Who can enter

 The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards were open to any UK-founded or operating organisation – whether in the business, non-profit or public sector – with a tech product or service that looks to make the world a better place.

Award categories


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.


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 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.

When to enter

The deadline for entering the 2018 Impact Awards has now passed. If you want to discuss your entry, contact us.

Judging process

Judging took place in January, with three finalists selected in each of our 12 themed categories, using the criteria set out below. Finalists were informed in the end of January, and the winners were announced at our awards ceremony on March 7.

Judging criteria

Entries were 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.

Entry text should not exceed 150 words for each of the five criteria.

  • Examples of positive social, environmental and/or economic change
  • Evidence and measurement of the project’s impact
  • Outstanding achievements
  • Project wins
  • Industry recognition
  • Future plans and projections
  • Details of growth in take-up of the product or service
  • Strength and diversity of the people working on the project
  • Testimonials from clients.

Entrants can attach any supporting documents, including pitch decks, or video presentations.

The judging committee may request additional information after the deadline should this be needed. All nominations received before the deadline will be considered by the judges.

Details of all entries will be kept confidential and shared only with our judging committee.


Award winners received a hand-crafted trophy, along with guaranteed ongoing editorial coverage over the following year.


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

Our founding judging committee was responsible for vetting our awards entries and for selecting our finalists in each category.

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.

Terms and conditions of entry

Organisations/individuals/groups could have been nominated for more than one category.

The judging panel reserved the right to consider an entry in a different to the one it was submitted into.

Entries received after the deadline may not be considered.

All entries were submitted online using the online entry form.

Additional information may be requested after the deadline.

The judges’ decision is final.

The deadline for entering the 2018 Impact Awards has now passed. If you want to discuss your entry, contact us.