SignTranslate wins Nominet Internet Award
SignTranslate wins Nominet Internet award
SignTranslate won the 'Empowering young people and citizens' category at this year's Nominet Internet Awards for its on-demand webcam access to British Sign Language (BSL) qualified interpreters that allows medical staff and Deaf people to communicate with each other.
"We are delighted to win this award," said Phil Murden, MD of SignTranslate Ltd. "Proper communication support at the doctor or hospital is vital for Deaf sign language users, and face-to-face interpreters may not be available in time. If that happens, SignTranslate's On-Line Interpreters can get Deaf people and medical professionals communicating right away."
The awards, which are run by the UK domain name registry, were held in London on 7th July 2010 and recognise schemes that have made the internet a more secure, open, accessible or diverse experience.
"This year's entries demonstrate that organisations and individuals are more engaged than ever in making the internet a safe and accessible place for everyone," said Lesley Cowley, CEO at Nominet. "The level and quality of projects was outstanding."
The Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, Chair of the judges, said: "I am proud to be celebrating so many examples of best practice within the UK Internet industry. This year we were delighted to receive a huge number of high quality entries."
SignTranslate was referred to as a "world class project" by Nominet, and will be promoted in the UK and internationally as an example of best practice, including at the next international Internet Governance Forum (IGF) meeting in Vilnius, Lithuania on 14th September 2010.
Roger Hewitt (second from left) and Phil Murden (third from left) of SignTranslate accepting the Nominet Internet 2010 Award for Empowering Young People and Citizens at the awards event on 7-Jul-2010. Also pictured are Ian Ritchie, trustee of the Nominet trust and a judge for the category (left), Dr Leslie Haddon, senior researcher at the London School of Economics and a judge for the category (second from right), and the Rt Hon Alun Michael MP, chair of judges (right).