I’m not sure about awards ceremonies. There is something that makes me think, “how can that be the best example of a thing?” or “are they really the most significant person?”. What about all those other undiscovered examples of splendid ideas or good projects just getting on with it and not getting a certificate or a cut glass trophy. Some awards also seem to be just about the glitzy ceremony after which the ideas and innovations fade back into the shadows. However I do think the Technology 4 Good awards (now in their 4th year) strive to be different.
The awards were launched on Tuesday this week in the BT Tower at a lunchtime get together which showcased some of the winners from previous years. It’s really helpful to see how ideas and initiatives such as the Dyslexia Global AutoCorrect software from LexAble and Lifelites have progressed and changed lives. It’s a great way to hear people’s stories and to learn from what they do and how they use technology. The @tech4goodawards twitter feed will be featuring some of these previous winners over the next few weeks. I was also reminded that I must go back and see Anne at StartpointSK6 in Stockport for another Fish and Chip lunch!
Mark Walker explained the life cycle of the awards which will feature a Viewing Event in May to meet the short listed entries and then the Inspiration Afternoon (awards) in July. There is also a Showcase Event planned for later in the year to see and find out more from the winners.
This process is truly about how technology can be used for good, so it’s right that a wide cross section of the voluntary sector get the chance to see these great ideas and to learn and be inspired by their great work.
Even the awards (pictured here), constructed from recycled computer parts are amazing!
Nominations in the 7 categories are now open on the website and close on 6th May, I’m sure there are some great ideas out there just waiting to be shared.