AbilityNet
London, Tuesday 14 July-- The Tech4Good Awards were announced today at a glittering ceremony at BT Centre. This is the fifth year of the Awards, which are organised by national charity AbilityNet and supported by BT.
 
The credit-card sized Raspberry Pi has become Britain’s fastest-selling computer, and scooped the Judges’ Special Award this year. With over 6 million low-cost units sold in the space of 3 years, Raspberry Pi is transforming the world of computing.
 
Mark Walker, Marketing & Communications Manager at AbilityNet said: “Raspberry Pi is a very worthy winner of the Judges’ Special Award. The device enables people of all ages and backgrounds to explore computing, and to learn how to program in languages like Scratch and Python, building much needed digital skills for the future.
 
“AbilityNet created the Tech4Good Awards to celebrate the people and organisations that use technology to make the world a better place – and to inspire others to do the same.”
 
The Raspberry Pi Foundation, an educational charity that aims to provide children all over the world with the opportunity to learn to program and understand how computers work, developed the Raspberry Pi computer. 
 
Raspberry Pi is capable of doing everything you’d expect a desktop computer to do, from browsing the internet and playing high-definition video, to making spreadsheets, word-processing, and playing games.
 
Philip Colligan, CEO of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, said: “We’re delighted and very honoured to have been chosen for the Judges’ Special Award this year. We’ve got great plans for the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s charitable work in 2015 and going forward; there’s a great deal of work to do in making computing accessible, approachable and exciting, and we’re looking forward to the challenge."
 
The Tech4Good Awards celebrated innovation in technology across 10 categories, a full list of winners is available from 10.00 am on 15 July on the Tech4Good Awards website: www.tech4goodawards.com.
 
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For further information please contact Catherine Grinyer: press.office@abilitynet.org.uk or mobile: 07713248387
 
About AbilityNet:
 
National charity, AbilityNet, has over 20 years’ experience enabling people with disabilities to access technology and the internet at home, at work and in education. The Tech4Good Awards were set up by AbilityNet in 2010 to celebrate the people and organisations that use technology to make the world a better place – and to inspire others to do the same.
 
Globally acclaimed for its expertise in both workplace disability management as well as on-line usability and accessibility issues, AbilityNet has worked with clients in the private, public and voluntary sector including all major Departments of State and many FTSE top 100 indexed companies.  The Charity’s Patron is Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, UK Digital Champion and Chair of Go ON UK.
Website: http://www.abilitynet.org.uk
 
About Raspberry Pi:
 
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a UK charity founded in 2009 advance the education of adults and children, particularly in the field of computers, computer science and related subjects, and is responsible for developing the Raspberry Pi device. As well as making tiny computers, the Foundation produces teaching and learning materials, runs programs for kids, trains teachers and works to make technology more accessible to everybody.
 
For more information please contact Liz Upton at press@raspberrypi.org or on 07900 315 320.
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