The 8th annual Digital Leaders’ Impact Summit and Awards event was held in London on March 14th, 2024. The event brought together leading figures in digital business and celebrated their contributions, with awards given across a variety of categories. 

Digital Leaders aligned their categories closely with environmental, social and governance (ESG) principles and values in an effort to highlight how those in the digital space can  influence ESG outcomes. As a longstanding partner of Digital Leaders, aql has been a staunch supporter of delivering innovation that strives to drive a positive societal and environmental impact. 

aql’s VP of Product & Development, Andrew Morris, was invited to talk about technological innovation that looks to create a positive impact on society and the environment. Alongside other panellists, Andrew discussed the impact that cloud computing and AI are having on aql’s carbon footprint. He further highlighted the company’s work to develop energy efficient data centres capable of utilising excess heat to support district housing schemes. 

aql’s VP of Product & Development, Andrew Morris (right), on the panel at the Digital Leaders Impact Summit

As well as being invited as a speaker at the event, Andrew was asked to judge the event’s nominees for the Tech for the Planet category. Andrew judged the Tech for the Planet category alongside Mattie Yeta, chief sustainability officer at CGI.

This year saw Andrew and Mattie judge Octopus Energy’s ‘Octoplus Saving Sessions’, Mobilityways’ ‘Making Zero Carbon Commuting a Reality’ and Natwest’s ‘Carbon Planner’. With Andrew and Mattie ultimately awarding the Tech for Good to Octopus Energy. Octopus were chosen for their significant investment in technological innovation, which is driving environmental benefits for Octopus customers through the Kraken platform.

Andrew was asked to present the Sustainable Impact award , which was awarded to the Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust for their electronic prescription service, a new development in secondary care that enables more face to face appointments, saves travel time, and frees up NHS resources.

aql’s VP of Product & Development, Andrew Morris giving the Sustainable Impact Award to representatives from the Midlands Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust.

“It was a privilege to be both a judge and panellist for the Digital Leaders’ Impact Summit. At aql we’re committed to doing our part as environmentally conscious digital innovators, so it was inspiring to attend an event with so many other professionals dedicated to enacting environmental and social change in the digital space” Andrew Morris, aql’s VP of Product & Development.

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