The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards celebrate technological innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us.
Now in their third year, the awards are open to any UK-operating business, government department or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social impact. The 36 finalists were chosen out of 300 nominees from across the UK who are leading the way in digital transformation in all sectors.
Hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Naga Munchetty, speakers included: Digital Minister, Margot James MP; CEO of the National Lottery Community Fund, Dawn Austwick; and the BBC’s Head of Children’s Safety, Catherine McAllister.
Sponsors included, headline sponsor Nominet, Government partner, Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport (DCMS) and Content Partner UCL Grand Challenges.
Winners this year included: Sherry Coutu’s Workfinder in the Employment & Skills Category; Edinburgh-based Euan’s Guide for Diversity, Karen Dolva’s No Isolation’s AV1 robot avatar in the Education Category, The Diana Award’s Be Strong Online Ambassadors Programme in the Safety Category; and 360 Giving in the Business Category. There is a full list of winners below.
In addition, the Individual Impact Award this year went to Founder of Cast, Annika Small OBE; and the People’s Choice Award – a prize based on almost 7,000 public votes – went to Shared Economy Category finalist “BorrowMyDoggy”.
DigitalAgenda Director Rachel Neaman said “What makes this event particularly exciting is that it’s more than just another awards ceremony. The finalists themselves don’t simply receive an award. Instead, today marks the start of a year of support during which the finalists receive membership of the Digital Agenda Network – digitalagenda.io/network – and access to a series of seminars exploring key areas including: tech solutions; securing talent; cyber security; and investment advice.
Russell Haworth CEO of our headline sponsor Nominet said “At Nominet, we want a world that is more connected, inclusive and secure – our three streams of focus – and believe that technology has a fundamental and positive part to play to achieve those goals. We’d like to congratulate all of the organisations shortlisted for their many achievements.”
Previous winners include industry giants such as: Tom Steinberg, Professor Sue Black, Tim Smith and Bethnal Green Ventures.
The 300 nominees went through two rounds of judging: first, a judging panel of industry experts shortlisted the entrants to three finalists in each category. Then, the Jury decided on the ultimate winners.
This year’s Jury was made up of:
Mike Bracken, Public Digital
Justin Cooke, Unicef
Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, Digital Leaders
Gi Fernando, Freeformers
Priya Guha, Merian Ventures
Russell Haworth, Nominet
Eve Joseph, Microsoft
Faiza Khan MBE, Paul Hamlyn Foundation
Sofia Olhede, University College London
Olivia Sibony, SeedTribe
Andy Shields, DCMS
Jess Tyrrell, Digital Advisor
Our 12 Category Winners were:
Sponsored by: BCS: The Chartered Institute for IT
No Isolation’s AV1 Telepresence Avatar
Employment & Skills
Sponsored by: Barclays
NHS 111 Online
Sponsored by: Bates Wells Braithwaite
Sponsored by: Here East
Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service: The Divorce Project
Sponsored by: The National Lottery Community Fund
Sponsored by: Northumbria Water Group
Be Strong Online Ambassadors
Sponsored by: BBC
Sponsored by: Lloyds Banking Group
Sponsored by: Digital Leaders
Sponsored by: ClearlySo
Sponsored by: HSBC UK
Special Category Winners
Individual Impact Award
Annika Small OBE
Sponsored by: Nominet
People’s Choice Award
Sponsored by: Charity Digital News