We are very proud to win the Digital Agenda Impact Awards category on Social and Economic Transformation (sponsored by ClearlySo). We are also very proud to stand alongside the other nominees and winners at the event. Technology can be force for good and we believe that the path we lead for complete transparency on the delivery of aid and services is one of the most important.
Our blockchain solution will give humanitarian organisations the ability to sidestep costly middlemen, to access and verify critical information, and to track the flow of funds and resources from donation through to delivery. It also gives people – beneficiaries and donors alike – the ability to know where their resources are going, and to have faith in the system.
Here are a few details from the event site. Again, we are honoured to be part of an amazing event.
AID:Tech harnesses blockchain technology to ensure that every donated resource – financial, medical supplies, food or blankets – is traceable at the point of use, ensuring that the right people receive the right help at the right time.
DigitalAgenda director and editor Julian Blake, who has led the creation of the Impact Awards, said: “The Impact Awards highlight the extraordinary potential for technology to be a positive force and celebrate technology that is being used for impact, not just for profit.”
“Technology isn’t seen by everyone as a force for good. There’s actually a tense relationship between the public and technology, with understandable fears about its effect on fundamentals like privacy, work and even happiness. But digital offers to answer some of the big challenges we face. Digital has the potential to deliver positive change fast, and at scale. It is changing the way children learn. It is making people healthier. It is improving public services. It helps us respond to people movements and floods. And it helps us understand global trends.
Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading social tech funder, was the headline sponsor for the Impact Awards. Vicki Hearn, director of Nominet Trust, said: “We’re incredibly proud to support DigitalAgenda in championing the pioneers using digital technology to enable positive change, and in raising the profile of the flourishing tech for good sector in the UK. Through our grant funding, partnerships and annual NT100, it is clear that Nominet Trust shares with DigitalAgenda a belief in the transformative power of digital technology when creatively applied to social challenges. It has been an honour to recognise these inspiring entrepreneurs and to celebrate their achievements.”
The ceremony took place at London’s Barbican Centre before an audience of 250.