The Tech4Good Awards took another big step forward with its first ever Winners Dinner, hosted by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) at its Livery Hall in London. Winners, judges and other special guests had a chance to get to know one another better and see how they could help winners build on their success.

Having been welcomed by Paul Jagger of the WCIT, eight of this year’s winners took three minutes to explain their vision for their Next Big Step – and to ask for help to achieve their goal. These ranged from help to auto-translate messages, to support with AI, links with youth organisations and mentoring.

The guests then gave a brief introduction and offered initial responses to the requests for help, dinner was served and the networking began!

Paul Jagger welcomes everyone on behalf of WCIT

The informal atmosphere was a great way to find connections and the small number of guests meant that everyone could spend some time working the room – meeting people, exchanging details and looking for opportunities to connect.

Special guests included representatives of AbilityNet, BT, Lloyds Bank, Disability Rights UK, WCIT, Microsoft, Social Tech Trust,, Do-It!, Comic Relief, CAST, Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Spot (DCMS), Tech Trust, Charity Digital News and many more.

A huge thanks to WCIT for hosting this amazing event which marked a big step forward for the Awards. There is no doubt that it will help our winners achieve their goals and the special guests also found lots of ways to connect with each other.

Networking in full flow

Networking in full swing.

Mahek Vara from Code Camp explains her vision for her Next Big Step with John from WCIT Damien from Do-It and Kush from AbilityNet

John Angel of WCIT, Damien Austin-Walker of Do-It! and Kush Kanodia of AbilityNet discuss expansion plans with Mahek Vara of Code Camp.

Microsoft UK MD Warwick discussing support for young entrepreneurs with Ilana from Water Watcher

Warwick Hill of Microsoft UK discusses ways to support young tech entrepreneurs with Ilana King, coach of the Water Watcher team who won the BT Young Pioneer Award.

Ben from Small Robot Company explaining what they need to take their Next Big Step

Ben Scott-Robinson of Small Robot Company spent the day with BT’s Infinity Lab, developing their plans for expansion and building their knowledge of AI.