The evaluation committee is formed by the following members:


Elena Corchero


Elena Corchero is a designer specialising in smart materials, electronics for wearables and new prototyping technologies. Her work has earned many international awards, exhibitions and publications. Born in the Canary Islands, Elena studied Fine Arts in Spain, specialised in Interactive design in Germany, and is an alumni of MA Textile Futures at Central Saint Martins in London and a former MIT Media Lab Europe researcher.

In 2008 Elena founded her studio Lost Values in London to focus her work and research on the use of new technologies to challenge the role of an artisan, sustainability responsibilities and the multidisciplinary integration between science and art.

Elena has coined the term “Technology Artisan” and has also started teaching towards the development of an Academy. Many of her projects have evolved into innovative brands such as LFLECT, reflective wool products locally sourced and produced, ZIPPYKIT, designing smart materials educational toys, and ECOLORIUM an environmental brand that contributes to Skin Cancer Research.

Through many collaborations with other London based studios, Elena has developed smart textiles for clients such as Guinness, Cadbury, Hugo Boss and the London Olympics 2012. Twitter: @lostvalues


Patrick Morris

Patrick Morris patrick.jpgis co-founder and Associate Artistic Director of Menagerie Theatre Company, Cambridge, for whom he has performed in bloominauschwitzOut of Your Knowledge/Clare’s WalkFrobisher’s Gold and Hard Sell.  Other UK and USA acting credits include Medea and Pushing Daisies with Foursight Theatre, The Quay Thing with Wrights and Sites, Henry VI at New York’s Public Theatre, Counting the Ways directed by Joseph Chaikin, Springtime,Oscar and Bertha and Drowning, directed by Maria Irene Fornes.  For Menagerie, Patrick has directed the productions, Correspondence, Four for Jericho, The Retreating World and Let Newton Be!.  He also runs Menagerie’s Young Writers’ Workshop programme and The Ideas Stage, a programme which collaborates with university researchers to create theatre of ideas.  His most recent project was The Great Austerity Debate, a forum theatre project arising from a collaboration with Dr Mia Gray & Professor Susan Smith, from Cambridge University’s Department of Geography.


Marina Vélez


Marina Velez is a currently pursuing a Ph.D. at the University of Plymouth. She is also a visiting fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, an artist, educator and researcher.

Marina is the founder and organiser of the yearly artist-ed project Cambridge Sustainability Residency and jury panel member and curator of the Sustainability Art Prize for students. Marina has co-edited publications about art and sustainability and regularly present papers in her subject areas of Contemporary Art and Sustainability, the most recent one at the Festival for the Earth in Ca’Foscari, Venice.

Marina has imparted pedagogic seminars to teachers, has experience teaching in different countries and has undertaken courses of developmental psychology, social psychology and social anthropology at the University of Cambridge. In addition to her Masters in Fine Arts, Marina undertook a Masters in Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching and is a member of the Institute for Learning and the Higher Education Academy.

Marina has collaborated with scientists in many occasions, both at national and international level.


Sandra Blanco


Sandra did her Ph.D. in the laboratory of Prof. Pedro A. Lazo, at the Cancer Research Centre and University of Salamanca, in Spain. During her PhD she studied cell signalling mechanisms and specifically the role of post-translational modifications and the role of a new family of kinases. Later she joined the laboratory of Dr. Michaela Frye in the Wellcome Trust/MRC Stem Cell Institute and University of Cambridge (UK) as an EMBO Fellow and later as Research Associate. During her post-doc she studied post-transcriptional modifications and specifically the role of cytosine-5 methylation of RNA in stem cells, development and cancer. During her post-doc she found that loss of cytosine-5 methylation of transfer RNA leads to neuro-developmental disorders and cancer progression. Now she is Ramón y Cajal Researcher and she is stablishing her own group in the Centre for Coorperative Research in Biosciences CIC bioGUNE in Bilbao (Spain). She is investigating the role of post-transcriptional modifications in prostate homeostasis and its implication in prostate cancer pathogenesis.

Fernando González-Zalba


I joined the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory in 2012 after the completion of a PhD in Single-Atom Electronics at the University of Cambridge. I was appointed Senior Research Scientist in 2015 and Hughes Hall Research Fellow in 2017. I am currently working in the area of quantum information processing and low-power electronics. In 2008, I was awarded an “Obra Social La Caixa” postdoctoral studies Fellowship, in 2010 a 02-Telefonica scholarship by the Anglos Spanish Society and in 2011 a Gobierno de Navarra Fellowship. My research at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory is funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020, project MOSQUITO (, a project devoted to developed a transistor-based quantum computer.


Anna Vilalta


I am a biologist with a strong background in clinical research as my PhD focused on the study of brain metabolic alterations, brain neurochemistry, pathophysiology, new monitoring techniques and treatments for traumatic brain injury and stroke patients. My PhD was carried out in the Neurotraumatology and Neurosurgery Research Unit lead by Dr Juan Sahuquillo, head of the Department of Neurosurgery at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital of Barcelona (Spain). After my PhD I obtained a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship for Career Development with the Professor Guy Brown, at the Department of Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom). As a research associate in Cambridge my focus has been to investigate the role of microglial phagocytosis in ischemic/hypoxic and traumatic neuronal loss and in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer disease with the aim to discover new potential therapeutic targets.

María Brancos

MaríLinkedin(1).jpga is currently Head of exhibitions of Fundación Telefónica, whose headquarters, in the old central building of the company, house a cultural space of more than 6,000 square meters. With a program that seeks to boost creativity, innovation and reflection on the impact of new technologies and digital culture in contemporary society, the center promotes a STEAM approach in which art is, together with science, technology, engineering and mathematics, a fundamental discipline for the development of 21st century capabilities.

Graduated in Humanities by the Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, ​​María specialized in art and cultural management. Between 2002 and 2003, he completed the postgraduate course “Ephemeral architecture, exhibition and museum assemblies” taught by the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and postgraduate in “Theory of Art” taught by the Autonomous University of Barcelona. After winning the “Museum Management Grant and Exhibition Commissariat” awarded annually by the Marcelino Botín Foundation, he moved to London to study the Master in Politics and Cultural Management at City University and to carry out research on social transformation programs Promoted by cultural institutions in the United Kingdom. During that time he worked in the Department of Education and Interpretation of Tate Britain, participating in projects aimed at promoting exchange and personal development through art