WHY IT HAS BEEN AWARDED
«For his ability to represent data using cartography».
In 2009, he co-founded, with Javier de la Torre, the data visualisation company Vizzuality, with offices in Cambridge and Madrid, working with Google, NASA, The Wall Street Journal, the University of Oxford and the Open Government Partnership. Three years later, he co-founded the location intelligence platform CartoDB, focused completely on product development at its offices in New York and Madrid
In 2015, his turned his attention to organising the world using maps with CARTO (previously CartoDB), a tool to create and display geolocation data. In its second round of financing, led by Facebook investors Accel Partners, CARTO managed to raise 23 million dollars.
As a result of his success, Sergio Álvarez Leiva has become a media sensation and teaches courses and seminars at institutions such as IE Business School, the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) and the Cartographic Institute of Catalonia (ICC).