How did we find ourselves there?
AbilityNet have been running awards for volunteers who help in their community since 2011. They have awards covering accessibility, connected society, young pioneers, Comic Relief for Africa, community impact, digital health, digital skills, and … tech volunteer.
Back in May, I nominated Emily for her tireless work in our local tech community, and it was fabulous to see her accepted and chosen as a finalist. She currently Organises Digital East Anglia with Ryan Holder – a group which has only been running for a couple of months, but already has a tremendous sense of energy about it, and is growing rapidly. Several meetings have already been held, covering everything from Amazon Echo, Home Automation, Content Management Systems for Rails, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Full day training courses are also happening, starting this month.
Digital East Anglia has also hosted the first meeting of The Things Network Norfolk, which has literally put them on the map – getting them recognised as the 7th official IoT LoRaWAN hub member of the international The Things Network. This is all about Internet of Things and Low-power Wide Area Networking, and we’ll actually be building sensor devices at the next meeting!
Digital East Anglia is also all about bringing other tech groups in the Norwich, Cambridge and Ipswich areas closer together – publicising their events to a wider audience, and cross-pollinating everything from business-focused, tech-focused and Maker groups.
It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Digital East Anglia has been able to hit the ground running – Emily did a fantastic job while organising the biggest tech event in Norfolk for the last three years; Nor(DEV):con. She also worked hard organising and “getting the word out” about the monthly meetings, workshops, specials, lunches, Agile on The Benches and breakfasts held by Norfolk Developers over 2 years and 9 months of Voluntary Service, hosting and helping to organise 90 + events as well as 3 conferences.
So, that’s what brought us to the Tech4Good event. How can you help?
As a finalist in her category, Emily is also eligible for a People’s Choice award.
You can vote 3 ways to show your support for the East of England Digital Tech scene, Digital East Anglia & Emily-Jayne because although winning would be amazing, it isn’t everything and we really want to take this opportunity to show everyone what we as a community are up to in the East of England!
You can get involved by:
1. By going on to twitter and Retweeting every tweet with the hashtag #T4GEmilyJayne in it!
2. By tweeting yourself using the hashtag #T4GEmilyJayne in the tweet!
3. By going to the Tech4Good Awards Website and voting the old fashioned way 😉
( Vote for Emily )
The best way to highlight the Digital Creative Tech Industry and STEM Sector in the East of England is to Tweet something about what you or your business does with tech with the theme of Tech4Good, create blog posts about what you, your company or your community is doing to use #Tech4Good and don’t forget to include the #T4GEmilyJayne! Lets show the rest of the UK what we are up to and get as much coverage and follows from the UK tech scene community and supporters as possible.
1) Make your tweet visual, use images, video or animated media to make your tweet eye catching and engaging!
2) Include web links to content!
3) Don’t forget your Hashtags!
Voting opens today, June 19th and ends July 7th 2017! So get blogging, vlogging and Tweeting about the East of England and don’t forget to go through this year’s amazing finalists and get voting for whomever you decide!
Our friends at #DigitalCity have also been chosen as finalists for the “Digital Skills Award” and so we encourage you to vote for them too using the following hashtag in your tweets and also RT the tweets with the hashtag in to vote even more for them! #T4GDigitalCity