A digital tech start-up that has developed a smart thermostat for social housing that fights fuel poverty and helps the environment was the winner of The Planet Mark-sponsored Climate category at the 2018 DigitalAgenda Impact Awards.
Switchee, which describes itself as “the first smart thermostat for affordable housing”, was voted winner of the Climate category at last week’s Impact Awards which celebrate the best in ‘tech for good’.
The Impact Awards Climate category showcases technologies and services that help manage and understand environmental change better, and that encourage greener living and ways of doing business. This is the second year The Planet Mark™ has sponsored the Climate category.
(Pictured from left to right: DigitalAgenda’s Julian Blake, compere Oli Barrett MBE, Switchee’s Adam Fudakowski and The Planet Mark™’s Louise Bateman).
Switchee was picked winner by the judges because of the multiple ways the technology can address challenges facing social housing landlords. The smart thermostat has been making waves since it launched two years ago, winning the prestigious Ashden Award for Energy Innovation last year. It claims to reduce resident’s heating bills by 15% and provides landlords with the information they need to reduce problems like damp, mould and under-heating.
Commenting on the award, Adam Fudakowski, chief executive officer of Switchee, said: “We are delighted to have won the Climate Award at the DigitalAgenda Impact Awards which are a fantastic showcase for all the great work taking place in the ‘tech for good’ space. Our technology helps fight fuel poverty and protects the environment so it’s fitting that The Planet Mark™ was our category award sponsor and we are grateful for their support.”
Steve Malkin, founder of The Planet Mark™, added: “We congratulate Switchee on this well deserved win. This is a fantastic technology that not only tackles fuel poverty, but improves the energy efficiency of our existing housing stock and cuts carbon emissions.”
The Impact Awards were held on March 7 at Oval Space in London. They attracted more than 300 guests from the worlds of business, investment, government and non-profits.
Julian Blake, director and editor of DigitalAgenda, declared the Impact Awards – now in their second year – a success. He said they were being developed into “a year-round programme” with a follow up event in May hosted by Microsoft “where winners will come together for an afternoon of learning and networking”. A ‘digital downsides’ summit is also being planned for later in the year to bring together the tech community for “a discussion about the ethics, power and responsibility of the internet”.
The two other finalists in the Climate category were Green Lab, a workspace for designing food, water and waste solutions, and Voyage Control, a pollution-cutting technology dubbed the “air traffic control for trucks”.
The full list of 2018 Impact Awards winners can be viewed here.