Teresa is calling for local groups to enter the TalkTalk Digital Heroes Awards 2013, a unique competition that recognises and rewards people who are using technology to help their communities.
The awards, now in their sixth year, have provided funding and support to 62 organisations across Britain, including various charities which have used technology to help children and youths, the homeless and people with disabilities.
The awards, run in partnership with the Daily Mirror and the charities Citizens Online and Go ON UK, aim to recognise inspirational people who use technology to benefit their local communities. Twelve winners, one from each region of the UK – voted for by the public – will each get £5,000 to enhance their digital projects, with one overall winner getting £10,000.
In addition to the main awards, Martha Lane Fox will present a special award for the Young Digital Hero on behalf of Go ON UK, a charity she chairs which aims to make UK the world’s most digitally connected nation. The top prize is £4,000 for their chosen charity and an Apple MacBook Air.
The awards are now open for submissions and the deadline for entries is August 14th 2013. The Twitter hashtag for the awards is #digitalheroes.
Commenting on the awards, Teresa said:
“Digital technology plays an increasingly important role, helping to improve people’s lives and encourage the growth of local businesses.
Digital Heroes is a wonderful initiative which recognises the people who have worked hard to champion digital technology and made a difference to their community.
I hope that projects across Erith & Thamesmead will be able to benefit from this year’s scheme, and I will be encouraging local groups and individuals to enter the competition.”