Digital Agenda’s Impact Awards entry deadline approaches

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Written by Julian Blake , Director of Digital Agenda

The deadline is fast approaching to enter DigitalAgenda’s 2019 Impact Awards, honouring the best of UK tech for good. Past years have honoured the likes of Babylon, Bulb and Citizens Advice. Is it time for your project to have the recognition it deserves?

The clock is literally ticking before the deadline to enter DigitalAgenda’s 2019 Impact Awards. If you’re working on life-changing tech innovation, these awards are for you – and you only have until 21 December to enter.

Our tech-for-good awards programme, now in its third year, has become the UK’s leading celebration of technology innovations that improve lives and the world around us.

With 12 categories covering three broad themes of people, society and business (see below), the awards are open to any UK-operating business, government or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social or environmental impact.

Notable winners in our first two years have included Babylon Health, now powering the NHS GP at Hand scheme, and Bulb Energy, disrupting the sustainable energy market. Charities like Citizens Advice have also been recognised, along with investors like Bethnal Green Ventures.

New award categories up for grabs this year include diversity and safety.

Find out more and enter the awards.

The Impact Awards are sponsored for the first time in 2019 by Nominet. 

Nominet chief executive Russell Haworth said: “We’re proud and delighted to be supporting DigitalAgenda’s Impact Awards. Tech for good is in the Nominet DNA.

“We want a world that is connected, inclusive and secure, and believe that technology has a fundamental and positive part to play in that.”

The 2019 awards event happens on Thursday March 7 in London. Our afternoon awards ceremony will hear from winners, alongside great guest speakers. The ceremony is followed by an evening reception, giving winners a chance to celebrate, and all of our guests the chance to connect.

Judging takes place in January 2019, with the finalists announced in the first week of February. All finalists will be entered into our people’s choice category.

Entering the Impact Awards is free and simple, via our dedicated website at

Our group of awards judges includes: B Lab, Beep, Bethnal Green Ventures, Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, ClearlySo, Freeformers, Microsoft, Nominet, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Public Digital, RocketSpace, Seedtribe, Social Tech Trust, techUK, UCL, Unicef UK and US Ai.

Entries will be judged against five criteria: idea, product/service, team, scalability and impact. Read our entry guidelines.

DigitalAgenda director Julian Blake said: “Our awards, now entering their third year, highlight how technology can be a force for good. Digital offers the potential to address some of the biggest challenges we face. In their first two years the awards have recognised no less than 72 finalists for their work on digital innovation for positive change.

At our Impact Awards event in March, as well as a hand-crafted trophy, our winners gain access to our network of innovators and investors, along with editorial coverage.

Impact Awards 2019 – categories

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

People theme

Diversity (sponsored by BCS) – initiatives and digital products that support and promote inclusion, and that boost under-represented groups in the technology sector.

Education – technologies that are transforming both teaching and learning, in schools, universities or online.

Employment & skills (sponsored by Barclays) – changing ways into work, and work itself, and 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 lives.

Society theme

Connected cities (sponsored by Here East) – digital initiatives that enhance urban places and spaces, and enable people to connect more easily.

Safety – projects that promote online safety and security, including protecting vulnerable groups and children from online harm.

Social transformation – outward-facing products and services that make a positive social or environmental impact on society.

Sustainable living – technologies that help people and organisations to manage and understand environmental change, or to live more sustainably.

Business theme

Business transformation – products and projects that help business, government and non-profit organisations become more effective and happier, healthier places to work.

Financial inclusion (sponsored by Lloyds Banking Group) – technologies that make it easier for people to save and spend, and enhance access to and the quality of financial services.

Sharing economy – helping people and organisations share resources more easily, for a social or environmental benefit.

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

Special awards

People’s choice – the winner of our public vote, drawn from the 36 finalists across 12 categories.

Individual impact – outstanding contribution by an individual in helping to grow technology for good, through personal giving of time or money.

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