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Celebrating good innovations in the charity sector

An article published by the Tech4Good Awards has highlighted an how the competition’s award winners are using digital technology for good in the charity sector.

Ellie Hale, Associate at CAST, which supports organisations in digital development, explains how Jointly, an app created by Carers UK in 2015, working with the CAST team, is now used by some of the UK’s 6.5 million carers in Britain to help manage their role.

One in eight adults cares, unpaid, for family and friends. The app can help them to co-ordinate their caring with others. What’s more, the process of developing Jointly catalysed a new strategy at Carers UK, which places digital at the heart of providing 21st century support for carers.

The article also looks at how previous winners are being guided through digital development, including how last year’s Tech4Good Awards winner, Wayfindr (from the Royal Society for Blind Children and digital products studio UsTwo), evolved rapidly from being a prototype wayfinding product for people with sight loss, into a certified open standard for audio navigation. It is now being used and tested across the EU in multiple sectors, after it was conceived two years ago.

The post also outlines some of the organisations that are there to help accelerate digital innovation.

“We believe the digital revolution gives us a chance to empower people and their communities to lead by supporting vital community organisations to respond to this dramatically changing context,” commented Hale.

“At a time when the sector is under increasing pressure from rising demand and decreasing funds, it is more urgent than ever to build digital capacity in charities, so that they can harness tech for good to make their services more effective, sustainable and scalable.”

The full article can be found here.

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