The Tech4Good Awards nominations have now officially been open for a week. Over the course of the next nine weeks we’ll be highlighting each of our seven awards categories, remind you who the winners were in previous years of the Tech4GoodAwards, and suggest some great stories that could turn into nominations this year.
The Accessibility Award is for any company that uses technology to transform the lives of disabled people – whether that’s through software, hardware or digital innovation.
In 2011 that honour went to Lifelites, for providing fun and education technology packages to every children’s hospice in the UK. Lifelites give life limited children the chance to keep in touch with friends through social networks, carry on with school work, and make sure they’re up to date with all of the latest celeb news.
In 2012 the winners were LexAble, for their product Global AutoCorrect. This discreet, intuitive software allows those with dyslexia to focus on what they are writing, without the distraction of spelling errors being highlighted and jagged lines appearing across the screen. The software automatically, and accurately, corrects their spelling as they go, giving them creative freedom to focus on what matters – their writing. Find out more about LexAble’s journey since winning the award here.
In 2013 Barclays Bank came out trumps for their specially designed cashpoints, making banking more accessible for blind and partially sighted people. They were the first UK bank to respond to the RNIB’s ‘Making Money Talk’ campaign, and have now installed more than 4200 machines across the UK. You can watch comedian Chris McCausland’s hilarious video on Barclay’s Bank cashpoints here.
So who will you be nominating for the Accessibility Award in this year’s Tech4Good Awards? You’ve got until May 6th to let us know, and you can nominate as many organisations as you like.