Koreo Prize creates platform for new perspectives on the UK's social issues
- The 2017 Koreo Prize is the first national platform for young people to explore new perspectives on complex social issues affecting the UK, with more than 100 teams submitting competition entries
- The prize was judged by experts in cross-sector social change, including the Managing Director of Leon and the CEO of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation
- Submissions covered a huge breadth of topics aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals – gender equality, social mobility, food security, community resilience, wellbeing and social housing.
- The competition will run again this year – those interested in the Koreo Prize 2018 can already submit their interest.
The first Koreo Prize has concluded today, with six finalists awarded for their contributions to the discussion on social issues in the UK. The winner, Felicity Abraham*, a 19-year-old law student from London, was given £5,000 for her project on honour killings.
The Koreo Prize 2017 challenged young people under the age of 27 to explore one of six social issues aligned with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals: gender equality, social mobility, food security, community resilience, wellbeing and social housing.
The competition aimed to generate fresh perspectives on these social issues, before the UK defines how it will tackle the UN Sustainable Development goals in a national context.
Participants were judged on their ability to tell a compelling story that provided real insight and considered a social issue from different perspectives. There were no restrictions on the media each project could use and final submissions included documentaries, social media campaigns, photography, poetry and plays.
More than 1000 young people downloaded details of the competition, with more than 100 teams from across the UK submitting their stories on social issues.
Finalist projects included a critical review of the UK’s approach to honour based crime, an exploration of social mobility through intergenerational interviews in London’s Afro-Carribean communities and a project outlining the consequences of ignoring the UK’s social housing crisis.
The prize was judged by experts in cross-sector social change, with the awards designed to encourage participants to continue to focus on their project long term.
Judges included Caroline Mason, CEO of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, John Upton, Managing Director of Leon, and Indy Johar, co-founder of Architecture00 and Dark Matter Labs.
Alongside a £5,000 cash prize for the winner, 5 runners-up were awarded mentoring and speaking opportunities at global conferences.