The 2024 Digital Data Design Institute at Harvard Innovation Prizes

The 2024 Digital Data Design Institute at Harvard Innovation Prizes (The Cubies) are more than just prizes; they are a beacon of inspiration and a celebration of excellence. On May 7, 2024, we honored those shaping our digital future and innovating for a better tomorrow.

The Winners

AI & Future of Business Technology

Gil Perry, D-ID

Interfaces, evolved. The Natural User Interface (NUI) by D-ID humanizes interactions with everything digital. Build interfaces that understand the needs of users and can be communicated with effectively. No typing, no clicking, just face-to-face conversation.

Human-Centered Technology

Jesse Lyu, Rabbit

Rabbit’s r1 is a pocket companion using rabbit OS, a personalized operating system through a natural language interface.

Performance & Metrics

Michael Fleder, Covariance

Get a 360-degree view into any company – as if you’re the CEO. Covariance turns first-class research into real-world value. It makes the techniques and rigor of a top quantitative hedge fund available to a broader market.

Data, Privacy, Security, and Regulation

Joy Buolamwini, Algorithmic Justice League

The Algorithmic Justice League combines art and research to illuminate the social implications and harms of AI. Its mission is to raise awareness about the impacts of AI, equip advocates with empirical research, build the voice and choice of the most impacted communities, and galvanize researchers, policy makers, and industry practitioners to mitigate AI harms and biases.

New Operating Models and Business Models

Khanmigo, Khan Academy

On-demand AI-powered support for education. Khanmigo is an AI-powered personal tutor and teaching assistant from trusted education nonprofit Khan Academy.


The Cubies were unveiled at the Leading with AI: Exploring Business and Technology Frontiers conference on May 7, 2024. This inaugural event represented an achievement in the realm of artificial intelligence and data-driven innovation. These awards were not just a celebration but a landmark event recognizing groundbreaking advancements and pioneering spirits in AI. 


Our award categories stemmed directly from our communities of practice. These categories were crafted to underscore the diverse and dynamic nature of AI advancements across various sectors. Each category represents the pinnacle of innovation and dedication in the AI domain. To learn more about our communities of practice, scroll through the information below.


May 7, 2024


Zain Verjee

Co-Founder of theZVG
Co-Founder of The Rundown


Sunil Gupta

Edward W.Carter Professor of Business Administration of Harvard Business School

Heidi Messer

Co-Founder and Chairman of Collective[i]

Catherine Feldman

Lead, Human Centered Technology of Digital Data Design Institute at Harvard

Brian Backus

Co-Founder of Hello Wonder

Kara Miller

Correspondent of Boston Globe Media

David Ryan Polgar

Founder & President of All Tech Is Human

Selection Process

Nominations were sourced from a diverse group of leaders across industries around the world. Winners were selected by a group of experts and announced at the Leading with AI: Exploring Business and Technology Frontiers conference on May 7, 2024.

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