UK's top IT volunteers named
Doing it for charidee
IT4Communities, which links charities with IT professionals who volunteer time and expertise to help organisations sort out technology projects, or start new projects, has released the shortlist for its 2008 awards.
There are three finalists in four different categories: Best IT volunteer; the project which showed best impact on the organisation; the project which showed most innovation; and the project which was most accessible.
Vying for the award for best IT volunteer will be Scott McCabe, who sorted out a website and email access for homeless charity Cambridge Link-Up; Clive McClure who created a staff training and client database for Westminster Advocacy Service for Senior Residents; and the mysterious, Stig-like volunteer known only as Alan who helped set up an IT training programme for EverybodyOnline - Edinburgh.
The shortlists for the other categories are here.
IT4C is funded by the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists. If you are interested in volunteering, there is more information here.
The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 19 February. ®
(Disclaimer: El Reg was involved in judging this year's shortlists.)
Super web designers, to the rescue.
Wow, there be some real web design talent over thar.
Another unsung hero
There's a bloke on a local freecycle group to me who has fixed / built, and given away over 144 recycled PCs...
I've been working on an IT4Communities project for some time and it's been very interesting and rewarding. It's nice to see El Reg being involved.
@AC 09:08: it4c is all about helping charities so the awards are for projects they have been involved with and don't necessarilly have anything to do with open source. On the other hand, charities are very open to the concept. When starting on the project I currently work on, I asked the charity if they would agree to me releasing anything I do for them as open source and they were very receptive to the idea. So when I think it can be useful to others, I will release it under an open source license. Conversely, for obvious cost reasons, a lot of charity projects are done using open source software which in turn is a good way to find bugs and report them to the project.