Winners of the Tech4Good awards 2016 revealed

 Winners

The sweet smell of success was very much in the air at this year’s dazzling Tech4Good award ceremony, held at BT headquarters in London.

The annual showcase, now in its sixth year, celebrates technological innovation that makes life better for others.

The expert judging panel had the tough task of whittling down over 200 nominations to just 28 finalists. After intense debate, winners for eight out of the ten award categories were agreed with the remaining two awards decided by vote.

The People’s Award, chosen by the public, received a record-breaking 38,000 votes via Twitter and the Tech4Good website. And the audience at the event decided who took home the Winner of Winner’s Award by voting with glow sticks.

And the winners are…

Victorious ideas ranged from an app that helps the partially sighted travel, a board that cuts hospital admin time and an asthma help kit, developed by a child.

WayfindrWayfindr scooped the Accessibility Award for their open standard smartphone app that provides audio directions to allow visually impaired people to travel independently.

 

 

 

Arnav SharmaArnav Sharma, at just nine years old, picked up this year’s People’s Award for the AsthmaPi Kit, which uses a Raspberry Pi computer to help parents of asthma sufferers. On top of that, Arnav landed an extra honour – the Winner of Winners Award, voted for by the audience live at the event.

 

 

 

 

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The BT MyDonate Awardwent to Neighbourly, an internet platform connecting local businesses that can donate money or time, with charities and community projects. 

 
eWaterpayA trio of ten-year old students, Laurence Bu-Rashid, Connor Humphreys and Jack Hygate, from Park House School in Newbury walked off with the BT Young Pioneer Award for eWATERPay, a system that allows water pumps installed in African villages to be monitored and maintained.

 

SafetyNetThe SafetyNet mobile app created by UglyMugs, took the Community Impact Award.This app allows sex workers to share information about dangerous individuals which are relayed as alerts to other users. 

 

 

NHSMyWardclaimed the Digital Health Award for their visual control board that provides ward information to NHS staff in an accessible way, cutting admin time considerably.  

 

SilverLineMaureen Johnston was named theIT Volunteer of the Yearfor her work on creating and developing the IT communications system for The Silver Line, a free helpline set up to combat loneliness in older people. 

 

BBC MicroBBC micro:bitwere the winners of theDigital Skills Awardfor developing a small coding device that’s now given to every first-year secondary school pupil in the UK, effectively introducing a whole generation of young people to coding. 

 

The Special Award was given to Robin Christopherson, AbilityNet’s renowned head of digital inclusion.
 
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Every year one person is chosen to celebrate and honour with the Tech4Good Special Award – someone who embodies the spirit of the Tech4Good Awards, and stands as an example to others. 

Past winners of this Award include Professor Stephen Hawking in 2012, Wikipedia founder, Jimmy Wales, and Dame Steve Shirley, with the inspiring story about her life in the tech industry. 

This year it was awarded to a wonderful communicator, a person who is special in so many ways, and someone who has been a long-standing supporter of the Tech4Good Awards – Robin Christopherson. 

 

Small changes, big differences

Kate Russell, author and award-winning blogger, hosted the event and was impressed by the entries.

"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,” she said.

You can find out more about the winners, and the awards, by visiting the Tech4Good website.

The Tech4Good awards are organised by national charity AbilityNet and supported by BT. 

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