Impact Awards go live for second year

DigitalAgenda’s search for the best of UK technology for good is back on for a second year, as we open up our widely respected Impact Awards to entries from now til December 18. The awards, backed by Nominet Trust and Berenberg, are presented at east London’s iconic Oval Space on March 7. 

Impact Awards 2017 - winnersDigitalAgenda’s 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, for the second year running. We are also delighted that in 2018, the awards are 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 (pictured). Our afternoon awards ceremony will hear from our winners, alongside some great 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 for a second year running 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 new 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 to the table from startups, impact technology, investment, academia and more. It  includes representation from: B Lab, Berenberg, Bethnal Green Ventures, Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, CAST, ClearlySo, Essence, Freeformers, Kiely & Co, Microsoft, Nominet Trust, Northzone, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Public Digital, RocketSpace, Unicef UK, University College London, UCL, US Ai, ustwo and White Star Capital.

oval space outsideDigitalAgenda director and editor Julian Blake said: “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, our headline sponsor, 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.

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.”

Founded in 1590, Berenberg is one of Europe’s leading private banks today, with over 1,500 employees in its wealth management, asset management, investment banking and corporate banking divisions. Headquartered in Hamburg and led by managing partners, Berenberg maintains a strong presence in the financial centres of Frankfurt, London, New York, and Zurich.

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.”

Award winners will receive a hand-crafted trophy, along with ongoing editorial coverage over the following year. They’ll also be opened up to our networks and access investor forums.

Impact Awards 2018 – categories

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

People theme

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.

Places theme

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 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.

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

Additional categories

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.

The 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.

Join us at the 2018 Impact Awards

Come along to London’s Oval Space on Wednesday March 7 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. 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 2017 winners

Business transformation: Saberr
Cities: Pavegen
Climate: Bulb
Education: Texthelp
Employment and skills: Founders4Schools
Food: FoodCloud
Health: Babylon
Investment: ClearlySo ATLAS
Money: Squirrel
Sharing & partnership: Neighbourly
Smart: Wayfindr
Social and economic transformation: AID:Tech
Editor’s award: Dr Sue Black, Saving Bletchley Park/techmums

Impact Awards sponsorship opportunities are available for 2018. To discuss, please contact Hagit Amsterdam, business development manager on 07732 949089, email Awards sponsors receive awards and evening reception tickets as part of their sponsor packages. Shortlisted finalists receive one complimentary ticket for the event.


Nominet Trust Berenberg banner