• This year’s NT100 celebrates the projects using digital technology to tackle some of the most pressing global challenges of 2015
• Social innovators around the world are using a vast array of tech for good, from humanitarian drones to 3D-printing, and 3 word geo-location to social media
Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading tech for good funder, has announced that what3words has been named among the 2015 Nominet Trust 100 (NT100) – a global celebration of the 100 most inspiring uses of digital technology for social good.
Following a global call for nominations earlier this year what3words, the global addressing platform, was selected by ten leading judging partners from the tech and charity world in recognition of our work.
what3words is a location reference platform based on a global grid of 57 trillion 3mx3m squares, where each square has a unique pre-assigned 3 word address. The solution helps everyone who needs to share or find a location, whether they are a refugee, a small business or an aid organisation.
The system is being used to deliver parcels and post in Rio’s favelas, medicine in South Africa’s Townships and solar lighting in the slums in India. It was used in Tanzania to monitor outbreaks of violence in the run up their recent elections and is currently helping to manage a cholera outbreak in Dar es Salaam. The United Nations have built 3 word addresses into their disaster reporting app UN-Asign.
This year, what3words is rubbing shoulders with familiar names such as Google X’s Project Loon, which aims to deliver the Internet to developing countries via large air balloons and Wayfindr, a project led by UK charity, the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB), which allows visually impaired people to navigate via an audio smartphone app. The list also features lesser-known ventures such as Kgolagano, which utilises TV white space to provide medical care to rural areas of Botswana remotely, and Humanitarian Open Street Maps Team, which harnesses the power of the crowd to build maps for emergency aid workers, for example during the West Africa Ebola outbreak.
Participation in the ‘tech for good’ movement continues to rise and the 2015 selection illustrates important long-term developments ranging from the bioprinting of human tissue models to eDemocracy platforms. It also features responses to more recent current affairs that have dominated news headlines, such as the huge influx of migrants to Europe.
“Remarkable people all over the world are embracing technology to combat some of the most pressing social challenges we face today. This year in particular, the resourcefulness of organisations helping those in urgent need is hugely inspirational. Initiatives supporting the communities devastated by the Ebola outbreak and the Nepal earthquake are powerful examples of how imaginative use of digital technology can enable us to respond swiftly to rapidly evolving crises.
“Increasing accessibility to technology is helping foster communities of social tech entrepreneurs worldwide, who are transforming healthcare, access to education, sustainability and civic empowerment. The NT100 seeks to highlight these pioneers, so that others may be encouraged to follow in their footsteps.” Vicki Hearn, Director of Nominet Trust
The 2015 NT100 was compiled from a combination of over 500 public nominations and in-house research to produce a shortlist of 150 projects. This shortlist was presented to our judging partners of ten tech and charity organisations, who selected the final 2015 NT100. Representatives from Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Creative England, Facebook, Latimer Group, Nominet, O2 Telefonica, Oxfam, Salesforce and Society Guardian all took part in the selection process.
Information about all of the projects is hosted on the Social Tech Guide, the world’s largest interactive index of tech for good, which now has almost 1,300 ventures in its database.