Reimagine Education Awards 2019: QS and Wharton Announce the ‘Oscars’ of Educational Innovation

A company providing virtual laboratory experiences, one of the pioneers of blockchain-powered certification, and a university-led initiative empowering graduates to bring 20 million metric tonnes of CO2 savings into workplaces were among those identified and rewarded at education’s ‘Oscars’ night – the Reimagine Education Awards 2019 Gala.

The initiative, co-organized by QS Quacquarelli Symonds – compilers of the world’s most-consulted university rankings portfolio – and The Wharton School of Business, constituted the culmination of a global awards scheme receiving 1184 applications from 39 countries. Responsible for the evaluations were 160 judges from across the educational landscape.

The 2019 Overall Winner is PeerWise, University of Auckland, which received $25,000 cash prize sponsored by Qatar University. Snapplify hailing from South Africa, won the Overall EdTech Award, sponsored by Amazon Web Services, and received $25,000 worth of AWS credits.

The annual Reimagine Education Conference, held in San Francisco, saw the ten highest-scoring projects evaluated and voted for by ten VIP judges, including senior representatives from Microsoft, Google, IBM, Harvard University, University of Cambridge and The Wharton School, plus the gala dinner audience, comprising over 300 academic faculty, edtech founders and executives, teachers, and university leaders.

Project Organization Award Winner Location

ABA English American & British Educational App Spain


Carbon Reduction Georgia Institute of Sustainability USA

Challenge Technology

Epigrammar Learning Assessment USA

Immersive Coventry University Hybrid Learning UK &

Telepresence & the University

in Theatre of Tampere Finland

Mastery Transcript Mastery Transcript K-12 USA


Micromasters edX Nurturing USA


PeerWise University of Auckland OVERALL WINNER + ICT New

Tools for Teaching Zealand

& Learning

PG Online Presence Learning UK

& Teaching

Snapplify for Snapplify Global EdTech Award + South

Education e-Learning Africa

VR Enablement Labster Virtual/Augmented Denmark

of Fully Online Reality




The full list of winners – including the Bronze, Silver, and Gold Award Winners for Category, Discipline, and Regional Awards – can be found at

Nunzio Quacquarelli, CEO of QS and co-founder of the Reimagine Education Awards, said: “The global education system faces two urgent challenges: one, the millions of tertiary-age learners who will increase demand for education; and, two, the imperative to find educational solutions that can scale to those millions without concomitant decreases in efficacy. Reimagine Education identifies those who have been most successful in meeting those challenges, while also providing educational specialists – faculty, deans, policy-makers, investors, philanthropists, teachers – with a forum that facilitates the exchange of best practice and new ideas.”

Source: QS Reimagine Education

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