The WCIT Charity is offering its first ever Charity IT Award of £750,000 to champion the transformative power of IT to help one selected charity to have a bigger impact on people’s lives.
76 charities applied; there are now five finalists.
The WCIT’s own Charity launched the new award, worth up to £750,000, at a special event that took place on 26 March. The award opened for applications in April 2018 and closed at the end of May; 76 charities applied.
All applications were reviewed against clearly-defined criteria by an independent consultant who presented a shortlist to an independent judging panel that combines extensive knowledge of IT, strong links to the City of London and a deep understanding of the charity sector. The judging panel is chaired by Sir Kenneth Olisa OBE, and also includes Jo Connell OBE DL, Sheriff and Alderman Tim Hailes JP, Bharat Mehta CBE, Gary Moore, Debby Ounsted CBE, Chris Robinson MBE and Eben Upton CBE.
From the 76 charities that applied, the judging panel selected five finalists who were notified in July and who have been invited to submit a detailed proposal as well as additional supporting documents. The WCIT Charity will be seeking evidence of the applicants’ ability to deliver on their proposal, and the WCIT project team will visit all finalists over the summer as part of the due diligence process.
Jo Connell OBE DL, Chair of the WCIT Charity and member of the judging panel, said “I was delighted with the response to our very first WCIT Charity Award. The shortlisted applications were discussed in considerable detail by the judging panel. All were of a very high quality and a lively discussion took place before there was agreement on the final five finalists.”
The five finalists will be asked to present their projects to members of the WCIT and the judging panel on the evening of 17 September 2018, with the winning charity set to be announced in early October 2018.
Our five finalists are:
Gary Moore, Chair of WCIT Charitable Operations, said “The trustees were delighted with the volume and quality of the initial responses. The judges faced a really tough challenge to shortlist our five candidates from such a strong portfolio of entries. We're really looking forward to the next stage, where we hear in person from the short-listed finalists. We certainly don't expect the decision to be straightforward!”
To find out a little more about each of our finalists
and their proposed projects