London, Wednesday 9 December 2015: Today, Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading tech for good funder, has announced that Safetipin has been named among 2015 Nominet Trust 100 (NT100)– a global celebration of the 100 most inspiring uses of digital technology for social good.
Projects featured in the NT100 are using technology to tackle some of the world’s biggest social problems including support for refugees in Europe, healthcare, social inclusion and our emergency response to natural disasters.
Following a global call for nominations earlier this year Safetipin, a mobile app for collecting and sharing data about safety in cities, was selected by ten leading judging partners from the tech and charity world in recognition of our work. Safetipin which started in Delhi, now collects data in several cities in India and other countries.
Commenting on their inclusion in the NT100, Kalpana Viswanath, Co-founder said that "it is a great honour for us to be nominated for the NT100 and we look forward to many more people using Safetipin to make safer decisions while moving around cities.
This year, Safetipin is rubbing shoulders with familiar names such as Google X’s Project Loon, which aims to deliver the Internet to developing countries via large air balloons and Wayfinder, a project led by UK charity, the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB), which allows visually impaired people to navigate via an audio smartphone app. The list also features lesser-known ventures such as Kgolagano, which utilises TV white space to provide medical care to rural areas of Botswana remotely, and Humanitarian Open Street Maps Team, which harnesses the power of the crowd to build maps for emergency aid workers, for example during the West Africa Ebola outbreak.
Vicki Hearn, Director of Nominet Trust, said, “Increasing accessibility to technology is helping foster communities of social tech entrepreneurs worldwide, who are transforming healthcare, access to education, sustainability and civic empowerment. The NT100 seeks to highlight these pioneers so that others may be encouraged to follow in their footsteps.”
2015 NT100 was compiled from a combination of over 500 public nominations and in-house research to produce a shortlist of 150 projects. This shortlist was presented to our judging partners often tech and charity organisations, who selected the final 2015 NT100. Representatives from Big Lottery Fund, Comic Relief, Creative England, Facebook, Latimer Group, Nominet, O2 Telefonica, Oxfam, Salesforce and Society Guardian all took part in the selection process.
SafetiPin is a technology platform that seeks to use big data to make cities more inclusive, safe and free from violence for women and others. We use apps to collect information and engage with individuals and create solutions. We provide useful information about safety in cities for women and men to use to make informed decisions through our apps and syndicating a safety score to portals. Further, we share this data with urban stakeholders such as urban planners and the police.
For further information:
Kalpana Viswanath, Co-founder Safetipin
Ellie Hale/Charlie Hamilton at
Albion Drive on behalf of Nominet Trust
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