Last Thursday, TechSoup New Zealand hosted the inaugural New Zealand Charities Technology Awards, celebrating the best in technology innovation and service excellence in the New Zealand charity sector.
Special guest, the Honourable Minister Alfred Ngaro, Minister for the Community and Voluntary Sector, delivered an inspiring opening address, congratulating the finalists on their outstanding technology achievements and praising them on their unwavering commitment in supporting New Zealand communities and working to strengthen the charitable sector through technology.
20/20 training partner Whanganui Learning Centre Trust commended
It was great to see current and long-standing 20/20 training partner Whanganui Learning Centre Trust acknowledged with a commendation award for their critical support to the lower socio-economic and multi-cultural needs of Whanganui.
Partnering with Microsoft, the Trust was launched as the first ‘Technology Centre’ in New Zealand, delivering technology programming initiatives to the community since 1975, including ‘Stepping UP’ and ‘Computers in Homes’.
In recent years, 365 families in the Whanganui region have learnt digital skills from the Whanganui Learning Centre and other 20/20 Computers in Homes partners.
Congratulations to Charities Technology Award winners
We congratulate the 6 Charities Technology Award category winners:
- Strategic Grants Technology Volunteer of the Year: Tim Wylie, Volunteering Auckland, for an online platform connecting people with voluntary opportunities.
- Google Lifetime Service Award for Technology Service: Dr. Amanda Oakley for dermnetnz.org, a website dedicated to skin conditions and their treatment.
- Xtreme Productivity Technology Innovator of the Year: Figure.NZ for ‘Creating a data democracy’ – standardising NZ’s non-personal data in one location accessible to the public.
- Microsoft Best Government Agency: Charities Services for delivering road shows in 2013-2015 to 9,000 individuals, and a webinar to over 2000 people.
- Blackbaud Social Media Campaign of the Year: SAFE for a multi-media campaign connecting people with realities of animal agriculture, encouraging them to stop animal cruelty.
- Reboot IT Best Small to Medium Enterprise: Safeguarding Children Initiative for their Child Protection Elearning platform, helping people detect and act on abuse and neglect.