Deadline approaching to nominate in DigitalAgenda Impact Awards

Written by Our News Team, DigitalAgenda

The deadline is fast approaching to nominate in DigitalAgenda’s 2020 Impact Awards, recognising the best of UK tech for good. Now in their fourth year, there are twelve categories to nominate in, including new categories Impact Investor and Tech for Good Entrepreneur of the Year. 

If you know anyone working on life-changing tech innovation, you only have until 16 December to nominate and help us recognise the very best in UK tech for good.

The tech-for-good awards programme, now in its fourth year, has become the UK’s leading celebration of technology innovations that improve lives and the world around us.

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

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Notable winners in our first three years have included Babylon Health, now powering the NHS GP at Hand scheme, and Bulb Energy, disrupting the sustainable energy market. Charities like Citizens Advice have also been recognised, along with investors like Bethnal Green Ventures.

The awards are sponsored by UK tech giant Nominet.

The 2020 awards event will be on the 5th of  March in London. Our awards ceremony, last year hosted by the BBC’s Naga Munchetty, will hear from winners alongside great guest speakers. The ceremony will be followed by an evening reception, giving winners a chance to celebrate, and all of our guests the chance to connect.

Judging takes place early next year, with finalists announced on the 30th January. All finalists will be entered into our people’s choice category, where the public will vote for their favourite UK tech for good venture of 2020.

Nominating a project for the Impact Awards is free and simple, and can be done via our dedicated website.

Our group of awards judges includes: Mike Bracken, Public Digital; Justin Cooke, Unicef UK; Jacqueline de Rojas CBE, techUK; Priya Guha, Merian Ventures; Caroline Hyde, Allia Future Business Centre; Daniel Korski, Public; Faiza Khan MBE, Paul Hamlyn Foundation; Paul Miller, Bethnal Green Ventures; Anna O’Brien, HSBC UK Bank plc; Umesh Pandya; Kate Sandle, B Lab UK; Annika Small OBE, CAST; Leigh Smyth, Tech Talent Charter; and Nigel Watson, Northumbrian Water Group.

Entries will be judged against five criteria: idea, product/service, team, scalability and impact. Read our entry guidelines here.

At our Impact Awards event in March, as well as a hand-crafted trophy, our winners gain access to our network of innovators and investors, along with editorial coverage.

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Impact Awards Categories 2020:

People theme

Diversity – 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 BCS) – Changing ways into work, and work itself, and initiatives that increase people’s skills and access to talent.

Health (sponsored by Bates Wells) – Technology that enhances healthcare knowledge and treatment, as well as people’s abilities to lead healthier lives.

Society theme

Connected Cities – Digital initiatives that enhance urban places and spaces, and enable people to connect more easily.

Tech for Good Entrepreneur (individual) – This award is for a person who represents true pioneering advancement in the tech for good sector.

Social Transformation (sponsored by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation) – Outward-facing products and services that make a positive social or environmental impact on society.

Sustainable Living (sponsored by Northumbrian Water Group) – Technologies that help people and organisations to manage and understand environmental change, or to live more sustainably.

Business theme

Business Transformation (sponsored by HSBC UK) – 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.

Impact Investor (Individual) – The best in impact funding of all kinds, across all platforms, by an individual.

Sharing Economy – Helping people and organisations share resources more easily, for a social or environmental benefit.

Special awards

People’s choice – The winner of our public vote, drawn from the 36 finalists across 12 categories.

Impact Awards 2019 – winners:

Diversity: Euan’s Guide, The disabled access review website

Education: AV1 telepresence avatar by No Isolation

Employment & Skills: Workfinder by Founders4Schools

Health: NHS 111 Online

Connected Cities:

Safety: Be Strong Online Ambassadors by the Diana Award

Social Transformation: The Divorce Project by HM Courts & Tribunals Service

Sustainable Living: Winnow

Business Transformation: 360 Giving

Financial Inclusion: Salary Finance

Investment: Abundance

Sharing Economy: Liftshare

Individual Impact: Annika Small

People’s Choice: BorrowMyDoggy

The 2020 Impact Awards are open for nominations until 16 December. Nominate now.

Awards sponsorship opportunities are available. Sponsors receive awards event tickets as part of their sponsor packages. Shortlisted finalists will receive one complimentary ticket for the event.

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