Potomac Riverkeeper and YWCA National Capital Area win 2013 Technology Impact Awards

High Tech Mimes 501cTECH's 'High Tech Mimes' at the Celebration of Technology

501cTECH announced last night at its annual Celebration of Technology that Potomac Riverkeeper and the YWCA National Capital Area (NCA) received the 2013 501cTECH Technology Impact Awards!

This year's Celebration of Technology was held at Microsoft's incredible Innovation & Policy Center in downtown Washington, DC. Members of the DC Youth Orchestra Program, and two Surface-wielding mimes provided plenty of entertainment for the crowd of nonprofit and technology professionals throughout the night.

The 2013 Technology Impact Awards, sponsored by Accenture, were judged by a panel of executives from local technology companies, including AccentureBlackboardCapital OneCorporate Executive BoardGlobal Impact and Washington Gas.  Each of the two winning organizations receives a $7,500 cash award. DC SCORES and Unity Health Care each receive $1,000 and runner-up distinctions.

“I am so fortunate to have been a part of this process since it began ten years ago, and I continue to feel inspired by the work by these organizations do and the resourcefulness with which they do it,” said Julie Chapman, President and CEO of 501cTECH. “I have seen dozens of local nonprofits throughout the past decade present their innovations before a panel of judges, and each year the innovations sit on the very forefront of the technological curve.”

“This year’s finalists have once again reminded me that budget and resources don’t have to dictate an organization’s level of innovation,” said Chapman. “From creating a mobile app from scratch, to implementing a web-based learning portal, these organizations are just as capable of innovation as their for-profit counterparts.”

A team of people from TIA co-sponsor Accenture helped tremendously with logistics during the event last night, and Katherine LaVelle, managing director at Accenture, played an integral role in the TIA  process as the chair of the judges panel.

“As a long-time sponsor of 501cTECH’s Technology Impact Awards, we continue to be impressed with the innovative technology solutions the nonprofits create and implement,” said LaVelle. “We commend this year’s finalists for using technology to truly impact the lives of the individuals they serve.”

Technology Impact Award Winners

Budget category: $500K-$2M

Potomac RiverkeeperPotomac Riverkeeper: With a mission to stop pollution and clean the waters of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers through public awareness, community action, and law enforcement, Potomac Riverkeeper’s winning innovation was a mobile application that allows its users to identify and report pollution problems in real time with photos and geo-tagging.  The app has already begun to revolutionize the work of conservationists, making identifying and responding to pollution problems a more effective and precise process.

Budget category: >$2M

YWCA NCAYWCA NCA: By providing programs challenging women and girls to take charge of their health, economic stability and overall well-being, the YWCA NCA’s winning innovation was the implementation of a Campus Pack web-based learning portal that allows its instructors to upload course materials and use interactive communication tools for asking and answering questions. Since implementing the program, 17 participants have passed the GED exam, 38 have passed the GED pre-test, and 90 percent report having more confidence in their computer literacy skills.

Technology Impact Award Runners-Up

Budget category: $500K-$2M

DC SCORESDC 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 their innovation included: improving coach/staff/volunteer communications; using technology to provide flexible coach training for more than 150 team coaches;  using video conferencing and scheduling tools to ease the burden of hiring; streamlining administrative processes for both coaches and program staff; improving program quality and fidelity to the program model via tech-facilitated, data-driven decision-making; and harnessing new/digital/social media technology in service of outreach and community-building among staff, coaches, schools, parents, and participants.

Budget category: >$2M

Unity Health CareUnity Health Care: Unity Health Care 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 Care recently rolled out an automated appointment reminder system that has significantly improved overall provider productivity and higher patient satisfaction.  Approximately 230 providers have utilized the templates for 56,000 patient visits.

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