Nominations are open for the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2016 - an annual showcase for the amazing people who use digital technology to make the world a better place. Entry is free and open to any business, charity, individual or public body with a base in the UK. Winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony hosted by BT in July.
This is the 6th year of the Awards, which are organised by national charity AbilityNet and supported by BT. There are seven award categories which include an accessibility award for people who use tech to help disabled people, a digital health award and an award for young people.
Last year's winners included Raspberry Pi, who won the Judges' Award for their micro computer and education programme. Open Bionics won the Accessibility Award for using 3D scanning and printing work to reduce the cost of prosthetics for disabled people, and what3words won the BT Award for an innovative global address technology. More details about all the past winners can be found at www.tech4goodawards.com/winners
Also recognised last year was Rachel Moat, a musician and music teacher who volunteers once a week at Seashell Trust, a school for children with complex needs and severe learning difficulties, including little to no verbal language. She received the IT Volunteer of the Year Award in recognition of the work she does to develop customised musical technology, tailored to encouraging individual students to overcome the various difficulties they have in interacting with their surroundings.
Entries are open until 6th May and anyone can nominate themselves or someone else in any one of seven categories, which are: Accessibility Award, BT MyDonate Fundraising Award, Community Impact Award, Digital Health Award, Digital Skills Award, IT Volunteer of the Year Award and Young Pioneer Award.
Judges include business people, charities, academics and journalists and others with specialist knowledge of how tech is used for social good.
The Awards are organised by AbilityNet Head of Marketing and Communications, Mark Walker:
"AbilityNet's Tech4Good Awards celebrate the amazing people who use digital technology to make the world a better place. We want to recognise their hard work and ingenuity, celebrate their success and share their stories to inspire others.
Over the past six years we've seen some amazing examples of the good that technology can do - from low cost 3D-printed limbs to talking cashpoints and an app that diagnoses cataracts. Every year our judging panel of tech, charity and business specialists face an incredibly difficult job picking the winners from a host of incredible entries. We're looking forward to seeing another bumper crop of entries again this year."