AKQA wins 2024 Fast Company World Changing Idea Award

Congresso em Foco’s Transparency Card has been honoured with Fast Company’s World Changing Idea for Politics and Policy and has also been named a Finalist for Best World-Changing Idea in Latin America. The project is also selected as a Finalist in the Finance category along with UN Women NL and DEGIRO’s Pink Chip.

Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas recognises the innovative strategies companies are using to tackle modern-day challenges pursuing innovation for the good of society.

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Congresso em Foco – Transparency Card

Politics and Policy Winner, Finalist for Finance and Best World-Changing Ideas Latin America

Congresso em Foco Transparency Card

Every year, Brazil loses about $40bn to corrupt political spending, which is difficult to monitor and allows room for corruption.

Transparency Card accesses complex government databases and sends notifications when politicians spend taxpayers’ money, simplifying the visualisation and monitoring of political spending. Brazilians can now receive real-time, information with a simple push notification in a straightforward format.

Over 430K active cards are in mobile wallets and more than 20 million notifications have been sent. Additionally, the Transparency Card also served as an investigative resource for journalists who wrote news based on the expenses exposed by the platform.

Finalist for Finance

UN Women NL and DEGIRO Pink Chip

6% of the world’s publicly listed companies currently have female CEOs; research shows that companies with diverse leadership can outperform expectations.

Pink Chip is a world-first collection of indices that measure the performance of women-led companies. The initiative shows how investing in women can boost returns while also supporting female leaders.

Within two weeks of its launch there were over 14,500 new investors in Pink Chip companies which saw a 6.7% increase in their stock price. The index has since climbed a further 9.48% and outperformed market benchmarks. Pink Chip has reached over 2 million impressions across social media and outdoor placements and attracted nearly 70,000 visitors to within its first week.

In 2022, AKQA won the Fast Company World Changing Idea Award for Action Audio. A world-first system for augmenting live sports with sound, designed to give people who are visually impaired the ability to follow games in real-time, using data from a ball-monitoring computer vision system with a 3D sound design system. Code of Conscience was also recognised as a Finalist in the 2022 Developing World Technology category and received an honourable mention in the Nature category. Action Audio also received honourable mentions in the AI and Data and Media and Entertainment categories.

In 2021, H&M Looop won the Experimental category; was recognised as a Finalist in the Best World Changing Idea EMEA category and received an honourable mention in the General Excellence category. Joining forces to envision the digital experience and architectural design, AKQA and Universal’s approach transforms previously-owned clothing into a new garment without water or chemicals, celebrating the craft and process at the core of the latest technology.