The Tech4Good Awards are now in their ninth year, with nominations coming in fast across the nine categories. But what makes Tech4Good different and why should you enter?

When we set out to create the Tech4Good Awards, we wanted to provide a space to recognise those in the country who were inventing and creating innovative tech that solves problems and makes people’s lives better. The popularity of the awards and the success of many of our winners shows just how much this was needed. But what we didn’t realise was that we would also create a unique community of likeminded people. A network stretching across the country of people, organisations and businesses working to create accessible, innovative technologies and who have come to support each other in many different ways.

Of course, the Awards Ceremony itself is a glittering affair, complete with a chocolate fountain (always a big hit!) and glow-stick voting. And there is a celebratory dinner on top of that for the final winners.

On top of that, finalists in all the award categories are invited to a networking day at BT Tower – to meet the judges, alongside each other. This unique event is an opportunity to develop and expand their networks; many share ideas, make connections and swap advice with other finalists.

People’s Award powered by Crowdfunder

Another unique feature is the People’s Award. It is so important for us that the awards are representative of the people, so in 2014, we opened up voting to the general public. All of our finalists will be given a crowdfunding page – a unique chance to tell the world about what they do and ask for help taking their Next Big Step.

Some may just ask for a Tweet, to help raise their profile and share their story, but they also may want your tech skills or fundraising support. Some may be looking for funding pledges, whilst others may need an extra pair of hands on their next volunteering project.

A network of partners

The Tech4Good Awards are sponsored by some of the biggest and most experienced brands in the business, such as AbilityNet, Brandwatch, BT, Charity Digital News, Comic Relief, Do it Life, Good Things Foundation, Information Technologists’ Company, Lloyds Banking Group, Microsoft, Nesta, Recite Me, Samsung, Scope and UnLtd.  These awards put your name right in front of them and this year we’re looking at how we can connect winners even further with our incredibly knowledgeable sponsors and partners to make the most of their expertise.

So what are you waiting for? If you have an inspiring example of an accessible piece of technology that helps disabled people achieve their goals – you could be our next award winner. Enter here, and join our unique Tech4Good community.