As one of the highest awards which BCS makes, the goal of the Society Medal is to celebrate people who have made an outstanding contribution to making IT or computing better for society.

Winners will have pushed the boundaries of their work, and be widely recognised for excellence and societal impact.

The Society Medal is intended to celebrate contributions in any field of work where IT or computing is making a positive impact on society and societal outcomes. This could be in any setting through design, practice, research or policy, but we would also be looking to award the Medal in scenarios that were strongly aligned and linked to the societal challenges and priority areas of influence BCS is actively working to.

How do I nominate for the Society Medal?


Nominations are accepted from anyone. Given the submission requirements and impact level of the nominees, it is likely that nominators will be expert in their associated field, with the necessary knowledge of both the nominee and their societal impact to make a good quality submission.

Whilst members of BCS are actively encouraged to make nominations, there is no requirement for nominators to be members.


Nominees will have had major, notable impact in their work, and be widely recognised for their excellence as well as their contribution to societal impact.

They will have furthered knowledge or public understanding or made a transformational change in their discipline. They may have made a breakthrough, opening a new area of societal impact, or advanced the efficacy or availability of certain technologies to enable better outcomes for society.

There are no career stage restrictions or expectations with this prize, the emphasis is on impact.

Nominations for the BCS Society Medal 2024 will be open between 25th March 2024 and 14th June 2024.

Submit your nomination here.
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Winners and finalists

Find out who’s received this prestigious medal.

2021 winner
2020 winner / finalists