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Tech4Good Award seeks accessible tech projects

21 April 2018

Digital inclusion charity AbilityNet is on the hunt for inspiring tech projects using tech to transform the lives of disabled people for this year’s Tech4Good Awards.

The AbilityNet Accessibility Award is one of eight categories open for entry as part of the 2018 Tech4Good Awards, organised by AbilityNet and sponsored by BT.

Now in its 8th year, the awards recognise organisations and individuals who create and use technology to improve the lives of others and make the world a better place.

Past winners of the Accessibility Award include Lifelites, which provides tech equipment and support to children with life-limiting conditions in UK children’s hospices. It was the first ever winner of the Accessibility Award in 2011.

Lifelites CEO Simone Enefer-Doy, said:

“Winning the Accessibility Award was a pivotal moment for us. I realised that we weren’t just a start-up; here we were, being told by our peers that there was something very worthwhile about what we did. It’s helped us to sell our cause to potential funders and has helped us continue to grow and help more children and their families.”

Last year’s winner was Bristol Braille Technology, who have created an affordable Braille e-reader for blind people called Canute, designed with and by the blind community.

Other past winners include Open BionicsWayFindrBarclays Bank and LexAble . They all demonstrate creative ways that tech can change people’s lives.

Entries are judged by an expert panel of judges who have worked across the technology, digital and charity sectors and have the unenviable job of narrowing down 250+ entries to just 28 finalists.

Entries for the Tech4Good Awards close on 8 May. The awards are free to enter and are open to any individual, business, charity, social enterprise or other public body with a base in the UK.

If you would like to enter, visit the Tech4Good website.

In other news: the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has issued a call for evidence about disability and sport – in a bid to get people moving more on a daily basis.THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMITTING ANY EVIDENCE IS FRIDAY 11th MAY.

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