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TalkTalk has launched Digital Heroes 2011, its nationwide search for people who use modern technology to improve the lives of others in their local community.

The broadband provider is offering a dozen grants of £5,000 to 12 inspirational individuals who harness digital solutions to bring about positive social change.

Winning entrants also receive a year's free broadband from the firm as recognition for the vital contribution they make to local groups.

In addition, a judging panel consisting of TalkTalk Chairman Charles Dunstone, UK Digital Champion Martha Lane Fox, and Richard Wallace, Editor of the Daily Mirror, will select one overall winner to receive a £10,000 grant.

The closing date for entries is September 4th, after which TalkTalk will pick 36 regional finalists. The public then has the opportunity to vote for their top 12 Digital Heroes.

TalkTalk Chief Executive Dido Harding explained that a "staggering" 140,000 votes were cast last year, and the firm is hoping for even more in 2011.

"Last year saw entries from some truly inspirational people and projects," she commented.

The overall winner in 2010 was Ben Richardson, from The Connection at St Martins in London.

This project uses digital media to offer homeless people a platform to make their voices heard and express themselves creatively.

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