Celebrating the best in ‘tech for good’, the 2018 DigitalAgenda Impact Awards are returning this year with an even bigger focus on sustainability.

 

Sponsored once again this year by The Planet Mark™, the Impact Awards have shortlisted three digital technologies in the Climate Category, including a mobile app to make freight journeys more efficient, a smart thermostat for social housing, and a collaborate workspace focused on designing sustainable food systems.

The Impact Awards, which are being held next week (March 7) in London, are putting sustainability centre stage this year with a new category focused on Sustainable Living and a speaker line-up that includes Gail Gallie, of Project Everyone, the creative communications agency set up by filmmaker Richard Curtis to raise awareness about the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

More than 300 guests from the worlds of business, investment, government and non-profits are expected to attend the Impact Awards which have moved from the Barbican, last year, to the Oval Space in Hackney this year.

Judging took place last month and whittled down over 250 entries to a shortlist of 36 across 12 categories.

The three finalists for the Climate Category are:

  • Green Lab – workspace for designing food, water and waste solutions
  • Switchee – energy-saving thermostat to fight fuel poverty in social housing
  • Voyage Control – pollution-cutting ‘air traffic control for trucks’.

Shortlisted for the new Sustainable Living Award are:

  • Alexandra Rose Charity – digital food vouchers for low-income families
  • Arc-Net – blockchain to authenticate food provenance
  • Safety Net Technologies –  light-emitting devices to help fishermen catch right.

Also new this year is a people’s choice poll of the 36 finalists. Over 1000 votes have been cast so far and voting closes at midnight on Friday March 2nd.

Joining Project Everyone’s Gail Gallie on the speaker line-up will be government digital director Matthew Gould and Mairi Johnson of Babylon Health, winner of the 2017 Impact Award health category.

“It’s great to see such a focus this year on sustainability at the Impact Awards. There is an urgent need to take action on climate change and to improve people’s lives, everywhere,” said founder, The Planet Mark™ Steven Malkin (pictured at last year’s awards). “Digital tech holds many of the answers and we’re delighted to be involved once again in these awards celebrating the great work that is taking place in this space.”

Last year’s winner of the Climate Category was bulb, the start-up green energy supplier.

You can view a full list of this year’s category finalists here.

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