Nominet has announced the winners of the 2012 Nominet Internet Awards, which includes a series of Internet safety sketches from the CBBC Horrible Histories team, a website educating youngsters about AIDs and HIV, and a free online service that helps those below the poverty line gain easier access to benefits.
The annual awards celebrate projects that help to make the internet a more secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for all. For the first time, this yearâs ceremony also featured a category for Outstanding Contribution to the UK Internet, which was won by The Raspberry Pi Foundation following a public vote.
The full list of categories and winners is as follows:
Most innovative business: Hao2.eu Ltd 3D Novations is an initiative that provides people with autistic spectrum conditions (ASC) with access to employment, training and business opportunities via the Internet within a 3D virtual world.
Runner up: SimplyUnite, which provides simplified access to emails, Skype and the internet for people living in residential care through its SimplyUnite Gem service.
Online training & education: AVERT.org is an educational website produced by UK charity AVERT, offering a safe and accessible platform for teaching and learning about HIV and AIDS. The website mixes different forms of digital media, videos, games and web content to bring a difficult and sensitive subject to life.
Runner up: O2 Learn, which offers a free video library of revision lessons for 13-18 year olds.
Protecting users from crimes & threats: CBBC Horrible Histories is a joint collaboration between BBC Childrenâs, BBC Learning and Lion TV, in partnership with The UK Safer Internet Centre to support Safer Internet Day, which developed four educational and entertaining sketches to teach young children about the importance of online safety.
Runner up: FinerDay, a free, secure online âclosedâ social network, allows the older generation, those who are less technically aware, or those that have special needs to stay connected to family, carers, healthcare professionals and the community on a trusted platform.
Charitable or not-for-profit work online: Elizabeth Finn Care offers a free online digital service called Turn2us which helps those below the poverty line gain access to welfare benefits, charitable grants and other financial help through offers various online tools.
Runner up: Saving Bletchley Park is a three year online and social media campaign driven by Dr Sue Black, to secure financial investment and increase visitors to Bletchley Park, the famous WW II site used to decode messages transmitted by the German forces.
Highly commended: Public Zone, a free iPhone app launched by Diabetes UK, which allows users to track their chemical levels, mood, save âtalking pointsâ for appointments and make data sharable via social media platforms.
Online public services information: The Hansard Societyâs Lords of the Blog is a cross-party blog that encourages dialogue between the public and Members of the House of Lords, allowing members to answer comments, offer insight into their roles and debated topics and current legislation.
Runner up: Loch of Shining Waters in Lochgelly is a group of volunteers who run and develop an online, non-profit, non-commercial, resource site which gathers and centralises historical and present information about Lochgelly.
Outstanding Contribution to the UK Internet: The Raspberry Pi FoundationÂ which created an affordable, accessible, credit-card sized computer that has been developed by colleagues from the University of Cambridge to encourage children to learn computer programming skills.
Each winnerâs initiative will be showcased by Nominet at the next meeting of the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum (IGF), taking place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in November, to help promote and develop industry best practice.
Lesley Cowley, CEO of Nominet, said: “This yearâs winners have again proved that online achievement and innovation in the UK is among the very best in the world. We look forward to proudly showcasing the initiatives at the United Nations’ IGF as the best examples of an accessible, inclusive and safe web environment.”
For more information on the Nominet Internet Awards, visit http://nia.nominet.org.uk
About the Internet Awards
The Nominet Internet Awards is an annual competition which is aimed at UK individuals and organisations who are helping to make the internet a secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for everyone who uses it. These awards celebrate great UK internet projects by recognising achievement and innovation.
Building on the success of the past four years, we will recognise those organisations, groups and individuals who have embraced the challenge of making the internet a secure, open, accessible and diverse experience.Â Winners will be promoted in the UK and internationally as examples of best practice.Â Supporters of the Nominet Internet Awards include MPs, industry leaders, civil institutions, businesses, public sector and academia.
Nominet is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the smooth and secure running of the .uk Internet infrastructure. A public service ethos drives everything we do â we strive to make the Internet an ever more trusted space for everyone who uses it.
As one of the worldâs largest Internet registries, we maintain a âdirectoryâ of domain names ending in.uk, and run the technology which locates the computer hosting the website or email address you are looking for.
We set up and support the Nominet Trust, an independently run charity focussed on increasing access, safety and education on Internet issues.
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