6 September 2010
A website which features children stories that are fully accessible in animation, sound, subtitles and British Sign language is among the finalists of the UK IT Industry Awards run by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, and Computing magazine. The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony on 11 November, at Battersea Park Arena.
Other projects which have reached finalist stage include a project that aims to get all Westminster residents online by 2012, a free, secure, accessible communication platform, an accessible website that aims to serve 750 million consumers, a project to increase internet use amongst older people and those on low incomes and an e-billing project.
The annual Awards are a platform for the entire IT profession to showcase and celebrate best practice, innovation and excellence. The categories provide an opportunity for organisations and individuals involved in IT across the public, not for profit and commercial sectors. In total, the Awards feature 24 categories which cover: project, organisation, technology and individual excellence and include awards such as Security Innovation of the Year, Small IT Department of the Year, Business Project of the Year and CIO of the Year.
This year the Awards feature the new Digital Inclusion Achievement of the Year Award, run in association with Race Online 2012. The project aims to bring people and organisations together to improve the life chances of the 10 million people who have never been online, particularly the four million who are also socially and economically excluded.
David Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT says: “I’d like to congratulate the finalists, they all can be proud of their achievements. The diversity of the projects that have reached this stage is testament to the impact of IT today.
“I’d particularly like to congratulate the finalists in our first Digital Inclusion Achievement of the Year Award who are working hard to encourage and support individuals to benefit from technology and enjoy access to information that most of us simply take for granted.”
Robin Booth, Publishing Director of Computing adds: “I would like to add my congratulations to the finalists. The UK IT Industry Awards are rigorously judged and to be announced as a finalist is a great achievement. I don’t envy the judges who now have to decide the winners; it’s going to be very tough.”