Winners of the Tech4Good Awards, the annual showcase for the amazing people who use digital technology to make the world a better place, were announced at a glittering ceremony at BT Centre.
This is the sixth year of the awards, which are organised by national charity AbilityNet and supported by BT.
Congratulations to the 2016 Tech4Good awards category winners:
Digital Health Award winner: MyWard
MyWard is an innovative at-a-glance electronic visual control board that allows NHS staff to quickly and easily get a clear picture of their ward and update patient care, significantly decreasing admin time.
Digital Skills Award winner: BBC micro:bit
Given to every first-year secondary school pupil in the UK, BBC micro:bit is a small code able device introducing a whole generation of young people to coding.
AbilityNet Accessibility Award: Wayfindr
This not for profit open standard enables visually impaired people to use beacon technology to navigate the world independently, using a smartphone to get reliable audible directions in public spaces.
Community Impact Award winner: UglyMugs
The SafetyNet mobile app created by UglyMugs allows sex workers to alert one another anonymously about dangerous perpetrators of crime – and with their permission this information is also passed onto the police.
BT MyDonate Award winner: Neighbourly
Neighbourly has made connecting businesses with charities simple through their single online platform, raising over £3.7m and 10,400 volunteer days, supporting over 1,500 projects.
BT Young Pioneer Award winner: eWATERPay
Designed by a team of schoolchildren the eWATERPay system enables the 800,000+ water pumps installed in African villages to be effectively monitored and maintained for the first time ever.
IT Volunteer of the Year winner: Maureen Johnston
As full-time unpaid Director of Information Systems, Maureen has developed The Silver Line’s helpline and IT, communications and telephone systems, changing the way the entire organisation is run, and how it supports lonely older people.
Awards “wonderful to see”
Nigel Lewis, CEO, AbilityNet said: “It is wonderful to see the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards go from strength to strength. They shine a light on some truly inspiring people and help all of us make the most of technology for the good of others.”
Kate Russell, celebrated author and award-winning blogger, the UK’s 13th most influential woman in IT and host of the awards said: “There are a lot of big problems in this world and as well as some really interesting solutions to those; it’s fascinating to me how some of the smaller world problems that are important to this year’s winners are being tackled through technology innovations.”
Mark Walker, Head of Marketing & Communications, AbilityNet said: “The Tech4Good Awards exist to celebrate achievement, encourage sharing and inspire social good. We all learn from the people around us so it is a huge privilege to be connected with so many amazing people.”
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