2021: Mikaela Jade, Indigital Edutech , Sydney       2022: Chris Sheldrick, what3words, London 

WWIT 2022 Laureate

what3words honored with the 2022 Wholistic World Innovation Trophy

Barcelona/Brussels: London based location-technology company, what3words, is being honoured with the 2022 Wholistic World Innovation Trophy. The exclusive global trophy celebrating technological and social innovation to sustainably improve our planet was presented at the Democracy4All Conference in Barcelona, bringing together public value stakeholders and the tech world.

The statement of the jury board states: "Street addresses aren't accurate enough to specify precise locations. This makes it hard to find places and prevents people from describing exactly where help is needed in an emergency. what3words divided the world into 3-metre squares and gave each square a unique combination of three words. It's the easiest way to find and share exact locations, helping many businesses and individuals to optimize their actions. Therefore, the WWIT board unanimously decided in their final 2022 meeting to award the Wholistic World Innovation Trophy, WWIT."

Chris Scheldrick says: "We created what3words with the ambition for helping erveryone to talk about everywhere, from those working in emergency response teams to teams carrying out humanitarian work in post-natural disaster hit places or rewilding organisations and even hedgehog rescuers. We're delighted to be recogniced as the WWIT's 2022 laureate for using our technology for good." 

WWIT 2021 Laureate

Micaela Jade and Indigital Edutech is the first ever laureate of the Wholistic World Innovation Trophy

Brussels - The first ever Wholistic World Innovation Trophy, WWIT has been awarded to the Australian EduTech company INDIGITAL. After two rounds of judging from an international panel of experts, INDIGITAL was the unanimous winner. The combination of teaching digital skills and cultural heritage of ethnic niche groups has been uniquely accomplished by INDIGITAL. The company focuses on indigenous people, but the model provides a blueprint that can be easily adopted on other ethnic groups. The organization has already been recognized beyond Australian borders and the jury felt that the work it is doing, and its mission are important enough to award the first Wholistic World Innovation Trophy, WWIT, to the INDIGITAL founder Mikaela Jade.

INDIGITAL was founded in 2014 by Ms. Jade, a Cabrogal Woman from the Dharug-speaking Nations of Sydney. It was Australia's first Indigenous Edu-tech company, specialising in technology development and digital skills training in augmented and mixed realities, artificial intelligence, machine learning, internet of things and geospatial technologies.

The mission is to close the digital divide between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, by providing a meaningful pathway for Indigenous people into the digital economy and the creation of future technologies. They believe that together digital technologies can be used to express 80,000 years of human knowledge for generations to come.

"In our final board meeting of the WWIT's first season this February the decision was made very quickly and unanimously regardless of the competition with the other three very strong and promising finalists", says the 2021 the board president Gülden Türktan.

We congratulate Mikaela Jade and her unique venture INDIGITAL to be the first ever recipient of the WWIT!