the theme of RE:THINK LOCAL, is calling on projects that make use of locations unique characteristics to create opportunities for young people in our changing economy.
On the 16th to 18th July, Dora and the 30 semi-finalist teams of the 2018 European Social Innovation Competition gathered in Cluj-Napoca, Romania for a three-day coaching Academy where they received training designed to prepare them to successfully launch and scale their innovations, as well as to complete the project development plan. This plan was then submitted to the judging panel in August and the 10 strongest projects were chosen as finalists.
Dora Palfi is the co-founder and CEO of imagiLabs (formerly known as imagiCase). Her company, based in Sweden, wants to provide a mobile platform for tangible and expressive coding education, built by girls for girls. The platform pairs with imagiCase devices, a phone case with an embedded LED matrix that can be programmed to display any text or pattern. This way users learn to code by customising their own accessory.
The platform also provides tutorials of coding concepts which guide the user's learning experience in a gamified way, while at the same time fostering an online community of girls, who share a passion for learning to code by giving them the possibility of sharing one’s creations on a design feed.
We are cheering for Dora and imagiLabs to secure a top 3 spot and we wish to congratulate her for adding finalist to her many achievements so far!