Awards jury adds 12 more wise minds

The 2018 Impact Awards – live for entries until December 18 – are being judged by some of the wisest and brightest brains working in UK technology today. This year we’ve beefed up the judging process to add an extra layer of industry expertise, bringing the likes of Microsoft, Unicef UK, RocketSpace and White Star Capital to the table.

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The Digital Agenda 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 improve lives or make the world a better place.

A 12-strong jury will work with our founding judging committee to select our 2018 winners. The jury, listed below, brings exceptional and extensive experience across startups, investment, charities, policy and impact technology.

The judging committee already features expertise from tech for good specialists including Bethnal Green Ventures, CAST, ClearlySo and B Lab. The addition of the jury means the 2018 awards are being vetted by no less than 20 organisations.

Among those on the 2018 jury (pictured) are Mike Bracken, former director of the Government Digital Service and now partner at Public Digital, Priya Guha, head of RocketSpace London and White Star Capital partner Christian Hernandez.

A two-stage process will see the judging committee vet and shortlist our entries in 12 categories across our three broad themes of people, places and business. The committee will assess the entries using five clear judging criteria – idea, product/service, team, scalability and of course impact.

The jury will then meet to assess the shortlisted finalists and select our winners. We’ll inform the finalists by the end of January, with the winners unveiled at our awards ceremony at east London’s Oval Space on March 7.


Mike Bracken, Partner, Public Digital
Richard Brass, Head of wealth and asset management UK, Berenberg
Justin Cooke, Vice-chair, Unicef UK
Gi Fernando, Founder, Freeformers
Priya Guha, Ecosystem general manager, RocketSpace
Vicki Hearn, Director, Nominet Trust
Christian Hernandez, Managing partner, White Star Capital
Matt Isaacs, Founding partner and chairman, Essence
Eve Joseph, Responsibility manager, Microsoft UK
Moira Sinclair, Chief executive, Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Pete Trainor, Co-founder, US Ai
Jess Tyrrell, Client partner, ustwo.

Judging committee

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.

2017’s Impact Award winners included Founders4Schools, Babylon, Pavegen, Bulb, Saberr and AID:Tech.

Award categories

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.

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.

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

Award entries will be judged against five criteria:

  • idea – the core proposition
  • product or service – the digital innovation on offer
  • team – the skills, experience and diversity of the people working on the project
  • scalability – how you plan to grow take-up and reach
  • impact – how you are making a positive change to the lives of individuals and society as a whole.

Entering the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards is free using the online application form. The awards are open for entries until December 18. Judging takes place in January, with three finalists selected in each of our 12 themed categories.

The 2018 Impact Awards are sponsored by Nominet Trust, in association with Berenberg.

Read more about our 2018 Impact Awards entry criteria

Enter the 2018 Impact Awards now


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