From the beginning the Wholistic World Innovation Trophy is in partnership with the Vrije Universiteit Brussels, VUB, specifically with imac-SMIT, that has students compiling the dossiers for the jury board to base their decisions on:
imec-SMIT-VUB focus is on research related to innovation, policy and socio-economic challenges. To this aim user research, policy research and business analysis is conducted, making use of both qualitative and quantitative methodologies. The research group consists of 2 research programs ('Media & Society' and 'Data & Society'), which both are subdivided in three specific units. imec-SMIT-VUB is leading three knowledge centres (Knowledge Centre Data & Society, Mediawijs, Hannah Arendt Institute) and holding four academic chairs (Data Protection On the Ground, Smart Cities Chair, Chair Personalisation, trust & sustainable media, Leerstoel Media in een samenleving in transitie).
Since 2023 VUB-SMIT is
supported by Stella Maris College (Autonomous) in
Chennai, India. The college is a Catholic minority institution established by the
Society of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, on 15 August 1947. The College
is committed to serving economically and socially marginalised sections of the
society and promotes inclusive practices in the implementation of its academic
programmes. In seeking to mould women of character who will be self-reliant and
work towards social transformation, the College has established an educational
road map that provides a framework for quality education and stimuli for
lifetime learning. The Department of English, aims to equip students
with critical, analytical, conceptual and communication skills which will
enable them to work in diverse professions, such as teaching, journalism,
publishing, translation, editing and research. In
offering students an eclectic mix of subjects and approaches to the study of
literatures, the Department ensures the relevance of the discipline in today's
world, while maintaining traditional strengths.
In November 2022 the Wholistic World Innovation Trophy was hosted by Democracy4All, a global technology and governance conference in Barcelona in the breath taking 15th century hall of Casa Llotja del Mar, organized by the Catalan Blockchain Center, CBCat.