DigitalAgenda – Technology for Change


DigitalAgenda is about the impact of technology on business, places and people. We highlight innovation, report trends and explain the positive impact that technology makes on our lives.

DigitalAgenda publishes content and runs events about the impact of digital technology on business, places and people. We highlight innovation, report trends and explain the positive difference that technology makes to our lives.

Our expert online content and events connect people face-to-face from our network of digital professionals, including at an annual awards ceremony, monthly ‘City Impact’ dinners and the occasional party too. Our work helps people to share wisdom and ideas for business growth, alongside new ways to use digital to promote positive change.

Our website,, provides content that explains how technology is changing our lives, across critical areas like education, health, climate, cities, food and more.

The DigitalAgenda team is led by the former editor of TechCityinsider, which for four years helped to define digital business across the UK by profiling digital startups online and bringing them together at events. DigitalAgenda takes forward that content-meets-networking model, and has a UK-wide perspective.

DigitalAgenda team

Julian Blake (Director)
Journalist and editor with more than 20 years’ experience, Julian is leading the DigitalAgenda editorial and events mission.

Charlie Hoult (Chairman)
Media/digital investor with a portfolio turnover of £15m+ and 70 staff, covering software dev, tech recruitment and property, with the Hoults Yard business park let to 100 digital/creative firms in Newcastle.

Adam Beaumont (Non-Executive Director)
Chief executive of Leeds-based telecoms and data business aql, founder of mutual not-for-profit angel platform NorthInvest and founding board member at Integrated Digital Healthcare, Leeds Sustainable Development Group and Leeds City College.

Abigail Harvey (Non-Executive Director)
New York-based senior television executive, producer and director, responsible for running the BBC office in the city for a decade and with a wealth of experience in broadcast media and communications, especially in reality TV production, for networks and production companies on both sides of the pond.

Sarah Thackray (Events Manager)
Co-founder of BeaconHouse, one of the UK’s brightest corporate events businesses, offering award- winning logistics, sponsorship and member management.

Paul Lancaster (Partnerships Manager)
‘SuperConnector’ at Plan Digital, after a decade working on community development, marketing and partnerships for Shell LiveWIRE, Sage and Tech North (part of Tech City UK).

We launched DigitalAgenda during London Technology Week in June 2016, curating discussions with Forbes, Virgin Media Business and the London Borough of Hackney. We are located in London and in Newcastle.

Impact technology we like

We focus on tech/digital businesses that are on a mission to do good, like education kitmakers Technology Will Save Us, young people’s banking app Osper, footsteps-into-energy scaleup Pavegen, food waste cutters Winnow and local help platform Neighbourly. And we like local and central government improve their work and the way that places work through the use of digital. Impact technology is a $16bn industry that is growing fast and in surprising ways.

DigitalAgenda Network

The DigitalAgenda Network is a group of 500+ senior-level entrepreneurs, investors and more. They are founders, chief executives, marketers and heads of technology, alongside investors, policymakers and academics. We share the wisdom of our network so that others can learn and grow. DigitalAgenda engages with its network and wider community online, through our website, regular email newsletters and social media. It also connects the network through events including awards, city impact dinners and other events.

Digital Agenda city impact dinners

Our monthly ‘City Impact’ dinners bring together UK digital professionals for evenings of good food, networking and discussion around a theme.

Hosted in cities around the UK, these invite-only dinners bring together founders, investors and more, looking to harness technology that makes a positive impact on places, people and business. We follow up the dinners with online content. Dinners are hosted at KPMG in Newcastle, Leeds and Manchester and The Impact Hub in London’s King’s Cross.

DigitalAgenda dinners are informal, thoughtful a airs, and have a guest speaker. Our June dinner at Malmaison in Manchester featured Douglas McWilliams, the acclaimed economist bestselling author of ‘The Flat White Economy’ plus 20 guests from the city’s digital startup and investment community.

Dinner dates in 2016/2017 include:

  • Tuesday 6th September 2016 @ Impact Hub King’s Cross, London
  • Wednesday 14th September 2016 @ Cocktail Club, Trampery Old Street, London
  • Thursday 15th September 2016 @ KPMG, Newcastle
  • Tuesday 4th October 2016 @ Impact Hub King’s Cross, London
  • Tuesday 18th October 2016 @ KPMG, Leeds
  • Wednesday 18th January 2017 @ KPMG, Manchester

Get involved

If you’d like to support our work, please download the sponsorship pack below:

DigitalAgenda – Who we are and what we do.pdf

Then email Paul Lancaster at or call +44(0)7734722716 for a friendly, informal chat about if we’re right for each other.

DigitalAgenda Impact Awards

The 2017 DigitalAgenda Impact Awards will celebrate the digital innovations that are making a positive impact on the way we live, learn and do business. The Awards event takes place at London’s Barbican Centre on Thursday 2nd March 2017. An afternoon awards ceremony at the 250-seat Frobisher Theatre recognises digital innovation that makes a change. And our evening after-party in the Barbican’s spectacular green room conservatory gives winners and nominees a chance to celebrate.

The Impact Awards are grouped under three overall headings, reflecting our web presence; People, Places and Businesses.

Award categories: People

  • Education – technologies that are transforming teaching and learning
  • Employment & skills – technology that is changing ways into work, and work itself
  • Health – technologies improving healthcare and making us healthier and happier
  • Money – technologies that make it easier to save, spend and do business.


  • Cities – digital initiatives that improve urban places, spaces and living
  • Climate – technology that helps us understand and manage environmental change
  • Food – technologies changing how food is produced, distributed and consumed
  • Smart – connected devices and more that are improving how we live.


  • Businesstransformation-digitalchangethatmakesorganisationsmoreeffective
  • Economictransformation-technologychangingthewiderworldforthebetter
  • Investment – the best in impact funding, through traditional or alternative routes
  • Shared & partnership economy – initiatives that help us share resources better

We have a range of Sponsorship Packages to help you raise your profile at the Impact Awards and position your business or organisation as a supporter of technology with a positive social impact (see below).

DigitalAgenda – Impact Awards sponsors pack.pdf