Last year we launched the BT Ingenious Award, previously known as the BT Get IT Together Award, and it was BuffaloGrid who took the trophy home, for offering power to rural people in the developing world, through solar powered hubs that charge mobile phones, allowing small communities to trade through the power of mobile technology. Previous BT Get IT Together Award winners were Cosmic, CitizenZone and Transforming Customer Contact Team.
This year we have four fantastic finalists in the running for the BT Ingenious Award. In no particular order, we have GoodSAM (Smartphone Activated Medic), PlusGuidance and what3words. Find out more about them here, including the hashtag you need to tweet to vote:
#T4GGoodSAM is a London-based social enterprise, who have created a smartphone alerter and responder app, dispatch system and extensive network of trained doctors, nurses, paramedics and other first aiders who respond to nearby life-threatening emergencies before an ambulance arrival.
#T4GPlusGuidance is an online counselling platform that helps people securely and discreetly connect with a counsellor that’s right for them, through video-calls, voice-calls and instant messaging, at a time that suits them.
Finally, London-based startup of eight, #T4Gwhat3words, have divided the world into a grid of 3mx3m squares, and pre-allocated each with a fixed and unique 3-word address, meaning that they can receive aid, report disease and exercise basic human rights.
BT has sponsored the Tech4Good Awards from the very beginning. They have also launched BT Ingenious and their BT Infinity Lab Programme, designed to encourage open innovation through competitions and sponsorship, and a platform to showcase the UK’s finest tech start-ups.
Visit the Finalists 2015 page to find out who made it to finals this year, and how you can vote for them to win the People’s Award. Don’t forget, any of our 27 finalists can win this Award, regardless of whether they win their category. You can tell us who you think should win by voting right here on the website, or by tweeting your chosen finalist’s unique hashtag. You can vote as many times as you like – and don’t forget to tell family, friends, colleagues and service users to vote, too. Voting will be open throughout June.