Assistant Programme Manager, Challenge Prize Centre

Zofia Jackiewicz


Innovation Lab

Join Date

November 2014

What I do

Zofia in an assistant programme manager working on UK and International prizes. Her work in Challenge Prize Centre focuses on supporting development and delivery of various projects including Inventor Prize, Longitude Explorer Prize and Data Driven Farming Prize. She supports consultancy services and business development of the Centre. 


Zofia worked with disabled people in Poland from the age of 16, and her past work experience encompasses various events relating to children, education, and sports.

She holds a First Class degree in Business Psychology from the University of Greenwich with a Merit Award for Outstanding Achievement. During her degree she was involved in setting up networking student societies, as well as running university and networking events for students and graduates. And in 2013 she completed a mentoring scheme with IBM.

Zofia enjoys wildlife photography and spends her free time expanding her personal acrylic paintings collection.

Octoptix,a prototype that helps people with Autistic Spectrum Disorder to communicate, won a £10,000 prize at the award event on 13 July 2017. Pupils from Southlands School, Lymington spent a few months developing a wearable that changes colour to reflect the emotions of its owner.
Zofia Jackiewicz
Wednesday, 19 July 2017
Ten Essex based innovators have been named finalists in the Families Included Prize – a competition run by Essex County Council in partnership with Nesta, the UKs innovation foundation, to help unearth new ideas to help tackle the issue of social isolation facing Essex families with young children.
Zofia Jackiewicz
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Emily Jones is an Essex mum of three who knows first-hand how lonely looking after a little one can be and how important opportunities to get to know other parents are. She is also one of the judges for the Families Included Prize, which is offering a £10,000 first prize to a great idea, project and solution from Essex that involves local families with young children (0-5 years) in opportunities that enrich their lives. In this blog Emily talks about her experiences of loneliness as a parent, how she took action by setting up a group in her local area and what she’ll be looking for in the entries.
Zofia Jackiewicz
Monday, 18 July 2016