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Digital Innovation Challenge

The LSE Digital Innovation Challenge is a global competition run by the Department of Management's Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Group each year. 

The Digital Innovation Challenge encourages students from partner universities across the world to submit an essay on an area related to digital innovation which they are personally interested in. 

Visit the LSE Digital Innovation Challenge website >

2015 Digital Innovation Challenge winners

After receiving a number of outstanding essay entries from university students across the world, the LSE Digital Innovation Challenge Award 2015 is warmly presented to our two joint winners Judith Veit and Erik Leijon.

Judith-VeitJudith Veit, Germany

Essay title: 'Big data in today's businesses'

I am a 22-year-old Bachelor student in Business Administration at the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich. Currently in my last year of studies, my focus lies in Management, Marketing and Innovation. In the course of the European Erasmus+ programme I spent the winter semester of 2014/15 at the Warwick Business School in the UK. There I participated in the LSE Digital Innovation Challenge as part of the subject Strategic Information Management, run by Dr Aleksi Aaltonen of Warwick Business School.

Erik-LeijonErik Leijon, Sweden 

Essay title: 'If you can't beat them, motivate them' 

I’m currently pursuing a master's degree in IT Management at the University of Gothenburg and I have a bachelor’s degree in Information systems from the same university. I was first introduced to digital innovation in the course Innovation Strategy for the Digital Economy held by Fredrik Svahn. He inspired me to look at innovation from different perspectives which in the end led to my essay about Open innovation. When I’m not studying or working, I like to read,
play the piano, play games and hang out with
my friends.

2015 award presentation reception

The award presentation took place in London at a reception on Tuesday 21 April 2015, as part of our 15th annual Social Study of ICT Workshop hosted by the Department of Management Information Systems and Innovation Faculty Group.

The award was presented to Judith and Erik by the keynote speaker Rod Carr, CIO at Centrica Energy.

DI-Erik    DI-Rod   DI-Judith
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Keynote speaker biography

Rod Carr photoRod Carr
CIO, Centrica Energy

Rod Carr is the CIO at Centrica Energy, the Upstream business of Centrica plc, which also operates British Gas and Direct Energy. Rod’s business operates across the EU and US/Canada, producing significant quantities of oil and natural gas. Centrica energy also operates a significant portfolio of conventional and renewable power plant, and runs one of Europe’s biggest gas and power trading operations. Rod started his career in the armed forces, and following a period of study at Brunel, joined the energy industry, where he has held both executive and consulting positions, prior to joining Centrica in 2010.

Reception sponsor

The Digital Innovation Challenge Award Presentation Reception is kindly sponsored by  BTO (the Business Digital Outlook Research Program). 

BTO is an internationally focused hub of excellent researchers aimed at creating a consistent link between universities, enterprises and the research world. BTO's goal is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of companies' decision-making processes, providing them with applied research outputs related to the business technology and digital organization industry. In a fast-paced environment, in which companies have a need of knowledge, innovation and talents, BTO provides them with the best of the scientific research, and allows young talented people to join the business world. By doing so, BTO collaborates with an important network of academic institutions and researchers in the development of digital and IT oriented topic within the business.