The awards celebrated tech-solutions in 14 categories at an exclusive unveiling in front of an audience of 300 innovators, investors, policymakers and academics at a ceremony at the Oval Space.
Now in their second year, the awards are open to any business, government or non-profit company using digital products or services for positive social or environmental benefit.
Edtech was well-represented at the awards. The education award was claimed by Digital Theatre+ – the world’s leading educational platform for English and the performing arts, providing over three million students, within 1,150 schools, colleges and universities, across 65 countries, with access to 800+ performances and educational resources. One of the runners up in the same category – YouTeachMe – enables education professionals to create and use quality videos in their teaching.
WhiteHat was a finalist for the employment and skills award and were recognised for their innovative software that matches non-graduate talent with apprenticeship opportunities. In the sharing and communities’ category, TalkLife were runners up for their social network providing support to young people struggling with their mental health.
Julian Blake, DigitalAgenda director said: “We set up the Impact Awards as a celebration of technology being used for impact not just profit, and we’ve been blown away by the quality of the 253 entries we received this year, from right across the UK.”
“Digital technology can help us address the serious challenges that the world faces today – and it can help deliver change fast and at scale – whether in education, health, or the need for more sustainable living. Today’s Impact Awards winners are pioneering examples of what is possible and we’re delighted to be able to reward their fantastic achievements,” Blake continued.
Vicki Hearn, director of awards from headline sponsor Nominet Trust, said: “Today we celebrate the very best in social tech innovation in the UK. I’d like to congratulate the winners and all the organisations shortlisted for their many achievements. For 10 years, Nominet Trust has been at the forefront of funding the growth of socially motivated tech. The Impact awards demonstrates the potential of what we can all achieve together.”