The panel of judges for the 2013 Technology Impact Awards (TIA) have chosen the four finalists from each budget category for this year's TIA.
There were 29 applicants in all this year, each with really incredible innovations. It was no doubt a difficult decision for the judges who evaluated applications from each organization based their performance in four areas: Technology innovation, program impact, service impact, and application of innovation.
The judges will decide on a winner and runner-up from each budget category, and all four organizations will be recognized at the Celebration of Technology event on Nov. 7.
Congratulations to this year's finalists!
Budget size - $500,000 - $2,000,000
DC SCORES: DC SCORES provides team-based activities for 1,500 low-income DC youth at 47 schools through after school programs. Key areas that DC SCORES targeted for technological innovation were: a) Improving coach/staff/volunteer communications; b) using technology to provide flexible coach training for 150+ team coaches; c) using video conferencing and scheduling tools to ease the burden of hiring; d) streamlining administrative processes for both coaches and program staff; e) improving program quality and fidelity to the program model via tech-facilitated, data-driven decision-making; and f) harnessing new/digital/social media technology in service of outreach and community-building among staff, coaches, schools, parents, and participants.
Potomac Riverkeeper: Potomac Riverkeeper’s mission is to stop pollution and clean the waters of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers through public awareness, community action and law enforcement. Its technology innovation is a mobile app that has mobilized volunteers in identifying and reporting pollution problems and has saved time for key field staff.
Budget size - Over $2,000,000
Unity Health: Unity Health provides comprehensive health and human services, regardless of ability to pay, to every facet of the community including the homeless, the working poor, under/uninsured, infants, youth, elderly, persons living with HIV/AIDS and/or hepatitis, and those who are incarcerated or recent parolees. Unity Health recently rolled out an automated appointment reminder system that has significantly improved overall provider productivity and higher patient satisfaction. 230 providers have utilized the templates for 56,000 patient visits.
YWCA National Capital Area: The YWCA offers programs that challenge women and girls to take charge of their health, economic stability and overall well-being. It has implemented technology through its Campus Pack web-based learning portal, which allows its instructors to upload course materials and use interactive communication tools for asking and answering questions.