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Tech4Good Award winners announced

11 July 2014

Tech4Good People's Award

Everyday people with big ideas to make the world a better place are celebrated in this year’s Tech4Good Awards. The winners, revealed by TV presenter Mariella Frostrop and Paralympic gold medallist Hannah Cockcroft MBE, were announced at a ceremony hosted in BT Centre.

The Tech4Good Awards founded by e-accessibility charity, AbilityNet and sponsored by BT celebrate the hard work and creative genius of individuals and organisations who use the power of digital technology to make life better for everyone.

The BT Ingenious Award, specifically designed to recognise ideas with huge growth potential and inventive flare was given to BuffaloGrid, an organisation that is transforming the lives of people in the remotest areas of the world by creating a sustainable way of charging their mobile phones. BuffaloGrid provides solar charging units for free to local entrepreneurs, whose customers pay for the service using their mobile phones. This delivers reliable and affordable access to mobile phones for people living off-grid as well as a sustainable business opportunity.

Anna Easton - Programme Director, Connected Society said “All of this year’s Tech4Good winners are leading the way in demonstrating how technology is being used to transform and make a real difference to people’s lives all around the world.”

“We are particularly excited that BuffaloGrid are the first winners of the BT Ingenious Award.

By providing free solar charging units to local people in Sub-Saharan Africa, BuffaloGrid are creating a whole range of new opportunities – for example in Uganda, farmers are using mobile technology to sell their crops and trade with people outside of their local community – opening a whole new world of possibilities.”

You can view a full list of all the Tech4Good award winners at: www.tech4goodawards.com/