This award is open to all ‘technology for good’ 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 for good 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 for good 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%)
Are we eligible to enter?
Our awards programme is open to all organisations of any kind… companies large and small, charities, not-for-profits, social enterprises, NGOs, membership and accreditation organisations and government departments including local and county councils. We are all about rewarding sustainability practice – in all its forms. So if your organisation is making a difference, directly or indirectly to people and planet, you’re eligible.
We don’t just recognise businesses that are operating responsibly, or supporting / partnering with worthwhile causes. We also actively encourage entries from organisations that have been specifically set up or adapted to offer a product or service that tackles a social or environmental problem.
Our category descriptions and criteria have been written to guide entrants on what content should be detailed in their entries. However, we do not expect square pegs to fit in round holes… Some of your business activities or dedicated programmes might not fit entirely with any one specific category. In these cases, the descriptions and criteria are open to an element of interpretation and rest assured that our judges will still take into account entries that are strongly aligned with the overall context of the category.
If you have any concerns about the suitability of your entry, or would like to discuss your activities in more detail, we are here to help. Give Karen a call on 07813 718541 or email us.