Grassroots organisations committed to digital transformation to be awarded through the new Craig Macdonald Memorial Prize
It should go without saying that 2020 has been an extremely difficult year for the charity sector. Amid constant change and concerns around funds during the pandemic, charities still delivered their services to those who needed them most.
What’s more, with lockdown and social distancing restrictions, so much of this service delivery suddenly had to be done digitally. Nearly nine in ten charities said technology had helped them work more effectively during the pandemic, according to a report from cloud services provider Blackbaud.
The DL100 list, now in its eighth year, celebrates the teams and individuals who are working hard behind the scenes to secure the UK’s digital transformation and make the world a better place through digital technology.
This year’s newest addition to the scheme, the Craig Macdonald Memorial Prize, is open to grassroots organisations working in their local communities to help close the digital divide.
Created in partnership with tech investor Rob Wilmot, the award has been created in memory of Craig Macdonald, a technology professional with a passion for grassroots projects, and will grant a prize of £5000 to the winning entrant so that they can continue to fund their digital cause.
The second category to be added this year is the Pandemic Digital Innovation of the Year award, which celebrates the work of digital professionals to create life-saving digital-led solutions at national, regional, and local levels. This award is open to all sectors whose digital products or services have had a positive impact on the lives of those effected by the pandemic.
Digital Leaders have also created a special individual prize this year, for people who have had the biggest impact on digital transformation and leadership across the UK. The DL Local Champion award is open to entrants in nine regions and celebrates the work of individuals in leading the digital transformation of their area.
Digital Leaders is passionate about promoting effective, long-term digital transformation and is the UK’s premier digital leadership platform, housing a community of more than 100,000 senior leaders dedicated to leveraging technology for economic growth, social well-being, and to narrow social gaps across the UK.
The DL100 is open to entrants until 10 September 2021.