"Nominet, the not-for-profit organisation responsible for the smooth and secure running of the .uk infrastructure, today announces the shortlist of entries for the Nominet Internet Awards 2012.
This year's awards include a new category - Outstanding Contribution to the UK internet - where the public can vote for the person or organisation which has had the greatest impact over the past 12 months. Online voting for the nominees, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Dame Wendy Hall, Race Online 2012, James Quinault, the Raspberry Pi Foundation and Tim Snape, closes on June 13th.
Now in their sixth year, the Nominet Internet Awards celebrate the achievements and innovation of UK internet initiatives which help to make the internet a more secure, open, accessible and diverse experience for all.
The awards are open to any organisation or individual who is doing great work online, whether it benefits their business, the wider economy, local communities or the UK's internet users in general. Over 65 organisations, initiatives and individuals have been nominated for awards this year.
Entries were reviewed by an independent panel of judges, chaired by Rt Hon Stephen Timms, MP. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Thursday 5 July 2012 at the Saatchi Gallery, London.
Each winner's 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, says: "What's striking about this year's Nominet Internet Awards nominees is the breadth of people that have benefited from the projects they've delivered. Businesses, students, children, community groups, older people and the homeless are all served in some way by at least one of the entrants. It's heartening to see how the UK has embraced and harnessed the immense power of the internet for the greater good."
The Nominet Internet Award categories, and full list of shortlisted entries within each, can be found below:
Most innovative business – in association with CBI
colourDNA - www.colourdna.com
Heo2.eu Ltd- 3D Novations
NSDesign Ltd – 'Embrace the space' social media workshops
SimplyUnite - SimplyUnite Gem
The Broadband Computer Company – ALEX
Online training & education – in association with The British Library
Age UK London - MiCommunity Intergenerational Digital Inclusion Project
The Full English - All Talk
Avert – www.avert.org
KnowHow Non Profit – Study Zone
O2- O2 Learn
OnRoad Media - Unheard Holler
The Open University – Learning for London 2012
Protecting users from crimes & threats – in association with Get Safe Online
CBBC Horrible Histories - Internet Safety Sketches
FinerDay – www.finerday.com
Orange & McAfee - Parental Control & Tips for Parents
Powa Technologies Ltd – Barclaycard EPDQ with Powa
Trend Micro - Countermeasures Blog
UK Safer Internet Centre - Professionals Online Safety Helpline
Charitable or not-for-profit work online – in association with NCVO
Dr Sue Black - Saving Bletchley Park
Brightside – Bright Links e-mentoring scheme
Elizabeth Finn Care - Turn2us
Public Zone - Diabetes UK iphone app
Transport for All – www.transportforall.org.uk
Online public services & information
Elmbridge Borough Council – 'Deal with noise' online Toolkit'
Hansard Society - Lords of the Blog
Lochgelly - Loch of Shining Waters
My Society - FixMyTransport.com
Outstanding Contribution to the UK internet – vote now
Dame Wendy Hall, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Southampton, UK
James Quinault, Director for the Office of Cyber Security
Race Online 2012
Raspberry Pi Foundation
Sir Tim Berners-Lee
Tim Snape, managing director of West Dorset Internet Limited and South West Somerset cic"