Gates Alumna shortlisted for prestigious BBC World Challenge Competition

  • October 21, 2010

Gates Alumna Leda Smith is a finalist for the BBC World Challenge competition 2010.

Gates Alumna Leda Smith has been working for a marine conservation organisation which has been selected out of 800 nominations worldwide to become one of the 12 finalists for the prestigious BBC World Challenge competition 2010.

Blue Ventures focuses on promoting public health through subsidising solar and fuel efficient stoves in rural Madagascar and South Africa through carbon offsets.  Its researchers and volunteers are dedicated to empowering coastal communities to manage their own resources by developing marine protection initiatives designed to sustain local fisheries and safeguard marine biodiversity. These initiatives have guided fisheries policy and legislation, which have been replicated by dozens of villages, NGOs, and government agencies across hundreds of kilometres of coastline.

The BBC World Challenge is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level.  The winner will receive a US$20,000 grant from Shell to invest in their work, with two runners-up’s each receiving US$10,000. Voting ends at midnight (GMT) on 12th November 2010.

As part of the World Challenge, Blue Ventures’ work is being featured on BBC world television is and receiving broad scale global coverage in the online competition. 

The BBC’s video can be seen online at www.blueventures.org and http://vimeo.com/15944635

Latest News

Public engagement through children’s stories

An award-winning science communicator and tv presenter who honed his communication skills as a Gates Cambridge Scholar is launching a colourful children’s book about gravity. Dr Niraj Lal’s new children’s book, Henry the Flying Emu, is being launched by well-known science journalist broadcaster Robyn Williams AO, host of the ABC Science Show. The book tells the story […]

Affecting change for the Māori community

Self-determination lies at the centre of Māori culture. “It’s a way of life,” says Chris Tooley. That idea is also at the heart of his PhD studies at Cambridge and his subsequent work in Parliament and in the community. Chris grew up with a strong sense of being part of the Māori community. He has ancestral […]

On the COVID frontline

Three Gates Cambridge scholars who have been on the medical frontline during the COVID-19 pandemic will be speaking about their experiences at a virtual event next weekend. The event, organised by the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association, will be moderated by Elizabeth Dzeng, Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco in the […]

New game tackles Covid conspiracies

A new online game that puts players in the shoes of a purveyor of fake pandemic news is the latest tactic in the UK Government’s efforts to tackle the deluge of coronavirus misinformation that is misleading many and costing lives across the world. Launched to the public today, the Go Viral! game has been developed by the […]