Charity Digital News backs tech for good Impact Awards

The 2019 Impact Awards celebrate the best of UK tech for social impact, with Charity Digital News sponsoring the People’s Choice awards.

Chloe Green | 12th Dec 18
Image shows winners from 2017 Impact Awards.

The 21 December deadline is fast approaching to enter DigitalAgenda’s 2019 Impact Awards – honouring the best of UK tech for good.

Charity Digital News is backing the awards as the sponsor of the ‘People’s Choice’ public vote in the new year.

Past years have recognised charities big and small including Citizens Advice, Age UK, Founders4Schools, and Alexandra Rose Charity. Mental health platform TalkLife won the People’s Choice prize in 2018.

Voting for the People’s Choice takes place during the month of February and will include all 36 finalists named after jury deliberations in January.

 

Celebrating diversity and safety

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

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

The 2019 awards event happens on Thursday 7 March at London’s Oval Space. An afternoon awards ceremony will hear from winners and guest speakers, followed by an evening reception giving guests the chance to connect.

Entering the Impact Awards is free and simple, and can be done on the Impact Awards website.

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

Entries are judged against five criteria: idea, product/service, team, scalability and impact. As well as a trophy, winners gain access to DigitalAgenda’s network of innovators and investors, along with editorial coverage.

The Impact Awards are sponsored for the first time in 2019 by Nominet, and are supported by Paul Hamlyn Foundation.

DigitalAgenda director Julian Blake said: “Our awards, now in 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 recognised no less than 72 projects offering digital innovation for positive change. It’s a growing and inspiring community.”

 

 

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 (sponsored by Charity Digital News) – The winner of a 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.

 

Impact Awards 2018 winners

Business transformation: Citizens Advice

Cities: Go Jauntly

Climate: Switchee

Education: Digital Theatre+

Employment and skills: Koru Kids

Financial inclusion: LOQBOX

Health: SH:24

Investment: Bethnal Green Ventures

Sharing & communities: OLIO

Smart: Alcove

Social and economic transformation: what3words

Sustainable living: SafetyNet Technologies

People’s choice award: TalkLife

Individual impact award: Tom Steinberg, mySociety

 

The 2019 Impact Awards are open for entries until 23.59 on December 21: Go here to enter.