The National eWell-Being Awards
Now in their eighth successive year, the National eWell-Being Awards promote the benefits of Information and Communication Technologies.
The National eWell-Being Awards are unique in celebrating the social, economic and environmental benefits of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT
). The aim is to identify the most innovative uses of ICT
by local authorities, businesses, third-sector organisations and academic institutions.
The awards are designed to promote the tangible benefits that ICT
can bring to society the economy and to the environment, along with raising the profile of category winners. Categories Better Ways of Working
Organisational initiatives and/or specific ICT
applications which enable work to be done in a more sustainable manner, e.g. travel reductions through remote working. Building Community Networks
Web and other ICT
applications which create environmental and social benefits by linking individuals together, and creating ‘social capital’. Sustainable use of ICT in Schools
-based initiatives in schools that raise awareness or help understanding and support changes in practice that improve efficiency whilst reducing environmental impacts. This category is open to any education provider for 3-18 year olds that is registered either with the DCSF or one of the other UK devolved administration equivalents. SME Innovation Award
Mainstream business ICT
applications eg for collaborative working or resource management, which are creating significant environmental and social benefit, even if this was not the main purpose of the activity. Race Online 2012 Reaching the Digitally Excluded
Projects that are using ICT
to reduce social exclusion, and improve access to economic and social opportunities, for disadvantaged groups. Improving Public Services ICT
based initiatives by local authorities, and voluntary bodies providing public services, which create environmental and social benefits. Independent Living
The Independent Living category recognises ICT
-based projects and applications which enable elderly people, or people with disabilities, to have a better quality of life in their homes, and/or avoid hospitalisation or involuntary changes of residence. Energy Efficiency
Recognises both the key role of ICT
and energy saving and efforts to improve the energy efficiency of ICT
itself with initiatives such as 'greening data centres'.