Established in 2020, the Society Medal is one of BCS's highest awards. It celebrates people who make extraordinary use of IT and computing for the benefit of society. Winners can be recognised across any discipline, including design, practice, research, influence and policy.

Who's eligible to receive the medal?

Nominees for this award will have left a mark in their field and made significant contributions to society.

They may not be a dedicated tech specialist; they might be an influencer working in journalism, social and tech policy, or perhaps a campaigner or organisational leader who’s working to ensure that people from a range of backgrounds benefit from digital technology. What’s important is that their work and values have contributed to enhancing the reputation and contribution of IT in society.

This award is all about impact, so there are no restrictions based on career stage - if their work has made a positive difference they can be nominated.

Previous Society Medal winners

The Society Medal, launched in 2020, receives a significant number of nominations of talented individuals who are currently working to make IT good for society. Here are some of our previous winners:

2021 winner

Professor Penny Endersby, CEO of the Met Office, was announced as the winner of the 2021 Society Medal. The Medal was in recognition of Professor Endersby’s outstanding contribution to making digital technology good for society and the environment.

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2020 winner

The 2020 Society Medal winner was Elizabeth Denham CBE, The Information Commissioner. The award was in recognition of her outstanding contribution to making digital technology good for society, the judges cited her investigation into the unlawful data collection practices in political campaigns (including micro-targeting for marketing) which probed organisations including Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and Leave EU.

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Nominations for the Lovelace Medal are open...

The Lovelace Medal recognises people who have made exceptional contributions to the understanding and advancement of computing, or to computing education.

Winners are presented with a Lovelace Medal, and their contribution and achievements are celebrated at a special event.

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