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Minister for Communications joins Mariella Frostrup to promote UK Technology4Good 2012

Press release   •   Mar 15, 2012 16:17 GMT

Communications Minister, Ed Vaizey and TV presenter, Mariella Frostrup, are just two of the names getting behind this years UK Technology4Good Awards - a national competition to encourage digital inclusion in the community.  They are urging businesses, charities, schools, social enterprises and individuals who are using computers and the internet in new and innovative ways to take part.

Launched for the first time last year when it attracted over 250 entries, Technology4Good is the brainchild of e-Accessibility charity, AbilityNet.  With sponsorship from BT and other technology companies, the Awards Ceremony is compèred by Ms Frostrup.

 

Mr Vaizey said: 

 

“Digital technology has changed the way we do so much and has opened up a world of new possibilities.  Staying in touch with family and friends, shopping in far-off stores and accessing essential services have become so much easier thanks to the Internet.

 

“Some of those who could benefit most from the digital revolution are currently being excluded.  We must ensure technology is accessible to as many people as possible.  The Technology4Good Awards are an excellent way of recognising new and innovative ideas that will grow new markets and deliver the benefits of the digital world to more people.”

 

The UK Technology4Good Awards celebrate the many ways that technology contributes to the greater good in categories such as innovation and community impact, volunteering and fundraising.

 

Last year, a charity which brings digital fun and learning opportunities to 5,000 children in hospices nationwide, was the toast of the first Technology4Good Awards, winning both the Accessibility Award and the Best in Show.

 

Other winners included silver surfing ambassador, Colin Crook, who helps sheltered housing residents get on-line; a community cybercafé which grew out of a fish and chip shop in Stockport and a Merseyside-based, on-line radio station for the over 50s.

 

Technology4Good Awards are free to enter and the deadline for submission is 18th May 2012.

 

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 Editors Notes

Launched in 2011 the UK Technology4Good Awards celebrate the many ways that people are using computers and the internet to the benefit otheir communities.

They are organised by AbilityNet and BT, with support from Barclaycard, Charity Technology Trust, IT4Communities, Microsoft, RaceOnline2012, UK online centres and Media Partner, Third Sector magazine.

Nominations are open in the following categories:

Accessibility Award

BT Get IT Together Award

Community Impact Award

Community Voices Award

Fundraising Award

Innovation Award

IT Volunteer of the Year Award

Working Together Award

About AbilityNet

National e-Accessiblity 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 UK Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox.

 

 

 

About AbilityNet

National e-Accessiblity 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 UK Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox.