Entries for this year’s Tech4Good Awards are now open. The free to enter awards are run by the charity AbilityNet and celebrate tech innovation in areas such as diversity, volunteering and accessibility. The awards are open to UK based individuals and organisations across the charity, private and public sectors. Among awards is the BT Young Pioneer Award, which is open to young people between the ages of nine and 18 and offers a £5,000 prize and support from BT experts to develop their ideas. All finalists will also receive tickets to visit Second World War codebreakers base Bletchley Park. Past winners of this award have included Arnav Sharma, who is developing products to support those with dementia, and Femi Owolade-Coombes, who delivers coding camps across the world. “BT is keen to find and support disruptive new technologies that improve people’s everyday lives,” said Andy Wales, BT’s Chief Digital Impact and Sustainability Officer. “A new world is being shaped and created by the rapid acceleration of technologies, and we need a culture in the UK that celebrates tech for good entrepreneurs, who are at the forefront of making sure no one is left behind. And it’s even more exciting when these new ideas come from young people.”
Another category in the Tech4Good awards is the Samsung sponsored Connected Society Award, which celebrates tech products that can transform people’s lives. This could be through emerging areas such as artificial intelligence or a new take on existing tech. The accessibility award is sponsored by AbilityNet and celebrates tech innovation in helping disabled people at home, work and in education. Entries for the award scheme’s nine categories close at 6pm, 10 May.