2019 Impact Awards finalists announced

A total of 36 projects are vying for digital innovation awards in areas including health, education and diversity.

Joe Lepper | 7th Feb 19
Bethnal Green Ventures, winner of the 2018 investment category.

A disability access review website and an education programme to help young people protect themselves online are among 36 projects vying for a tech for good award.

Digital Agenda has revealed the 36 finalists for its 2019 Impact Awards, which is now in its third year. The finalists have been selected from 300 entries, a 25% increase in the number received last year.

Categories include diversity, which has three finalists including Euan’s Guide, a disabled access review website created by and for people with disabilities. The website is up against Tech Talent Charter, which promotes diversity in tech, and The Dots, which has developed an algorithm to help companies hire people irrespective of their educational background.

Anti-bullying charity Be Strong Online‘s Ambassadors, a Diana Awards peer-led education programme to help young people develop digital resilience and protect themselves online, is among the finalists in the safety category. It is competing against Aanchal Women’s Aid’s mobile and web tool to support women who may be experiencing abuse, and The Developer Society’s work with the Samaritans to better manage their volunteers.

Financial inclusion among categories

Other categories are social transformation, education, connected cities, health, employment and skills, sustainable living, business transformation, financial inclusion, investment and sharing economy.

In addition there is an individual impact award for outstanding contribution to technology for good, chosen by the grand jury.

There is also a people’s choice award, which is sponsored by Charity Digital News. The public can vote for their favourite of the 36 finalists here until 23:59 on 28 February.

The winners will be revealed at an awards event in London on 7 March.

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