Govt tech chief Gould joins us

Matthew Gould, the UK government’s chief civil servant on digital policy, is to speak at DigitalAgenda’s Impact Awards in London on March 7. Gould, a former senior diplomat, is a strong backer of the transformative power of technology for public good. Julian Blake reports.

Matthew GouldThe government’s top tech official, Matthew Gould, is to address DigitalAgenda’s Impact Awards in London on Wednesday March 7.

Gould, the director general for digital and media at DCMS since 2016, recently aired his anxiety about a fall in public trust on tech and being left behind by the digital economy.

“We need to make sure that tech is part of the solution, whatever the problem is,” Gould told a Nominet Trust reception in November. “Whether it’s health to housing or development, or whatever it is, technology should be there offering solutions.”

Gould leads on implementing UK government digital and media policy, including on internet safety, digital skills and data protection. He was previously British ambassador to Israel, where he served for five years, setting up the influential UK-Israel tech hub.

Tickets are on sale now for the March 7 afternoon and evening event at east London’s iconic Oval Space. It should be an occasion to remember that breaks with the norm of your usual awards event. No black tie or tables – just a great event with great speakers and guests to match.

Gould will be joined on stage by other brilliant speakers sharing their approach to changing the world through digital innovation. Among them is a tech for good innovator showcase from our headline sponsor Nominet Trust.

Our awards master of ceremonies is the inimitable Oli Barrett MBE. We’ll announce other speakers shortly.

The afternoon awards ceremony, running from 3-6pm, brings together nearly 300 from DigitalAgenda’s network of innovators, investors, policymakers, academics and media. Guests work in startups, non-profits and government alike – and we have built in plenty of networking time.

Tickets for March 7 start at just £49, with our awards supporter package offering six afternoon and evening guest tickets plus branding for £349. That package is ideal if you want to bring along guests to the party. All finalists receive one complimentary VIP ticket.

Buy your tickets now.

oval space outsideThe Impact Awards are headline sponsored by Nominet Trust, in association with Berenberg. Additional sponsorship comes from ClearlySo, Sharemrkt, The People Who Share and The Planet Mark.

Our evening reception at Oval Space runs straight after the awards until 10pm. Food and drinks will be served. The reception is sponsored by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

We have a few awards categories left to sponsor. Sponsorship gives you two places at the awards event, branding and ongoing engagement. Contact us to find out more.

The Impact Awards closed for entries pre-Christmas – and we were delighted by the quantity and quality of the entries. Over 250 entries came through across our 12 awards categories – that’s 25% up on 2017’s inaugural year.

The tricky work of deciding our winners begins next week for our expert judges, when our judging committee narrows down entries to three finalists in each category. Then our jury decides on our 12 category winners.

The judges will assess entries using our five criteria: idea, product, team, scalability – and above all impact. We publish our shortlist of finalists on January 24.

Our new people’s choice award will be determined by a public vote determining a winner drawn from our most popular finalists. We will also give an award for individual impact.


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