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Press Release Issued 14/12/16

Nominet Trust, the UK’s leading tech for good funder, has named Cambridge Design Partnership in the 2016 NT100 – a global celebration of this year’s 100 most inspiring social innovations using digital technology to drive social change around the world.

NT100 plays a valuable role each year in inspiring those with the influence and resources to accelerate the adoption of tech for social good. It brings together entrepreneurs, innovators, NGOs, charities, technologists and others to share knowledge, experiences and skills to introduce social change on a global scale. Projects featured in the NT100 have wide-ranging purposes, from those determined to democratise access to quality education and healthcare, to those connecting minority communities and evoking empathy.

Following a global call for nominations earlier this year, Cambridge Design Partnership was selected by a judging panel of tech and charity experts in recognition of its work on the award winning, First Response Monitor, the world’s first wearable device designed to measure and monitor the vital signs of multiple trauma patients for emergency response in disasters and battlefield situation. The lightweight, robust and low-cost wearable biometric device not only monitors patients but collects and transmits data in real-time, enabling the medic to care for a greater number of casualties, providing more effective casualty triage to deliver improved patient outcomes.

“We’re excited that the First Response Monitor has been recognised as one of the most inspiring innovations driving social change around the world. We believe our First Response Monitor has the potential to completely transform the triaging process of emergency patients, particularly in a mass casualty situation, and ultimately, help to save lives,” comments James Baker, Partner, Cambridge Design Partnership.

“When designing a new medical device, understanding the user is critical. Through early research with combat medics, paramedics and other stakeholders, we were able to clearly identify unmet needs and develop a new product concept that provides direct benefit to medics. Using the First Response Monitor has the potential to allow them to provide an even higher quality of care and save valuable response time. The resulting device is compact, wearable, connected and most importantly, completely fit for purpose,” James added.

Vicki Hearn, Director of Nominet Trust said: “In this, the fourth year of the NT100, it’s truly humbling to see so many remarkable people from all walks of life embracing digital technology as a force for social good. We hope Cambridge Design Partnership’s well-deserved inclusion in the 2016 NT100 provides a valuable stepping-stone for their inspiring example of tech for good.”

“With a bright idea, the right tech tools and a powerful desire to change the status quo, everyone has the potential to make a stand against the world’s most pressing social challenges. The NT100 seeks to champion the pioneers doing just that, in the hope that it inspires others to follow in their footsteps.”

As part of the 2016 NT100 Cambridge Design Partnership is standing shoulder to shoulder with other innovative ventures such as EVA Park - a virtual environment to help those with aphasia recover communication skills; Hand Talk – a Brazilian virtual interpreter that translates between spoken languages and sign language; Disrupt Disability – which has created the world’s first open source wheelchair designs; BraveMind – a virtual reality therapeutic game that supports those recovering from PTSD; and Mine Kafon Drone – an airborne drone for detecting and removing unexploded landmines in communities trying to rebuild after conflict. 

The 2016 NT100 was selected from 700 projects discovered this year through a combination of research and public nomination. Shortlisted projects were reviewed by Nominet Trust and a panel of partner organisations including: Big Lottery Fund, Cancer Research UK, Comic Relief, Nominet, Oxfam, Telefonica O2 and Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

The 2016 NT100 projects are hosted on the Social Tech Guide (http://socialtech.org.uk/nominet-trust-100/2016), the world’s largest interactive database of tech for good, which now showcases almost 1700 ventures.

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