Charity's microfinance project recognised
The nominations for the 2011 Digital Impact Awards have been announced, with Box UK shortlisted in association with charitable organisation World Vision UK in “Best Use of Digital by a NGO, NFP or Charity”.
The Digital Impact Awards is the UK’s leading awards programme to recognise, benchmark and celebrate excellence in digital stakeholder communications. Previous winners include the Central Office of Information and DCSF, RBS Retail, Macmillan Cancer Support and Autotrader.
Using digital channels for the social good
World Vision’s Microloans project offers online users a new way to empower hardworking people with ideas for small businesses in developing countries, making use of the internet as a tool for social good by facilitating users as they donate small business loans. It is often a lack of access to affordable finance that holds people in developing countries back; the initiative is therefore an incredibly important way to make a difference to those in poverty, in turn supporting their families and children.
World Vision is committed to using digital channels to achieve their core objectives, and this scheme was one of the first microfinance initiatives to be undertaken in the UK. It was implemented with the support of a number of third-party agencies, including Box UK, who developed the underlying codebase for the scheme.
Speaking on behalf of Box UK, Director of Operations Judy Haynes stated that it was “a great honour to have the work of our clients acknowledged by the distinguished judging panel at the Digital Impact Awards. Both Box UK and World Vision are committed to using the latest technologies to deliver excellence in their sectors, and the recognition of Micro Loans by Digital Impact is evidence of having achieved this.”
UI Sketcher also shortlisted
Box UK’s UI Sketcher has also been shortlisted at the awards in “Best use of Mobile and Portable Devices”. An innovative sketching tool designed to let users easily create and share user interface design ideas, encouraging collaboration among designers, their clients and other stakeholders through several sharing and communication features, UI Sketcher is shortlisted alongside other high profile nominees such as Imano for Harrods, Marks & Spencer and New Look. This nomination continues a successful year for Box UK, after UI Sketcher was Highly Commended in the Econsultancy Innovation Awards and selected as an Official Honoree in the Webbys.
The winners in both categories will be announced in London in October.
About Box UK
Box UK deliver innovative, award-winning digital solutions for enterprise-level organisations across the world. With over 250 years of collective experience, our team of expert web consultants, user experience professionals and software developers believe passionately in the potential of the internet and are committed to using the very best, most dynamic technologies in their work.
Established in 1998, privately owned and profitable every year since inception, Box UK’s client list includes BBC, LAN Airlines, Investec Asset Management, the National Gallery, Chartered Institute for IT, EDF Energy and Severn Trent Plc.
About World Vision
World Vision is a Christian charity and one of the world’s leading international relief and development agencies, currently helping more than 100 million people in nearly 100 countries in their struggle against poverty, hunger and injustice, irrespective of their religious beliefs.
World Vision supporters currently sponsor 3.4 million children in almost 100 countries with over 120,000 children sponsored by UK supporters.
About UI Sketcher
UI Sketcher is an innovative sketching tool designed specifically for the iPad, which lets users easily create and share user interface design ideas. Based on the principles of the Design Studio Method and Adaptive Path's Good Design Faster, UI Sketcher offers the solution to quick, iterative sketching. Incredible levels of detail and a suite of realistic drawing tools ensure a quality user experience and make the process of sketching intuitive and simple.