2016 has been a big year for awards ceremonies, sadly not for the right reasons. The Oscars backlash forced us to look beyond the glittering gowns and paparazzi flash bulbs to question, ‘what exactly are The Oscars here to celebrate? The boycotts, initially in response to the lack of racial diversity, soon led to criticisms for the lack of representation for multiple minority groups.
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Luckily the Oscars are not the only awards ceremony of note. There are 100’s on niche ceremonies that congratulate and celebrate people from all walks of life. One awards ceremony that wears its commitment to diversity on its sleeve, is the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards. Mark Walker, founded the awards as a way to highlight, promote and showcase the positive contribution tech could make in improving the lives of marginalised groups.
The awards are now in their 6th year, but the origins of the awards go back as far as 1992. Mark recalls, “I worked in the volunteer sector. Almost immediately it was obvious that they didn’t use technology really at all. They saw it almost as being a bad thing.”
The opportunity that technology presented, versus the lack of awareness of its potential spurred Mark into action. “I set up a not for profit that helped charities use computers and the internet…with any sector, people don’t know quite what to do with