2022 SDI Digital Democracy Awards

While preparing our annual SDI Digital Democracy Report, we come across countless examples of e-democracy platforms inspiring communities, driving innovation, championing diversity & inclusion and impacting nations.

The SDI Digital Democracy Awards, now in their second year, seek to recognise these achievements by awarding category winners across Inspiration, Innovation, Inclusion & Impact. Lastly, we also want to highlight those who took part in our report for the first time in our Newcomer Award.

Winner: Novoville

For the Shared Repairs tool which allows residents to pool their resources to carry out repairs to jointly-owned housing (e.g. apartments), including the ability to solicit quotations, vote on the repairs and ultimately hire and pay the chosen contractor.

Honourable Mention: PlaceSpeak

For its “Seed” functionality, which uses publicly available council data (e.g. planning applications, council meeting minutes, etc.) to automatically create a discussion topic on the PlaceSpeak platform. Once enough people express interest, PlaceSpeak contacts the relevant council to propose an online consultation.

Shortlist: Novoville, PlaceSpeak, Ethelo

Winner: Ethelo

For continuously expanding its offering to new use cases including Participatory Budgeting, Carbon Budgeting and decision-making for Decentralised Autonomous Organisations (DAOs), all utilising its central engine which calculates thousands of possible outcomes in real-time.

Honourable Mention: SkyVote

For the ability to vote for thousands of different candidates in the same election (e.g. for company or union elections) using a sophisticated list search mechanism as well as condition-based voting (where e.g. a voter has to choose a certain number of candidates from different categories).

Shortlist: Ethelo, SkyVote, Delib, PlaceSpeak, Every Voice Engaged

Winner: Civil Space by ZenCity

For its translation engine which allows organisers to first use automatic translation and then to manually make corrections, saving time and ensuring full accessibility by participants in any language.

Honourable Mention: FirstRoot

For its comprehensive PB solution for schools, which not only involves young members of society in decision-making processes but teaches them financial literacy along the way.

Shortlist: Civil Space, FirstRoot, Citizen Lab

Winner: Citizens Foundation

For pioneering bottom-up e-democracy projects in over 45 countries since 2008 with a seamless end-to-end democracy solution that includes ideation, deliberation, public consultation, decision-making and PB.

Honourable Mention: Polys

For implementing a blockchain-secured voting application which gave citizens the option to vote online as part of a national election (Moscow district for the Russian Federal elections).

Shortlist: Citizens Foundation, Polys, Manabalss, Slido

Winner: Every Voice Engaged

For their advanced graphical interface which helps their deliberation solution elucidate consensus without forcing it, allowing users to engage with each other using integrated text and video communication.

Honourable Mention: Electis

For their open-source implementation of an online voting application, combining ElectionGuard, the Tezos Blockchain and the IPFS file system, creating a transparent process for securing elections online.

Shortlist: Every Voice Engaged, Electis, SkyVote, FirstRoot, Citizens Foundation