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Impact Awards seek out best in tech for good

The awards from DigitalAgenda reward tech that is developed and used to do good in the community, rather than just making money

Posted by Charley Rogers | November 10, 2017 | Events

The search is now on for the best of UK technology for good, as independent publisher and commentator DigitalAgenda opens up its respected Impact Awards for a second year.

The 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. We are delighted that in 2018, the awards are being run 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. An afternoon awards ceremony will hear from our winners, alongside 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 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 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 in startups, impact technology, investment and academia and includes representation from: Bethnal Green Ventures, Cass Centre for Charity Effectiveness, Essence, Freeformers, Nominet Trust, Northzone, RocketSpace, University College London, US Ai, ustwo and White Star Capital. More judges to be confirmed.

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. - Julian Blake, Editor, DigitalAgenda

DigitalAgenda director and editor Julian Blake said: “The Impact Awards celebrate technology that is being used for positive impact rather than just for profit. 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 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."

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.”

Impact Awards 2018 - categories

The 2018 Impact Awards are grouped under three overall headings: people, places and business. Education falls under the ‘people’ heading, and is open to entries related to technologies that are transforming both teaching and learning, in schools, universities, or online.

Join us at the 2018 Impact Awards

Come along to London’s Oval Space on Wednesday March 7, 2018 for our afternoon awards event (3-7pm) and after party (7:30-10pm). You’ll join senior-level entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, academics and more on a mission to change the world and individual lives for the better through digital innovation. 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 sponsorship opportunities are available for 2018. To discuss, please contact Hagit Amsterdam, business development manager on 07732 949089, or email marketing@digital-agenda.co.uk. Awards sponsors receive awards and evening reception tickets as part of their sponsor packages. Shortlisted finalists receive one complimentary ticket for the event. 

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