Nominations close on May 8th for the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2017 – an annual showcase for the amazing people who use digital technology to make the world a better place

They are the only awards to highlight the wealth of charities, businesses and volunteers across the UK that utilise the power of technology to improve the lives of others.

This is the seventh year of the awards, which are organised by national charity AbilityNet and sponsored by BT, and entry is free and open to any business, charity, individual or public body in the UK.

Anna Easton, Director Sustainable Business said: “At BT we believe that a connected society is a better society. The internet helps you connect with family, community, education and healthcare services. However, there are still almost six million people in the UK who don’t have access to the internet. We’re working to change that.

“We founded the Tech4Good Awards with AbilityNet to find and support people who are using technology to help those who need it most. Over the last six years we’ve been amazed at how innovative people can be, and the incredible power of communications to make a better world”

The awards have now grown to include a ‘Tech4Good for Africa Award’ sponsored by Comic Relief. This new category reflects the growing number of entries in past years from tech projects developed for Africa, including last year’s BT Young Pioneer Award winners eWATERPay.

The eWATERPay system, designed and created by Jack Hygate, Connor Humphreys and Laurence Bu-Rashid, all pupils at Park House School, Newbury, enables water pumps installed in African villages to be effectively monitored and maintained for the first time ever.

Other 2016 winners include Arnav Sharma (below), runner up in the Young Pioneer Award and winner of the Tech4Good People's Award and Tech4Good Winner of Winners Award, and Maureen Johnston who won IT Volunteer of the Year for her work with charity The Silver Line.

Tech4Good 2016

AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2017 categories:

  • AbilityNet Accessibility Award
  • BT Connected Society
  • BT Young Pioneer 

  • Comic Relief Tech4Good for Africa Award

  • Community Impact

  • Digital Health Award

  • Digital Skills Award

  • Tech Volunteer of the Year

This year there will be a networking event for finalists on 13 June and the winners will be announced at a glittering ceremony hosted by BT on 11 July at BT Centre, London. Judges include business people, charities, academics and journalists and others with specialist knowledge of how technology is used for social good.

2017 entries are open until 5.00 pm on 08 May and anyone can nominate themselves or someone else in any of the categories. To enter the awards visit

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