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Tech4Good South West launches recognition initiative to celebrate the region’s technology pioneers

18th June 2024

Not-for-profit organisation Tech4Good South West has launched a brand-new recognition showcase which will spotlight individuals and teams making a positive social impact across the region.

This initiative will celebrate organisations and individuals who are utilising digital technology as a force for good in the world. Champions will be selected based on Tech4Good South West’s guiding principles which include commitment to protect the planet, ensuring accessibility for all, and empowering innovation.

Anyone can get involved and nominate by submitting an online application on behalf of their chosen champion. The first round of the initiative is now open to nominations and the champions will be selected by guest judges. These champion nominations will roll throughout the year, bringing together community stories as part of a Champions Showcase. Tech4Good South West Champions will be announced and celebrated at our events, and annual reports.

The Tech4Good South West community has grown following its relaunch earlier this year. The organisation aims to build a regional ecosystem, fostering partnerships and opportunities for knowledge sharing, amplifying the impact of tech for good initiatives across the region.

The organisation plays a key role in supporting projects across the South West. One notable project and champion example is the Digital Divide Collective, incubated by Tech4Good South West. This project focuses on addressing digital inclusion in Bath & North East Somerset. The Digital Divide Collective is committed to tackling disparities in technology access, usage, and outcomes, ensuring that technology is accessible for all. Working alongside Tech4Good South West, the collective aims to identify barriers, map needs, and initiate key actions or projects.

Since its launch, the Digital Divide Collective has collaborated with local charities, national organisations, and industry partners to identify and amplify key initiatives that bridge the divide.

Commenting on the champions initiative Tech4Good South West Co-Founder Annie Legge said: “Technology has the potential to offer so many people wide-ranging opportunities. It can break down barriers to accessibility and address the digital divide that society is facing. A core pillar of the Tech4Good community is recognising tech for good achievements across the region. It’s essential that we celebrate the change-makers in the South West and acknowledge the potential positive impact they are having.

“The champions’ showcase provides an opportunity for community members to nominate individuals believed to be doing exceptional work, demonstrating dedication to tech innovations and access for all. The judging team looks forward to learning more about the amazing work delivered across the South West and announcing the region’s champions at the upcoming showcase event.”

To submit a request to nominate please complete a form via the Tech4Good South West website here.

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