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BATA sponsors Technology4Good Accessibility Award – Could you be a winner?

BATA sponsors Technology4Good Accessibility Award – Could you be a winner?

BATA is backing this year’s Technology4Good Awards, run by AbilityNet to recognise organisations and individuals involved in technology projects with a social purpose.

We are supporting the Accessibility Award, together with AbilityNet. This award is made to an organisation that has best used digital technology to help an individual or group of people to overcome their disabilities.

Technology4Good celebrates the innovative and diverse ways in which charities, businesses, schools, government and the public have harnessed the power of technology to benefit the community.

Professor Stephen Hawking was the toast of last year’s Awards ceremony, winning the Special Award for Excellence in Accessibility. This year’s winners will be invited to an event in London on 4 July, hosted by Mariella Frostrup. More details later.

Other winners last year included Child’s I Foundation, which uses digital fundraising to help tackle child abandonment in Uganda; LexAble, which has produced innovative software to overcome the problems posed by dyslexia; Paignton Stroke Survivors Group, which enables members to relearn computer skills and Radio Free Brighton, a community online radio station run by volunteers in their own homes.

Entrants this year can chose from eight categories and have until 5pm on Friday May 3 to get their entries in. Think about it – could you enter? Win?

AbilityNet patron and government digital champion, Martha Lane Fox, opened nominations for the 2013 awards at a launch event in March at the BT Tower in London.

“We so often hear about people doing bad stuff, not good,” she said. “Technology4Good focuses attention on the feel-good nature of the many inspiring and heart-warming stories - a timely antidote to hacking and rate fixing. Well done AbilityNet.”

The categories and their sponsors are as follows:

  • Accessibility Award.
  • BT Get IT Together Award (sponsored by BT). An award for organizations that have helped others get online.
  • Community Impact Award (UK Online Centres, Camelot). Awarded to a local community project that uses computers and the internet to help people overcome disadvantage and achieve social change.
  • Digital Giving Award (NFP TweetUp). Given to people or organisations that use computers and the internet to generate support for charitable causes.
  • Digital Skills Award (Microlink). Recognises an organisation that is helping people of any age to learn the skills they will need for the digital age.
  • Grow Your Charity Online Award (Media Trust).
  • IT Volunteer of the Year Award (IT4Communities, Barclaycard). This category is open to individuals who donate their time and IT skills to ensuring that people or organisations have good access to good IT.
  • Local Digital Champion Award (Go ON UK). This one is for people involved in helping disabled people online.