Better Awards

Our mission

‘Better Awards’ mission is to curate and spread stories of innovative individuals and initiatives that make the world a better place as much as possible.  Unseen pioneers and unsung heroes deserve to be seen, recognised and supported. Together we can help them change our world.

How it works

Each month 10 world-changing nominees are running for the Better Awards of the month. The winners will be chosen by you! And not only by you but also by our monthly guest judges who influencers in their own field of expertise. All of the monthly winners will be ‘competing’ for the BIG Better Awards in January 2015. The ultimate winner will be granted time and expertise from creative directors, strategists, designers and social media managers that have worked for renowned international brands.

What we believe

If.. everyone on the planet shared a Better Idea daily, the world would be a better place. If… everyone would take action through donating their time, money or space being Better is inevitable.

Who are we?

Better Awards is a daughter entity of creative agency MAKE Amsterdam. MAKE Amsterdam creates ‘brand adventures’ for international world-class brands. We are privileged to do so and love our jobs. As an agency we want to pay it forward and donate a portion of our expertise, time and network to the unsung heroes and unseen pioneers who are warriors in making the world a Better place.


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We believe this universal icon is the perfect symbol for our Better Awards, it’s an innocent tasty reward with the simple aim of making you feel better.


November Judges

We are proud to reveal our latest round of prolific business, cultural, creative and student judges.
Loes Visser

Loes VisserIndependent PR and Communication Professional

  • Cultural Vote
Loes is an enchanting smart woman who is socially conscious, professional and very tactical. She puts her talents into action and helps socially minded organizations and sustainable companies. With her passion for social, green and good she’s worked for organizations such as Foodwatch, HIER climate campaign, Greenpeace, Red Cross, Oxfam Novin, and political party Groen Links just to name a few. She’s so full of knowledge you never get bored with her. Thank you Loes for getting on board with the Better Awards.
Awards Choice

I immediately loved the idea of the PitchAfrica for sports and theater, because it helps community building and collects rainwater as a green bonus. Africa is not just about drought and poverty. So much is changing rapidly. Human rights go beyond having shelter, food and water, they are about feeling safe, trusting and allowing individuals to develop. Fun, games and being part of a community are the essence of being human. The AfricaPitch is not helping just one child at the time but many, and their families as well. This pitch is a good way to throw a huge party end showing off talents. Great idea!

Matt Warnock

Matt WarnockDigital Editor in Chief Philips

  • Business Vote
Matt is a real world citizen who has lived in a handful of countries and has learned much from each of them on the way. His passion for creative, community-driven communications combined with his broad interest and background in journalism and publishing serve his business goals very well. When not behind his laptop you can find him swimming, biking and out running. We’re happy to have this endurance junky on our board for the November Better Awards.
Awards Choice
Repurposed Schoolbags

At Philips, one of my proudest achievements has been promoting the work we’ve done on Community Lighting Projects in South America and Africa, and both the schoolbags and pitches have a lot in common with that project – the aim of using technology to genuinely improve people’s lives.
Repurposed Schoolbags touches many of the tenets I’ve come to believe in since working for Philips: it combines technology with human needs; it extends the life and usefulness of existing products/materials; and it also demonstrates that the best and most impactful innovations are usually simple and easy to integrate.
Charles Orgbon III

Charles Orgbon IIIStudent UGA & Founder of Greening Forward

  • Student Vote
Charles is an exceptional bright and young (student) leader. As the founder and CEO of the youth environmental group Greening Forward, he serves more than 2,000 young people by providing them tools and resources they need to take their environmental campaigns to the next level. As if that’s not praise worthy enough, he’s also the 2014 recipient of the Black Alumni Scholarship, which is given to a first-year student who exhibits dedication to racial equality. Orgbon could be well on his way to paving a new road for young people to follow in environmental advocacy. Happy to have him on board for the Better Awards.
Awards Choice

Clarity gives the power to the public to know when their air is toxic. This is a tool that will lead many other people to action, I believe.

Meet All Judges


Lilly Dimling
"What an interesting and interactive social media initiative. We can learn from you."
Vince Gunn
"Delighted to get involved and be a judge."
Dawn Loggins
"Great concept and something I'm happy to be involved in."
Danielle Crook
"Love the Better Awards intent & execution. Very smart. Very inspired. "
Andrew (Andy) McKeon
"Cool Concept, happy to join in!"

November Nominees



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