The inaugural Techies supports Designability

By Anita Jaynes on 23 April, 2018

Swindon and Wiltshire’s first IT and technology awards-The Techies has announced Designability as it’s chosen charity.

The Techies 2018 (a Business Exchange initiative) supported by the Swindon & Wiltshire LEP, is to take place on Thursday 10 May at Hartham Park, Corsham and is set to celebrate the best in local tech.

The Business Exchange is passionate about corporate social responsibility and was keen for the The Techies awards to continue that ethos. We also wanted to support a charity with a link to technology and its ability to change lives and Designability was the perfect choice.

Based in Bath, Designability is a national charity that transforms the lives of disabled people and those living with a long term health condition. Since 1968 they have completed over 300 projects that have benefited over 250,000 people, and they are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year.

Caroline Grange, marketing officer at Designability said: “We are delighted to have been chosen as the charity to be supported at the inaugural Techies awards at Hartham Park. We celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2018 and the charity has a passion for creating life-changing assistive technologies. We are thrilled to be involved in the initiative and look forward to meeting Swindon and Wiltshire tech people on the night.”

Designability will be showcasing one of their innovative pieces of technology on awards night- the Wizzybug. The Wizzybug is a  powered wheelchair designed specifically for children under five who, due to their condition, are unable to walk at all, who can only walk with difficulty or who may need to save energy for other activities so that they can experience mobility and fun.

Designability’s Wizzybug

Anita Jaynes, founder of The Techies and its media partner The Business Exchange said: “I am delighted to support Designability as part of The Techies 2018 and couldn’t think of a more appropriate charity to team up with for the awards. I have seen first-hand how the charity and its Wizzybug changes lives, as one is used by a friend’s little girl with a life-limiting condition. I hope to raise as much as we can for Designability on the night.”

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