TalkTalk has launched its 2015 Digital Heroes campaign in a bid to reward "people who harness technology to make life better".
The awards celebrate small-scale projects that have a significant impact on others by combining technology, hard work and passion.
Previous winners of the prize include a university student who used Raspberry Pi chips to teach computer science to schoolchildren, and the developer of an app that donates to charity every time the user hits ‘snooze’ on their alarm.
Now in their eighth year, the awards have resulted in TalkTalk investing half a million pounds in 87 projects across the UK.
This year there are ten categories, with an accolade for Internet Safety running for the first time.
Other areas include Employment, Healthy Living, Silver Surfer (how to get the most from technology), Skills, Volunteering, Fundraising, Next-Generation, Education and Sustainability.
TalkTalk's Digital Heroes will receive £5,000 of funding to enhance their projects, while the Next Generation winner will be awarded £4,000 and a MacBook Air to give them a further boost.
Digital Heroes across all the categories will be decided by a public vote, while the overall winner will be selected by an expert judging panel comprising TalkTalk chairman Sir Charles Dunstone, Lastminute.com founder Baroness Martha Lane-Fox and Daily and Sunday Mirror Editor-in-Chief Lloyd Embley.
Commenting on the awards, Dido Harding, Chief Executive of TalkTalk, said: “The internet is a huge force for good but there’s a long way to go, with over ten million people in the UK still lacking basic digital skills. We’re passionate about the power of the internet to improve communities and want to find Digital Heroes that will inspire and support others through technology.”
Returning judge Baroness Martha Lane-Fox, who is also Chair of digital skills charity Go ON UK, added: “It is fantastic to see that the Digital Heroes awards are back again this year. I love hearing about the inspiring individuals and organisations who are using digital to make a real difference to people’s lives. At Go ON UK we want everyone in the country to reach their digital potential, and it’s initiatives like Digital Heroes that will help make this a reality.”
The overall winner will be announced at the House of Commons in the autumn and will receive £10,000 in prize money.
Nominations are open until midnight on July 24th. For more information on the awards and how to enter visit www.talktalkdigitalheroes.co.uk.