IBC2023 Social Impact Awards Winners


Diversity and Inclusion Award Winner

SWI swissinfo.ch

SWISWI swissinfo.ch, which has introduced a data-driven process to evaluate for use of inclusive language in its multi-lingual digital newsroom.

Head of Distribution and Formats Jo Fahy said "I'm over the moon. We have seen a cultural shift towards more inclusive and gender-neutral languages, and as a website in 10 languages published around the globe we can have a huge impact on society worldwide."

Environment and Sustainability Award Winner

Iron Mountain Data Centers

Iron mountain data centersIron Mountain Data Centers, which are on the path to using 100% locally sourced clean electricity 100% of the time to make their operations carbon free.

Iron Mountain Data Centres VP and General Manager, Europe, Eric Boonstra said: "We need a better world for the future and we are the only ones in the data centre business who do this, tracking all our usage and matching it with local green power generation. We are really focused on sustainability."

Social Impact Category Award Winner


RTVERTVE, which used AI to provide local election news coverage of nearly 5,000 small Spanish municipalities.

Partners: Narrativa, Monoceros Labs, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha, Universidad de Granada, ONCE, AWS

Accepting the award, RTVE Head of Innovation David Corral Hernandez said: "Gracias. It's a great award for all the team. Our challenge was to serve the public service that we can. It's important because we offer democracy for everybody in Spain."

Changemaker Award


Winner: Eurovision Song Contest

IBC has also launched a new Special Award as part of its Social Impact Awards, the 2023 Changemaker Award, which this year honours the Eurovision Song Contest for its contribution to society and culture – celebrating a brand that continues to stay relevant and fresh on a huge scale. The award recognises the multifaceted cultural phenomenon and the global production network involved in delivering the event.

The Social Impact Awards will be held on Sunday, 17 September at 16.30 CEST in The Forum as part of the Changemakers Programme. IBC will be welcoming Martin Österdahl, European Broadcasting Union (EBU) Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest to the stage at the Changemakers programme to accept the award and talk about the live broadcasting event. The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, organised by the BBC and the EBU on behalf of Ukraine’s UA:PBC, was watched on five continents, with 162 million viewers tuning in to watch the competition over the three live shows.

“On behalf of the European Broadcasting Union, which strengthens and supports public service media in over 50 countries, I’d like to thank the IBC for this Changemakers award, recognizing the societal and cultural contribution made by the Eurovision Song Contest.

Like the IBC itself, technology and innovation are very much part of the DNA of the Eurovision Song Contest, infusing every aspect of the event since it was created in 1956 to expand broadcasting boundaries.

At its core, the Contest has always aspired to unite audiences in different countries and celebrate our diversity. From dazzling stage designs to flawless live audiovisual production, cutting-edge technology allows us to bring millions of viewers around the world together through music and three spectacular state-of-the-art shows.

And the impact goes beyond those three nights every May - the Eurovision Song Contest now connects millions more throughout the year via its social media channels.

We’re proud of the impact the Eurovision Song Contest continues to have – entertaining audiences, launching new artists, and, in an ever-fractured world, showing we are all united by music.” - Martin Österdahl

Special Award for Social Impact

Winner: Women in Streaming Media Mentorship Program

IBC has announced that the 2023 Special Award for Social Impact will be presented to the Women in Streaming Media Mentorship Program. Selected by the Social Impact Awards jury, the Special Award will be presented as part of the Social Impact Awards ceremony, held on Sunday, 17 September at 16.30 CEST in The Forum.

Women in Streaming Media

The Women in Streaming Media Mentorship Program focuses on career development and personal growth goals that support business objectives. Women in Streaming Media has grown from 50 members to 1,200 in the last five years to establish a significant presence in the industry. Its free, six-month mentorship programme has played a part in the appointment of six board director seats and eleven C-suite roles, among forty-five promotions and placements.

Innovation Awards Winner

International Honour for Excellence Award Winner

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