New Batch of UK Tech For Good Inventors and Innovators Uncovered
The next generation of the UK’s tech for good inventors and innovators has been
unveiled at the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2019 ceremony in BT Centre, London.
Organised by national digital accessibility charity AbilityNet and sponsored by BT, the awards are open to any business, charity, individual or public body in the UK that invents or modifies digital technology to improve other people’s lives.
This year’s winners include The National Theatre, which scooped the Inclusive Design Award for its Smart Caption Glasses system. Smart caption glasses are a revolutionary new way for people with hearing loss to enjoy performances at The National Theatre. When wearing the glasses, users see a transcript of the dialogue and descriptions of the sound from a performance displayed on the lenses of the glasses.
Elsewhere, nine-year-old Mihika Sharma won the BT Young Pioneer Award for her work inventing the Smart Stick. Mihika’s Smart Stick can help blind as well as deaf people to build up confidence in walking alone and alert them about obstacles. It takes them to their destination using the Bluetooth and the phone GPS system in the stick – guiding them along the path using right and left vibrators according to the navigation instructions.
WCIT were delighted to see member Dr Sue Black OBE receive the Tech4Good ‘Special’ award for her ongoing work with #techmums.
Other award winners include stand-up comedian Lee Ridley, better known as Lost Voice Guy. He was the recipient of the Tech4Good Awesome Award, which he received in recognition of his huge success as the first stand-up comedian in Britain to use a communication aid in his routines.
The awards are now in their ninth year and this year’s awards ceremony was held on 17 July at BT Centre, London. Each award winner will now have the opportunity to access a year-long programme of support that is designed to help each one grow as much as possible after they win an AbilityNet Tech4Good Award.
“The Tech4Good awards are a showcase which recognises the most innovative and effective uses of technology to make the world a better place. We’re delighted to be one of the sponsors for these awards as their purpose aligns with our aim of promoting the use of technology to change lives. I was incredibly impressed with the passion shown by all finalists across a huge range of projects for social enrichment” Stefan Fafinski, Chair of WCIT Charity and Deputy Master.
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