By Ross Linnett, Recite Me Founder & CEO
Who will create the technology of tomorrow? What will it look like? How will it help to change people’s lives for the better?
As a technology entrepreneur who created and founded Recite Me, and other tech companies, I’m continually thinking about these questions.
And there’s no better place to look for answers than the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards.
They are the only awards to highlight the charities, businesses and volunteers across the UK that harness the power of technology to improve the lives of others.
The AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2018 programme was launched yesterday at the BT Tower, London.
This is the eighth year of the awards, which are organised by digital accessibility charity AbilityNet and sponsored by BT.
The awards are free to enter and open to anyone
You can now enter the awards and entry is free and open to any business, charity, individual or public body in the UK. Entries close at 6.00 pm on 9th May.
The AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards 2018 categories are:
- AbilityNet Accessibility Award
- BT Connected Society
- BT Young Pioneer
- Comic Relief Tech4Good for Africa Award
- Community Impact
- Digital Health Award
- Digital Skills Award
- Tech Volunteer of the Year
Notable past award winners include young inventor Arnav Sharmar. He studied the causes, diagnosis and effect of asthma and programmed a Raspberry Pi to help parents of children suffering from asthma and those not sure about the diagnosis of asthma.
And there’s Bristol Braille Technology, which is building a revolutionary and radically affordable Braille e-reader for blind people called Canute, designed with and by the blind community.
You can nominate yourself for an award, or your organisation/group, or another person or organisation/group that has invented or adapted digital technology to help other people.
I know first-hand about the power of tech to change people’s lives and I’m thrilled that Recite Me is a sponsor of this year’s AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards, for the second year running.
We also support the awards by donating our Recite Me web accessibility software for use on the awards website.
Tech changes lives for the better
I’m one of the 13 million people in the UK with a disability or learning difficulty, as I was diagnosed with dyslexia when I was studying at university.
I decided to create a web accessibility solution that helps people with disabilities and impairments like dyslexia to access websites in the format that suits them best, wherever they are, whenever they want. And thus Recite Me was born in 2011.
So I’m delighted that Recite Me is supporting the tech inventors of today as they build the tech for tomorrow’s world that will change people’s lives for the better.
Have you thought about entering the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards?
If you or your organisation has used digital technology to improve other people’s lives (or you know someone who has) you should enter now. Good luck!