Over the last three months we've invited IT professionals to submit their designs for computer systems that demonstrate creativity as well as tackling real social, human interest problems experienced by charities large and small: such as contributing to the battle to reduce carbon emissions; bringing conservation closer to the people that use technology; opening channels of communication for abused and vulnerable children and identifying new opportunities for disabled people. In so doing we've teamed up with four charities: Leonard Cheshire Disability, Global Action Plan, Flora and Fauna International and NSPCC.
From today through to 11 April 2008 you have the opportunity to decide which contestant will walk away with the top prize - to see their system design implemented for the charity of their choice to the sum of £15,000. Choose from five finalists - all addressing serious concerns: such as a screen saver highlighting missing children, wind powered IT to reduce carbon footprint and giving young homeless people the chance to store key personal information and access to the support available. Review the short listed entries and vote for your favourite.The winner will be announced on 14 April. The main criteria for the public vote is a level of originality and creativity, together with the 'real world' benefit. Whilst the public vote will reveal a victor, our finalists will enjoy the extraordinary experience of seeing the nuts and bolts of their vision interpreted as a seminal work of art. All five entries will be displayed at the DesignIT exhibition to be held at The Music Room, London 12 June 2008. Vote for your winner now