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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
Education: Digital Theatre+
Employment and skills: Koru Kids
Financial inclusion: LOQBOX
Investment: Bethnal Green Ventures
Sharing & communities: OLIO
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.