The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists (WCIT) and it's Charity (the WCIT Charity) see technology as a force for good. The WCIT Charity is offering it's first ever Charity IT Award of £750,000 to champion the transformative power of IT to help charities have a bigger impact on people’s lives.
Missing People has been selected as one of the five finalists for the WCIT Charity IT Award by an independant judging panel.
Missing People proposes to develop an ambitious ‘one safe click’ approach to drastically increase the charity’s capacity to reach everyone affected by a disappearance – a number that is estimated to be one million people a year. The work will involve several partners and use multiple channels (WhatsApp, Skype, social media), chatbots as well as a mobile enabled platform to reach more people and provide support, including via online communities. Once the technology is created Missing People would like to share it sector-wide to achieve maximum impact.
Jo Youle, Chief Executive, said: “We are delighted that the esteemed judging panel has shortlisted Missing People. 180,000 children and adults go missing each year in the UK, many more than once. Going missing indicates vulnerability including mental health, child sexual exploitation, relationship breakdown, or abuse. Our Project, ‘One Safe Click’ will ensure that everyone affected can get help anytime, anywhere, on any device.” Jo Youle, CEO of Missing People
The team at Missing People are preparing for the next stages, which will involve extensive due diligence over the summer, ahead of the winner announcement on 10 October.