Tech4Good Awards 2018 officially open for nominations

BT-backed annual awards celebrates the ways technology has been used to help change peoples lives for good.

Last updated: 06 March 2018 - 10.47am

AbilityNet’s Tech4Good Awards 2018, supported by BT, are now open to award those who have inspired and used digital technology to improve the lives of others.

The Awards, which were launched today at the BT Tower, celebrate the companies, charities and individuals that use the empowering influence of digital technology – whether it’s at home, at work, in education – to benefit the community.

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BT and AbilityNet use the awards to identify and nurture ideas and individuals. The launch included past winners of the BT awards, who thanks in part to their involvement in the Tech4Good awards, have gone on to become some of the UK’s brightest tech-talent.

The awards include BT Connected Society Award and the BT Young Pioneer Award for those aged under 18. BT will be providing prizes for the winners including mentoring support for the winners of the BT Connected Society Award.

The winners of last year’s BT Young Pioneer award were two 15 year old inventors, Kiera McKillop and Sinead McKeown, from St Killian’s College in Northern Ireland, who invented Dyslexic Aid, a multi-sensory learning technology for children with all forms of dyslexia.

Skybadger, last year’s winner of the BT Connected Society award, is a charity that connects disabled children with each other and local support and has helped over one million children and their families.

BT has supported the Tech4Good Awards since its conception in 2011.

Anna Easton, Director of Sustainable Business at BT, said: “Year on year, the rising quantity and quality of entries continues to astound us, and we know the judges face an incredible challenge to choose just one winner for each category. We look forward to seeing the inspiring project, campaigns and innovations put forward this year and wish all entrants the best of luck.”

Liz Williams, Director of Tech Literacy and Education at BT, said: “At BT, we are committed to building a culture of tech literacy, starting with the next generation. We are proud to be a founding supporter of the Tech4Good Awards, and celebrate young people who have used tech to solve community issues.”

The awards are open to entries until May 8th 2018. For further information on how to enter the awards, please visit the Tech4Good website

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