The project, Maria Rodó, has won the prize at #SpinUOC 2018.
Relief Maps has been awarded the ‘Ramón Molinas prize for best project with social impact’ at #SpinUOC 2018. The project, launched by Maria Rodó from Zárete, makes social inequalities visible. The researcher from the research group Gender and IT from the Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3) at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) has created a methodology and digital analysis tool for research in the social sciences to facilitate the acquisition and interpretation of data, systemise collection and show the results in a visual way from an intersectional, emotional and geographical perspective, through maps. This analysis tool could prove useful for decision making in government departments, non-profit organisations, as well as other entities.
The ‘Ramón Molinas prize for best project with social impact’ awards the idea that has the most positive impact on society and that can bring about the greatest social transformation and progress of all the #SpinUOC 2018 finalists. Xaviér Cortes, Director of the Ramon Molinas Foundation, announced the winner. The RMF Director praised “the great social impact offered by the visualisation of social inequalities through digital tools such as Relief Maps” and congratulated the winner for an initiative which “can play a fundamental part in the process of social transformation”. The winner, awarded with 2,000 euros, will also form part of #SpinUOC 2018, an initiative that encourages innovation, the transfer of knowledge and entrepreneurship within the UOC community.
The ‘Prize for the best entrepreneurial project’ and ‘Audience award for best presentation’
The eight finalists of #SpinUOC 2018 presented their projects at an event at the Antigua Fábrica de Estrella Damm. The audience of 200 included leading figures and organisations that are able to implement or promote the projects in their fields. Aside from the ‘Ramón Molinas prize for best project with social impact’, two further prizes were awarded: ‘Prize for the best entrepreneurial project’, recognising the most innovative idea, and the ‘Audience award for best presentation’, which allowed event attendees to have their say and award a prize to the finalist with the best presentation.
The ‘Prize for the best entrepreneurial project’ went to Filmclub, by Miquel Cerdà. A jury made up of eleven expects, including RMF collaborator Santi Ruana, decided that the digital educational platform should be awarded the prize worth 3,000 euros. Filmclub makes films and documentaries on subjects such as mathematics, science, history and philosophy available to teaching centres. PotMath, by Frederic Cerón, was given the ‘Audience award for best presentation’. The project uses virtual reality to improve educational processes for students with learning difficulties (ADHD, ADD, dyslexia, cross laterality, dyscalculia, foetal alcohol spectrum disorder, among others), through the medium of a website with neurocognitive stimulating applications.
After the presentations and award ceremony has finished, it was announced that the call for #SpinUOC 2019, with the collaboration of the Ramon Molinas Foundation, is open. To conclude, the finalists participated in SpinMeetings, a series of ten-minute meetings with stakeholders interested in getting a deeper understanding of the projects and their leaders. The #SpinUOC 2018 event was hosted by Òscar Dalmau, with live music by Leyla and with a little magic from Joaquín Matas, who showed off his skills with the slogan of the sixth edition of #SpinUOC: “Everything is possible”.
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