DigitalAgenda Impact Awards

Sponsored by Nominet Trust, in association with Berenberg

The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards celebrate digital innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us. They are open to any business, government or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social or environmental impact.

The 2018 Impact Awards take place on Wednesday March 7 at east London’s iconic Oval Space. They are open for entries until December 18, across 12 categories.

The Impact Awards are grouped under three overall themes: people, places and business.

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People theme


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.


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.

Places theme


Digital initiatives that enhance places and spaces, making them better places to live, work and play.


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.


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 theme

Business transformation

Products and projects that help business, government and non-profits to become more effective and happier, healthier places to work.

Financial inclusion

Technologies that make it easier for people to save and spend, and that enhance access to and the quality of financial services.


The best in impact funding provided by investors and backers of all kinds, across all platforms and funding routes.

Social and economic transformation

Outward-facing initiatives from business, government and non-profits that look to make a positive impact on the wider world.

2018 Judges

Our jury of 12 brings exceptional and extensive experience across startups, investment, charities, policy and impact technology. They will work with our judging committee to choose the winners of the 2018 Impact Awards.

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken
Partner, Public Digital

Richard Brass

Richard Brass
Head of wealth and asset management UK, Berenberg

Justin Cooke

Justin Cooke
Vice-chair, Unicef UK

Gi Fernando

Gi Fernando
Founder, Freeformers

Priya Guha

Priya Guha
Ecosystem general manager, RocketSpace

Vicki Hearn

Vicki Hearn
Director, Nominet Trust

Christian Hernandez

Christian Hernandez
Managing partner, White Star Capital

Matt Isaacs

Matt Isaacs
Founding partner and chairman, Essence

Eve Joseph

Eve Joseph
Responsibility manager, Microsoft UK

Moira Sinclair PHF

Moira Sinclair
Chief executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Pete Trainor

Pete Trainor
Co-founder, US Ai

Jess Tyrrell

Jess Tyrrell
Client partner, ustwo


Judging committee

Our founding judging committee is responsible for vetting our awards entries and for selecting our finalists in each category, using our criteria of: idea, product/service, team, scalability and impact.

Julian Blake – Director, DigitalAgenda (chair of judging committee)
Simon Davey – Consultant, Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness
Ellie Hale – Communities lead, CAST
Andrew Huddart – Senior partnerships manager, UCL
Katz Kiely – Founder, Kiely & Co
Mike Mompi – Impact investment director, ClearlySo
Kate Sandle – Community manager, B Lab UK
Jessica Stacey – Partner, Bethnal Green Ventures.

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 many others with an interest in changing the world for the better through technology.

You can expect a brilliant set of speakers and innovators on stage on the day. All food and drink is included.

Awards tickets

  • Individual combined ticket (awards ceremony and evening reception): £49
  • Network member ticket (ceremony and reception): £39.20
  • Awards supporter option (six ceremony/reception tickets, branding/logo plus 1-year Network membership discount): £349
  • DigitalAgenda Network members awards supporter option (six ceremony/reception tickets, branding/logo): £300.

Buy tickets for the 2018 Impact Awards now.

2017 Impact Awards

2017 was the inaugural year for the Impact Awards. Our winners in each category were unveiled at a ceremony at London’s Barbican Centre, which also featured fantastic guest speakers including Eden Project founder Tim Smit and the team from BBC Big Life Fix. Read more about the 2017 awards and check out what was a wonderful evening, in pictures.