For example, they might be an influencer working in journalism, technology or social policy, or they might be a campaigner or organisational leader working to ensure that people from a range of backgrounds, of different capabilities and ages, benefit from, or gain a better understanding of digital technology.

Nominees need not be academically acclaimed nor have reached senior management positions. What is important is that their work and values have contributed to enhancing the reputation and contribution of IT in society. As such they should be widely respected and known within our industry, although it is likely they are not working in a formal IT role.

The winner will be a strong supporter of BCS’s mission to make IT good for society. We can officially recognise and thank them for their ingenuity thanks to our Royal Charter.

How do I nominate for the Society Medal?

The 2020 nomination period is from 10 August 2020 - 12 October 2020. Nominees need not be members of BCS, however the person nominating them must be a BCS member.

The short list will be announced on 29 October 2020 and the winner on 6 November 2020.

Eligible candidates

Nominations are considered from all backgrounds and all sectors from across the world. The medal will be awarded to a nominee who is involved in any areas of digital technology that reflects the broad objectives and focus of the BCS.

The description of the nominee's contribution must be supported with evidence, whether they are in the public eye or not.

Rules for submission

Please make your nomination in the form of a single Word or PDF file, with the nominee’s name in the file title, and security levels set so that we can copy, print, and extract from the document.

Entries need to include the following information:

  1. The full name and contact details for the nominator and their BCS membership number
  2. The name of the nominee, and whether they have been contacted with regards to their nomination
  3. A compelling description of how you believe the nominee’s work has contributed to society’s understanding of and/or benefit from IT and technology (up to 500 words), supported in each case by evidence.
  4. Where possible a verifiable summary of the nominee’s career and key achievements - for example via Linkedin, news coverage or corporate communications published on websites of their associated organisations.

Submit your nomination

Please submit your nomination to societymedal@bcs.uk