It is eight months since we were introduced to the great work that AbilityNet, a pan-disability charity, is doing to improve the lives of those with a limiting condition at work, in education, or at home. An organization whose pioneering approach to using digital technology for the good of others places them amongst the Top Ten digital leaders.
AbilityNet, alongside BT and a range of commercial and not-for-profit partners and sponsors have now launched their efforts into finding the best of the best through their annual Technology4Good Awards, to celebrate the hard work of people of all ages who use the power of computers and the Internet to make the world a better place.
On Tuesday I was invited to attend the Tech4Good 2014 Awards launch at the BT Tower. The views of London from the top of the tower were spectacular matching the full programme of passionate presentations that soon began.
A small number of examples…
A heartfelt and inspirational story from a previous winner of the prestigious award, Simone Enefer-Doy, Lifelites Charity, expressed that “Taking the tech4good badge shows legitimacy and lends increased confidence, it gave our organisation the kudos, impetus and the platform to think ambitiously after winning the award”. An infectious smile appeared upon Simone’s face as she hinted at the potential of the large four-year rollout deal of Eye Gaze equipment into children’s hospices, made possible by a sponsor.
Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet, spoke about the future of inclusive technology. Computers are now on the go, mobiles are prompting inclusive behaviour and “less smart devices are being made more smart through the connectivity of Apps.” This smart technology is starting in the pocket, moving to the wrist and the face as the technology develops. Google + helps people with hearing impairment through subtitles; People with Asperger’s are benefitting from motion recognition software. The potential is startling.
Robin talks passionately about Tech4Good: “Technology 4 Good highlights the best of the best”. Shortly after, the categories for the awards were revealed:
AbilityNet are making a huge difference in the accessible technology market and we at Technica have been truly inspired by the passion from both the employees and volunteers. Who has inspired you? Perhaps you have been touched by an organisation or a person who has made a difference through technology. The search is on to find the “best of the best” for 2014. Nominations are now open. Entry is open to any charity, business, individual, social enterprise, school, college, university or any public body with a base in the UK. You can nominate yourself or anyone else for as many awards as you like.
Click here for the categories and spread the word. http://www.tech4goodawards.com/nominate-now/ For twitter users follow #tech4goodawards for up to date information about these awards.