GSFA 2019 vice-president and sponsor of the AI and Digital Innovation Award announced

Admin/ November 8, 2019/ news

Inventor and entrepreneur Grace Bian will be the vice-president of the tve Global Sustainability Film Awards. Last year, Grace launched two new Awards focusing on artificial intelligence and transformative digital technologies including blockchain. These Awards have been combined in 2019 as the ‘AI and Digital Innovation’ Award to reflect the connections between the two fields.

Grace Bian and Diana Szpotowicz at the 2018 Awards, photo credit: Yakir Zur

You can watch the films shortlisted for this Award in 2019 here. As the AI and Digital Innovation category sponsor, Grace will invite the organisation responsible for the winning film to accept a trophy on stage during the film awards ceremony taking place at The May Fair Hotel on 18 November.

‘I believe AI and digital innovation can transform society and provide solutions to many of the most urgent challenges facing our planet today,’ said Grace. ‘Used correctly, these tools can be a force for good. They can help us predict and respond to future challenges, more efficiently use our natural resources and avoid unnecessary disasters. The solutions offered by AI and digital innovation – recognised by this award – have the power to make our way of living faster, smarter, simpler and healthier.’

Secure your tickets to the event here and join us for the 8th annual tve Global Sustainability Film Awards. All ticket sales go in support of our work as a media charity to inspire change for a greener, fairer world through the power of film.

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Grace Bian is Awards vice-president for the fourth year running, and chair of the China International Culture Stock Exchange and of Global Healthcare. Grace launched two new categories in 2018: ‘AI Empowering the Future’ and ‘Global Digital Futures.’ This has become the ‘AI and Digital Innovation’ Award in 2019. An inventor with 73 intellectual property rights in her name, Grace focuses on the potential of smart cities to transform society through projects like mobile hospitals and smart health villages. Grace jointly owns a research and development centre with the China Academy of Sciences and is an economic advisor for the Chinese government. She is currently building a new global bio bank that will store stem cells, which can be used to treat common diseases and early stage cancer, and is also building a series of five star smart health villages and wellness resorts with projects in the UK, Ireland, China, Cyprus and Switzerland.

The annual tve Global Sustainability Film Awards, now their 8th year, celebrate short films showing authentic and innovative sustainability initiatives from companies and institutions worldwide. Jennifer Viccars, Octopus Group’s brand and marketing director, is president of the 2019 Awards which will take place on 18 November 2019 at The May Fair Hotel, London. Reserve your ticket to the ceremony and gala dinner event here. Winning films will be announced and showcased from across the following competitive categories: Companies Taking Climate Action, Transforming Society, Sustainable Transactions, Sky: Beyond Plastic, Infrastructures for the Future, and AI and Digital Innovation. tve will also run the nominated categories, The Founder’s Award for Sustainability on the Big Screen, an award for feature length films addressing one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals; and the PA Award for Environmental Storytelling.

tve is the non-profit based in London that organises the Awards. It creates and enables others to create powerful, effective communications about the environment and sustainable development. Through film, animation, documentaries, debates and social media, the media charity reaches global audiences, giving a voice to a new generation committed to a greener and fairer world. The Awards are tve’s main fundraiser each year.

Fastflow Group employs over 1,100 people across the UK and operates within the support services sector. It provides infrastructure maintenance and improvement services to Northumbrian Water and Scottish Water, and a wide range of high pressure gas transmission engineering projects for clients such as National Grid and Cadent Gas. From Thame, Oxfordshire it delivers planned and responsive repairs for housing associations such as A2Dominion, Catalyst Housing, Southern Housing and Karbon Homes, owning around 200,000 homes across the south of the UK.

Fastflow Group has recently merged with United Living, a new and refurbished housing specialist, allowing them to broaden their maintenance and development capability in the property sector.

The company embraces the strategic, competitive advantages of a sustainable business model and conducts its business ethically to make a positive contribution to society. Fastflow Group has supported the tve Awards since 2014 and has been main sponsor since 2015.

Sky has partnered with tve to sponsor the Beyond Plastic category for a second year. Through Sky Ocean Rescue, Sky is using its voice and reach to inspire simple, everyday changes to stop the oceans from drowning in plastic. Since January 2017 over 45.8 million people are aware of the campaign and 7 million Sky households have changed their attitudes towards single-use plastic. Sky has ambitious plans for future engagement with more ground-breaking content and sports partnerships. As a business, Sky is committed to leading by example and transforming its own business by eliminating all single use plastics from its operations by 2020. It is encouraging and supporting innovation to develop solutions through Sky Ocean Ventures, a £25M venture fund.

PA has partnered with tve for the PA award for environmental storytelling for the third year. The award recognises television programming – news, current affairs and factual in a range of formats – which best engages the audience with the environment. Established as the Press Association in 1868, PA is the UK’s leading provider of multimedia content and services. PA remains the national news agency for the UK and Ireland, serving the major media and digital brands around the world, businesses and public sector organisations. PA’s products and services also span pictures, video, data APIs, hosted live blogs, graphics, listings pages, social media curation and page production. The news agency is part of the PA Group of specialist media companies.

Azad Ayub has founded the new Infrastructures for the Future category for the 2019 Awards. Prior to his career in property, Azad practiced as a senior civil and structural engineer for over 15 years at Freeman Fox and Partners, where he was involved in many large scale infrastructure projects such as the design and supervision of the M5 Motorway in Devon, the Exe Viaduct and Exminster Bridge. As founder of the property management company, Azad Ayub Limited, he provides accommodation to a wide range of clients in London and has won several landlord awards over the years. Azad is passionate that both large scale infrastructure projects and local-level residential development should prioritise sustainability in their design and function.

Elemental Financial is a new RegTech payments solutions provider, reconnecting emerging markets to the big banks through expertise in cross-border compliance. The company’s mission is to deliver sustainable, scalable and practical risk-managed payments solutions to meet clients’ needs and expectations. Elemental has developed best in class risk policies, frameworks and procedures, coupled with regulatory technology that manages compliance and overcomes operational inefficiencies.

Lucy Walmsley, tve business and sustainability programme manager,

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