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Tech4Good Awards 2015

SpecialEffect won the Accessibility Award in 2014 for their work helping disabled people play computer games

Embargoed until 04 March 2015:

Nominations are open for the Tech4Good Awards 2015 and annual showcase for the amazing people who use digital technology to make the world a better place. Entry is free and open to any business, charity, individual or public body with a base in the UK. Winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony hosted by Mariella Frostrup in July.

This is the fifth year of the Awards, which are organised by e-accessibility charity AbilityNet and supported by BT. Last year’s winners included Peek Vision, who won the Digital Health Award for their smartphone app that help diagnose cataracts in developing countries.

SpecialEffect won the Accessibility Award in 2014 for their work helping disabled people play computer games, whilst BuffaloGrid won the BT Ingenious Award for an innovative solar-powered phone charger to be used in remote communities in Africa. More details about all the past winners can be found at www.tech4goodawards.com/winners

Also recognised last year was Jimmy Wales, founder of Wikipedia, the not-for-profit encyclopedia that is available in 287 languages and is the 5th most popular website on the planet. He received the Judges Special Award in recognition of the incredible contribution Wikipedia makes to sharing knowledge and information around the globe. Past winners of the Special Award include Professor Stephen Hawking.

Entries are open from 04 March until 08 May and anyone can nominate themselves or someone else in any one of seven categories, which are: Accessibility Award, BT Ingenious Award, Community Impact Award, Digital Health Award, Digital Skills Award, IT Volunteer of the Year Award and Young People’s Award.

Judges include business people, charities, academics and journalists and others with specialist knowledge of how tech is used for social good.

AbilityNet CEO, Nigel Lewis said: “This is the fifth year of these unique Awards, which recognize people from all walks of life who are using the amazing power of technology to help other people. I am always staggered by the commitment, innovation and ingenuity shown by the people who enter the Awards and it is fantastic to be helping to shine a light on their incredible achievements.”

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For more information please contact Catherine Grinyer at the AbilityNet press office: press.office@abilitynet.org.uk or by phone: 07713248387.

Notes for editors:

UK Tech4Good Award categories 2015:
Accessibility Award
BT Ingenious Award
Community Impact Award
Digital Health Award
Digital Skills Award
IT Volunteer of the Year Award and
Young People’s Award.

About AbilityNet:
National charity, AbilityNet, has over 20 years’ experience enabling people with disabilities to access technology and the internet at home, at work and in education. Globally acclaimed for its expertise in both workplace disability management as well as on-line usability and accessibility issues, AbilityNet has worked with clients in the private, public and voluntary sector including all major Departments of State and many FTSE top 100 indexed companies. The Charity’s Patrons are Sir Terry Pratchett OBE and Martha Lane-Fox, UK Digital Champion and Chair of Go ON UK.

About BT:
BT is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in more than 170 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed/mobile products and services. BT consists principally of five lines of business: BT Global Services, BT Business, BT Consumer, BT Wholesale and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2014, BT Group’s reported revenue was £18,287m with reported profit before taxation of £2,312m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York. For more information, visit www.btplc.com.


About BT’s Better Future programme:
Better Future is BT’s commitment to use the power of communications to improve lives and ways of doing business – without it costing the earth. Better Future embeds responsible and sustainable business practice to build real growth and is rooted in what BT does best – bringing together our networks and technology with the expertise of our people to make a better world. Our Better Future programme focuses on three areas, connecting people digitally (‘Connected Society’), using our skills and technology to help society support good causes (‘Improving Lives’), and ensuring BT makes a net positive contribution to the environment (‘Net Good’).

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