Our 2018 Tech4Good Award winners have been announced
20 July 2018
We’ve awarded four home-schooled children our prestigious Young Pioneer Award at the annual Tech4Good Awards. The award is in recognition of their Water Watcher device, which aims to combat the problem of water wastage
The children, aged between nine and 16, are close friends who developed the device to tackle the issue of water being wasted due to taps being left on as a result of memory loss, dementia, dyslexia or brain injury. Small and inexpensive, the product can fit onto any tap and uses the vibrations of the water with a timer and alarm system to alert the user if the tap is left running.
Alex Lynch, 16 years-old, a member of the Water Watcher team said: “It is a dream come true to have won this award. We have worked so hard as a team to come up with Water Watcher. Winning the BT Young Pioneer Award is so great and we hope our device can help people all over the world.”
Our Connected Society award was won by the Small Robot Company. This company looks to re-imagine farming in the robotic age by using robots to plant, feed, and weed arable crops autonomously. The company is run by farmers, for farmers and has the ambition of providing a global solution for waste which costs the farming industry £80bn a year. The Small Robot Company will benefit from our support and advice from our renowned Infinity Lab Team, who will be helping and mentoring the team. Infinity Lab has helped many tech start-ups to take the next steps in growing their business.
Ian Caveney, BT Head of Digital and Social Inclusion says: “We were blown away by all the entries to Tech4Good this year. Both BT winners focused closely on helping to reduce waste, which is an increasingly worrying global issue. We support the Tech4Good Awards as it’s so important to recognise the incredible work young people are doing. We hope this will lead to inspiring other budding entrepreneurs to change the world using technology for good.”
The awards, run by disability charity AbilityNet, is in its eighth year and recognises organisations and individuals who use digital technology to improve lives. As a founding sponsor of the awards, we recognise the importance of fostering new ideas and technology that improve lives.