Digital Agenda – Impact Awards 2019

The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards celebrate digital innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us. They are open to any business, government or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social or environmental benefit.

About the Awards

The Impact Awards, now in their third year, are open to any UK-operating businesses, government or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social or environmental benefit.

The awards, grouped into three themes, are open across 12 categories.

A different and growing event

The Impact Awards event is not your usual black-tie-and-table awards ceremony. Our fresh and tested format offers an engaging blend of conference and awards, building in time for guests to connect. We have a 90%+ approval rate for the event.

Awards speakers have included Eden Project founder Sir Tim Smit, Public Digital’s Mike Bracken, Project Everyone director Gail Gallie, and the team from BBC TV’s Big Life Fix.

“I had a great evening. There was so much time for the networking and
I made lots of great connections.’’

Tessa Clarke, OLIO

2019 Impact Awards

Entries for the the 2019 awards open on 30 October, and close at 23.59 on Friday 21 December 2018. Entering the awards is free of charge.


Are you interested in sponsoring the awards? Find out more.

2018 Impact Awards

2018 was the second year for the Impact Awards. The winners in each category were unveiled at a ceremony at east London’s Oval Space in March. Read more about the 2018 awards event – and see who won.

Who can enter

The Impact Awards are open to any UK-founded or operating organisation – whether in the business, non-profit or public sector – with a digital product or service that looks to make the world a better place.

Entry deadline

The deadline for entering the 2019 Impact Awards is 23.59 on 21 December. If you want to discuss your entry, contact us at or via the live chat on

Completing your entry

Entries to the 2019 Impact Awards are managed via the Zealous platform. When you get to the first section of the entry form called ‘talent’ asking you to ‘create a new project’ – please proceed to create your submission. Choose your relevant ‘project fields’ between ‘Tech’ and ‘Other’, and specify your role in ‘project roles’ – eg. ‘Director’ or ‘Founder’ or create a new project role.

Then add your media. This includes any relevant logos and other media files. After uploading these you can proceed to the next stage of filling out the form.

Save your draft at any time and submit right up until 21 December 2018.

If you need help submitting, contact Zealous Support or get in touch with DigitalAgenda through the live chat on, or email

Judging process

Judging takes place in January 2019, with three finalists selected in each of our 12 themed categories, using the criteria set out below. Finalists are announced at the end of January, with winners announced at an awards ceremony on 7 March 2019.

Following the announcement of the shortlist in January, all 36 finalists are entered into an online public ‘people’s choice’ poll.’

Judging criteria

Entries are judged against five criteria:

idea – the core proposition

product or service – the digital innovation on offer

team – the skills, experience and diversity of the people working on the project

scalability – plans to grow take-up and reach

impact – how the project is making a positive change to the lives of individuals and society as a whole.

Entry text should not exceed 150 words for each of the five criteria.

What we are looking for:

  • Evidence and measurement of the project’s impact

  • Outstanding achievements

  • Project wins

  • Industry recognition

  • Future plans and projections

  • Details of growth in take-up of the product or service

  • Strength and diversity of the people working on the project

  • Testimonials from clients

  • Entrants can attach any supporting documents, including pitch decks, or video presentations.

The judges may request additional information after the deadline should this be needed. All nominations received before the deadline will be considered by the judges.

Details of all entries will be kept confidential and shared only with our judging committee.


Award winners receive a trophy, along with guaranteed editorial coverage over the following year on DigitalAgenda. Winners will also join the DigitalAgenda network.

Impact Awards – terms and conditions of entry

  • Organisations/individuals/groups can enter into up to two awards categories
  • The judging panel reserves the right to consider an entry in a different category to the one it was submitted into.
  • Entries received after the deadline may not be considered.
  • All entries are submitted online using the Zealous online entry portal.
  • We may ask for additional information may be requested after the deadline.
  • The decision of the jury is final.
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