The search is now on for the best of UK technology for good, as independent publisher and commentator DigitalAgenda opens up its respected Impact Awards for a second year from today.
The Impact Awards celebrate digital innovations that make a positive impact on the way we live, learn and do business. With 12 categories covering three broad themes of people, places and business, the awards are open to entry from any UK-based business, government or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social or environmental impact.
The 2018 Impact Awards are sponsored by Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading social tech funder. We are delighted that in 2018, the awards are being run in association with Berenberg, one of Europe’s leading private banks.
The 2018 Impact Awards ceremony takes place on Wednesday March 7 at east London’s iconic Oval Space. An afternoon awards ceremony will hear from our winners, alongside guest speakers. The ceremony will be followed by an evening reception giving winners a chance to celebrate, and all of our guests the opportunity to connect. The awards will be co-hosted by Oli Barrett MBE and DigitalAgenda director and editor Julian Blake.
The awards are open for entries across our 12 themed categories until December 18, 2017. We will also be giving out awards for people’s choice and individual impact.
Judging takes place in January 2018, with the finalists announced in the first week of February. Entering is free and simple – just fill out the form.
Our group of Impact Awards judges brings extensive experience in startups, impact technology, investment and academia and includes representation from: Bethnal Green Ventures, Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Essence, Freeformers, Nominet Trust, Northzone, RocketSpace, University College London, US Ai, ustwo and White Star Capital. More judges to be confirmed.
DigitalAgenda director and editor Julian Blake said: “The Impact Awards celebrate technology that is being used for positive impact rather than just for profit. Our awards highlight the amazing potential for technology to be a force for good. Technology isn’t always seen by as a force for good, with understandable public fears about its effects on privacy, child safety and the future of work. But digital also offers the potential to address some of the biggest challenges we face.”
“We’re delighted that the Impact Awards are running for a second year, and proud to be sponsored for a second year by Nominet Trust. We’re also delighted that the 2018 awards are being run in association with Berenberg. We have assembled a group of judges that add expertise and credibility to the decision-making process. Our aim is to make the Impact Awards the most important accolade anywhere for technology making a positive impact, across business, government and non-profits alike.”
Nominet Trust director Vicki Hearn said: “We’re proud to be lead sponsor of DigitalAgenda’s Impact Awards for a second year, giving some of the most impactful UK tech for good projects an opportunity to shine. Through our grant funding and partnerships, we create a supportive environment for organisations striving to realise the full promise of socially-motivated tech. It’s great that DigitalAgenda’s building on the evident success of last year’s awards and we’re looking forward to seeing the innovation and evidence of social impact demonstrated by this year’s applicants.”
Richard Brass, Berenberg head of wealth and asset management UK, said: We are delighted to support DigitalAgenda’s Impact Awards. Harnessing digital skills is a core component for companies looking to reach the widest audience and to develop positive impact. These awards not only celebrate technology and innovation but also look to identify sustainable and long-term business models. This is consistent with our own investment philosophy and, of course, our heritage as a 427-year old bank managed by personally unlimited managing partners.”
Impact Awards 2018 – categories
The 2018 Impact Awards are grouped under three overall headings: people, places and business.
Education – technologies that are transforming both teaching and learning, in schools, universities or online.
Employment & skills – technology that is changing ways into work, and work itself, as well as initiatives that increase people’s skills and access to talent.
Health – technology that enhances healthcare knowledge and treatment, as well as people’s abilities to lead healthier and happier lives.
Sharing and communities – digital initiatives that help people to share resources more effectively, or where collaboration enables greater community participation and an increased sense of shared purpose.
Cities – digital initiatives that enhance places and spaces, making them better places to live, work and play.
Climate – technologies that help organisations to manage and understand environmental change, helping them to create places that are more sustainable.
Sustainable living – technologies that enable individuals to live more sustainably, by providing higher-quality, healthier food or reducing waste.
Smart – products and services using smart technologies, including around travel, to make urban and rural living easier, offering greater mobility and enabling people to connect more easily.
Business transformation – products and projects that help business, government and non-profits to become more effective and happier, healthier places to work.
Social and economic transformation – outward-facing initiatives from business, government and non-profits that look to make a positive impact on the wider world.
Financial inclusion – technologies that make it easier for people to save and spend, and that enhance access to and the quality of financial services.
Investment – the best in impact funding provided by investors and backers of all kinds, across all platforms and funding routes.
People’s choice award – chosen by a public vote of the 36 finalists across our 12 themed categories.
Individual impact – outstanding contribution by an individual in helping to grow technology for good, through personal giving of time or money.
Join us at the 2018 Impact Awards
Come along to London’s Oval Space on Wednesday March 7, 2018 for our afternoon awards event (3-7pm) and after party (7:30-10pm). You’ll join senior-level entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, academics and more on a mission to change the world and individual lives for the better through digital innovation. You can expect a brilliant set of speakers and innovators on stage on the day. All food and drink is included. Individual combined ticket (awards and party): £49+VAT. Various discounts are available for group orders and for members of the DigitalAgenda Network. Tickets for the Impact Awards are on sale now.
Impact Awards sponsorship opportunities are available for 2018. To discuss, please contact Hagit Amsterdam, business development manager on 07732 949089, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Awards sponsors receive awards and evening reception tickets as part of their sponsor packages. Shortlisted finalists receive one complimentary ticket for the event.
Notes to editors
- The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards are open to any UK-founded or operating organisation – whether in the business, non-profit or public sector – with a tech product or service that is looking to make the world a better place. Entries will be judged against five criteria: idea, product/service, team, scalability and impact. Read our entry guidelines.
- DigitalAgenda is a publishing, events and networking initiative focussing on the changes that digital technology is making to our lives. We share ideas that look to make the world a better place. We want to add impetus to the growing movement for technology for good. Our online and live content highlights innovation, reports trends and explains the difference that technology makes to our lives. And our events connect people face-to-face from our network of digital professionals – including at our annual Impact Awards and regular UK-wide ‘city impact’ dinners.
- Nominet Trust is the UK’s leading social tech funder. It provides 100% grant funding, mentoring and business support to organisations using the internet and digital technology to address significant social challenges including health and wellbeing, economic empowerment and sustainability.
- Berenberg is one of the leading privately owned banks in Europe today, with more than 1,500 professionals in its four key business areas of investment banking, wealth management, asset management and corporate banking. With offices in London, New York, Frankfurt and Zurich, Berenberg is able to offer a broad range of services to corporations, investment institutions and private individuals. Since being founded in 1590, Berenberg has been run by managing partners who have personal and unlimited liability. This direct accountability underpins the Bank’s core values to ensure long-term success alongside its clients.
- Impact Awards 2017 – winners:
Employment & skills: Founders4Schools
Business transformation: Saberr
Investment: ClearlySo ATLAS
Sharing & partnership: Neighbourly
Social and economic transformation: AID:Tech
Editor’s award: Dr Sue Black, Saving Bletchley Park/techmums
- For more details, contact Julian Blake, DigitalAgenda director and editor, on 07767 266476.
- DigitalAgenda’s logo is attached, along with a photograph of the 2017 Impact Awards winners.
- Nominet Trust and Berenberg links attached also.
- Find DigitalAgenda at www.digital-agenda.co.uk, on Twitter @DigitalAgenda_ and on Facebook at facebook.com/digitalagenda2016