The Nominet Trust 100, or NT100, is a global list of 100 inspiring ventures from around the world. The projects, which are active in over 200 countries, are using technology to tackle some of the world’s biggest social problems from education and human rights abuses to climate change and health.
SpeakSet’s set-top box plugs into any TV, to provide a video calling service controlled by a simple remote. Contacts and settings are pre-loaded, and can be updated remotely. There’s no software to download, making it simple for the over-65s, who are otherwise less likely to be online than the rest of the UK population, to use the web to stay in touch with friends and healthcare professionals.
SpeakSet is the connection between these people and their doctors, nurses, carers and family. SpeakSet provides an easy-to-use video-calling device designed for older generations who very badly need tools to tackle social isolation and access care services but continue to struggle with computers.
Founder Matt Simmonds spent a year visiting care homes to develop the prototypes. He says his ambition for the programme, which was one of the first set of winner’s of Nominet Trust’s Social Tech Social Change funding prize, is for it to be the communications network for all care services.
Extract from: http://www.socialtech.org.uk/projects/speakset/ & http://www.nominettrust.org.uk/news-events/news/changing-world-through-tech-nominet-trust-reveals-annual-nt100-list