The Tech to Connect Challenge, delivered by Nesta for DCMS, aims to help civil society develop their early stage ideas for tech that combats social isolation.

Social Tech Trust CEO, Ed Evans has been invited to be one of 6 Judges to sit on the expert Judging Panel. Ed’s involvement in the programme supports the Trust’s belief that tech can reach its transformative potential when driven by social purpose and can shift society towards more connected, inclusive and empowered communities, where everyone has the power to make change.

The Judges offer a wealth of experience and insights, covering social isolation, technology and civil society. They will determine which entries are taken forward first as Finalists and then ultimately as the Winner and Runners Up.

Ed Evans, CEO of Social Tech Trust said, “I’m excited about judging the Tech to Connect Challenge because it supports communities – one of the three core areas where we believe tech has the greatest opportunity to transform lives.  By collaborating with civil society to unearth game changing tech innovation, I’m confident that Tech to Connect Challenge will create meaningful social impact.”

The Challenge prize will help finalists from England’s charities, social enterprises and social ventures, develop their ideas into working prototypes and plan for their implementation. The £1 million prize will be split into £500,000 of business support from Nesta Challenges with the other £500,000 being awarded as financial support.

10 finalists will each receive a £25,000 grant to use in the development of their prototypes; from these 10 finalists, 2 runners up will each receive a £75,000 cash prize and 1 winner will receive a £100,000 cash prize.

Winners will be announced in March 2020.

Read more about the Tech to Connect Challenge: