This award is open to all technology products (software or hardware) that have generated a positive impact for the environment or in the community and helped to improve quality of life for people or the planet either on a local, national or international level. This positive impact could have been created either directly or indirectly (for example by helping a third sector organisation to achieve its objectives).
The judging panel will be looking for details on how and why the technology was created and developed, its goals and ethos as well as its sustainability, scalability, availability and originality. The judges will also be interested to hear about the challenges faced in developing the technology and how these were overcome and what support and training was provided to the end user to maximise the potential.
With tech having the potential to address some of the world’s biggest social and environmental challenges, the judges will specifically be looking for evidence of verifiable community / social or environmental impact. Entrants are asked to provide details about the scale of the challenge being tackled by the technology, the degree to which the technology has helped to date and an estimation of its potential success in the future.
Consideration will be given to the awareness raised to promote the technology and encourage its use in the relevant industry sectors and whether the product is scalable and replicable. Extra credit will be given to those entrants that not only raise awareness of key issues, but also promote and inspire behavioural change either locally or across the world.
Judges will be looking for evidence of the following points within the supplied application form (weighting percentages in brackets):
- Details of the technology innovation, how and why it was developed, challenges overcome, support and training provided, its goals and ethos as well as its sustainability, availability and originality; (40%)
- Evidence of the effectiveness of the technology and the verifiable positive impact to the community, society or environment; (35%)
- Awareness raising to promote and support the social or environmental benefits of the technology including market reaction, public and sector engagement, industry awards won, press coverage gained and any inspiration of behavioural change; (15%)
- The wider potential for scalability and replicability. (10%)