2018 Award

Greater Manchester Kidney Information Network -GMKIN with Peer support & information

The judges said

In an age where social media can breed division and distrust it's fantastic to see social media being used to bring people together to support each other.

Entrant's description

GMKIN is an innovative joint venture between the local Kidney Patient Association (KPAs) and the University of Salford. GMKIN works to initiate positive social change through social media with local renal community of patients, who struggle with isolation and access to ‘real life’ information such as coping mechanisms, expectations, symptoms. It consists of a website and blogging system, Twitter and a closed Facebook confidential network. The project demonstrated through in-depth longitudinal research the positive outcomes triggered by social media, which then influenced the development of projects in other fields (e.g. cancer, midwifery, dementia).

Commended

SteamaCo with Energy Autopilot

Entrant's description

SteamaCo's IoT technology enables companies to sell energy in frontier markets. Globally, 1.2bn people remain unconnected to electricity and a further 1bn people suffer regular blackouts. Distributed solar makes cheaper and cleaner energy possible, but is complex and costly to manage, particularly in remote locations. SteamaCo’s Energy Autopilot enables its customers to process payments and operate utilities anywhere on the planet. Forged in the world's toughest environments, SteamaCo operates thousands of distributed devices across Africa. Simple, robust and 4x cheaper than comparable smart meter platforms, SteamaCo's product is a key enabler the off-grid energy industry.

Shortlist

  • Roundhouse Digital with Christmas campaign for The People's Kitchen
  • Cybertill and Barnardos with Efficient EPoS Roll-out
  • Mashbo with Chasing the Stigma: Hub of Hope
  • Henshaws with The Knowledge Village - Digital Sight Loss Support
  • Mediaworks with Wild In Art
  • Digital Training Solutions with Digital project to support aid workers in Syria

Criteria

An entry in this category can be any digital project commissioned by or executed by a third sector organisation (charity, social enterprise or not-for-profit association), community group or co-operative, for example a charity website, or a community-led content project. Entrants should demonstrate the success of the project in achieving a positive social objective directly, or in improving the ability of a third sector project or organisation to achieve its social objectives.


2017 Award

MadLab with Make Stuff

The judges said

Encouraging hands-on use of technology and breaking down the barriers between the tech that's transforming our lives. Exemplary engagement with communities across the North.

Entrant's description

As the world enters an era in which technology know-how is essential for today's young people, how do we ensure that everyone in Greater Manchester, particularly those with the fewest opportunities, will take part in our shared digital future? Enter Make Stuff: free, pop-up, digital making workshop days, delivered to the hearts of communities across Greater Manchester – setting new local records for event attendance and diversity in the process. Make Stuff introduces the next generation, and their parents, to the newest technologies – VR, 3D printing, the Internet of Things – which will go on to shape their lives.

Shortlist

  • Connected Hull with Connected Hull
  • Dinosaur with Fairtrade Foundation and the Co-op with Growing Stories
  • MadLab with Make Stuff
  • BBC micro:bit partnership with BBC micro:bit

Criteria

This category was updated in 2017 from Best Not for Profit Award to Best Tech for Good. An entry in this category can be any digital project commissioned by or executed by a third sector organisation (charity, social enterprise or not-for-profit association), community group or co-operative, for example a charity website, or a community-led content project. Entrants should demonstrate the success of the project in achieving a positive social objective directly, or in improving the ability of a third sector project or organisation to achieve its objectives.

 

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