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: