Impact Innovator

We are bringing together hundreds of students from universities around the world to expand their international networks, gain new skills, and create ideas that will resolve some of the world most pressing issues across the different SDGs (regrouped in themes).

The Impact Innovator event is open to students and alumni from all partnering universities. Participants will create teams of 4 to 6 people, and no more than two participants will be from the same university. Each team will propose an innovation aligning with your chosen challenge theme. The entirety of the event interactions will take place on slack and zoom. However, the finale will be hybrid. There will be 1st, 2nd and 3rd winners chosen from each track, with the 1st places chosen to compete in the finale.

Register your interest to participate here

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Collaborating Institutions

Imperial Business Design Studio

Conducts research on the impact of design thinking on business, technology, and data-driven technologies. Its goal is to equip students with leadership and problem-solving skills while assisting organisations in developing capabilities in design thinking. The Studio aims to be a centre of excellence for cutting-edge research on design thinking's role in the responsible use of technology and data.

Centre for Digital Transformation

Helps businesses in comprehending the wide-ranging organisational implications of the digital revolution. Their work focuses on emerging digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and blockchain, and how they can be utilized to achieve business and social objectives. Through cross-disciplinary research with academics from Imperial College Business School and beyond, the Centre investigates the impact of digitalisation on the future of work to help businesses innovate and confront the challenges of digital transformation.

Grantham Institute

A central figure in Imperial College London's efforts on climate change and the environment. Their mission is to promote world-class research, training, and innovation towards effective action on climate change and the environment. The Institute aims for a sustainable, resilient, zero-carbon future and works to convert innovations into applications, train future leaders, and communicate academic knowledge to businesses, industry, and policymakers.

Centre for Financial Technology

Benefits from imperial’s leading position in science and technology. It acts as a hub for the interdisciplinary research that is needed to develop innovations, reveal insights and answer questions, bringing together the activities of academics, startup companies, established industry and governmental organizations.

Leonardo Center on Business for Society

Their mission is to accelerate the transition to sustainable and inclusive logics of business using experimentation and innovative initiatives. To achieve this mission, five business evolution streams were created: purpose and governance, leadership and culture, business model innovation, and corporate and incentive systems.

Challenge Themes

There are five challenge themes offered to guide and provide inspiration for the participants.

Human Development
  • No poverty
  • Zero hunger
  • Good health and well-being
  • Quality education

Led by Leonardo Centre on Business for Society

  • Gender equality
  • Reduced inequalities
  • Peace, justice, and strong institutions
  • Partnership for the goals

Led by Imperial Business Design Studio

Sustainable Finance
  • Decent work and economic growth
  • Responsible consumption and production

Led by Centre for Financial Technology

Sustainable Infrastructure & Industrialisation
  • Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
  • Sustainable cities and communities

Led by Centre for Digital Transformation

Environmental Sustainability
  • Clean water and sanitation
  • Affordable and clean energy
  • Climate action
  • Life below water
  • Life on land

Led by Grantham Institute