The 2020 AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards highlight those working hard to make the world a better place through digital
After a hard couple of months, it’s time for some good news!
The Tech4Good Awards - an annual showcase for the amazing people who use digital technology to make the world a better place - have released their list of finalists.
The tenth instalment of these awards is more important than ever, as charities use digital to show great positivity and resilience in the face of COVID-19.
The Awards are sponsored by BT and other partners including Google, Lenovo and Microsoft.
The Tech4Good Awards comprise nine categories, with finalists from a broad mix of sectors and industries. Some of the entries have also demonstrated the innovative way technology has been used to overcome social problems during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“With the ongoing effects of COVID-19 and everyone having to do things differently, we’re learning to adapt how we work, learn and speak to each other virtually. More than ever before, technology is at the forefront of everyone’s minds.
The breadth and range of innovative projects from year’s finalists shows us that technology is the key ingredient in helping the world to communicate, work together and overcome the challenges we are now facing.”
- Robin Christopherson, Head of Digital Inclusion at AbilityNet and Chair of the Awards Judging Panel
The 2020 finalists are:
Accessibility has become quite the hot topic in the charity sector lately. Therefore, this is one of the most important awards of the evening.
Amongst those being recognised are the BBC World Service. The organisation’s digital team have been rebuilding its websites from scratch to specifically focus on web performance – ensuring that users without access to high-end technologies, cheap data, and reliable information from other sources can access its impartial content as easily as possible.
Also up for the award are digital teams from Present Pal, whose vital work in the field of accessibility helps to support over 3,000 students with dyslexia, autism and anxiety, in over 100 universities, colleges, and workplaces across the UK, as well as Sign to Word, who have been developing an app-based program where users and sign a word into their mobile phone and receive a written English translation that would increase their vocabulary and writing skills.
Digital inclusion is one of the generation-defining issues facing many parts of the continent of Africa. This award, sponsored by Comic Relief, recognises outstanding achievement in working to overcome this issue.
The arts and culture award recognises outstanding digital achievement for arts and cultural organisations. The nominees in this category have displayed real innovation in the face of COVID-19, with Barnsley Museums creating digital jigsaws of artwork in their collection and Graeae Theatre Company putting together an extensive and eclectic programme of digital activity to help keep D/deaf and disabled audiences entertained, educated, engaged and feeling supported.
This award looks towards the future of tech for good and highlights the remarkable work done by this young pioneers.
This award recognises projects that have used digital to make a positive impact in their communities.
The Digital Health Award recognises pioneering achievement in the field. Clin-e-cal developed an app to make using an inhaler with a spacer easier and more fun for young children with asthma and wheeze symptoms.
HUG™ is a playful, sensory product designed for people living with advanced dementia. It was created by researchers from the LAUGH project at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Xploro is a clinically proven Digital Therapeutics platform that uses augmented reality, gameplay and artificial intelligence to deliver health information to young patients, reducing the anxiety associated with hospitalisation, improving health literacy and fostering better engagement with health services.
The charity sector thrives on the hard work of volunteers. This award recognises the contributions of those whose digital expertise is shaping the future of the sector.
This award recognises outstanding digital achievement in education.
“Our tenth year has seen more entries than ever, with hundreds of amazing examples of how tech can help to make the world a better place.
The judges had the extremely tough job of selecting the shortlists, picking out the finalists who they think could be this year’s winners.
It’s difficult to describe how difficult this is - so many amazing entries were pipped at the post - so huge congratulations to everyone who made it!”
- Mark Walker, Head of Marketing & Communications, AbilityNet
The winners will be announced during an all-new online Awards Ceremony on Thursday 24 September.
The full list of sponsors and supporting partners in 2020 includes:
AbilityNet, Arts Council England, BT, Charity Digital, Comic Relief, Do IT, Good Things Foundation, Google, iDiversity Consulting, Information Technologists’ Company, Lenovo, Microsoft and Recite Me