RE:CODE London, our partnership schools sessions with Mayor of London and LEGO Group have won a Digital Leaders 100 Award!

We’re proud to announce that our RE: CODE London schools sessions, in partnership with LEGO® Group and the Mayor of London, have won the  Cross-Sector Digital Collaboration of the Year category at the Digital Leaders 100 Awards.

The team with an award and judges

What were we nominated for?

We joined forces with the Mayor of London and LEGO® Group to launch RE:CODE London, an initiative which provides London’s primary schoolchildren with a coding and robotics-based challenge to encourage them to think critically and help tackle some of our city’s biggest challenges.

The sessions give young Londoners aged 9-11 the chance to take on a real-life coding challenge, building their confidence and creative problem-solving skills. Students work in teams to build and code their own LEGO® robot to meet a modern-day challenge, such as cleaning pollution from the River Thames, or tackling London’s air pollution. By the end of 2018 we will have reached over 3,000 schoolchildren. The sessions are part of the Mayor’s London Curriculum, which brings the national curriculum to life through hands-on learning experiences and opens up London to all young people.

Winners of the Cross-Sector Digital Collaboration of the Year

After nomination, which saw us as one of the finalists alongside a range of fantastic UK-wide projects like Leeds City Council’s iPad lending scheme with O2 and The Environment Now project managed by the National Youth Agency supported by the Big Lottery Fund, the project went out to a public vote. Thanks to the support of the public, we were selected in the final three projects and the iOi, Mayor of London and LEGO® Group team moved on to the next stage to present to the DL 100 panel of judges.

At the awards ceremony last night, we were announced as the winners of the Cross-Sector Digital Collaboration of the Year.

Increasingly solutions are not developed or delivered by one sector alone, whether public or private, but require cross-sector collaboration and we value this kind of working at the iOi. This award recognises partnerships and the measurable impact and outcomes of the RE:CODE London sessions for schoolchildren.

“We could not have delivered this project without the joint efforts of our partners, The Mayor of London and LEGO Group, as well as all the volunteers that helped bring the sessions to life at the Imagination Lab. This award reflects the power of partnerships and how imaginative approaches working across sectors can aim to enliven and enhance the curriculum. We look forward to the future RE:CODE London session this summer at the Lab and how we can develop them to reach even more young Londoners.”

Gareth Binns, Chief Executive of the Institute of Imagination

What is the Digital Leaders 100 Awards?

The Digital Leaders 100 List launched in 2013 and has become the premier list identifying individuals and teams leading Digital Transformation in the UK. It consists of leaders and organisations who are pioneering change within the public sector, Enterprise, SMEs and Charity Sectors, generated by their peers.

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