In 2019 the Skoll Centre took responsibility for curating and convening the GOTO programme, under the academic leadership of the Centre’s Director, Peter Drobac, and Aoife Haney, Departmental Lecturer in Innovation and Enterprise.
Since its inception, GOTO has always focused on a theme including Water, Big Data, the Future of Work and the Future of Healthcare. For 2019, it was decided to focus on the UN Sustainable Development Goals; the universal framework for our planet’s most critical challenges. With the threat of climate breakdown and much of the world still dependant on fossil fuels, the team decided to focus the GOTO theme of 2019 on SDG7, ‘clean and affordable energy for all’. Projects produced by student teams covered topics from reducing carbon emissions in the maritime shipping industry to off-grid renewable energy access in Africa and South Asia.
The GOTO programme concludes each year with a summit, where four chosen finalist teams present their findings and conclusions to judges and their peers. Team Green Marines were the chosen winners, scooping the prize of £9600. You can read more about their project via the Oxford Saïd Review.