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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October Judges

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

Caroline ReceveurGM DoubleTree Hilton Hotel

  • Business Vote
Caroline is a long time trooper when it comes to managing hotel businesses. DoubleTree is a luxury hotel with a very unique vibe and where everything comes together. Whether it’s for business or leisure break, whether it’s for locals or travelers. There’s something for everyone, anytime, thank to Caroline. She’s an inspirational and beloved leader who develops creative opportunities and has deep sympathy for others. Thank you Caroline for being a Better Awards judge!
Awards Choice

This idea is so obviously, clearly right. It is feasible, efficient and helpful for exactly the right people. I do admire the simplicity and potential of this idea. As a Dutch person with two kids growing up, I have given away 5 bikes already and there are a lot more to come. Mobility is such a simple, often taken for granted, but very important part of a life with opportunities.

Kirsten Barnhoorn

Kirsten BarnhoornFounder & Sustainability Consultant, New Energy Consulting

  • Cultural Vote
Kirsten has worked as sustainability manager for big brands and decided to start her own company New Energy Consulting to inspire and support more companies in Europe to explore, create and realize the opportunities of sustainability on reinforcing brand value and business growth. She passionately  supports companies  to successfully embed sustainability within their brand and provides them with thought leadership to make their efforts visible and valuable.
Awards Choice
I see so many different opportunities coming from this small device in the future. Not only for our own contemporary society but also for development countries. Adults as well as children walk (or bike with bicycles from Bikes4Africa) very long distances and can crate clean and free energy that could bring lighting to their homes, which is helpful for making homework or for simply crossing the street at night safely.
Catalin Voss

Catalin Voss IIR StartX program, Stanford University & founder/CEO of Sension

  • Student Vote
Catalin is an innovator at heart! He learned himself the basics of mobile software development at the age of 12 and his tutorial’s became the #1 podcast on the German iTunes store when he was just 15.  During his freshman year at Stanford Catalin founded the computer vision startup Sension, he develops software that among others help people with Autism break the barrier of communication with the rest of the world. The expression recognition software for Google Glass recognizes social cues.
Awards Choice
Motion Savvy
My winner is UNI by MotionSavvy. This is an amazing solution to enable bi-directional communication for the deaf. This shows how computer vision technology can be put to use to extend the human interpretation of language beyond the spoken word. Very awesome.

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!"

October Nominees



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Would you like to nominate a person or initiative for the next better awards? Share your idea with us, so we can share it with the rest of the world.

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To vote for your favourite Better Idea, visit our Better Awards Facebook page and 'like' this idea. You can also review, share or like any of the other nominees on our website.

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