The Twitter hash tag #RiotCleanUp, which helped mobilise positive action after the 2011 riots in England, is on the shortlist for the 2012 Technology4good Awards. The awards recognise and reward the achievements of those using computers and the Internet to make the world a better place.
Worthing-based artist, Dan Thompson, inspired hundreds of volunteers to join a clear-up operation nationwide using the #RiotCleanUp hashtag. More than 12,000 people posted messages using the tag, which were subsequently re-tweeted more than 31,000 times, eventually reaching over seven million users.
Another shortlisted entry is Panasonic Corporation's ‘talking TV’, developed in partnership with the RNIB. Panasonic’s ‘Voice Guidance’ announces on-screen information using synthetic speech, enabling visually impaired people to navigate options, menus and digital programme guides.
Paignton’s Stroke Survivors’ Group is another one of the 25 entries shortlisted. Its members help each other rebuild their lives by sharing IT know-how to overcome isolation and learn (or regain) communication skills.
The award winners will be announced on 6 July 2012 at the BT Centre, London.