News release

Date: 11th May 2011

Mariella Frostrup joins forces with Martha Lane Fox to celebrate Technology4Good

TV presenter, Mariella Frostrup, is joining Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox, in getting behind new national awards scheme, the Technology4Good Awards.


11 May 2011 - TV presenter, Mariella Frostrup, is joining Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox, in getting behind new national awards scheme, the Technology4Good Awards. The creation of e-accessibility charity, AbilityNet, and sponsored by BT, the Technology4Good Awards celebrate the achievements of organisations and individuals who use computers and the internet to make the world a better place.

With a new extended deadline, nominations are now welcomed until 13 May from charities, businesses, schools, government and the public who have harnessed the power of technology in innovative and diverse ways.

Ms Frostrup will be official compère at the Awards Ceremony scheduled to take place at the BT Centre, London on 7 June 2011.

The unique scope of the UK Technology4Good Awards’ eight categories offers nominees the opportunity to demonstrate their competence in a range of areas including: accessibility, volunteering, innovation, fundraising, creating partnerships, community action and meeting the needs of disabled customers. With additional support from AppiChar, Barclaycard, Charity Technology Trust, HiSoftware, IT4Communities, Microsoft, Microlink, Camelot, RaceOnline2012 and UK online centres, the UK Technology4Good Awards is an opportunity for outstanding and inspirational achievements in digital inclusion to obtain national recognition for the first time.

Says AbilityNet CEO, Nigel Lewis: “The Technology4Good Awards have already generated a huge response with over 150 nominations registered via our website. It is pleasing to note the diversity and breadth of entries - particularly for the Community Impact, Innovation and Accessibility Awards – a graphic illustration of the empowering influence of digital technology at home, at work and in education.”

Journalists wishing to attend the Awards Ceremony should contact the AbilityNet Press Office.
The Awards are free to enter at www.technology4goodawards.org.uk

Follow the Awards on Twitter @tech4goodawards or #t4gawards

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Issued by:

AbilityNet Press Office,
Tel: 01926 429595/07733 227003 or
Email: abilitynet.pressoffice[at]abilitynet[dot]org.uk

Editors’ notes:
UK Technology 4 Good Awards welcome nominations in the following categories:
- Accessibility Award
- BT Contact Us Award
- Community Impact Award
- Community Voices Award
- Fundraising Award
- Innovation Award
- IT Volunteer of the Year Award
- Working Together Award

About AbilityNet
National charity, AbilityNet, has over 20 years’ experience enabling people with disabilities to access technology and the internet at home, at work and in education. Globally acclaimed for its expertise in both workplace disability management as well as on-line usability and accessibility issues, AbilityNet has worked with clients in the private, public and voluntary sector including all major Departments of State and many FTSE top 100 indexed companies. The Charity’s Patron is Sir Terry Pratchett OBE.

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