21st Feb 18 Austin Clark
Changing the world through tech: Nominet Trust reveals annual NT100 list
Annika Small, CEO of Nominet Trust, said: “This year’s NT100 list is populated by extraordinary people with inspirational stories to tell and it shows us that imagination, social conscience and technology make a potent mix to affect change.”
The Nominet Trust has published its annual NT100 list; a global list of 100 inspiring ventures from around the world. The projects, which are active in over 200 countries, are using technology to tackle some of the world’s biggest social problems from education and human rights abuses to climate change and health.
Annika Small, CEO of Nominet Trust, said: “There is a striking progression in the quality and maturity of this year’s NT100, indicative of a wider evolution in the ‘tech for social good’ sector as a whole.”
“More people than ever before are using technology to solve problems that matter to them in bold new ways. This year’s NT100 list is populated by extraordinary people with inspirational stories to tell and it shows us that imagination, social conscience and technology make a potent mix to affect change.”
In total there are 11 charities on the list and 18 non-profit organisations featured in the final 100. Notable examples include:
- Reverse the Odds – a Cancer Research-backed project which enables gamers to advance cancer research as they play
- Panic Button – a hidden app for human rights activists in the field created by Amnesty International
- Lend With Care – a peer to peer micro finance platform to eradicate poverty created by Care International UK
- Smart Glasses from the RNIB which increases the vision of the visually impaired
Lucy Bernholz, Senior Fellow at the Stanford University Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society, said: “The NT100 captures the diversity of digital social innovation. People all over the world are putting digital tools to work for good in ways that inspire and amaze. The innovations in the NT100 help us imagine a better future.”
Small added: “Technology is a powerful enabler of social innovation. The NT100 shows how improved access to technology is making it possible for people to take action and develop radically new solutions to the problems that they face in their communities.”
Click here to see the full list of NT100 projects.