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.

party52017 was the inaugural year for the Impact Awards. They are sponsored by Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading social tech funder.

The Impact Awards have 12 award categories under three broad themes – people, places and business. In our first year we received over 200 submissions, and our expert jury drew up a shortlist of three finalists for each of the 12 categories.

The winners were unveiled at a ceremony at London’s Barbican Centre on March 2, 2017. We also gave out a special ‘editor’s award’ recognising one person’s outstanding contribution to technology for good. Check out the 2017  awards in pictures.

Impact Awards 2017 – winners

People theme

Education: Texthelp
Employment & skills: Founders4Schools
Health: Babylon
Money: Squirrel

Places theme

Cities: Pavegen
Climate: Bulb
Food: FoodCloud
Smart: Wayfindr

Business theme

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

Full details of 2017’s winners, finalists and sponsors below.

At our Barbican awards event, we heard from entrepreneurs working to make a difference to people’s lives through their digital products and services, as well as from world-class speakers including Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit, Co-operative Group digital chief Mike Bracken and the team behind BBC2’s Big Life Fix series.

The awards event brought together DigitalAgenda’s network of innovators working on projects for health, education, cities and more – along with investors, policymakers, academics and media. Our afternoon awards ceremony was followed by an evening networking reception.

The awards were co-hosted by Oli Barrett MBE and DigitalAgenda director Julian Blake.

What came next for our winners

As well as giving our winners bespoke laser-etched trophies, we wanted to make sure they were recognised across the year, with benefits including:

  • An invite-only London reception for DigitalAgenda Network members, sponsors and judges
  • A free stand for winners at TechXLR8/Project Kairos – the centrepiece show of London Tech Week 2017
  • Discussions with the Big Society Capital-convened Social Impact Investment Group
  • Online and event content across the year.

Impact Awards 2017 – content highlights

Impact Award winners announced
Be transparent, says Bracken
For-good founders open to big tech support
Smit: amazing time to be alive
Big Life Fix mends again
FabLab trophies make an impact
Tech ain’t all bad: here’s proof

Winning video interviews with Shivvy Jervis

Texthelp spells edtech success
Wayfindr’s vision for 285m sight impaired
Black fights good tech fight
Neighbourly’s community purpose
ClearlySo ATLAS and the impact effect
Squirrel’s money impact mission
Coutu leads founder impact quest
Babylon’s accessible health mission



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 to improve people’s skills and access to talent.


Technology that is improving healthcare knowledge and treatment, as well as people’s ability to lead healthier and happier lives.


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



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


Technologies and services that help us manage and understand environmental change better, and that encourage greener living and ways of doing business.


Technologies and services that are changing how food is produced, distributed and consumed, that improve access to better food and reduce waste.


Initiatives that use connected physical devices at home and across towns and cities to make life easier and better for all of us.


Business transformation

Products and projects that make business, government or non-profits more effective and better, happier places to work.


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

Sharing & partnership

Digital initiatives that help us share our resources better, or where collaboration creates a product or service that improves people’s lives.

Social and economic transformation

Outward-facing initiatives from business, government and non-profits that are changing the wider world for the better.


Our panel of 12 judges drew on extensive experience in startups, investment and impact technology:

Julian Blake – DigitalAgenda (chair of judges)
Mike Butcher MBE – TechCrunch
Simon Davey – Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness
Ed Evans – Nominet Trust
Ellie Hale – CAST
Andrew Huddart – Fast Forward London
Katz Kiely – Kiely & Co
Mike Mompi – ClearlySo
Kate Sandle – B Lab
Jess Stacey – Bethnal Green Ventures
Pete Trainor – Nexus CX
Jess Tyrrell – Ustwo.

Read the awards entry guidelines here.

If you’re interested in sponsoring the 2018 Impact Awards, happening on March 7, contact, for more information.

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.